HERE WE ARE | Create a aquarium with recyclable materials

Our family is always trying to make this world a better place to live. We try to eat healthy food, drink a lot of water, exercise, and most importantly care about others and the environment.

Thinking about the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, on April 22, and after watching the new animated short film “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth” on Apple TV+, my son and I got inspired and started to play around with some recycle stuff.

In our attempt to repurposing some unwanted household items (some of them were already in our recycle bin), we came up with the idea to create a aquarium out of pasta box.

Here are our step-by-step!

What do you need?

An empty pasta box, cereal box or any box with the similar shape. File folder, scissors, a sharpie, some craft foam shapes, shred filler, leaf ribbon roll, and hot glue.

First you cut the box. Then, you cut the file folder in half and glue to the inside the box.

With a decorative scissor, you cut to decorate the outside of the box. We use the big scallop for this.

Then, add the shred filler to the bottom. We use a black one.


We cut leaf ribbon in different sizes and added to the aquarium so it has some weeds.

Using the hot glue, we connected the foam shapes to create the fishes.

Ryan draw a face to the fishes using a black sharpie.

And, VOILÀ!!! Here is our upcycling aquarium!!! HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!


More about “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth”

In celebration of Earth Day, “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth” is now streaming on Apple TV+. Lending their voices to the animated Earth Day short film are Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning Meryl Streep, Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated Chris O’Dowd (“Girls,” “State of the Union”), SAG Award nominee and Critics’ Choice Award-winning Jacob Tremblay (“Room,” “Wonder”) and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga (“Loving,” “Ad Astra”).


This captivating animated film, based on the No. 1 New York Times Bestseller and 2017’s No. 1 TIME Best Book of the Year, follows a precocious 7-year-old (voiced by Tremblay) who, over the course of Earth Day, learns about the wonders of the planet from his parents (voiced by O’Dowd and Negga) — and from a mysterious exhibit at the aptly titled Museum of Everything. The insightful and poignant short film is narrated by Streep.

From the multi-BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning, Oscar-nominated independent animation studio, Studio AKA, the 36-minute film is written by BAFTA Award-winning Philip Hunt (“Ah Pook is Here,” “Lost and Found”) and Academy Award-winning Luke Matheny (“God of Love,” “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” “Ghostwriter”); directed by Hunt, and executive produced by Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning Sue Goffe (“A Morning Stroll,” “Varmints,” “Lost and Found,” “Hey Duggee”), Hunt and renowned author Oliver Jeffers (“Here We Are,” “Lost and Found,” “The Day the Crayons Quit”). Alex Somers (“How to Train Your Dragon,” “Captain Fantastic”) is the music composer.

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