Recycled Craft Ideas to do with the Kids This Spring
Unplug your family’s life this spring by making recycled crafts together. Too many kids entertain themselves 24/7 with TV shows, apps and games. While these can be great educational tools, it’s wise to get your hands dirty from time to time and learn more about doing your part.
Simple changes have a major impact on the environment and one’s mood, and crafting is a wonderful way to help nature reduce and repurpose waste. Once something is used, it doesn’t mean value is lost. Here are a few recycled craft ideas to do with your kids this spring:
1. Bring Single Socks to Life
Kids are notorious for losing socks and ending up with a drawer full of strays. So, get crafty and turn that old brown sock into a Chewbacca sock puppet. Most supplies are available at the craft store: pick up brown craft fur, googly eyes, felt, pipe cleaners and fabric glue. The rest of the supplies, such as scissors and brown thread, you likely already have at home.
Fold the fur over the sock and sew it on, along with Chewie’s felt-constructed bandolier. Smaller can use no-sew glue for the smaller parts while you take over the sewing, though it’s a great beginner craft to teach your kid how to sew. Move on to making a Darth Vader or Ewok.
2. Cardboard as Sidewalk Chalk Stencils
Use old moving boxes and other cardboard as sidewalk chalk stencils. Take your box cutter and slice out a star, heart or moon shape. Create more detailed stencils with a pencil or computer program and printer, for more artistically-inclined.
The star can be a shooting star or starfish — let your child’s imagination soar!
3. Wine Cork Multi-Color Frame
Are you a wino? Does your child love to paint? Combine the best of both worlds by using old corks to create a fun new picture frame.
You’ll find most of the supplies around your home, such as acrylic paint in various colors, paintbrushes, an old wood frame, box cutter, hot-glue gun and wine cork. Paint the frame together in white. Slice each cork into quarter-inch slices while your kiddo paints them one by one in whatever color they want. Then, glue on the pieces after they have time to air dry.
This frame makes for a creative family photo frame or a gift to the grandparents.
4. Plastic Bottle Maracas
Many think of consuming adult beverages when they think of Cinco De Mayo, but it was a very important battle in Mexico’s history. For those of a Mexican-American heritage, or interested in sharing the history, consider making homemade maracas out of plastic bottles. Mix dried pasta and uncooked beans together in plastic bottles and seal with masking tape. The kids can color the maracas first while you talk about history.
5. Repurpose Old Wood Furniture
How many kids complain that their room looks too childish? Though kids grow up too fast, you can keep beloved relics intact and update them.
For older kids, a great craft idea is to give old furniture a new look altogether while reducing waste. Besides, it’s trending, and it’s Instagrammable time with you. Before you begin, consider the unique beauty of the wood grain: do you want to preserve or expose rare features? Be careful of wood with spills, since you don’t know what it is.
Plan your project before you begin. If turning an old dresser into bookshelves, you won’t need to preserve the drawers. So, don’t worry if one is in bad condition. You can also supplement missing pieces of wood with pallet wood.
6. Soda Bottle Mini Greenhouse
Teach your child about recycling and treating the Earth with respect by constructing a mini greenhouse out of a soda bottle. Cut the bottle in half, and the lower half of the bottle becomes the pot where you drill leakage holes. Fill the improvised pot with soil and planted seeds. The top is the greenhouse portion, with the cap unscrewed to act as the watering hole.
This project shows how you can make an impact by recycling on an individual level and give back to nature.
From sock puppets to mini greenhouses, your family’s summer will be occupied with fun and learning with these Recycled Craft Ideas. Who says doing your part can’t be fun?
Thanks to Kacey Bradley for sharing these great ideas & inspiration to get us busy this Spring.
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!