Five Recycled Creative Crafts You Can Make With Your Kids

July 13, 2022

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JediVite® shares five fun arts and crafts projects you and your kids can make from recycled items.

Hello JediVite® Warriors! I want to take a moment to remind you to take note of the little things we can do daily to make a difference and save our planet. 

Some activities can improve your well-being and care for the earth simultaneously. One of the easiest ways to do this is through arts and crafts with recycled items; this is a fun activity that you can get kids to join, and it can help teach them to reduce waste and remain aware of the impact of littering while having fun with the whole family.

1: Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder

First on our list is an easy-to-make toilet paper roll bird feeder; this is a simple craft and fun to do with your kids while repurposing those pesky finished loo paper rolls into something useful.

Crafting toilet paper roll bird feeders is an excellent way of reducing waste while teaching your kids the importance of recycling and protecting the planet. Plus, it is a perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy together.

Supplies Needed:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Craft/Popsicle Sticks
  • Bird seed
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • String

How to Craft:

Start by cutting a small hole in the centre of the roll; once you make the hole, you can help your child thread a string or ribbon through the hole. 

Once the string is in place, fill the roll with bird seed. Finally, tie off the end of the string and hang the feeder from a tree or other item in your yard, and you’re good to go.

Now you’re ready to sit and watch the birds come flocking with your family.

2: Homemade Wind Chimes

Second on our list, crafting homemade wind chimes is a fun activity for kids of all ages and doubles as an excellent way to recycle any waste materials. These chimes are super easy to make with only a few household items and are a beautiful addition to decorating your outdoor space.

Supplies Needed:

  • Cleaned-out tin cans
  • Paint
  • String
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Metal washers or nuts
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Tape (optional)

How to Craft:

Gather some old plastic bottles, metal cans, or even shells and stones. 

You’ll also need some string or yarn, scissors, and tape. Once you have your materials, let your kids get creative. They can cut the bottles into different shapes or decorate the cans with paint or markers, and you can help them thread the string through the holes on top of each object. Once you attach all of the pieces of string, tie each piece of string to a stick or dowel and enjoy the sound of your new wind chimes.

3: Egg Carton Tree Canvas

As we reach the middle of our list, here is an excellent craft idea using recycled egg cartons. We often throw away our egg cartons after use, but did you know you can recycle them and transform them into a beautiful and unique piece of art? 

With a few simple supplies, you can craft an awesome recycled egg carton tree canvas and simultaneously protect the planet.

Supplies Needed:

  • Empty, clean egg carton
  • Large blank white canvas
  • Green craft paint
  • Brown craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Craft scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue gun sticks

How to Craft:

All you need is an egg carton, some paint, and a few other basic supplies for this simple craft. 

Cut the egg carton into tree shapes and glue them onto a canvas. Then, paint the trees however you like. You can even add other creative embellishments, such as beads or sequins. This craft is easy to make, and you can reuse it many times. So next time you have an empty egg carton, don’t throw it away – recycle it into something beautiful.

4: Water Bottle Fish

All you need are some scissors, glue, and paint. 

The first step is to cut the bottom off of the bottle. Next, you must cut out a triangle for the fishtail and two small circles for the eyes. Once you have your parts, glue everything in place and paint your fish. 

Now all you need to do is hang your fish up as decoration or use them to play games with your kids. Either way, you’ll give new life to plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Supplies Needed:

  • Water bottle
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue

How to Craft:

All you need are some scissors, glue, and paint. 

The first step is to cut the bottom off of the bottle. Next, you must cut out a triangle for the fishtail and two small circles for the eyes. Once you have your parts, glue everything in place and paint your fish. 

Now all you need to do is hang your fish up as decoration or use them to play games with your kids. Either way, you’ll give new life to plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfills.

5: Tin Can Creatures

With some imagination, you can transform tin cans into many different creatures, from dragons and dinosaurs to kittens and ladybugs. Not only is this a fun activity to do with your kids, but it’s also a great way to recycle waste and teach them the importance of reusing materials. 

Supplies Needed:

  • Tin cans
  • Paint
  • Toothpicks
  • Sponge brushes
  • Coloured floral wire
  • Small screwdriver
  • Rubber mallet
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun

The first step is to paint the tin cans with patio paint. 

Next, you must use the small screwdriver to poke holes in the bottom of the cans carefully; you must be careful with this step and use a vice if you have one on hand. 

You only need one hole for the wings and one directly opposite it for the post so you can stick them in your garden. The wings are the trickiest part, and while there is no perfect method, we recommend keeping the wire in a spiral shape as much as possible. You can also add a tail if you want, but ensure you pull the wings out, so you force them into an oblong shape rather than a circle. 

Finally, you can add your googly eyes with toothpicks by glueing the eyes on one side and then wedging the toothpick, and you’re good to go. 

Now you and your kids can have fun, create any creature they can imagine, and save the planet through recycling.

You can make plenty of crafts with your family using recycled materials. 

With a bit of creativity, you can quickly turn waste into art. Crafting with recycled materials is a great way to teach kids about the importance of reusing and recycling. 

By repurposing old materials, you can help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Be the change that you want to see around the world, JediVite® Warriors.

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