6 recycled craft ideas for kids

Cool things to make with stuff from the recycling binInstead of screens today, why not dig into the recycling box?

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.

Cool things to make with stuff from the recycling bin Cool things to make with stuff from the recycling bin Cool things to make with recyclables

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.

Recycled craft ideas for kids

1. Melted plastic bottle jewellery from Picklebums

2. Recycled box city from Learn with Play at Home

3. Monster recycled boxes from Sowdering about in Seattle

4. Bottle cap mobiles by Meri Cherry

5. Cereal box robot from Kids’ Activity Blog

6. Paper plate marble track from Frugal Fun for Boys

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  1. says

    Ah my kids LOVE doing this at the moment… they raided the recycle bin and went to town with some coloured PVA glue the other day… so much fun!
    thanks for sharing our melted jewellery… we must have another go at that soon!

  2. says

    Stopping over from My Bored Toddler. We love raiding the recycle bin for craft projects! We made a few Halloween projects this year using recycled plastic lids. I host a weekly link party called Made for Kids. I would love for you to come by and link this up. It starts Sunday evening at 10pm EST.

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