17 Earth Day Crafts for Kids

Earth Day is going to be here before we know it and I’m sure you’re wondering what you could do with the kids this year! Today I’m rounding up 18 of my favorite upcycled DIY kid crafts you can create with recycled items. You can turn a lot of items that normally gets tossed into some wonderful kid crafts. One of my favorite Earth Day kid craft project would have to be #10. You learn exactly how to take all your old shopping bags and turn them into a incredible Jelly Fish only using items you already have.


My favorite part of Earth Day is that it encourages everyone to find other uses for items. Why would you want to go buy construction paper for the kids to paint on when you could just use old newspaper that would not be used?

1.Super Simple T-Shirt Scarf from Favecrafts
2. Funky Paint Chip Garland from Favecrafts
3. Colorful Ladybugs Toilet Paper Roll Craft from Favecrafts
4. How to Stamp a Circle Shirt using Fabric Paint from A Little Craft In Your Day
5. Tissue Box Guitar from Octavia and Vicky
6. Simple DIY Seed Bombs from Favecrafts
7. Tissue Box Monster from A Little Craft In Your Day
8. Jackson Pollock’s Favorite Shirt from Favecrafts
9. Make a recycled herb garden with the kids from Small Fry
10. Jelly Fish created with recycled bags from Teach Me Mommy
11. Mini Tin Can Drums Earth Day Craft from Make and Takes
12. DIY Bird Feeder for the kids from HelloBee
13. Paper Roll Bracelets Craft from Learn Create Love
14. We’ve got the whole world in our hands kid craft from Meet the Dubiens
15. Earth Day World Paint Craft from Pin Inspired
16. Earth Day Eco-friendly Fishes from Mixie Studio
17. Stained Glass Planet Earth from Mom On Timeout


Here is a DIY video which I shared over on the Favecrafts Youtube Channel. You can learn how to simply create this DIY toilet paper roll butterfly with just a few simple materials you probably already have on hand.

If that isn’t enough Earth Day inspired projects, be sure to check out this free eBook that Favecrafts has published, It is called “Trash to Treasure : 28 Recycled Crafts”

Leave a comment telling us which Earth Day kid craft you want to try first!

Go Green: 15 Earth Day Jewelry Crafts and Other DIY Projects

Recycled CD NecklaceEarth Day is in just two weeks! Are you excited? You should be! Earth Day is not just a holiday for granola-lovers, eco-friendly activists, and neo-hippies. It is also a day that everyone can celebrate with chic jewelry pieces and some awesome DIY projects. The Earth is important to celebrate, so honor Mother Nature with fabulous nature inspired jewelry pieces. Recycled jewelry is also a great way to show you care for the environment, but still want to maintain a sophisticated look. Wearable recycled crafts are an awesome way for DIY divas to save some cash while also going “green” and saving the Earth! Instead of tossing that plastic in the trash bin, turn it into the latest DIY jewelry trend.

AllFreeJewelryMaking has put together a list of some of the best nature inspired jewelry tutorials, recycled jewelry crafts, and other Earth Day inspired projects. Get started making these eco-friendly, holiday projects today, and celebrate, and contribute to a healthy, sustainable Earth.


Nature Inspired Jewelry

Beady Leafy FringeOne way to show your Earth Day enthusiasm is with nature inspired jewelry pieces. Check out this tutorial on how to make a Beaded Leafy Fringe. Free beading patterns are so much fun to try, and this technique can be used for a variety of projects. From trees to stones, you are sure to find the right DIY jewelry piece inspired by nature for you.

