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By: Susana Renee McNamara
Completed Trashbaby
Completed Trashbaby

"The trashbaby is a fun craft for people of all ages and from all socioeconomic backgrounds because all it takes is trash! The only skill you need is the skill of picking out pieces of trash of different vaguely human body part shapes. Because the trashbaby is made from garbage, it is an eco-friendly recycled craft and is guaranteed to be unique from any other trashbaby. You can even take leftover crafting supplies to dress up your trashbaby!"

MaterialsFood, Mixed Media, Pipe Cleaners, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting


HolidayEarth Day

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Garbage
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sharpie
  • Pens, washi tape, or other crafting supplies
  • A can-do attitude


  1. Open your garbage. Go through your garbage and find five pieces of garbage: one circular one for the head, one larger one for the body, two longer ones for the arms, and two longer, but thicker ones for the legs.

  2. I found a soft, rotting apple for the head. I used my sharpie to draw a face on the apple to make him a happy trashbaby.

  3. Earlier just this day, I threw out the moldy remains of my loaf of bread. This makes the perfect body. Use your hot glue gun to glue the bottom of the baby's head to the body.

  4. I found two pipe cleaners from another failed craft of mine in the garbage and shaped them to look like flailing arms. Use your hot glue gun to glue your arms to your baby.

  5. Toilet paper rolls are useful for so many things! I found one in my garbage and cut it in half with scissors for the legs. Use your hot glue gun to glue your legs to your trashbaby.

  6. My baby could not stand on his own, just like a real baby. If your trashbaby cannot stand on his own, just lean him against a wall.

  7. Use your leftover crafting supplies to decorate your trashbaby. This makes him look less like trash.

  8. You are done with your trashbaby!

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