We all want to do what we can to make our planet safer for future generations.
And one of the easiest things we can do now is to recycle materials we no longer need. Every time we reuse something, we save it from the landfill for a bit longer.
And that’s always a good thing.
Today I’m sharing over 25 easy recycled craft ideas for kids to make!
These are fantastic for in-class projects or parents who want to make crafts with their kids at home!
And they all make use of materials that can be reused, so they’re a wonderful introduction to the idea of recycling and repurposing too.
Read on to see the full list.
And be sure to take a look at our Coffee Filter Earth Craft if you’re looking for more Earth Day ideas!
What You Need to Try These Easy Recycled Craft Ideas for Kids
Most of these crafts use materials you likely already have, such as paper towel and tissue paper rolls.
Here are some other recycled materials that are good for making recycled crafts:
- Empty plastic bottles
- Cardboard (whole or scrap)
- Compact discs
In most cases, as long as the recycled material is clean, you can use it as a base for a craft project.
How to Use Recycled Craft Ideas with Students
Many of these recycled crafts feature animals, so they’d make a great project for a science unit such as zoo animals, the forest, or winter.
You can also use any of these as a craft project for an Earth Day or a recycling unit. Invite your students to save recyclables from home and bring them in to participate!
Recycled Crafts Books for Kids
Would you like even more ways to make use of recycled materials with young learners?
Here are a few books with plenty of kids’ crafts that use recyclables too! (Affiliate links are listed below. For details, see our Disclosure Policy.)
- Cardboard Creations: Open-Ended Exploration with Recycled Materials
- Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials: 60 Cool Projects that Reimagine Paper Rolls, Egg Cartons, Jars and More
- Low-Mess Crafts for Kids: 72 Projects to Create Your Own Magical Worlds
- Cardboard Creations for Kids: 50 Fun and Inventive Crafts Using Recycled Materials
Get a look at the full list of easy recycled crafts below!
Over 25 Easy Recycled Craft Ideas for Kids to Make
Try some of these easy recycled craft ideas for kids to make! There are crafts here that work for all seasons and for kids of all ages!
Easy Toilet Paper Roll Ladybug Craft for Kids
Make up a quick spring animal craft with this fun toilet paper roll ladybug craft! The wings actually move!
Watercolor & Recycled Newspaper Flower Craft
Gather up pieces of newspaper and watercolor paints to create these paper flowers!
DIY Recycled Plastic Bottle Poppy Craft
Turn bottles into flowers with this plastic bottle poppy craft!
Earth Day Recyclable Necklace Craft
This earth-themed necklace craft is perfect for Earth Day!
Kids Craft: Recycled Tin Can Windsocks
Hang these recycled tin can windsocks on the front porch!
Recycled Bubble Wrap Tree Craft
Use the bubble wrap from your packages to make this tree craft!
Easy Fall Snow Globe Craft for Kids
Have an old baby food jar lying around? Turn it into a fall snow globe!
Moving Windmill Recycled Craft
Use plastic cups to make these windmills that actually turn!
Easy Paper Bag Fox Craft for Kids
Make a paper bag fox (and forest friends)!
Recycled Cardboard Rainbow Craft
Use old cardboard to make a recycled rainbow!
Easy Paper Roll Rocket Craft for Kids
Make a set of rockets out of paper towel rolls!
Recycled CD Flamingo Kids Craft
Use an old CD to create a flamingo with kids!
Easy Toilet Paper Roll Snowman Craft for Kids
Empty paper rolls make perfect winter snowmen (and snowwomen)!
Recycled Apple Craft
Make a simple apple craft with cardboard and paint!
Easy Toilet Paper Roll Fox Craft for Kids
Make an adorable fox out of an empty toilet paper roll!
Weaving for Kids- a Recycled Plastic Bottle Craft
Ever heard of t-shirt yarn? Cut up a few old shirts to make this yarn-woven craft!
Easy Toilet Paper Roll Owl Craft for Kids
Use old toilet paper rolls to make a family of cute owls!
Colorful Butterfly Craft
Magazine pages make perfect butterfly wings in this recycled craft!
Easy Lion Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids
This toilet paper roll lion craft is so cute for a zoo unit!
Farm Shoebox Diorama Craft
Head down to the farm with this easy shoebox farm diorama!
Engineering 201: DIY Recycled Suspension Bridge
Take spare cardboard and turn it into a STEM activity with this recycled suspension bridge project!
Easy Toilet Roll Butterfly Craft for Kids
Colorful coffee filters and empty paper rolls are all you need for these cute butterflies!
Easy Toilet Paper Roll Chick Craft for Kids
Make up this simple toilet paper roll chick craft for a spring or farm animal craft with young learners!
Bumble Bee Craft for Kids Using Recycled Materials
Make adorable bumblebees with just a few recycled materials!
Super Cute Printable Farm Paper Bag Puppets
Make a set of barnyard animals from brown paper bags!
Beach Shoebox Diorama Craft
Take a trip to the beach with this easy recycled shoebox beach diorama craft!
Try these simple craft ideas for kids too!
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