30 Fun Recycled Crafts

I love using recycled materials for crafting. They are easy to find, don’t cost a thing, and the possibilities are endless. Here’s a round-up of great ideas I found which all use recycled materials. (All words in orange are links to the original blog post.)

Cardboard Tubes
Explore sound and make a kazoo with Buggy and Buddy
Make a DIY fine motor sorting activity with Dirt And Boogers
Make Jack Be Nimble candlesticks with Creative Family Fun
Make the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf with Red Ted Art
Make a textured baby play station with Kids Activities Blog

Plastic Bottles
Make floating word discovery bottles with Play Trains
Make flower prints with empty soda bottles with Inner Child Fun
Have fun with plastic bottle bowling with Learn With Play At Home
Make glittery calming bottles with Mess for Less
Make rainbow music shakers with My Little 3 and Me

Cardboard Box
Make a giant clock for time telling practice with Princess and the Rock
Make baby activity boxes with Danya Banya
Make a cardboard cafe with Inner Child Fun
Make a cardboard knight’s shield with Red Ted Art
Make a shoe box doll house with MollyMoo

Egg Cartons
Make egg carton rainbows with Creative Family Fun
Turn egg cartons into pretty spring tulips with Sugar Aunts
Make peek-a-boo penguins with Preschool Powol Packets
Make egg carton spring flowers with Toddler Approved
Make an egg carton catapult with JDaniel4’s Mom

Magazines, Newspapers, and Other Recycled Paper
Do some recycled magazine weaving with Handmade Kids Art
Make newspaper crowns with Salsa Pie
Make itsy bitsy spiders from magazine pages with Creative Family Fun
Make recycled paper beads with Handmade Kids Art
Make newspaper play structures with Inner Child Fun

Tin Cans
Make tin can stilts with Pink Stripey Socks
Make colorful outdoor wind chimes with Hands On: As We Grow
Turn your cans into magnetic building blocks with What Do We Do All Day?
Make tin can drums with Hands On: As We Grow
Make tin can flower pots with NurtureStore

For even more recycled fun, check out this fantastic collaborative Pinterest Board, Recycled Crafts

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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