Beachy Wire Sea Star Pendant
Everglades Inspired Seed Bead Necklace
Stone and Bone Bracelet
Ocean Stones Statement Necklace
Rustic Spring Branch Necklace
Mossy Forest Floor Necklace
Tree Branch Bangles


Recycled Jewelry Tutorials

Coffee Stirrer Spike Necklace

Anyone can make a beautiful bead necklace; challenge yourself by turning would-be garbage into glamorous accessories and make something totally unique, like this Coffee Stirrer Spike Necklace. Plus, don’t forget, not all recycled jewelry has to come from the recycling bin. While it is great to turn trash into treasure, it is equally exciting to repurpose random odds and ends from around the house into bits and baubles for your next recycled jewelry creation. Use your imagination to create a unique, eco-friendly designs like a Recycled CD Necklace, other one of these other fabulous recycled jewelry pieces:



Even More DIY Projects for Earth Day


Earth Day Papier Mache GlobeOnce you look chic and sleek with your Earth Day friendly jewelry designs, you are going to be in the mood to create more exciting DIY Earth Day projects. From green crafting ideas to coffee filter flowers, we’ve got you covered with this collection of Earth Day crafts.

Refashioned Cardboard Storage Bins
Nature Journal for Kids
Recycled Decoupage Luminary Jars
Cute and Colorful Coffee Filter Flowers
Recycled Magazine Floral Wreath
Necktie Refashion Into Necklace or Wallet
Quick Fix Grocery Bag
25 Green Crafts for Earth Day
33 Earth Day Activities for Children



Earth Day is just around the corner, so start crafting these awesome eco-friendly projects today! Be sure to check out even more Earth Day projects from AllFreeJewelryMaking, AllFreeHolidayCrafts, AllFreeKidsCrafts, AllFreePaperCrafts, AllFreeSewing, and Fave Crafts.


How are you going to celebrate Earth Day?

Earth Week Blog Hop: And the Winner Is…

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Earth Week Blog Hop! We challenged you to share your best eco-friendly projects with the FaveCrafts community. For the last four days, blog readers have had the chance to vote for their favorite project.


And the winner is…


Pavithra submitted this crochet crochet scarf! You can find the full tutorial on her blog, My Crochet.



Thank you to everyone who linked up for this hop! You can see all the submissions and find great spring craft tutorials by visiting the Earth Week Blog Hop post.

We’ll see you back here for the next blog hop!

Recycled Milk Carton Pirate Ship Plus Earth Week Giveaway!

Yes, yes, Earth Day has come and gone, but we here at FaveCrafts.com think that the Earth is important enough to deserve at least a whole week or celebration. That’s why we’ve been honoring the Earth with special recycled and upcycled projects that help keep a little less out of the landfills. We want you to craft green to help the Earth and help yourselves save a little green. This small challenge comes with big reward. Return daily to enter to win one of two exciting Earth Week prizes. Find the contest rules and enter below.

FaveCrafts-Earth-Week-Logo*This giveaway is now over. Please enjoy the free tutorial below.

Today’s project is graciously brought to you by Scrapkins! They are a New York city based brand for kids art and crafting that focuses on using recycled materials – teaching kids to be creative and Eco-conscious at the same time! This project is an adorable, easy, and fun craft to make with your kids that not only helps recycle some household items

Scrapkins Milk Carton Pirate Ship



  • Clean and dry milk or juice carton (any size will do)
  • 1 toilet paper tube (or paper towel tube cut in half)
  • 1 Egg carton
  • 1 drinking straws
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Hole Punch
  • Tape
  • Markers/Crayons
  • Pencil
  • Paints or Colored Paper


  1. Let’s begin mateys! Cut the top 1/3″ off the milk carton. You can ask an adult for help cutting.
  2. Trim the corners off the front of the top piece along the lines so it has a triangular end.
  3. Using a pencil carefully poke a hole in the center of the top piece for your mast.
  4. Use scissors to make 2 tiny snips in the end of the straw. Pull apart the 2 ends of the straw along the cuts so your straw has 2 flaps.
  5. Raise the Mast! Put the end of the straw through the hole in the top ship piece and fold down the 2 ends of the straw. Use a stapler to staple each end flat to the top piece so you mast is standing straight and secure.
  6. Place the top piece inside the bottom piece so the mast is up. Put 2 staples along each side to secure the top piece to the bottom. Now you have the hull of your ship with a Mast!
  7. Make a Sail! Cut along the edge of a toilet paper tube so you can open it flat.
  8. Use markers or crayons to design and decorate the sail.
  9. Use the hole punch to punch one hole at the top of your sail in the middle and one hole at the bottom.
  10. Attach the Sail! Slide the end of the mast through the 2 holes in the sail.
  11. Make a Crow’s Nest! Use scissors to cut off 1 egg cup from the egg carton so it looks like a little bowl.
  12. Use a pencil to gently poke a hole in the bottom of the Crow’s Nest. Slide the Crow’s Nest on the mast above the sail.
  13. Extras: Use paint to decorate the hull of the ship or cut out shapes of colored paper to glue on. You can make a flag out of a piece of paper and attach it to your sail. Try making more than one sail.
  14. Sail Your Ship! Place your ship in water and watch it float.

