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54 Recycle Crafts and Projects 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,
Updated October 17, 2017

Recycle 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.

Aluminum Can Crafts

Soup Can Bowling

Featured Project: Smashed Soda Can Animals

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.

Meanwhile, 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! Find more recycled can crafts below.

Drink Carton Crafts

Drink Carton Gift Box

Featured Project: Making Ice Candles

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.

Additionally, this 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!

More Crafts with Cardboard

Pringles Can Storage Container

Featured project: Pizza Box Art

At a glance, it's impossible to tell that this lovely artwork came from a pizza box! Scrap paper, CDs, and more make for a fabulous project.

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.

Plastic Bottle Crafts

Plastic Bottle Birdfeeder

Featured Projects: Pink Flower Water Bottle Bracelets

Recycle water bottles into pink flower bracelets for fun green crafting ideas for kids.

You can also 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.

More Plastic Crafts

Eco Froggy Bank

Featured Project: Felt Floral Plastic Bottle Bracelet

At a glance, you'd never guess this bracelet is made from a water bottle! Teach your kids the importance of recycling with this pretty craft.

You can also 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!

Recycle Crafts from Paper Dishware

Pig Paper Plate

Featured Projects: Cute Paper Bowl Turtle

Add this paper bowl project to your list of recycled crafts for kids. You'll save your trash can from filling up and your kids will get a chance to make a recycled reptile.

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.

More Recycling Crafts for Kids

Upcycled Glove Animals

Featured Project: Recycled Newspaper Beads

Use old newspaper to create big, circular beads. Kids will love painting and decorating these recycled paper beads.

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!

What are your favorite recycling ideas for kids?

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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// )

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