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30 Recycled Crafts for Kids That Are Easy and Fun for Earth Day

Tin can planters and water bottle fishes are only a few unique ideas on our list.

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The House That Lars Built/ The Best Ideas for Kids

Crafts are always fun to try with your kids — especially when you rely on crafting supplies straight from your recycling bin. In light of Earth Day (and love for our planet), we're sharing our favorite recycled crafts for kids that are simple, unique and great for keeping your kids entertained at home.

Our DIY ideas range from egg carton flowers and cork bottle bugs to water bottle fishes and bird feeders made of toilet paper rolls, which are perfect for inspiring your child's creativity and teaching them about climate change (and how to make a positive impact on our environment). And don't worry about blowing your budget on craft supplies. The materials needed are versatile, with glass, plastic and cardboard being a few pieces you can purchase for less or find around the house (great for showing your little ones how important it is to make responsible choices about products they buy daily). So if you're looking for something fun to do on April 22 with your kids, choose one (or even two) of these crafts from our list. Plus, be sure to check out our best Earth Day quotes for eco-friendly inspiration.

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1 Accordion Paper Flowers
recycled crafts for kids paper accordion flowers
Mike Garten

These paper flowers are so colorful and fun to make. Download these templates before following the steps below to make them (in multiple, sizes, shapes and colors).

  1. Cut out 4 pieces of yellow or white paper (depending on what color daffodil you would like) using the first template.
  2. Fold the paper in half both vertically and horizontally and open again. Fold the bottom up about ¼" and crease it down.
  3. Flip the paper over and fold all the way to the top until you create an accordion.
  4. Fold the accordion-folded paper in half and attach the two middle pieces together with double-sided tape.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the remaining 3 pieces of paper.
  6. Connect all 4 together with a strip of double stick tape to create a flower shape.
  7. Cut out a rectangle of orange paper about 2" x 1.5" and cut little points on one of the long edges.
  8. Roll the rectangle loosely to make a tube shape and connect with a small piece of double-sided tape, folding the bottom edge down to create a flat bottom.
  9. Glue the little cup you made into the center of the flower to finish your daffodil.
2 Window Frame Organizer
recycled crafts for kids entryway organizer
Erika Lapresto

Turn a dumpster-bound window frame into an entryway organizer. Have your kids help you paint the frame in their preferred color before DIYing unique ways to make it functional, including adding small hooks for keys and compact accessories.

3 Egg Carton Flowers
recycled crafts for kids egg carton flowers
Mike Garten

These colorful flowers will last longer than real ones — and only a few materials are required (egg cartons included).

Get the tutorial »

4 Paper Flowers
recycled crafts for kids paper flowers
Mike Garten

Your little ones will have so much fun making paper flowers to spruce up their room. To make, have them fold dyed cupcake liners in half and cut out petal and fringe shapes. Then fold a piece of floral wire in half and twist around the faux flower stamen. Poke the wire through the center of three to four paper liners. Finish it off by wrapping floral tape around the base of the liners and bringing it all the way down the stem.

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5 Recycled Robot
recycled crafts for kids recycled robot
My Mommy Style

Let your kids search through the recycling pile for materials to make their own robots. Cardboard, tissue paper rolls, canisters and containers can all be added to a pile so they can pick their preferred robot parts.

Get the tutorial at My Mommy Style »

6 Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
recycled crafts for kids toilet paper roll bird feeder
Craftaholics Anonymous

Spring is a beautiful time to go birdwatching. Bring the birds to your backyard with a DIY bird feeder.

Get the tutorial at Craftaholics Anonymous »

7 Tin Can Planter
recycled crafts for kids tin can planter
Tried and True

After turning a regular tin can into a silly-faced planter, show your kids how to grow and care for their own succulents.

Get the tutorial at Tried and True Creative »

8 Bottle Cap Horse
recycled crafts for kids bottle cap horse
Crafts by Amanda

Gather the stash of bottle caps you've been saving and invite your kids to DIY their version of a horse. You can also purchase caps if you don't have enough to complete this project.

Get the tutorial at Crafts by Amanda »

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9 Wine Cork Giraffes
recycled crafts for kids wine cork giraffe
Craft Project Ideas

If the zoo is your child's favorite place, bring the animals right to them! Your little one can make their very own mini and tall giraffes with an assortment of wine corks.

Get the tutorial at Craft Project Ideas »

10 Earth-Shaped Crayons
recycled crafts for kids recycled crayons
Emma Owl

These unique earth-shaped crayons can be made using a round silicone mould or a metal muffin tin. Along with being a fun Earth Day craft, they also make cute gifts.

Get the tutorial at Emma Owl »

SHOP SILICONE MOLDS

11 Juice Jug Rocket
recycled crafts for kids recycled rocket
No Time for Flashcards

Believe it or not, this rocket was made with a finished bottle of apple juice. You can use any bottles of juice, water or soda in the house and give kids the freedom to transform them into rockets.

Get the tutorial at No Time for Flashcards »

12 Mini Lid Banjos
recycled crafts for kids banjos
The Craft Train

These mini banjos can be made in less than 10 minutes. Although their sound is on the soft side, they're still cute crafts for kids to try.

