3 Recycled Crafts for Kids

by Lynn Lilly, Apr 22 2020

Earth day was yesterday and I am continuing my partnership with Crayola to help inspire their community with at home crafts during my bi-weekly live broadcasts on their Facebook page. I am sharing 3 more crafts created with items you have at home and might normally throw away. These crafts are great to keep the kids occupied and get their creative juices flowing! These projects might also make you think twice before you recycle those household items. Check out the three crafts I shared on Tuesday for more recycled fun! 

Project 1: Rock Cactus Planter

Rock Cactus


  • Rocks (smooth works best)
  • Crayola Acrylic Paint
  • Crayola Construction or Patterned Paper
  • Crayola Washable Glue
  • Terra Cotta Pot


  1. Paint the rocks green and let dry. 
  2. Once the rocks are dry paint white dashes and let dry. 
  3. Add a decorative border with construction paper or Patterned Paper. 
  4. Fill the pot with sand, or some type of filler. Position the rocks in the pot to look like a cactus plant. 

DIY Rock Cactus

Project 2: Water Bottle Flower Art

DIY Water Bottle Flower Canvas


  • Empty Drink Bottles
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola Bright Pop Paper Pad
  • Crayola Washable Glue
  • Crayola Markers
  • Canvas or Cardstock
  • Green Pipe Cleaners
  • Buttons
  • Scissor


  1. Using a scissor cut the bottom of the bottle leaving only about an inch of the bottom of the bottle remaining (adult job)
  2. Trace and cut the outline of the bottle on construction paper. 
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 with 4 more bottles.
  4. Use markers to add lines in the groove of the bottle bottoms and glue a button in the center.
  5. Cut a vase out of patterned paper. Fold the edges in about 1/4" to create a 3D vase.
  6. Glue the construction paper circles and bottle bottoms around the top half of the canvas. 
  7. Glue Pipe cleaners from each flower. Make sure the pipe cleaners go toward the bottom center. 
  8. Cut leaves from construction paper and glue along the pipe cleaners. 
  9. Glue the vase over the bottom of the pipe cleaners to complete the design.

DIY Water Bottle Art Canvas

Project 3: Tin Can Wind Chime

Tin Can Wind Chime


  • 3 Empty Tin Cans
  • Crayola Construction Paper and Bright Pop Pad
  • Crayola Washable Glue
  • Power Drill 
  • Twine
  • Keys or Washer
  • Scissor


  1. Make sure the cans are cleaned and dry. 
  2. Using a power drill, drill holes in the bottom of each can.
  3. Wrap and glue paper around each can. 
  4. Feed twine through the hole in the top of the can. Pull the string at least 12" through the can and tie a knot. Leave a long end for hanging. Repeat for the other 2 Cans. 
  5. Tie a key or washer to the ends of each string. 
  6. Gather all three ends of the twine and tie in a loop knot and hang! 
  7. If you are going to hang outdoors paint a coat of decoupage over the paper to weather proof.

DIY Tin Can Wind Chime

Tune in to Crayola's Facebook Page every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00pm EST to catch me sharing three crafts you can make at home! 

xoxo- Lynn 





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