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!

Make a Snake

Students will use cups and pantyhose to make snakes!

Make Tiny Boats

Looking for an fun way to create a fabulous floating mini-ship? Even if you don’t live by the sea, you can still have fun in the bathtub or kitchen sink with these clever walnut (or egg carton cup) tiny boats.

Mini Vases

Students will create mini vases by using recycled paper or plastic drinking cups.

Mosaic Flower Pots

This is an easy way to create a mosaic flower pot, without having to use tile grout.

Paper Roll Binoculars

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

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