Wasn’t that easy? Thanks to Scrapkins for providing such a fun project. You can actually find this project and many more like it in their book, Scrapkins Build It Book: 12 Things You Can Make from Junk!

Cheerful Cardboard Pirate Ship  Having a pirate party with your kids? Check out these other great projects from AllFreeKidsCrafts!

  1. Papier Mache Pirate Ship
  2. Cheerful Cardboard Pirate Ship
  3. Thrifty Cardboard Pirate Ship
  4. A Pirate’s Life for Me
  5. Pirate Treasure Chests
  6. Scurvy Pirate Outfits and Swords

Earth Week Giveaway

Return daily to comment on the blog for your chance to win one of the two Earth Week prizes. One lucky winner will win a Wool Felt Bug Kit and an Art Journal Kit from Arterro, and another lucky winner will win two hanks of At the Bahamas: Multi Colored Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon Yarn from Darn Good Yarn.

Bonus! As a gift to all Earth Week participants, when shopping with Arterro enter the coupon code FAVE20 for 20% off any order through May 1st.

Arterro Art Journal KitArterro Wool Felt Bug Kit

At the Bahamas Yarn


  • There is a maximum of one entry per person per day. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied. You can comment once a day on each blog post.
  • Winners will be selected at random from the comments on the Earth Week blog posts.
  • Winners will be announced here on the blog on April 29th as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until April 28th, 2013 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on any of the Earth Week posts. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

What household items do you keep to craft with?

20+ Crafts for Kids to Make from Recycled Items

Charming Egg Carton ButtonsEarth Day is quickly approaching, which means (if you haven’t been already) it’s time to start caring for our planet. You can do this in so many different ways, and AllFreeKidsCrafts is here to share how to do it in a FUN way. Help Mother Earth by reusing her items for good. That could mean as a present for someone you love, a craft that will make everyone smile, or a decoration that saves the soil from one extra plastic bottle. You could also grab your favorite little green thumbs and start planting beautiful blossoms to add beauty and fresh air to our everyday lives. For the ultimate list of Earth Day activities for kids, click here.


Whatever you do to help our Earth deserves a giant thank you from the entire population. Since coordinating that might be a bit difficult, I’ll do the honors: Thank you for your contribution to keeping our planet clean and to ensuring many more Earth Days for our children and their children.

BONUS: Crafts from recycled items are thrifty…that means that you are spending a lot less money!

Kids’ Crafts from Milk Jugs and Egg CartonsMilk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet

The creativity that people possess never ceases to amaze me. It’s not every day that I look at a milk jug and see a Storm Trooper Helmet. Thankfully, though, there are brilliant, artistic minds out there who finish their last egg and immediately see the body of a sail boat. To those innovative imaginations I say, “What??” I also say, “Thank you!” We now can spend days crafting the most fun projects out of items that are sitting in our recycling bins.

Charming Egg Carton Buttons
The Ultimate Bat Masks
Cute Carton Ladybug Crawlers
Egg Carton Caterpillars
Milk Jug Airplane
Egg Carton Frog
Egg Cartons on Sail
Eye Spy Glasses

Kids’ Crafts from Toilet Paper Rolls Racecars


It’s funny to think that an object used in the bathroom has become one of the most-used materials for crafting. But, hey –they’re cheap, and we all have them on hand. Using toilet paper rolls to craft also allows you to feel less guilty about going through a roll a day. You can lean down and kiss the Earth, but you can also say thanks by reusing its resources.

