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How To Make Crafts With Waste Material - For Kids

How To Make Crafts With Waste Material - For Kids

Making crafts with children is a fun activity where they can learn many things. For example, we can use materials that at first glance have no further use and therefore teach children how to recycle or reuse. It will be a good way to make children aware of the importance of giving new uses to things that previously seemed unusable. We can build on the rule of the 3 R's: reduce, reuse and recycle. With this we will teach children about the need to help protect the environment. You will find this to be entertaining and good family fun as well as being very instructive. Do not miss this oneHOWTO article on how to make crafts with waste material.

You'll need:

  • Various waste material
  • Imagination and creativity
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  1. Painting flower pots
  2. Tetra packs that become shoes
  3. Lollie stick pencil holder
  4. Bracelets with spoons and forks
  5. Animals with plastic gloves
  6. Socks that become puppets
  7. Homemade finger paint
  8. Animals and transports made with walnuts
  9. Transformed clothes pegs
  10. Diorama with a shoebox
  11. Toilet paper roll snake
  12. Paper mask with paper plates
  13. Bottle vases
  14. Cardboard boxes galore
  15. Kinder egg minion
  16. Leftover pasta crafts
  17. Christmas decor with waste material
  18. Musical instruments with waste material
  19. Flower pressing
  20. Coaster CDs
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Painting flower pots

Planting flowers or trees with little kids is a very instructive activity, but it is always nicer when planting in a nice pot which we have painted ourselves. This idea is great for balconies, terraces and gardens as we can then boast about what little great artists we have at home. You can also use other waste material when making your own flower pots with waste material, whether it is out of a plastic bottle, used eggshells, egg boxes and even old typewriters!

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Tetra packs that become shoes

Tetra packs are commonly found around the house as containers for milk, juice, broth... These are discarded on a daily basis. That's why we want to share a fantastic idea that the little girls in the house will especially love. What girl does not like heeled shoes like those that princesses wear?In this article we explain how to make a shoe out of a tetra carton.

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Lollie stick pencil holder

It is important that children keep their toys tidy and in their place; this also applies to their pencils, crayons, markers, etc. Kids will not only like making this but will also be delighted in the preliminary activity of eating the ice lollies. You'll be able to learn how to make it with our article on how to make a pencil holder with lollie sticks.

If you don't want to use as many lollie sticks to make this craft, you can also make other sutff. For example, you'll just need four lollie sticks to make

How To Make Crafts With Waste Material - For Kids - Lollie stick pencil holder

Bracelets with spoons and forks

If at home you have spoons and forks that have been accidentally bent do not get rid of them. At we will show you a creative way to put them to good use: turn cutlery into bracelets. This is ideal to surprise small and not so small family members with these reused and original jewels.

How To Make Crafts With Waste Material - For Kids - Bracelets with spoons and forks

Animals with plastic gloves

Like everyone else, you must have l mismatched rubber or plastic gloves or those gloves used in supermarkets and petrol stations ying around the house. Now we will show you a good way to reuse them by creating some funny animals. You can create a fun fish made from gloves. Alternatively, you can make a colourful crab.

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Socks that become puppets

Similarly to what occurs with gloves, we often lose socks leaving odd ones behind. But this will stop being a problem as you can make puppets of any character with those socks. Use some old newspaper to cut out the eyes and stick them to the toes of the sock, use old pieces of yarn or fabric to create hair and old buttons to create a dress or suit for the character. Using these puppets, children can perform a play, previously working out the script.

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Homemade finger paint

Painting pictures or murals depicting environmental matters or natural landscapes can also be an interesting activity which will enhance children's awareness of the importance of recycling. Children love finger painting as they have so much fun getting dirty.

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Animals and transports made with walnuts

Using nut shells as the main material we can easily make various funny animals with just a coat of paint and some googly eyes, which serve as decoration or as props from which to create stories:

- Turtle

- Ladybird

- Frog

Or different means of transport such as ships and planes.

How To Make Crafts With Waste Material - For Kids - Animals and transports made with walnuts

Transformed clothes pegs

It is very common for clothes pegs to separate into two parts and become unusable for hanging, but this does not mean we should throw them away. In OneHowTo we want to show you a great way to reuse them. You can make a plane with clothes pegs or make a butterfly with clothes pegs.

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Diorama with a shoebox

If your children love drawing and letting their imagination run wild , why not try to make a diorama out of a shoebox? It's as easy as painting the inside of the box to suit your chosen theme and use the box lid to draw and cut out the elements that will fill your creative diorama!

There are also learn how to make more crafts for kids with shoe boxes or other cardboard boxes.

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Toilet paper roll snake

Toilet paper rolls are maybe one of the household items that are used the most. In order to re-use them, we can make these fun snakes. It's as easy as painting the inside and outside of the rolls with a cardboard-friendly paint, letting it dry and cutting it in a spiral shape.. A lighter color is better so we can add other colors to decorate on top.

Once it is cut, cut a pointed tongue on one of the ends and decorate it with a permanent marker. For its eyes, you can either draw them on or stick on some ready-made eyes on it.

For more ideas for crafts with toilet roll, check out our article How to Make Toilet Paper Roll Crafts.

