Recycled Materials Crafts - Make crafts out of stuff you'd throw away

Got paper bags??  Well if you hate to just throw them away, try some of these crafts with your kids using paper bags, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, grocery bags, egg cartons, cereal boxes, paper plates and other recycled materialsShare your recycled materials crafts with us!

The pomp and ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations should have provided plenty of inspiration for young kids to make some wonderfully colourful arts and crafts. So why not provide them with the raw materials to make a homemade crown?…
Too many plastic grocery bags?  You can make this fun upcycled/recycled plastic bag wreath using bags from the grocery store.  Using an iron to fuse layers of different colored grocery bags together make a really cool leopard effect.  Once you…
We had lots of fun making this Paper Mache Piggy Bank.  We used a flour and water Paper Mache Recipe, which is the cheapest way to make Paper Mache.  We made 2 Piggy Banks and used the entire recipe.  We…
Kids will have fun making their own purse or briefcase with this craft.  You can make this craft with things you have already on hand.  My daughter really loved being able to design her own purse.  Here's another purse craft…
Here is a classic craft for kids - Egg Carton Bugs and Animals.  We had to convince my son to make this caterpillar, because he wanted to make a Dinosaur.  (We didn't have to twist his arm or anything because…
Here is a classic craft for kids - Egg Carton Bugs.  Kids will have fun making this Egg Carton Ant.  Give them an egg carton, some paint, scissor, etc and see what your kids can create!  This is a great…
You little cowboy will have fun making these Cowboy Chaps and Spurs out of Grocery Paper Bags.  Also, use our Cowboy Vest Paper Bag Craft and our Paper Bag Hat to complete the costume.   Supplies needed to make Paper…
You can make cute animals that stand up using paper plates. This is a great craft for a group of kids; you can provide the supplies and let them use their imaginations when creating their animal.  If you are looking…
Here's a craft for all you campers out there.  Make your own fire starters using things you'd throw away.  These are great to keep in your hiking pack or camper in case the need for a campfire arises. Submitted by…
Make a cute Garland using Paper Towel or Toilet Paper Rolls.  You can use as a swag to decorate your mantel or windows, or make a lot of them and hang them like one of those bead curtains.  These are…
Make pictures that pop off your page by using Paper Towel or Toilet Paper Rolls.  Cut up a bunch of Paper Towel Rolls and give your child some glue and see what they can create.  Any age child will enjoy…
Make your own pinata out of an empty Toilet Paper Roll.  This cute pinata is decorated with leftover party streamers or tissue paper.  Your kids will really have fun making this Horse Toilet Paper Roll Pinata.   Supplies to make…
Make a puppet out of old socks!  Kids will have fun making this craft, you can provide a variety of craft supplies for them to design their own puppet, like this horse sock puppet.   Supplies for a Horse Sock…
Next time you go to the grocery store ask for paper instead of plastic and you'll have free wrapping paper.  Pair this wrapping paper with our Tissue Paper Flowers and you'll have one sylish gift. Supplies for Paper Bag Wrapping…
Giddy Up Cowboy!!  Make this cool paper bag vest with your little cowboy.  It’s a great activity to do for a Cowboy or Cowgirl themed birthday party or make a kids costume for Halloween.   Supplies for Cowboy Paper Bag…
You can use paper grocery bags or large sheets of paper from a paper supply store to make the paper hats for kids.  With a little creativity, you can make almost any style or shape hat.  This is a great…
This is a fun craft for a wide range of kids’ ages.  For younger kids you can cut out all of the shapes and let them glue them onto the paper bags.   You can also make pigs, cats, dolls (use…

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