Beaded Butterfly Beauty
Advent Calendar
Billy the Goat
Slinky Snake
Fridge Marble Run

Recycled Crafts from Other MaterialsCD Fish

The fun doesn’t stop with old food containers and toilet paper rolls. You never thought that sentence would be said seriously, did you? Really, though, green crafting IS fun! And a ton of it at that. Use bottle caps, water bottles, scrap fabric, spare pieces of yarn; anything you can find, you can use! I challenge you to that. Next time you’re about to throw something away, think if you can use it to make a funky kids’ craft. You may just find that you’re the next Picasso through the process.

Better for the Earth Butterfly Craft
Robot Pencil Holder
Go Green Scrapbook
Must-Make Mini Glass Art

Gardening Crafts for Kids Mr. Potato Head Planter

Take a penny, leave a penny. Take a flower, plant a flower. We’ve all picked a beautiful, colorful flower from our green earth, and it’s time for us to return that gift. Plant some seeds, and watch them blossom into presents for our planet.

Eggshell Seedling Planters
Mr. Potato Head Planter
Silly Grass Heads
Windowsill Garden
Reduce Your Footprint Planter

Bottle Art Giveaway from FaveCrafts!

When it comes to partaking of the fruit of the vine, I know I feel wasteful just tossing the empty bottle into the recycling bin…I can’t help but think, “What can I make with wine bottles that’s decorative and useful?”  Well, Generation Green beat me to it.

For all you savvy recyclers out there, this collection of Bottle Art kits is just what you need to turn wine bottles into works of art!  This 4-pack kit from Diamond Tech comes with everything you need to make luminaries, plant keepers, wind chimes, and an awesome keepsake bottle box.  After exploring all the things you can make with wine bottles, you’ll find your recycling bin getting lighter and lighter as the weeks go on!

I particularly love the Generation Green Bottle Art Wind Chime Kit.  Not only is a wind chime a great idea for reusing empty wine bottles, but you can also use beer bottles, juice bottles, and other glass pieces to create something that’s colorful and unique.  Find bottles of different colors and hang your wind chime near a window that gets plenty of sun.  You’ll love how the light reflects on the glass and creates a beautiful glow in or outside of your home!

If you love recycled crafts and are always on the hunt for a project that’s new and different, be sure to sign up to win this awesome Generation Green Bottle Art 4 Pack giveaway!  You’ll love all the cool things you can do with your empty wine and beer bottles.  And, best of all, these projects are environmentally safe, so you’re doing your part to keep stuff out of land fills by turning it into beautiful works of art!

This Generation Green 4-pack also makes a great housewarming gift, accompanied with a few bottles of good red wine…so be sure to visit the Generation Green giveaway page and sign up to win this awesome prize!  You can enter to win once a day, so return often to increase your chances of winning!  You have until April 6th to win, so pour yourself a glass and sign up to win today!  Cheers!

How To: Make an Earth Day Flower

Earth Day is just about a week away, so it’s time to get in the recycling mood if you haven’t already. One of the best times of year to try upcycle and recycle crafts is in the Spring when we’re all trying to be a bit more ec0-conscious. I got an idea from a scrapbooker on Youtube who did a quick tutorial on easy paper flowers. It got me thinking… this could be a super easy recycle craft that uses magazine pages, which would have the potential to look super funky and eclectic too.


  • Magazine pages, cut in 1 3/4″ strips (the more colorful the better)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or Quick Grip heavy duty adhesive
  • Medium to Large size Buttons


  1. With each strip of magazine paper, fold it like an accordian all the way up.
  2. Bend the strip in around a glue the two ends together (so it lays in a flower shape)
  3. Cut out a circle (or die-cut) 2-inch diameter.
  4. Glue circle to the back of the flower, this will stabilize the flower.
  5. Glue one button or a cluster of fun small buttons to the center of the flower.
  6. Adorn our Earth Day cards with fun recycled paper flowers!

Here is the video tutorial that inspired this craft. Use scrapbook paper like she does, or go all out for Earth Day and use newspaper or magazine pages and have fun!

More Green Crafts for Earth Day:
Garden Flowers Seed Paper
42 Ways to Recycle eBook