Our recycling boxes get raided on almost a daily basis. Before we ever get to put our cardboard boxes, empty containers or tin cans out for the truck, they have probably had at least three incarnations as recycled craft. The girls gather their supplies and create all kinds of weird monsters that take over cardboard box cities; or cut up milk containers to colour in and make ornaments; the other day they made a camera out of an empty dish washing liquid bottle.
There are all kinds of cool things you can make out of recyclables. A couple of things to note before you let the kids go wild:
1. Make sure food containers are thoroughly cleaned before you recycle them. That way the kids aren’t handling something potentially dangerous.
2. Keep a ‘scrap’ recycling bin too and put all your fabric, paper, wool and craft scraps into it.
3. Don’t forget to keep things like gift wrap and ribbons, bottle tops, old calendar pages and aluminium foil. The kids will have even more ideas for good things to add to the mix and, of course, Bottle Top Bill is your go-to for further creativity!
4. Keep a separate box of ‘joiners’ – tape, glue, craft sticks, string, wool, paper clips and fasteners.
5. Don’t forget that you’ll have to separate out all the paper / plastics / non-recyclables at the end, so encourage ‘loose’ fastening only. I’ve spent far too long unwinding reams and reams of sticky tape from cardboard cartons.
Grab whatever you have on hand right now because here are six ideas to get your kids started.