Upcycled Recyclables! 34 Recycled Kids Crafts & Activities

Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. 34 recycled kids crafts & activitiess!

I don’t think its possible to be a hands on mom without saving anything and everything imaginable. Ever since I started doing crafts and activities with Henry, we’ve been hoarding recyclables. Henry actually has his own ‘recycling center’ now.

So, what is worth saving? What can be upcycled and put to good use for the kids?

I’ve come up with a list of 34 items to reuse that tend to be in your recycling bin. Try setting them aside before taking them out to be recycled.

Ideas for recycled kids crafts & activities to reuse what we already recycle

What can this recyclable become? What can it be upcycled into?

A collection of 34 Recycled Kids Crafts and Activities to reuse what you already have, instead of buying something new.

Believe me though, its not just limited to these! I’m collecting more and more ways to upcycle your recyclables on Pinterest. Its never ending.


Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Milk Jugs
Jug Toss
Creative Connections for Kids
Water Bottle
Big Bubbles
Projects for Preschoolers
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
#6 Plastic
Shrinky Dinks
Creative with Kids
Newspaper
Structures
Frugal Family Fun Blog
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Paper Towel Tube
Hot Glue Prints
Creative Jewish Mom
Toilet Paper Tubes
Choo Choo Train
Homeschool Creations
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Plastic Bottle Caps
Stamps
A Little Learning for Two
Magazines
Itsy Bitsy Spider
My Creative Family
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Cereal Box:
Puzzles
Centers & Circle Time
Baby Wipe Containers
Giant Flip Flops
Having Fun at Home
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Baby Food Jars
Baby Play
Baby Food Containers
Homemade Blocks: The Nature of Grace
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Tissue Box
Tie Shoe Strings
Adventures at Home
Upright Tissue Box
Fabric Scrap Toy
My Silly Little Life
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Foam Tray
Weaving
Play Create Explore
Oatmeal Container
Fine Motor Activity
Merriment Design
[more: 30 Fine Motor Activities]
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Metal Lids
Magnet Play
Sense of Wonder
Tin Cans
Wind Chimes
[more: 
26 tin can ideas]
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Paper/Fabric Tube
Marble Run
A Little Learning for Two
Cornstarch Peanuts
Sculpture with Water
Pink and Green Mama
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Styrofoam
Hammering
Packing Peanuts
Structures
Creativity My Passion
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Egg Carton
Flower Craft
Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Milk Carton
Bus Craft
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Glass Jar
Lantern
Adventures at Home
Plastic Jar
Firefly Jar
Come Together Kids
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Bubble Wrap
Printing
Cardboard Box
DIY Sled: JDaniel4’s Mom
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Yogurt Containers
Counting with Cups
Teach Mama
CD or DVD
Hovercraft
The Chocolate Muffin Tree
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Paper Bag
Guessing Game
Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Plastic Bag
Kite
Mama Smiles
Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling. Ideas for upcycling before you are recycling.
Tissue Paper
Busy Baby Play
Shredded Paper
Sensory Tub
Counting Coconuts

And there’s so much to do with an assortment of recyclables.

Don’t forget my Pinterest Board with more ways to upcycle your recyclables!

What’s your favorite ideas for recycled kids crafts or activities?

 

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Comments

  1. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum says

    What a great list of ideas – we have the recycling centre as well for J – it's growing with everything that he thinks he could make something with.

  2. Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids says

    Thanks for sharing our milk jug toss! Love this round-up. I find myself using more and more recyclables all of the time. :)

  3. Dorothy says

    This was great! I'd like to add- I like to take two milk/juice cartons and cut the tops off. I jam one inside the other open end to open end to make a closed block. After a while you amass a large enough collection for a set of building blocks. If you are really ambitious I suppose you could decopage or contact paper them.

  4. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says

    Thanks for the feature of our CD hovercraft! We had so much fun with that and need to revisit it again soon! Thanks for the great round up—-as always!

  5. Jamie @ hands on : as we grow says

    Dorothy! — that is one brilliant idea you have! I'm so saving my milk jugs for that! I think the Sunny D jugs would be the best – they're square and seem sturdier. Love that idea. Really really do!

  6. Kathy @ MerrimentDesign.com says

    Thanks for including my oatmeal container activity! Also for introducing me to your blog because it's new to me – am now following on twitter and pinterest :)

  7. Jessica says

    I like the layout you set up. Way more user-friendly than the many lists I’ve come across where all of the images are massed together with a long list of links below..making it hard to tell what goes with what. Please keep this improved format and tell your fellow Bloggers about it!

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