Art project ideas with recycled materials

Kids of all ages love to create their own unique art projects, but the cost of specialty supplies can add up quickly. Keep children entertained without breaking the bank with these art project ideas made using recycled materials. Happy crafting! •        -           Cardboard tube marble run •                  This fun project is equal parts sculpture and science! Collect empty cardboard tubes from paper towels, toilet paper, wrapping paper, and more. Color, paint, cut, tape, and assemble the tubes into an infinite number of patterns and configurations with the goal of getting a marble safely from the top to the bottom. Using painters tape instead of glue or other adhesives allows the marble run to be taken apart and rebuilt as much as your imagination allows.     •        -           Soup can bowling •                  Repurpose tin cans into a DIY bowling set! Simply strip cans of their labels before painting with a variety of colorful patterns. Toilet paper tubes or plastic bottles can also be used in place of tin cans. When the pins are dry, set them up and have a ball bowling them over again and again!             •        -           Rolled paper beads •                  Old catalogs, newspapers, and even school book order forms can be used to create beautiful and unique beads for necklaces, bracelets, and more. Cut the paper into long, thin triangles; roll the triangles starting with the thick base around a dowel rod, knitting needle, or chopstick, making sure to secure the end at the point of the triangle with glue. After drying, string your beads together to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry!                •        -           Egg carton treasure box •                  Repurpose old egg cartons into treasure boxes that young children are sure to love. Paint, markers, colorful scrapbook paper, washi tape, and more can all be used to create a unique treasure box of your child. Whether they are storing hair accessories, jewelry, rock collections, or pirate treasure, there is no limit to how creative your child can be.                  •        -           Pool noodle stamps •                  After a long summer of use, don’t trash your pool noodles! Instead, cut them up to create a set of unique stamps. Pool noodle stamps can be easily washed and stored after each use; repurpose them a second time by using the stamps to create a memory or spelling stacking game.

Kids of all ages love to create their own unique art projects, but the cost of specialty supplies can add up quickly. Keep children entertained without breaking the bank with these art project ideas made using recycled materials. Happy crafting!

•        -           Cardboard tube marble run

•                  This fun project is equal parts sculpture and science! Collect empty cardboard tubes from paper towels, toilet paper, wrapping paper, and more. Color, paint, cut, tape, and assemble the tubes into an infinite number of patterns and configurations with the goal of getting a marble safely from the top to the bottom. Using painters tape instead of glue or other adhesives allows the marble run to be taken apart and rebuilt as much as your imagination allows.    

•        -           Soup can bowling

•                  Repurpose tin cans into a DIY bowling set! Simply strip cans of their labels before painting with a variety of colorful patterns. Toilet paper tubes or plastic bottles can also be used in place of tin cans. When the pins are dry, set them up and have a ball bowling them over again and again!            

•        -           Rolled paper beads

•                  Old catalogs, newspapers, and even school book order forms can be used to create beautiful and unique beads for necklaces, bracelets, and more. Cut the paper into long, thin triangles; roll the triangles starting with the thick base around a dowel rod, knitting needle, or chopstick, making sure to secure the end at the point of the triangle with glue. After drying, string your beads together to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry!               

•        -           Egg carton treasure box

•                  Repurpose old egg cartons into treasure boxes that young children are sure to love. Paint, markers, colorful scrapbook paper, washi tape, and more can all be used to create a unique treasure box of your child. Whether they are storing hair accessories, jewelry, rock collections, or pirate treasure, there is no limit to how creative your child can be.                 

•        -           Pool noodle stamps

•                  After a long summer of use, don’t trash your pool noodles! Instead, cut them up to create a set of unique stamps. Pool noodle stamps can be easily washed and stored after each use; repurpose them a second time by using the stamps to create a memory or spelling stacking game.