Thrifty Christmas Crafts for Kids: 26 Recycled Christmas Crafts

By: Emily Timmons, Editor,

Everyone tries to save money during the holidays, but when you want to make Christmas crafts with your little ones, the costs can quickly add up when you go to buy supplies. Luckily, AllFreeKidsCrafts has a super-saving solution: skip the trip to the store and delve into your recycle bin to find creative and cheap Christmas craft ideas!


Celebrating the holidays by crafting with kids is the best way to build memories that last forever, and now you can have quality family time together without breaking the bank. In this collection of Thrifty Christmas Crafts for Kids: 26 Recycled Christmas Crafts, you'll find uses for all of your recyclable household items. Whether you have toilet paper rolls to spare, extra egg cartons, or even old newspaper to toss, there are plenty of recycled Christmas crafts that your kids will love. You and your kids can turn recyclables into snowmen, angels, reindeer, and just about any other Christmas character you can think of, or create one-of-a-kind decorations and ornaments to fill your home with holiday cheer. No matter which Christmas crafts for kids you choose to make, these budget-friendly projects are a guaranteed way to have some thrifty holiday fun.

Thrifty Christmas Crafts for Kids: 26 Recycled Christmas Crafts

Thrifty Christmas Crafts for Kids: 26 Recycled Christmas Crafts

Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

Egg Carton Crafts

Recycled Cardboard Crafts and Paper Crafts

Other Recycled Christmas Craft Ideas


Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

Gorgeous Toilet Tube Snowflake OrnamentRecycled Roll Christmas Angel

Toilet paper roll crafts are one of the most loved recycled crafts for kids, and now you can make them for the holidays, too! Whether you want to make homemade Christmas ornaments with your little ones or simply help them create their own thrifty Christmas characters, these recycled Christmas crafts have got you covered. Stock up on those toilet paper rolls now, and you’ll be amazed to discover how much money you save on kids’ Christmas crafts this year.


Egg Carton Crafts

Caroling CherubEgg Carton Bell Ornaments

Who would have guessed that you can turn egg cartons into cute Christmas crafts for kids? Egg carton crafts are some of the most unexpected and affordable kids' craft ideas, which makes them the perfect choice when you're crafting for Christmas. No one will ever believe that your adorable angel crafts and Christmas ornaments came from the recycle bin! Since you can get so much use out of one single carton, making these cheap Christmas crafts is an easy way to save this holiday season.

If you like these thrifty Christmas ornaments, don't miss this collection of Homemade Christmas Ornaments: 5 Recycled Projects!

Recycled Cardboard Crafts and Paper Crafts

Classy Cardboard Christmas TreesConverted Cardboard Christmas Village

Save that Sunday paper! Thanks to these awesome tutorials, your family can reuse newspaper, cardboard, and even coffee filters to help you save money on Christmas crafts for kids. Your little ones can make precious paper snowflakes to decorate the windows, as well as other charming homemade Christmas decorations. Each of these thrifty Christmas craft ideas looks so good when it’s finished that your holiday party guests will just have to ask how they were made…and they'll be shocked to discover what cardboard and newspaper can do!


Other Recycled Christmas Craft Ideas

Upcycled Kool-Aid Container SnowmanPerfect Paper Plate Angels

Just when you think we've covered every cheap Christmas craft from recycled materials, we dug a little deeper to give you even more Christmas craft ideas! With these recycled projects, you can reuse water bottles, juice containers, and more for some thrifty Christmas fun.

Can't get enough Christmas? See all our favorite Christmas crafts for kids in our Handbook to a Homemade Christmas!


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