5 Recycled Crafts to Make With Your Kids

Shantie Toolsie  | August 1, 2018

At Rock Creek School, we teach our students all about the importance of helping our Earth to stay clean and healthy. Recycling is a large part of that, so we thought we would share some fun craft ideas (made from recycled materials) to try out with your kids, this summer! *

Be warned, however … these activities are so much fun, we wouldn’t be surprised if the whole family joined in!

Coffee Can Drums

It’s never too early to start getting your kids interested in musical instruments! While a real drum set would cost a pretty penny, these drums are much more cost-effective, since they are made out of empty coffee cans, balloons, and packing tape! Give this tutorial a try and get ready to hear some rockin’ tunes (and perhaps be invited to the jam session)!

Egg Carton Animals

These adorable critters are fun and easy to make, plus they’re very low-maintenance, as far as pets go! Most of the supplies needed are probably already in your home (especially if your kids enjoy crafts), and those that are not could easily be exchanged for other items in your home (newspaper instead of craft foam, for instance)! This tutorial has instructions for creating frogs, turtles, and caterpillars out of egg cartons.

Water bottle flowers

April showers may bring May flowers, but empty water bottles bring them in June! These pretty, plastic blossoms are made from the bottoms of water bottles, which gives them their petal shapes. They can be painted any color your child’s heart desires, which means that the possibilities are endless! This is also a great craft for plastic straws you may have collected from restaurants. They can easily be painted green (to look like stems) and best of all, they won’t end up in a landfill or the ocean!

T-Shirt Bracelets

Finally, a use for all of those old t-shirts that you can’t bear to give away, but are too worn out to wear! Whether they are your old shirts or their old shirts, your kids will love learning to weave all of the different colored strips into fashionable bracelets! Great for a calming, summer activity, plus, they can work on them indoors, by the pool, in the car—just about anywhere!

Tin Can Wind Chime

One of the best parts of summer is sitting on the porch and listening to all of the relaxing sounds of the season. Wind chimes can be especially soothing, plus, they’re very easy to make out of recycled tin cans! This tutorial gives step-by-step instructions on how to create a fun, colorful wind chime that can be enjoyed for many relaxing summers to come!

Be sure to take pictures of your final projects, as we would love to see how they turned out!

Happy Summer!

*Some of these crafts require tools such as hot glue guns, scissors, nails, and other materials which could cause harm if used incorrectly. Please make sure to supervise these crafts very closely and be ready to help with the more tedious steps.

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