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54 Recycled Crafts for Kids

These craft ideas for kids with waste material will keep them busy and keep items out of the recycling bin!

By: Caley Walsh, Editor, FaveCrafts.com
Updated May 25, 2018
Recycled Crafts for Kids

Recycled crafts for kids can be a valuable tool of entertainment and distraction after a long school day. These craft projects for kids cost almost nothing to make and you can use materials from around the house, like oatmeal containers.

If you're looking for recycling projects for kids that are perfect for Earth Day crafts, this is a must-have collection. Save up those drink cartons, plastic bottles and even paper plates - you can use all of these items for these craft projects.

Even if Earth Day is nowhere in sight, save this collection for a rainy day and have kids get creative on a rainy afternoon. If you're a teacher, you'll find great school projects made from recycled materials below as well. Kids will love making their own games, organizers and even birdfeeders.

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Are you a visual learner? Check out our video tutorial for this Recycled DIY Storage Container.

Tin Can Crafts for Kids

This Soup Can Bowling craft is a two-for-one project: kids can spend time making this craft, and then they get to use it as a fun activity! With the tutorials below, you and the kids can make all sorts of exciting projects from cans. Create a funny cow, pig or bear using empty soda cans, paint and felt. Recycle crafts for kids are a great tool for teaching kids about recycling. Find more recycled can crafts below.

Aluminum Can Crafts

Soda Can Mosaic Heart Plaque

I love this Soda Can Mosaic Heart Plaque! As with most of the aluminum can crafts below, you'll want to help your kids and supervise since these projects all involve shaping or cutting aluminum cans. This is a darling project to make for mom.

Drink Carton Crafts

Drink Carton Gift Box

The Drink Carton Gift Box is an easy craft project that's an extra special way to dress up a gift. Giving a handmade gift in a handmade box makes the present doubly special! You'll find more tutorials below using drinking cartons. For example, use an empty drink carton and an old aluminum can to make your own recycle crafts for kids. Use soy candle wax or beeswax for a greener alternative to traditional petroleum-derived paraffin wax.

Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids

Paper Flowers for Kids

Toilet paper roll crafts are such classic crafts for kids because they are maybe the easiest, inexpensive craft supply to come by! These Paper Flowers for Kids are a wonderful example of a cute project they'll love, and it'll cost you next to nothing. If you're concerned about how sanitary toilet paper rolls are, you can opt for using paper towel rolls instead. Find more paper tube crafts below.

More Crafts with Cardboard

Pringles Can Storage Container

Those tall potato chip cans are a treasure trove for craft ideas! The Pringles Can Storage Container is ideal for storing pens, scissors, coloring supplies, and all manner of tools. Anything you might use a tube for is ideal for this craft. So long as you properly clean the inside of grease, decorate the outside and store anything you like inside. It's seriously amazing what you can make out of recycled containers. Did you know you can make art out of pizza boxes, too? At a glance, it's impossible to tell that the lovely artwork came from a pizza box! Scrap paper, CDs, and more make for a fabulous project.

Plastic Bottle Crafts

Plastic Bottle Birdfeeder

You can make this darling Plastic Bottle Birdfeeder! At a glance you don't even realize it was once a plastic bottle. The little roof is so darling and really makes the project look like a little house! This is a wonderful project to do with the kids and they will love seeing the birds use it. You can make all sorts of things out of water bottles. Recycle water bottles into pink flower bracelets for fun green crafting ideas for kids. Find more ideas below.

More Plastic Crafts

Eco Froggy Bank

You can craft with the most obscure plastic containers. This Eco Froggy Bank is made from a disposable cup like one you'd order a smoothie in. The hold in the top comes in handy for crafting your own bank! Find more recycled crafts below made from various plastic containers, such as CD cases, bottle caps, and more.

Paper Plate Crafts and Other Recycle Crafts from Paper Dishware

Pig Paper Plate

Paper plate crafts are great recycling projects for school, and this Pig Paper Plate uses multiple recycled items! Learn how to make darling animal faces out of paper plates with this tutorial. You can also craft with other paper dishware. Add a paper bowl project to your list of recycled crafts for kids when you turn him into a turtle. You'll save your trash can from filling up and your kids will get a chance to make a recycled reptile.

More Recycling Crafts for Kids

Upcycled Glove Animals

These Upcycled Glove Animals are also SO adorable, it's hard to pass them up! I love the dinosaurs. These are an absolutely adorable recycling projects for kids, and it's a fun project to make when you've lost a glove and don't know what to do with the other one! We have more miscellaneous recycled crafts below. For example, use old newspaper to create big, circular beads. Kids will love painting and decorating recycled paper beads.

What are your favorite recycling ideas for kids?

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So I do recycle and I encourage others to recycle as well. I have a few kids in the neighborhood that from time to time will have to sit with me until a parent comes home. I like to have something for them to do while we wait instead of looking at TV. This is a great collection of quick craft projects. Thanks.

What a wonderful grouping of projects for kids to make. The projects range from really quick and easy to something that may take a while to complete. Where to start?

This ebook is wonderful. I take care of my grand kids when they have any week days off. We always make things and they are really recycle minded. They will love doing these. I will let them each pick one of the projects and see how proud they are when done.

I have 3 special needs kids that are going to love these crafts. We love doing crafts and are always looking for new ideas. When we have snow days or rainy days, these activities are perfect. Cant wait

this is a really interesting website, rainy day projects for children.

Any ideas for old vcr tapes?

Found some lovely ideas here. This post is a great source of projects. My girls will surely love these ideas. Thanks for sharing! Rosetta from http//rubbishcollectionsouthkensington.co.uk/ )

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