Recycling and Upcycling Art Ideas

Find inspiration in the recycle bin as you learn how to make musical instruments from flower pots, gargoyles from coffee trays and relief carvings from drywall. These lesson plans and ideas will inspire you to reduce, reuse and recycle!

Paper Roll Binoculars

Children can recycle cardboard paper rolls to create some make-believe binoculars for bird watching.

Simple Noisemakers/Shakers

These noisemakers – made from raisin boxes or other small containers – are perfect for little hands.

Upcycled Denim Book Bag

Whether your child is going to school for the first time or returning for another year, you can really bond with him or her by creating this denim bag together.

Waste Not Picture Frame

Have an old puzzle that is missing some pieces? How about some photographs that need framing? If you said yes, then you and the kids have a fun project ahead of you! These easy and personalized frames make wonderful gifts for relatives.

Waste Not Snowman

There are plenty of crafts you can make from items found around the house, or even those headed for the garbage can. This adorable snowman was created from a condiment bottle, fabric scraps, and lots of imagination.

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