Fun Crafts with Recycled Items
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Fun At Home Arts and Crafts for Kids that are Earth Friendly
Arts and Crafts are a creative way of expression and an important part of fun, learning, and child development. However, we need to be certain that the materials being used are safe for kids as well as for the environment. There are a myriad of art projects that can be completed by reusing materials that would have otherwise been discarded, thus giving those items a new life while reducing the need for the production of new materials. Get creative and see what you have around your house, school, yard, or community!
Penn State: Environmentally friendly activities for children
Using items around the House:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Tornado in a bottle
Public Broadcasting Service: Milk jug DIY jewelry
Thinkery: DIY egg carton flower
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Repurposing with a purpose
Reusing and Recycling Arts and Crafts:
Levi Strauss Foundation: Kid-friendly crafts made from denim
Reset: DIY Upcycled kid’s clothes
Recycle Art: Upcycled crayon art
Utah State University: Reuse: Creating a next life for common items
NASA: Make a CD Saturn
Outdoor Arts and Crafts:
Texas Parks and Wildlife: Arts and crafts
Missouri Department of Conservation: How to make a pinecone bird feeder
Clemson Cooperative Extension: Holiday decorating with fresh greenery
Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Drying and preserving flowers and plant materials for decorative use
Are you still looking for more ideas? Here are some of our favorites:
The National Aquarium has a how-to page for making a kite with recycled materials that you can find around the house.
The Wisconsin Green Schools Network has a huge guide that includes ideas for reusing egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, oatmeal containers, paper bags, and more.
The OpenLab at City Tech has suggestions for making beautiful holiday gifts with reused glass jars.
Are you interested in creating your own handmade paper? CalRecycle has a step-by-step lesson plan to follow.