With Earth Day approaching 22 april, what better time to celebrate with fun recycled craft ideas? I love shopping for craft supplies, but I’m also a firm believer in using what you have on hand, especially when it comes to kids – because let’s be honest they usually don’t care. the cost of materials. They just want to do things and have fun!

Here are a few project ideas that are easy to treasure using nothing more than tape, glue, and basic scissors, as well as supplies pulled straight from the recycling or trash can. As always, simply adjust your guiding level based on your child’s age and ability, and be especially careful when using sharp scissors, craft knives, or hot glue.

Robot cardboard box

Kids will love to make and play with this!

What do you need:

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  • Food box (boxes with windows make great open mouths!)
  • Assorted plastic and aluminum bottle caps
  • Aluminum foil
  • Double-sided adhesive tape
  • Hot glue and / or craft glue
Your supplies
Your supplies
How to do it:
  1. If you are using a box with a window opening, remove any remaining packaging.
  2. Wrap the box in aluminum foil and tape it with double-sided tape (an adhesive pass-through works well). Cut or tear the foil covering the windows of the “mouth” and fold the excess inward.
  3. Stack and nest bottle caps together to make eyes, gears, antenna and other parts of the face as desired, using glue to assemble. NOTE: Although hot glue makes this process faster than regular craft glue, it is very dangerous and should only be used by adults. The robot should only be handed over to children once the glue is 100% cold and dry!
Buttons are fun!
Buttons are fun!

Cardboard village

Make your own village.
Create your own village!

What do you need:

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  • Food boxes
  • white paper
  • Double-sided adhesive tape
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Coloring pencils and / or markers for children
  • Decorative tape or scotch tape (optional)
  • To make a car, you will also need a roll of toilet paper, four similar plastic bottle caps, and hot glue.
Raid your recycling box for these supplies.
Raid your recycling box for these supplies.
How to make houses and buildings:
  1. If the boxes have a “window” opening on one side, remove any remaining plastic packaging. If desired, cut out more cardboard to make the openings larger and create “doors.”
  2. Cut white paper to the correct size, wrap it around the boxes, and tape it with double-sided tape (a tape pass works well). Be sure to cut holes for the doors or windows. If desired, cover the corners with decorative tape or scotch tape. (Don’t worry too much about being exact! It’s not worth the stress.)
  3. Use a black marker to draw doors, windows, flowers and more on your boxes for your child to color. (Older children can draw their own.)
  4. Let your child use crayons and / or markers to decorate and play with their nifty new village!


How to make a simple car:
    1. Cut out a small rectangle from one side of a toilet paper roll.
    2. Cut a piece of white paper to the correct size, removing a space for the rectangle. Wrap paper around the toilet paper roll and stick it with duct tape.
    3. Hot glue four plastic bottle caps to the sides for the wheels.
Make sure you can get around town in style!
Make sure you can get around town in style!


Shannon miller

Shannon Miller is a coffee enthusiast wife and mother of two who lives and works in the heart of Huntsville, Alabama. As the Marketing Director of an ecommerce startup by day and owner of lifestyle brand Hettie Joan by night, she has managed the Rocket City Mom calendar of events since 2014.