Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Make these easy, cool crafts for kids

Paper Crafts, Sewing Patterns

When I say ‘cool crafts for kids with recycled materials’ what comes to mind? A mess???! Well, think again. What really should come to mind is a smile. Because these mom artists with their kids, have created beautiful, and really cool crafts, toys and other decorative items for kids bedrooms. In an eco-friendly manner. Which means using re-purposed, reduced and recycled craft materials. I love these recycled DIY projects for kids. I think your kids will too. Have a look.

It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it…..
Let’s recycle!

Recycled Cool Crafts for Kids

DIY Fathersday Gift Card

Make a Silhouette Photo card

My girl and I had a lot of fun choreographing this photo. The red boots in the silhouette were her idea. It lifts the photo with a pop of color.

Learn how to make this DIY Fathersday Gift Silhouette I love dad Photo.. Sign made with recycled magazines

cool crafts for kids ::recycled sock puppets

Kids puppet craft

Learn how to: DIY Recycled Sock Puppets

cool crafts for kids :: learn how to make a bow from recycled felt

Felt Bowtie

Cool Felt Bow Pin DIY
(recycling organic factory scrap felt)

Recycled Cool Crafts for Kids

Paper bow

How to Make a Gift Bow from a Magazine Page.

(Tip:… practice making these now with your kids. You’ll be amazed how beautiful your Mothers’ day gift will be…)

TP Giftwrap

Learn the howto:

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrap Idea

Recycled Cool Crafts for Kids giraffe

Giraffe TP Roll Crafts

Learn how to:

Giraffe Made from Recycled Toilet Paper Rolls

cool crafts for kids :: recycled can robots

Funky Faced Robots Made from Tomato Cans

Photo Credit:

Recycled Cool Crafts Kids

Recycled Boxes Become Real Fire Station
Just amazing what some craft paint, colored paper and a good old recycled box can result into. Which kid would not love this fire station!

Photo credit: Spoonful

Recycled Cool Crafts for Kids

Upcycled Man Shirt into Cool Girl Backpack

Photo & instructions: M Stuart

Large and lightweight mens shirts are the perfect material to make a summer sack for your kids. To carry in a bathing suit & sunnies or a sticker collection when going to a friend’s house.:

Shirt-Sack How-To
1. Button shirt; lay it sideways, button side up with button-placket half at the bottom. Cut along each side seam. Then cut a large rectangle from top layer, cutting from one side seam to the other and keeping three buttons centered, so section measures 10 3/8 inches across.
2. Measure 3/4 inch up from the top of the placket, and fold the top down along that line. Cut through both layers at once to straighten the edge of the top layer and trim excess from the bottom layer.
3. Starting 3/8 inch down from the top, sew both sides and bottom together using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Trim corner seam allowance at an angle.
4. Unbutton; turn right-side out through placket. With buttons facing up, sew across top 3/8 inch below fold, creating a channel. In bottom corners, install two standard-size grommets. Knot one end of a 1 1/2-yard-long 3/16-inch cord; thread other end up through grommet, through channel, and through other grommet. Have child try on sack to determine length of the cord; knot and trim.

Leg Warmers
Recycled Cool Crafts for Kids

Leg Warmers for Little Dancers Made from Sleeves of Old Sweaters. (previously at

Recycled Cool Crafts for Kids

Flower bracelet made from old T-shirts

by Kaven’s Pocket

Sewn on with contrast colored buttons.

bandana tote bag

No Sew Bandana purse


Fringe the edges and tie knots to get this cute purse.


50+ Ideas to make Recycled Cool Crafts w Kids

This overview of eco-green kids craft ideas and tutorials is part of a 50+ environment-friendly crafts series. The series is in 7 parts:

PART 1 Recycled Craft Ideas :: Desk Accessories

(image:<br”>recycled magazine coasters
in box)</br”>

PART 2- Unique Furniture and Home Decorations Made from Recycled Materials


direct recycled dresses

as cafe curtains)

PART 3 – Recycled Crafts for Kids
restyled hair crunchie)

PART 4 – Personal Accessories Made with Recyclables

(image: recycled magazines

PART 5 – Recycling Garden Crafts .

(image: birdnest
reused bottle & bark)

FINAL PART – Great Recycling Tutorials ~ suiting Eco Artists

(image: recycled
paper yarn)

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