If you have a child that loves to get creative you know that the cost of craft supplies can add up quickly. One way to keep your crafting budget in check is by doing kids crafts with recyclables, like cardboard tube crafts.
Not only are recyclables an inexpensive craft material, but crafting with recyclables is also a wonderful way to teach kids to think about the environment.
With Earth Day coming up in April, I wanted to share a few of our favorite crafts using recyclables.
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Recycled Crafts for Kids
For a fun hands-on history activity, make tin can lanterns.
Use pages from old magazines to make this beautiful butterfly craft!
This Water Bottle Sun Catcher is simple to make and looks amazing when the sun hits it!
For those Star Wars fans, make this recycled X-Wing Fighter!
Have a vehicle fan at home? This Recycled Bottle Helicopter will have their imagination soaring!
Too early to catch fireflies? Craft this Plastic Bottle Firefly which can double as a nightlight when camping!
Make a bouquet of Cardboard Tube Flowers to decorate the table. (These are great for Mother’s Day, too!)
Don’t toss that old drink pouch! Turn it into a drink pouch change purse.
This Toilet Paper Tube Octopus is fun for little ones to craft and play with.
You may also want to try this cute little cardboard tube bunny.
Spring is the perfect time to make your own mini garden.
Add to the dress up clothes with this Pretend Play Helmet made from cereal boxes.
This Pretend Play Jet Pack is sure to take your preschooler on many far away adventures.
Allergy season leaving you with lots of empty tissue boxes? Make a few Tissue Box Vehicles — perfect for giving stuffed animals a ride!
Use cardboard tubes to make your own American Girl Doll campfire! (Also great for those stuffed animals!)
This do-it-yourself Water Wall will keep them cool on hot days!
Recycle over-sized tin cans into classic tin can stilts for lots of fun outdoor play.
Hair supplies all over the place? Recycle a hot chocolate canister into a cute hair supplies organizer!
Instead of tossing out old Christmas cards, recycle them into your very own recycled Christmas card ornament.
Have a Lightning McQueen fan at home? They will love this cardboard tube car craft.
For more Recycled Craft Ideas: Here are 40 Fun Egg Carton Crafts and Activities.
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- Using Recyclables to Host a Classic STEM Challenge
- Why Your Kids Should Take Apart Old Electronics
- Create a Cardboard Tube Marble Run
- Build an Outdoor Shelter STEM Challenge
Originally published April 4, 2015.