Recycled Crafts from Around The Web


And yes, my recycled craft mania continues. Earlier this month I shared 25 of Red Ted Art’s favourite recycled crafts, we revisited the 40 cardboard box crafts ideas round up and now, I wanted to take the opportunity to share some from “around” the web. – which is what the “Get Crafty” round ups where originally all about. So. With the New Year upon us, and the excesses of Christmas behind us, let’s look at every day items around us and see what we can recycle – be it kids recycled crafts or recycled crafts for adults!

imlookingforabookaboutThis is again part of the fabulous Playing By The Book’s “I am looking for a book on” series – the them being “Green/ Recycling” issues.

So if being greener is something that is on your mind for 2013, do pop over for some inspirational Green Kid#’s Books Ideas and read on for some recycled craft ideas!




recycled craftsRecycled Play Kitchen

This is the sort of craft  I would love to make “one day”… you need to be at right place at the right time – i.e. have or spot an old side table or chest of drawers and then get crafty. The Boy And Me shares what they did to make this wonderful recycled kitchen!



FinishedSamurai Costume

When I first saw this I thought it was simply genius!!! Such a fun and clever way to use egg cartons. I can’t wait for the relevant fancy dress party or school play to make this for my kids. Green Issues shares this wonderful costume idea.



xrpFIAMBRERASandwich Box

Another simply super clever idea – from El Mundo De Reciclaje nevermind the sandwiches.. this would be great to store my crafty bits and pieces too!



img_05871Denim Aprons

And I love these denim aprons from Happy Hooligans. Not just because of the cute hearts, but because these are versatile and sturdy aprons that the kids can use cooking or painting or “whatever”. Perfect for a day of mess and fun and a great kids recycled craft to boot!


kids recycled craftsCardboard Castle

I love Lila A, she has beautifully whimsical kids recycled crafts – and this cardboard castle is no exception – easy to make, great to store and hours and hours of fun. I need to make one. Quick!



upcycled craftsRag Doll

One of our own crafts the Black Apple Rag Doll, from a pattern from Martha Stewarts website. I have made about for of these now, as well as some teddy versions. They make great gifts and can be made as “keepsakes”, by using your child’s old clothes.



recycled crafts for kidsRag Juggling Balls

I have had my eye on these rag juggling balls for a while.. and I just realised – all those old ahem, underpants, and socks that The Englishman was throwing out would make for great “centres”, then use some pretty fabric scraps around the outside?! Full tutorial on Maya Made.



kids recycled craftsRecycled Owls

Swedisch Website Pysselbolaget made these totally adorable recycled Owls from old bottles. Don’t they look fantastic.




recycled craftsRag Quilt

I don’t know if I have the patience to sew one these WONDERFUL Rag Quilts from Imperfect Home Making, but I wish I could. I think it is beautiful and a quilt made from old bits and pieces could have such personal meaning. It looks gorgeous and comfy. Wonderful.



kids recycled craftsCork Zombies & People

Dutch Website MUS has made some totally adorable cork people (well, adorable in a scary way of course). I love that these are so child friendly and the kids where given free reign to create!




kids recycled craftsCardboard Space Shuttle

I LOVE the lights. I know my kids are pretty happy pretending that a cardboard box is a space shuttle.. but shape the box a little, add these fabulous lights and your home made shuttle is beyond cool. A little imagination takes you so far!! Check out Mama Smiles for all the details.



kids recycled craftsBerry Packaging Monsters

Another wonderfully child led activity are these monsters made from fruit packaging over at Kitchen Counter Chronicles. Looks like lots of puppetry fun!




planter1-768x1024Bottle Planter

I love the idea of using old plastic bottles as planters. And look at this fun character that Coffee Cups and Crayons made brilliant. We do LOVE grass heads.





lorax-collageGet Arty

Don’t throw away old magazines.. but Get Arty. Magazines are a firm favourite in art classes for collages. Very inexpensive and fun art indeed. Check out this cute lorax by JDaniel4s Mom!




fire-engine-finished1Fire Engine

I love the title of this post by My Make Do and Mend Year – “The Best Christmas Present Ever” – yes the humble box… we already know that I love box crafts, so of course I will adore this fire engine. It is 100% perfect. And I know my kids would adore playing in this too…. mmmh… goes off to find a box!



DSC_0144Pirate Ship

What I like about THIS pirate ship, is that a) it shows the creativity and imagination of children and b) that kids simply love to build! Wonderful. Mummy Mummy Mum and her kids tells us more!




IMG_7456Small World Play

What a great way to reuse a great big box – make a small world for your child to safely sit in (and contain the mess) whilst having lots of fun! This idea is from The Imagination tree of course!




five-little-speckled-frogs5 Little Speckled Frogs

And here is an adorable egg carton box and kitchen towel roll craft from Rainy Day Mum: 5 little speckle frogs. Awe. How cute are they? And lots of nursery rhyme fun too!




I do hope you have been inspired to look around you some more, see what “junk” you have and rethink how you could reuse it. For more LOTS more recycled crafts ideas also visit:

Recycled Crafts for All the Family, make crafting thrifty and funbox-crafts-3 recycled craft ideas