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BlackberrySeason Sat 16-Nov-13 07:38:09

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confusedofengland Sat 16-Nov-13 12:32:37

Bubble wrap (that things come in)

Ditto tissue paper

Ribbons (that come wrapped around presents or even the unnecessary loops in your clothes for hanging them up)

Buttons from clothes you are throwing away

Seasonal outdoor bits - eg pine cones, leaves etc

Remnants of wallpaper (particularly relevant to me as we have just moved house & are redecorating grin)

Pictures from old greeting cards you are throwing away

Can you tell I don't like to throw anything away? grin

BlackberrySeason Sat 16-Nov-13 16:27:49

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notagiraffe Sat 16-Nov-13 16:53:23

What about some stiff card that other things come wrapped in? Great for home made jigsaws or hard canvases for paintings.

Bottle tops

plastic moulded casings from packaging make superb robot/monster faces/ mask bases.

Wine corks can be cut to create printing stamps.

Feathers found on the street make great pens or brushes. So do clean washing up sponges, old toothbrushes, combs etc, to create texture in thick paint. DS1 used to collect feathers obsessively and then use them to do really delicate calligraphy (erm, relatively speaking, for his age that is.)

BlackberrySeason Sat 16-Nov-13 18:23:08

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Preciousbane Sat 16-Nov-13 18:28:25

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FamiliesShareGerms Sat 16-Nov-13 18:29:37

Polystyrene packaging chips.

Cereal boxes are excellent for building, ditto loo roll tubes.

If you have some pinking shears you can cut out pictures eg from cards to make interesting bits to use. Smilarly, if you alreDy have a shaped hole punch you can create little shapes (including out of foil)

HSMMaCM Sat 16-Nov-13 18:34:20

Sticks are good for lots of things. Cardboard boxes from food packaging.

jerryfudd Sat 16-Nov-13 18:41:49

Cardboard tubes from loo roll, tin foil, cling film etc

trinity0097 Sat 16-Nov-13 18:58:15

Have you got a materials bank near you?

BlackberrySeason Sat 16-Nov-13 19:27:13

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elfycat Sat 16-Nov-13 19:36:51

Jigsaw pieces (where some are missing), painted and glued onto card and then use your imagination if they are odd shaped, or Mister Maker made fish with open mouth and tail (in bit) and 2 fins (out bits).

Beads from broken plastic necklaces (I know you said no spend but I got a bag of broken jewelery bits for crafting from a charity shop for next to nothing)

glenthebattleostrich Sat 16-Nov-13 20:10:11

Old CD's scraps of tin foil, egg boxes, shredded paper.

Keep any clear plastic packaging to stick things to.

glenthebattleostrich Sat 16-Nov-13 20:11:54

And yoghurt pots are great for keeping scraps and beads in and can be used as paint pots.

SavoyCabbage Sat 16-Nov-13 20:40:41

Pasta. You could ask for a handful from different people to get an assortment of shapes.

You could cut the ribbon loops for hangers out of clothes.

BlackberrySeason Sat 16-Nov-13 21:47:08

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souperb Sat 16-Nov-13 22:02:45

Shiny sweet wrappers
Tissue paper from packaging
Cut up bits of washing up sponge - for sponge painting
Scraps of wrapping paper
Interestingly coloured free magazine pages cut into squares for mosaics
Squared paper printed off internet

BlackberrySeason Sun 17-Nov-13 06:24:41

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Splatt34 Sun 17-Nov-13 09:34:01

I raided the wallpaper section of our local DIY store for collage paper. (There were some great ones)

BrownSauceSandwich Sun 17-Nov-13 20:25:01

Odd socks (seriously, who doesn't love a sock puppet?)
the "holes" out of a hole punch
Empty cotton reels
Corks from wine bottles
Anything with an interesting texture for crayon rubbings (coins, bark, shells)
If you have access to a printer, do some print outs of alphabets in various fonts and sizes (I know he's only little, but he might like to be able to "write" on his collages). You could also print out a few photos (on ordinary, cheap paper) of people, places and things he knows.

BlackberrySeason Mon 18-Nov-13 07:07:20

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BlackberrySeason Mon 18-Nov-13 07:08:26

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Splatt34 Mon 18-Nov-13 11:36:33

Cotton wool for sticking and cotton buds for painting with!

Leopoldina Mon 18-Nov-13 11:39:20

this is a completely brilliant thread.

cocoplops Mon 18-Nov-13 11:45:10

Other things which are 'free', although may get me frowned upon for suggesting, are the paint sample colour cards from DIY shops. Great for making collages in similar colours. And also the wooden stirrers from coffee shops (good for sticking paper figures to for a puppet show).

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