Turning Your Trash Into Treasure

fairy house

Schools out for summer! The question is “What to do?”  There is a great place in downtown Atlanta that you can visit to escape the Georgia heat and learn a  thing or two.  Right now the Georgia Aquarium is hosting  a very cool traveling exhibit called Washed Ashore.  Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea features 13 sculptures of animal life constructed entirely from marine debris. The larger-than-life pieces will be on display throughout Georgia Aquarium through September 25, 2016 and are included in general admission. Each piece includes educational facts about the art and tips on how to help reduce the marine debris that is threatening the health of our oceans.


To celebrate and bring awareness to this problem, my family decided to take on a challenge and create a treasure from our garbage.  Using a plastic coffee can, Popsicle sticks, and an old funnel, we constructed our very own fairy house.

Why a DIY fairy house?  I am a big scifi nerd, and my go to genre for books and movies is anything that has to do with magical worlds.  After all, one of my favorite authors is C.S. Lewis.  So, when I was given the opportunity to help spread the news about protecting our oceans and the task of creating something out of trash, I knew my chance had finally come!  Now I could finally make that fairy house for a reason!  Of course, I could have made it all along, but doing something to help with a cause you believe in makes even more sweeter!


Scientists project that by the year 2050 our oceans will contain more pieces of plastic than fish!  I do not know about you, but that is heartbreaking!

We want to help support our oceans anyway we can especially if it means I get to make more fairy houses and accessories!  Actually, my fmaily has made a promise to look for ways we can recycle items in our everyday trash.   We want to help!  If everyone pitches in and does their part, we can save our oceans and all those that call it home!

Now it’s your turn to show us how your family can transform trash into treasure!  We will select one winner to win a family four pack of general admission tickets to the Georgia Aquarium where you can check out the Washed Ashore traveling exhibit.

Winner will be selected by email July 7.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Use at least three items that would otherwise end up in the trash to create your masterpiece.
  2. Post a photo of the final product to our Facebook page (Living the Life as a Mom and Teacher) .
  3. Tag the us and the Georgia Aquarium.
  4. Use #TrashtoTreasure and #SavetheSea hashtags
  5. Let us know that you and your family are going to do your part reduce ocean debris.




Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by the Georgia Aquarium.  No compensation was received for this post.  All opinions presented are 100% mine and were not influenced in anyway.

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  1. Cindy Ingalls says
    Saving our oceans is so important and this exhibit demonstrates that in a fun, educational way. I will have to share this with my friends in Atlanta.
  2. Robin Masshole Mommy says
    I am passionate about saving our marine life. There is so much trash in our oceans and it infuriates me.
  3. Jenny says
    Thats the cutest thing ever. My little nieces would love a fairy house of their own, so ill have to try this.
  4. Elizabeth O. says
    What a lovely program to participate in, it also raises awareness about pollution specifically in the ocean. I think you did a great job with your project! I hope a lot more families join the fun!
  5. cgmjemus says
    Your Fairy House is so so cute, and it is such a good program. We do throw away far too much and what you have made, well it an absolute work of art.
  6. Liz Mays says
    I think more people should do reuse projects like this! You were so creative with that fairy house!
  7. Karlyn Flores says
    Wow, I remember my mom, she treasure anything and will recycle and do a great project
  8. jmanandmillerbug says
    Anything that would keep the oceans clean and trash free I am defiantly passionate about! I love your creative idea!
  9. Travel Blogger says
    That is so cute! My daugther would love this and she is such a tiny environmentalist she would love the upcycle aspect too.
  10. Nicole Escat says
    Wow, so cute. I like recycling too but sometimes, I can't find time to do.
  11. Nicole Haas Etolen says
    This is a great idea, I like your creativity. I hope I can do that to one of these days.
  12. Amanda Love says
    Trash is really huge issue and it would be nice to recycle them or create a project like this! It's such a good cause and it will help the environment greatly.
  13. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says
    I think more places should have contests and programs like this to help clean up the ocean around the world.

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