Readers' Favorite Recycled Crafts for Kids

By: Jaclyn Holtzman, Editor,

There is no downside to crafting green, which is why you thrifty, environmentally-friendly families are all about it. I'm right there with you supporting recycled crafts for kids as far as they'll go, and by the looks of it, they're going far. AllFreeKidsCrafts readers were most interested in recycled materials crafts, proving that by picking recycled crafts for kids as the biggest category of the Top 50 Fun and Easy Crafts for Kids. These projects, using items you already own, really are cool and innovative. It's amazing that you can look around your home and make something entirely different from what you find. Recycled crafts are great ways to make gift-giving affordable and fun. Besides the seven best of the best, there are 50+ other recycled crafts, one or more of which will certainly fit any occasion. As a great way to keep the house tidy all year, use yarn scraps, broken crayons, empty jars, used toilet paper rolls, and old T-shirts to make the Readers' Favorite Recycled Crafts for Kids. To keep up with even more of the crafty trends, look through all of the favorite crafts.

Readers' Favorite Recycled Crafts for Kids

Recycled Sleeve Placemat WeaveRecycled Cardboard and Yarn Snowflakes
Recycled Sleeve Placemat Weave   Recycled Cardboard and Yarn Snowflakes

Toilet Tube Hooty OwlsRecycled Kaleidoscope CrayonsBottle Top Turtles
Toilet Tube Hooty Owls      Recycled Kaleidoscope Crayons   Bottle Top Turtles
Delightful Recycled DaisiesUse Your Yarn Animal Sculptures
Delightful Recycled Daisies   Use Your Yarn Animal Sculptures


1. Use old T-shirts that you're not ready to part with to make funky placemats for the kitchen or to use at an outdoor summer party. This free recycled craft for kids is great for learning the art of weaving and exercising your creativity. These also make great gifts for Grandma and Grandpa.

2. It doesn't cost you anything to make the most fun, colorful snowflakes that can be displayed year round. Make these bright pick-me-ups to use up yarn scraps as you have some wintry fun. They're simple to make, but these recycled crafts for kids look intricate and eye-catching.

3. Hoo-hoo is in the mood for adorable animal crafts made from items around the house? The darling owls look anything but recycled, and with the hooty trend as big as it is, they're appropriate for any occasion.

4. Turn boring, broken crayons into the coolest tie-dye drawing devices and you'll never stop coloring. The upcycled kaleidoscope crayons are a perfect example of turning trash into treasure. This recycled craft looks so mesmerizing that you may want to use some of them as glowing decorations.

5. Think outside of your shell to make creative, new crafts from items in your recycling bin. These adorable turtles will slowly multiply when you see how much fun they are to create.

6. I bet you never thought that toilet paper rolls could make you smile. Think again. These cheery, vibrant flowers are made from those same rolls you see in every bathroom. These recycled craft daisies are wonderful, affordable gifts for Mother's Day or "just because."

7. To clean up the craft closest and create adorable friends, use your yarn scraps for art projects. These sculptures are really awesome, and it's shocking that they're made entirely from recycled materials. Choose your favorite animal, raid your leftover materials, and you'll have a fun new friend to display.

Don't stop here! Make more favorites with the Top 50 Fun and Easy Crafts for Kids.

For full recycled craft tutorials, enjoy a free copy of the Cheap and Easy Crafts for Kids: 9 Recycled Crafts eBook.

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