7 Art Projects Made With Recycled Materials

In honor of Earth Day why not focus your art projects on recycled materials! It’s a win win, you’ll be reusing something bound for the trash and facilitating a fun activity with your kids … it doesn’t get better than that!

In addition to the below crafts, you can really expound on Earth Day education by reading What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting Our Planet or checking out Save the Earth series (available on Kindle). Homeschool Pop has a great little Earth Day intro video too!

And now, without further ado, a round up of amazing art projects made with recycled materials!

Stage a family race with toilet paper rolls turned race cars! See the wheels? Pouch lids! This is brilliant, Arty Crafty Kids!

Dive into the recycling container and salvage some of those snack boxes, then, BOOM! … create some recycled art flowers! What a beautiful garden this can become!

Apparently soda bottles were meant to be animal planters! How cute! The full tutorial can be found at Craving Some Creativity.

Before you recycle your old magazines, turn some of the most colorful pages into these precious butterflies. The only extra supply you’ll need is a pipe cleaner.

Can you guess what these sweet turtles started as? Egg cartons! Create a family of turtles and a handful of other animals with Frugal Fun 4 Boys tutorial.

A school of water bottle fish? Yes please! I love how colorful these are! Such a fun tutorial from Mixie Studio. This variation from Meaningful Mama is another fish winner.

Save the jellyfish’s home by recycling plastic bags into a cute animal creation. So simple, so sweet, thanks Teach Me Mommy for the idea!