Is your family working to go a little green? Are you on a shoestring budget and trying to keep spending low and kid entertainment high? Both? Yeah that's us too! That's a huge reason why we began making arts and crafts from stuff in our recycling bin.
I wish I could lay claim to the innovation of creating art from materials out of our recycling bin, but that kudo goes to my eight-year-old. She's a very creative and innovative child, and one day, temporarily out of art paper, she decided to investigate the recycle bin and find inspiration from materials there.
It was a rich source!
Here are a few of the many items we've made:
There is so very much you can make from items in your recycle box. I've heard wood carvers say that they can see an object in a piece of wood. My daughter is amazingly gifted in being able to see a fun toy or piece of art in a piece of recycling! In case you need even more inspiration, we've found some fun ideas at Make-Stuff.com in their recycling section.
I like recycled art projects for the fun, reusing, and cheap sides, but it also tends to lead to more fun or good use, such as the sorting containers, or learning about animals in our backyard through bird watching. The kids will play for much longer with their cardboard houses than with the more elaborate wooden dollhouse they got as a gift a few years ago. Projects like these are great because they honestly use only things you already have at home—no need to spend big money and buy complicated kits or tools.
Tip: I often plan these projects for that super special witching hour afternoon time, around 3:30 to 4:00-ish. A little time invested in getting the project going and completed, and then time to make dinner (or whatever I need to do) while the kids play with their new crafts.
What are your favorite recycling projects? If you try any of these ideas, please let us know how it turns out!
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