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Friday, April 20, 2012

Earth Day RECYCLING and Teacher Appreciation idea!

I always have and always will be a pack rat! Sometimes it pays off and create wonderful crafts from all my goodies saved and others....well, I usually can't find it when I want to try and use it. :/

But this time it was a recycling project PLUS a nice teacher appreciation or thank you gift! Yay! These were such a hit and fairly inexpensive. Scrapbooking glitter paper was expensive BUT I did get it on sale.

If you couldn't tell already, the school colors are red, black and white :)


Egg cartons
Spray paint
Plastic bag
Scrapbooking paper (fun designs)
Treat bags - Wilton 50 treat bags, 3x4in
Mini muffin tray
Mini muffin cupcake liners

My first thought was to trace card stock for a template and cut scrapbook paper to cover all the writing on the egg carton. I didn't realize TOP, FRONT, both SIDES and BACK all have writing. 

Instead I decided to just spray paint the top. I didn't want any on the inside since I was filling it with food.

1 can of spray paint will cover 7 egg carton tops

Traced the template 

rounded the edges

Made tags that said, " There's "muffin" like a great teacher! Thank you for being you!

Cut more glitter scrapbooking paper. Btw, the glitter will dull the blade QUICK. :/


This was my first batch. By the second batch I started rounding the corners on the red glitter and name tags too. :)

I decided to individually bag the muffins so they wouldn't dry out.


I try to use all organic or healthier ingredients but I was out of a few things. If anything, I recommend an organic fiber cereal since it's one of the main ingredients. I've tried Fiber One and All-Bran but they either have Aspartame or Phenylalanie. I used Maple Morning Crunch by Central Market.

2 cups fiber cereal
1 1/4 cup milk (I use almond)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I use all whole wheat)
1/3 cup sugar 
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp ground flax seed
1/3 cup chocolate chips (I used mini for mini muffins)
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
2 bananas, mashed

Optional additions - 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, 1/3 cup raisins
I've made it with everything but the boys seem to like them better without walnuts and raisins

My big helper! He told his brother that when he gave the teacher her muffins he needed to tell her his little brother made them :)

Mashing bananas....his FAVORITE part

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin tin or line with cupcake papers

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cereal, milk, oil, egg, chocolate chips, and bananas. Let stand for about 2-5 minutes to soften cereal

3. Stir together all dry ingredients and mix well

4. Combine dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl and mix well. Spoon batter evenly into mini cups. 

5. Bake 16-18 minutes for mini muffins or 20 minutes for large muffins.

One batch makes 36 mini muffins or 12 big muffins and about 6 little muffins.

Fill cups just to the top

Bagged and tied 4 dozen in 30 minutes. 15 minutes to bag and 15 minutes to tie :) Not too bad

So dang cute!!!

Made a thank you gift too!