If you’re looking for some fun crafts to do with your littles this summer, check out our blog on recycled art using materials you already have in your home!
A 2019 poll conducted in 8 countries found that most people at least partially agreed that climate change was getting out of control and the world was approaching a state of emergency.
Though the fate of the environment lies largely in the hands of the government and the companies responsible for most of the pollution, we can still do our part. One thing we can do is make recycled art.
Recycled art can be an especially fun family activity.
It gives you the chance to help the environment, bond with your kids, and create something great. We’ll talk about some of the most interesting recycled art products to do in the paragraphs below.
CDs may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of recycling, but they can be re-purposed.
One way to do this is to make animals out of them.
The great thing about this craft is how versatile it is.
By simply using googly eyes, construction paper skin, and something for limbs, you can make everything from birds to fish, to spiders, and countless other things.
Turn Old Containers Into Flower Vases
Among the simpler projects, you can do is to turn old containers into flower vases.
However, just because it’s simple, doesn’t mean you can’t be creative.
A big part of the creative process is going to depend on what material you’re using.
For instance, you can poke holes in tin or aluminum cans, whereas glass is likely to break if you try that.
You can then put a string through the holes to hang the cans from.
This project is sometimes done in schools or at summer camp.
You don’t have to use glass or aluminum cans.
Virtually any container that can hold dirt and water will do.
Aluminum Can Animals
CDs aren’t the only thing you can turn into cute animals.
Aluminum cans will work, too.
Many people suggest crushing the cans before making animals out of them, preferably with a can crusher.
However, that’s not the only way to do it. You could keep the cans at their normal size.
This will allow you to make a whole animal rather than just the head.
That does come with the added challenge of finding something to work as legs, assuming you’re making a land animal.
You could also poke holes in the can and hang it from the ceiling if it’s a bird or fish.
Toilet Paper Roll Birdfeeders
National Geographic estimates that roughly 27,000 trees’ worth of toilet paper is thrown or flushed every day.
While there’s not a whole lot we can do to stop this, there are little ways to help.
It is possible to repurpose toilet paper rolls so that you make less trash overall.
You could even make a birdfeeder if you wanted.
The important thing is to make the food accessible without letting it fall out.
You’ll also want to know where to place a birdfeeder.
Birds have predators in the wild, which will often hide in trees, bushes, and other areas.
Putting the feeder several feet away from any of these places is likely to attract more birds.
Bracelets are yet another item that can be made out of several different materials.
That being said, it’s always best to use something more permanent that won’t break easily.
Paper bracelets, for instance, are probably a bad idea.
You can make bracelets out of anything from can tabs, to old fabrics.
It’s a great recycled art project that can last a lifetime.
This can be an especially appealing project if you have teenagers in the house.
Quilts are a classic craft and one that’s also great for teenagers.
Quilts are a great way to make and preserve memories, and they can last for generations.
One of the oldest quilts in existence is the Tristan quilt, which is believed to have been created in the 14th or 15th centuries.
The name of the Tristan quilt comes from the story of Tristan and Isolde, a legend from the British Isles that was popular at that time.
The most unique and memorable quilts are known as crazy quilts.
These quilts are not dedicated to any kind of pattern. Instead, they take old fabrics from clothing and other aspects of our life and sew them together.
The resulting cloak is literally made from pieces of our history.
They’re a great way to share memories and pay tribute to loved ones that have passed.
Wind chimes are one of the great joys of springtime.
Who doesn’t love the jangling of bells as a gentle breeze rolls by?
However, wind chimes can be expensive.
If you want to save money while also helping to save the environment, you can always make your own.
The most important thing about wind chimes is simply that they make noise.
You may want to use metallic goods or bits of glass.
You could try to use old soda cans or bottles as chimes.
You can even add the tops and caps to make additional noise.
Recycled Art Projects to Make with Kids
The current stay-at-home orders give us a great opportunity to spend time with our children, and recycled art projects are just one of many possible activities.
We’ve talked about some of these art projects in the paragraphs above, but there are many more to try.
We encourage you to do more research on your own if you’re interested.
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