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Paper mask with paper plates

If you want to make a waste material craft to reuse the paper plates you've used for a birthday party or dinner with friends, then a great afternoon activity you can have some fun making animal masks such as cats, dogs or even bear masks. You don't need much, just paint, cardboard to draw the different parts of the face, scissors to cut them and glue to stick them on in the right place.

If you want a fun game, you can have a monster competition and see who can create the scariest monster mask!

How To Make Crafts With Waste Material - For Kids - Paper mask with paper plates

Bottle vases

If mother's day or a significant birthday or date is around the corner, a great craft to make with waste material is a plastic bottle vase. There are as many ways to make vases out of recycled bottles as you can think of, though one of the easiest is to cut the bottle in half, stick the neck of the bottle to a CD and paint in your favorite color. It's that easy!

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Cardboard boxes galore

We have to be honest, cardboard boxes are one of the most versatile waste material you'll find around the house. Kids love it and can let their imagination run wild, building forts, castles and crazy mazes! At oneHOWTO we suggest transforming a cardboard box into an inexpensive and recycled fancy dress costume.

Cut out three holes of the cardboard, one on each side; for the arms and head to fit in. Use other waste material such as used straws, bottle caps, yarn and others to create all of the buttons and features for a cute robot costume.

How To Make Crafts With Waste Material - For Kids - Cardboard boxes galore

Kinder egg minion

Do your children love Kinder Surprise? Now they won't only be able to play with the toy they find inside, but will also be able to create their very own Minion toy out of it. Taking advantage of the package's bright yellow color, it's not that difficult to follow the instructions and make this Minion toy with just some tape, googly eyes and felt pens.

In fact, at oneHOWTO we have plenty of Minion crafts that are made with waste material if you love these 'Despicable Me' characters.

How To Make Crafts With Waste Material - For Kids - Kinder egg minion

Leftover pasta crafts

If you've recently made pasta but have some leftovers, you ca use it to make pretty works of art with your kids. For example you can learn how to make this pasta table centerpiece with just a polystyrene ball and a good coat of paint.

If you don't have flower shaped pasta but have, for example, macaroni, how about creating a portrait with them by making a macaroni collage of colors? You can even frame it and hang it in your favorite spot.

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Christmas decor with waste material

Decorating the house at Christmas is an activity that can be enormously enjoyed by the whole family, but how about making some of the ornaments from scratch? You can decorate glass jars, or make snow globes with kids, learn how to do it.

There is also a great amount of Christmas tree decorations that can be made from waste material such as newspaper baubles or those made with old light bulbs. You can even go one step further and create a whole Christmas tree from waste material!

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Musical instruments with waste material

If you don't mind the noise and racket of your kid playing around the house all day long, then you can further boost his or her creative side by making their own musical instruments at home.

There are many options, you can create a drum with an old balloon and toilet paper roll, a set of mini-drums with used tin cans, or maracas with dried pulses and used bottles.

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Flower pressing

Bought a bunch of flowers and are starting to dry out? Make the gift last forever and get your kids involved in the task! You can carefully press them in between heavy books and use a piece of old cardboard to stick them to. Create a waste material craft picture frame with either the lollie sticks mentioned above or even with some dry painted pasta, old buttons ...

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Coaster CDs

Another waste material craft that will be extremely useful around the house is the CD coaster.

There are many ways to make them, but all of them are equally easy. For example, you can use some old piece of fabric to create a patchwork design you can easily stick to the CD to make a great upcycled coaster. Use buttons, old magazines or whatever you can think of to line your CDs.

Moreover, if you have lots of CDs just lying around your home, you can make other great crafts such as a mosaic bowl or even a candle holder!

How To Make Crafts With Waste Material - For Kids - Coaster CDs

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  • Use recycled materials to do activities with children as long as they are adequately supervised by an adult, as many of these activities involve using sharp objects such as scissors or toxic material such as paint.
  • Let your imagination run wild and share pictures to let us know how your crafts turned out.
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how to make craft form waste battery (Big torch battery) for home .
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Vinod

The waste acid that leaks out of batteries is TOXIC and therefore, we don’t recommend using battery waste to make crafts.
There r many things one can make, actually it is a "FOOD FOR THOUGHT" and gives many creative ideas which can actually enhances a persons innovative ideas in a very cost effective way. I appreciate your approach towards these ideas if used properly can make so may many products which can be displayed and/or sold for getting business revenues. My best wishes to you all for the same. Warm regards,

S. K. Basrur
Mumbai, India.
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please help me for making a nice project by wastee material that can i show on my nature club inaugration day please send me ur ideas on my email id
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Hi there,
Try out any of the suggested crafts in this article. They're really easy to make! You can also take a look at how to make a salt volcano:
Karanja Waweru
I was looking for a site like this and am happy that I found this one. My question is how to make paper trees from waste materials
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Karanja,
We're glad you find our site useful! Take a look at this video on how to make a growing tree, it may be useful for you:
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OneHowTo Editor
Here's a paper flower you can make with old newspapers and spare wire:
Hope this helps
santosh kumar
plz give me tips to make craft made from waste materials.
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Hi Sneah,
In the first paragraph of this article you'll find an idea with re-used plastic bottles that might be useful for you:
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