Get the tutorial at The Craft Train »

13 Water Bottle Flowers
recycled crafts for kids water bottle flowers
Kid Friendly Things To Do

Instead of discarding your pack of water bottles when they're finished, your kids can turn them into colorful flowers using pom poms, construction paper and straws.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do »

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14 DIY Terrarium
recycled crafts for kids terrarium
Craft Project Ideas

Develop your child's green thumb early on with this DIY terrarium made from paper and a plastic cup.

Get the tutorial at Craft Project Ideas »

15 Tin Can Wind Chimes
recycled crafts for kids wind chimes
Jamie Reimer of Hands on as We Grow

You and your kids can make wind chimes using tin cans and washers. Try different sizes of washers and tin cans to experiment with a variety of sounds.

Get the tutorial at Hands on as We Grow »

16 Cork Love Bugs
recycled crafts for kids cork love bugs
No Time for Flashcards

Show the Earth your appreciation with these adorable cork love bugs. From coloring the corks to glueing on the googly-eyes, your kids will enjoy every step of this craft.

Get the tutorial at No Time for Flashcards »

17 Banana Leaf Wreath
recycled crafts for kids banana leaf wreath
Persia Lou

As warmer weather approaches, this wreath makes a cute decoration for the home. You can swap out the green color of the crepe paper for your kids' favorites.

Get the tutorial at Persia Lou »

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18 Yogurt Cup Animals
recycled crafts for kids yogurt cup animals
Craft Project Ideas

After they clean out their yogurt cups, they can easily be turned into their favorite zoo animals — from bears and elephants to monkeys and giraffes.

Get the tutorial at Craft Project Ideas »

19 Water Bottle Fish
recycled crafts for kids water bottle fish
Meaningful Mama

Teach your kids all about ocean life by teaching them how to make their own little fishies with simple water bottles. Use both standard size and smaller bottles to mix things up.

Get the tutorial at Meaningful Mama »

20 Tissue Box Succulent Planter
recycled crafts for kids upcycled kleenex tissue box succulent planter
See Vanessa Craft

Save your tissue boxes so your kids can turn them into planters. Wrapping twine around the box makes a unique design, while keeping it sturdy enough to hold their succulents.

Get the tutorial at See Vanessa Craft »

SHOP TWINE

21 Paper Flower Boxes
recycled crafts for kids paper flower boxes
Persia Lou

These adorable little boxes feature three-dimensional flowers on top, making them cute items to display or gift.

Get the tutorial at Persia Lou »

SHOP CARDSTOCK

22 Toilet Paper Roll Frog
recycled crafts for kids toilet paper roll frog
The Best Ideas for Kids

This craft is the perfect DIY idea for spring and Earth Day. While toilet paper rolls are used to make the frogs, lily pads are made using paper plates.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids »

23 Tissue Paper Suncatcher
recycled crafts for kids suncatcher
The Best Ideas for Kids

For this craft, you'll need self-adhesive laminating sheets, tissue paper, double-sided tape and an Earth-shaped template.

Get the tutorial and template at The Best Ideas for Kids »

SHOP TISSUE PAPER

24 Recycled Paper Cards
recycled crafts for kids seed paper
Happiness is Homemade

Your kids can help you turn your shredded paper into plantable seed paper. After making the recycled paper, use them for DIY Earth Day cards to display or hand out.

Get the tutorial at Happiness is Homemade »

25 Toilet Paper Crayons
recycled crafts for kids toilet paper crayons
The Best Ideas for Kids

Your kids will love every moment of sprucing up their study room by creating and displaying these toilet paper crayons. They also make adorable pencil and pen holders.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids »

26 Cardboard Sun
recycled crafts for kids recycled sun
The House That Lars Built

Your kids can make various sizes of cardboard suns to scatter around the house. They can hang a larger piece in their room to commemorate Earth Day and their love for warmer weather.

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built »

27 Mosaic Earth
recycled crafts for kids mosaic earth
Crafts by Amanda

This mosaic earth can be made using construction paper. Using recycled magazines instead is a great way to get the eco-friendly message across to your kids.

Get the tutorial at Crafts by Amanda »

28 Milk Carton Birdhouse
recycled crafts for kids birdhouse
Happiness is Homemade

Your milk cartons and juice boxes don't have to be discarded just yet. Help your kids turn them into birdhouses and feeders to attract those birdies you always hear but never see.

Get the tutorial at Happiness is Homemade »

29 Tissue Paper Planet Earth
recycled crafts for kids tissue paper planet earth
Sunshine Whispers

Help your kids identify the earth's lands and oceans by using paper plates and tissue paper to replicate the planet.

Get the tutorial at Sunshine Whispers »

30 Paper Plate Aquarium Porthole
recycled crafts for kids paper plate aquarium porthole
Craft Project Ideas

They'll need two paper plates for this entertaining aquarium porthole craft. The wiggly eyes and neon fuzzy sticks are used to make the fish and aquatic plants.

Get the tutorial at Craft Project Ideas »

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