Kids never cease to amaze me. Not just my own, all kids. They are so innovative and creative. When my three boys turn their creativity on there’s no stopping them. They cruise around the house searching for odds and ends for their masterpieces. They come to me with strange requests: “mom, do we have any fishing line?”, “I’m looking for goggles, preferably blue”, “Do we have any diapers?”. Once they have secured the items needed one never quite knows what these simple, repurposed and recycled items will become.
We live in a use-and-toss society where most of the time we don’t give a second thought to using an item once and then tossing it. If we stopped before tossing we might realize that some of those items that seem ripe for the trash could be used by our children and turned into something completely spectacular. Recycling materials that we already have will also save us a few pennies and prevent more ‘stuff’ from entering our overflowing landfills.
Be green. Create recycled masterpieces
Most of us have access to yarn, fabric, glue, crayons and paper. You don’t need much more to create a recycled work of art.
Here are a few great recycled craft ideas for reusing things commonly found in your home.
Star Wars Star Fighter aka Rocket Ship
- 4 Popsicle sticks
- Masking tape
- Old pen covers
- 2 Binder clips
- Extra sticks
- Something creative for the motor
Yep. My boys love finger knitting. We have an assortment of yarn lying around our house from various projects. Finger knitting has become a big hit and a great way to use up the scraps of yarn. Wondering how to finger knit? It’s very simple. Here are DIRECTIONS.
Recycled car/robot thingy
I’m not really sure what to call this creation, but I love it.
- 6 Jar lids
- 2 Straws
- A lot of masking tape
If you are in the market for Safer, Greener Art Supplies and Activities take a peek HERE for some inspiration.
Do you have a favorite art project that uses recycled materials?