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15 Green Crafts for Children

By: Melissa Conner, Editor of

Whether it's raining, snowing, or just a few days off from school, these 15 Green Crafts for Children will help keep kids occupied and entertained for hours.  From paper plates to pizza box art, these projects use everyday items to inspire creativity from kids of all ages.  Great for kids to do with their families or on their own, these thrifty and fun projects not only fun to make, but are a great way to teach kids about the importance of reduction, reusing, and recycling.


Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers:  Don't toss those empty ribbon spools!  These colorful flowers are great for those who love vibrant wall art.  Perfect for a kids playroom or nursery, these 3D style flowers are made with empty ribbon spools and a variety of paint colors.  Kids can help create these flowers under the supervision of an adult, and they'll love that they helped create and decorate something in their room.

cardboard ribbon spool flowers


Recycled Tic Tac Toe Game:  Kids and adults of all ages will love this fun verison of tic-tac toe!  Made with an old cereal box and plastic water bottle caps, this easy travel game is great for taking in the car or on a trip to grandma's house.  The little game pieces also contain magnets, so you don't have to worry about misplacing game pieces as you travel.


Robbie the Recycled Robot:  This recycle friendly robot is a great way to teach kids about the benefits of recycling.  Crafted from aluminum foil and other kid-friendly supplies, this easy to make robot would be a great project for Earth Day or a fun way to clean out your craft box.

robbie the recycled robot


Bottle Cap Bugs:  Use plastic bottle caps, cereal boxes, wire, and more to create this adorable Bottle Cap Bug.  Kids will love getting their hands dirty making a collection of these cute bug projects, and you can easily display them both indoors and out.  These fun green crafts for kids would look great in an outdoor garden display or could be used to decorate inside as well.

bottle cap bug


Paper Plate Flowers:  Use plain paper plates and some cute buttons to create these adorable Graditude Flowers.  This green crafting project is great for arts and crafts time at school, and kids can write what they're thankful for on the flower and display them in the front lawn.  These colorful springtime flowers are a great way to teach kids about the importance of saving the Earth and remaining thankful for all our blessings the whole year through.

paper plate flowers


Eco Froggy Bank:  An old Starbucks cup is perfect for creating this cute Eco Froggy Bank.  Kids can decorate their bank however they want and learn about saving and spending at an early age.  This eco friendly craft is not only fun and easy for kids to make, but is a great learning and teaching tool when it comes to teaching your kids about money and the environment.


Brown Bag Handle Bracelet:  Girls of all ages will love showing off their stylish side with these fun and easy recycled brown paper bag bracelets.  These colorful fashion staples are made using the handles from plastic grocery bags, so you can easily make them fit wrists of all shapes and sizes.  Let your girls decorate their own bracelets and teach them how to create fashionable accessories that they'll love to show off to their friends!


Pizza Box Wall Art:  Kids of all ages will love this project.  All you need is an empty pizza box and a bunch of little nick nacks and you've got all you need to create this fun wall decoration.  You could also use a flat top box instead of a pizza box or the box from a frozen pizza.  So order up a slice of pie and get ready for some great family craft time.


Upcycled Containers:  Great for storing craft supplies, pens and pencils, makeup, hair accessories, toy cars and so much more, these Upcycled Containers are a great way to use up leftover paper and canisters that you have lying around.  Great suggestions for upcycled containers are coffee jugs, oatmeal containers, large tin cans, and even empty paint cans.


Here are a few more great eco-friendly crafts for kids:

Noisy Noisemakers

Tin Can Critters

Smashed Soda Can Animals

Recycled Treat Containers

Adorable Bottle Cap Ladybug

Bold Button Water Bottle Bracelet

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