5 Recycling Crafts for Kids

recycled kids crafts laid out on white counter

I asked you all last week over on IG about what types of projects you were wanting us to share during this weird season and SO many of you asked for simple crafts for kids and adults! I honestly LOVE making these types of crafts so I am thrilled to share a bunchhh with you over the next few weeks! This week I’m sharing 5 easy crafts for kids that you can make with all of that recycling you’ve got lying around!

I’m sharing a video below that includes step-by-step instructions for each project and then just sharing some quick details about each below!

mushrooms made from egg cartons

Egg Carton Mushrooms

  • egg carton
  • x-acto knife
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • hot glue gun

Cut out your tops and stems. Let kids paint as desired. Glue together.

cardboard cactus in terracotta pot

Cardboard Cactus

  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • cactus template
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • hot glue gun
  • small terra-cotta planter

Cut cactus pieces out of cardboard using template. Paint as desired. Slide pieces together and glue to secure. Glue piece of cardboard into planter and then attach cactus.

cardboard cameras with string

Cardboard Cameras

  • cardboard boxes
  • scissors
  • template
  • toilet paper roll
  • cap
  • string
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • tape
  • hot glue gun

For the flat camera, just use the template to cut out. Cut small piece of toilet paper roll for front. Paint as desired. Cut small holes and put string through and tie. Hot glue toilet paper roll to the front.

For boxy camera, use a thinner cardboard and cut out box to desired shape. Cut holes through front and back to look through. Cut holes in each side and put string through and tie. Tape/glue box together and paint as desired. Hot glue toilet paper roll to the front and other caps to the top.

framed chalk art

Paper Bag Chalk Art

  • paper bags
  • chalk
  • scissors
  • framer (if desired)

Cut out pieces of paper from a paper bag and let your kids draw on the inside plain side and then frame their new art!

teal and white birdhouse made from milk carton

Milk Carton Birdhouse

  • milk/juice carton
  • x-acto knife
  • spray paint
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • template
  • string
  • scissors
  • cardboard
  • hot glue gun
  • round dowel

Start with a milk or juice carton. Use x-acto knife to cut out the cap part and the top edge. Spray paint base coat. Let kids paint as desired. Cut small hole in the top to put string through to hang. Use template to cut out shingles from cardboard and cut out the opening on the front of the birdhouse. Glue shingles onto roof. Cut hole below opening on front and glue wooden dowel in place.

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