Every day is Earth Day at our house and one of the best ways to celebrate our love for the Earth is through easy recycling art projects for kids.
Most (if not all) kids enjoy channeling their inner Picasso and using stuff you’ve already got around the house serves a double purpose.
When my kids were young, I started a box to keep random things like toilet paper rolls, yarn, string, yogurt cups, cereal boxes, you get the gist.
Then when they were bored or were looking to create something, I’d pull the box out and they could let their imaginations run wild.
Easy Recycling Art Projects for Kids
CD Wind Spinners Made from Old CDs
So much promotional material comes in the form of CDs now and you watch or listen to it once and then you’re done. We all have old CDs laying around with no clue what to do with them.
Why not turn them into a Wind Spinner like this one from Jackie at HappyHooligans?
If you have kids in preschool, you probably have so many of these bead and glitter things from other projects. When my kids would bring home projects that had all these things stuck on, after we enjoyed them for a while, I’d pull them off to save in my ‘arts & crafts’ box.
RELATED: How to dispose of old CDs
Cardboard Tube Space Shuttle
We always seem to have toilet paper tubes in the recycling bin that are ripe for pulling out for crafting. My kids would have loved this Cardboard Tube Space Shuttle from Katie at A Little Pinch of Perfect.
Recycled Carton Bird Feeder
One item I struggle with when it comes to recycling are the milk and juice cartons. They are made from cardboard but have a wax coating on them so they aren’t typically (well at least for me) recycled through curbside pickup or local facilities.
Allison at No Time for Flashcards has this awesome idea for making a bird feeder out of those pesky cartons.
Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Sun Catcher
Plastic bottles are everywhere, it’s hard to get away from them so why not turn them into something lovely for the garden?
These sun catchers from Toni at Our Family Code are super creative and fun to hang from a tree in the yard.
Egg Carton Flowers
I love flowers which is why I am in love with this fun craft. In fact, these are probably the only flowers I can keep alive…
Jackie from I Heart Arts n Crafts has put together this cute craft and if you’ve got kids, you probably already have most of the required materials on hand.
I love this Upcycled Clock from Jamie at Hands on as We Grow because on thing we seem to have an abundance of is bottle caps. You could do this with any sort of bottle cap, just need them to be somewhat uniform in size.
Crayon Play Dough Using Old Crayons
Are you really a parent if you don’t have broken crayons hiding in all crevices of your home? Probably not, right!?!
No easy recycling art projects for kids roundup post would be complete without at least one idea to use up those broken crayons. Colleen at The OT Toolbox uses them to color home made play dough.
These would all make great Earth Day crafts using recycled materials. Comment below and let me know which of these easy recycling art projects for kids you’re going to try first.
Now that you’ve made it to the end, maybe you’re like me and save (ie hoard) things until you can figure out an eco friendly solution for them. Do you have a pile of greeting cards that are just waiting to be used in a project?
Head over to my post, 5 Fantastic Ways to Use Old Greeting Cards for some fun ideas.