Recycled Crafts for Kids

February 6, 2009

A train made from recycled materials.My son still enjoys playing with trains. We used a tin can and some Snapple tea lids for the wheels. We found a cardboard box from some sticks of butter, toilet paper tube and used hot glue to fasten it together. Add a coat of silver spray paint and you are on the rails! We saved some cereal boxes and created a tunnel too.


By Wendy from Coopersburg, PA

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October 31, 2008

Halloween Candy recycling! Save your M and M tubes to make recycled art. My son won a contest at the library for his aluminum ant friend he created. We used silver spray paint and some pipe cleaners and paper clips for wings.

A silver ant made from recycled materials.

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June 19, 2012

I'm into crafting and have been saving a lot of cardboard tubes (from toilet paper sized, to paper towels, to even gift wrapping paper tubes). My question now is, what sorts of craft projects can I do with it? If possible, I would love ideas on decoupaging it somehow using Modge Podge!

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June 19, 20120 found this helpful
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Here is a link to a site that shows how to make wall art from toilet paper tubes:

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April 7, 2015

I'd like to help my children make a recycled object that is both cute and takes little time. I want to use paper or cardboard. My boys are doing this project, so nothing frilly or pink. One son is in the 1st grade.

By Lynn


April 9, 20150 found this helpful

1. In my classroom they used odds & ends & they make forts to play their cowboys & Indians with. 2. Another is makin people or bugs out of what they find in the yard or on a walk. 3. Banauler (sorry don't know how 2 spell it) out of t.p.


rolls. 4. Take either water bottles or pop bottles fill 1/2 with dirt then put the lids back on and get a ball. Now they you can bowling.

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April 10, 20150 found this helpful

Almost all the things you are looking for are going to be on Pinterest. Join Pinterest (it's very easy) and put words in the search bar like "recycled craft." Hit search and just watch those hundreds of responses come up.

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May 22, 2012

I am working with students ages 3-8 this summer. I would like some ideas on crafts using items that are recycled. Thank you!

By Mary


May 22, 20120 found this helpful

Hi! You didnt mention girls or boys but here are a few suggestions:
although this is not recycled its easy & fun craft


This is a disney site but can be searched by age, craft type material etc

Dollar store crafts site, has a number of child crafts with recycleables there is a beautiful egg carton wreath but there are a lot of good ideas with good pictures

This site is divided by materials and is well worth a look

Good luck & happy crafting!

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December 12, 2016

This is a page about making a paper toadstool. A very easy rainy day craft for young children, with materials on hand.

yellow paper tube and blue polka dot mushroom kid craft

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