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Kids Crafts Using Recycled Materials



By Holly Campbell

Kids love to make things but are you running out of fun craft ideas to do with your kids this summer? There's always something to create from recycled materials and things found around the house. Let your imagination run free with these recycled crafts – you save money, help the environment and keep the kids happy!


What Crafts Can Kids Make Out of Household Items?


1. Plastic Spoon Wind Chime

Here's a great way to craft green and reuse disposable plastic cutlery. Gather some plastic spoons (about 5 to 7), a paper plate and some yarn and you're on your way to making a wind chime.

First, cut the yarn into lengths from 4" to 6". Then, tie to the ends of the plastic spoons.

When you're done with that, make a few holes into the paper plate. Thread the yarn through and tie a knot in each piece.

Finally, fasten three pieces of yarn to the top of the paper plate. Let kids decorate the paper plate with drawings, stickers or glitters.



2. Teach your kids to save money with this easy craft. Using empty milk jugs, your kids can make and decorate their very own piggy bank.

Cut a hole big enough for every coin under the lip of the milk jug so kids can slip their money in. Let them decorate it however they want.



3. Another way to reuse milk jugs is to make a planter. Cut the top off of the milk jug, fill it with soil, and let your kids plant easy-to-grow vegetable, flower or herd seeds in them.

Make sure they keep up with the plant and water it. The plant will need to be transplanted to the garden or bigger pots when they outgrow their "pots".



4. Recycle your old egg cartons into cute little ladybugs. You'll need empty egg carton cup, a small piece of black chenille, 2 small wiggle eyes, 1 medium black pom pom, colorful acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, white craft glue and hot glue gun.

Separate egg carton cups with scissors and trim the edges neatly. Next, let kids paint egg cartons and let dry.

Glue wiggle eyes on to black pom pom (head) and let dry.

Glue it onto the side of the egg cup with white craft glue and let dry completely, making sure the eyes are facing out and are where you want them.

Now, cut the black chenille in half. Bend the end of each one to form the antennae and fix to the head with hot glue.

Then paint black dots to the ladybug's back. Let dry completely before giving it to your kids.



There are so many ways to make crafts and games for kids with things around the house. Use your imagination and let your kids explore the different ways to turn trash to treasure recycled crafts!



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