Recycled Crafts are great fun to make and teach kids about recycling. Try this sinuous snake which is made out of bottle tops. You will need to collect a lot of bottle tops, so it may be worth asking friends to save them for you. My daughter still plays with her snake to this day.
Bottle Top Snake
Adult supervision is required when making the holes through the bottle tops.
- Bottle tops
- Piece of wood
- 2 Corks
- Large nail
- Pair of scissors
- Paint brush
- Piece of red felt
Method for Recycled Crafts:
- Hammer a nail through the end of a piece of wood.
- Use this wood to help position the nail in the center of the bottle tops.
- Hit the nail on its head with the hammer. This will prevent fingers from being hurt.
- Adult supervision is recommended for this task.
- Make a knot at one end of the piece of string.
- Now start threading the bottle tops through the string. Make sure the tops are all facing the same way.
- You would probably need about 50 - 70 bottle tops to make a long snake.
- Once you have threaded through all the bottle tops make another knot, so that the tops won't come off.
- Cut the remaining piece of string.
- Paint the corks green or whatever color you would like your snake to be. These corks will be the head and tail of your snake.
- Using the glue, attach one of the corks to the end of the string of bottle tops.
- Glue it onto the last top.
- Now glue the other cork onto the other end. This will be your snakes head.
- Add two spots for the eyes.
- Cut a small piece of felt into the shape of a snake's tongue and press it into the cork with the point of the nail.
Trash Can Liners' Box - Recycled Crafts 2
This is a super easy craft for children of any age over 3. You can use any size tissue box; the pretty ones are the best. Make several of these and put them near every trash can in your house.
Explain to the children the importance of recycling as much as possible to keep plastic out of landfills and help the earth stay clean.
- Empty tissue boxes
- Used plastic grocery bags
- Lay the grocery bags flat, folded in half, top to bottom.
- Put a bunch one on top of another.
- Carefully, put them into your tissue box and pull the first one up through the slot.
Wallpaper Frames - Recycled Crafts 3
- Corrugated or stiff cardboard
- White cardboard (similar to what is packaged with shirts)
- Wallpaper scraps
- Narrow ribbon
- Tacky glue
- Crayons or markers
- Cut a piece of ribbon that is double the length of the frame that you will cut. Set aside.
- Cut a piece of cardboard 6x8". (This can be any size, adjust accordingly.)
- Cut a piece out of the middle measuring 5x7".
- Trace around the outside and inside of the cardboard on the back side of the wallpaper.
- Note: Push the frame at least 1" in from the side of the wallpaper.
- Draw a line 1" around the outside of the outside line on the wallpaper.
- On the inside rectangle, draw a straight line from one corner to the next.
- Note for this recycled crafts: Do not cut anything out of the inside.
- You may cut off the tips of the triangles if the tabs are too long to fold to the inside.
- Lay the cardboard on the wallpaper in the center.
- Put glue on one flap (inside triangle).
- Fold the flap to the inside and smooth across the cardboard.
- Repeat for other 3 flaps.
- Take one outside corner of the wallpaper and fold over the corner of the cardboard.
- Crease the wallpaper flat.
- Repeat for other 3 corners.
- Apply glue to the sides of the wallpaper that is laying flat on the table.
- Take the ribbon and tie the ends together in a knot.
- Place the knot in the middle of one side (wrong side) of the cardboard.
- Glue the ribbon along the side. It should form a circle to hang the frame.
- Fold the wallpaper onto the cardboard (over the ribbon) and press flat.
- Add clothespins to hold in place, if necessary, or lay flat and add a book for weight.
- Take a piece of white cardboard from a shirt you buy in the store (or other similar cardboard).
- Use the cardboard frame to lightly draw the inside dimension and outside dimension of the cardboard frame onto the white cardboard.
- Cut the cardboard on the outside dimension.
- Let the child draw a picture of their family and glue to inside of frame.
- Make sure you tell the child to draw inside the box so it will show through the frame.
- Glue the picture to the inside of the frame.
- By making the white cardboard the size of the frame, it will cover all the cutting and gluing of the wallpaper to the frame.
- Have the child autograph and date the back of the frame.
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