3 cool projects to use up scraps at the end of the year

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Looking for ways to teach your kids about upcycling? There’s no need to lớn throw away every item. Teach kids how lớn reuse or upcycle things they might normally dispose of with one of these eco-savvy Earth Day crafts.

1. Make wildflower seed bombs.

Give back to lớn Mother Earth with these easy-to-make seed bombs. Blend together used scraps of construction paper, water, và wildflower seeds in a food processor, then khung into tiny muffins. Let dry & then toss in the ground. As the seed bombs receive sun & rain, the paper will eventually compost and the seeds will germinate.

2. Create nature wreaths.

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Take your kids on a nature walk to gather interesting leaves, flowers, berries, etc.. Lớn make the wreath forms, braid together strips of old t-shirts và form into a circle. Then attach natural items into the crevices và secure with clear fishing line or hot glue. Attach a ribbon at the top to hang your wreath.

3. Construct a bug hotel.

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SOURCE: Red Ted Art

Create a cozy place for all the creepy crawlies to hang out. Cut a two-liter plastic bottle into two cylinders, then stuff it with sticks, pine cones, bark, or any other natural material. Make sure to lớn pack the organic material tightly. Then loop a piece of twine or yarn around the two cylinders and hang your bug hotel from a tree branch or fence.

4. Create a quilt.

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SOURCE: Teach Student Savvy

Textiles cosplay a huge portion of municipal solid waste—over 16 million tons per year. Teach your kids to lớn repurpose old material that would otherwise over up in the landfill by putting together a cozy quilt.

5. Create Earth moss balls.

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SOURCE: Mother Natured

Pay tribute to lớn our lovely planet on Earth Day with these fuzzy moss balls. Kids who love getting their hands dirty will particularly love this craft. All you vị is squish pre-soaked sphagnum moss into a tight ball, wrap it tightly with xanh yarn or strips of discarded t-shirts, layer more moss và more yarn, etc. Until you’ve created an Earth-shaped orb. Finish with a loop of yarn & hang in a sunny window. Khổng lồ keep your moss ball healthy, simply spray with water every couple of days.

6. Create a hanging garden.

Large plastic bottles become beautiful hanging planters in this green-living & green-thumb project. A great way khổng lồ make a gorgeous hanging garden.

7. Upcycle trash into flower art.

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Scraps of paper are the only supplies you need for this recycled-flower-garden activity & lesson . The measurement and math element is an added bonus.

8. “Grow” an egg carton tree.

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SOURCE: Glued khổng lồ My Crafts

Save those egg cartons! This simple project only requires a few supplies to make a recycled egg carton tree.


9. Create your own flexible seating.

SOURCE: Hanging with Mrs. Hulsey

One of our favorite Earth Day crafts has to lớn be upcycling tires into comfy seating for your reading nook.

10. Fashion a pop-top bracelet.

Aluminum beverage pop tops become wearable jewelry, thanks lớn some ribbon nin-ja work. Put this clip onto your interactive whiteboard lớn give your students the full 411 và then get crafting.

11. Chime the wind.

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SOURCE: Hands on as We Grow

Go outside for a nature walk & gather sticks, weeds, & pickable blooms, và then bring the treasures inside khổng lồ be showcased in recycled jar lids. With some wax paper & string, your students can craft this surprisingly beautiful recycled wind chime.

12. Paint paper bags.

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SOURCE: Small for Big

Brown paper bags become eco-canvases for artwork and a perfect way lớn adorn fridges for Earth Day. Bonus points if you can source handled bags, because the handles serve as built-in artwork hangers.

13. Create pebble art.

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Take students outside to collect small rocks and pebbles. Have then arrange the rocks into a creative pattern of their choice. Get creative, and try for as many different designs as you can! Once you’re done, simply leave the rocks where you found them.

14. Use old crayons to make new ones.

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SOURCE: The Gunny Sack

This isn’t just any recycled crayon. It’s a gorgeous earth crayon! You can make these with your kids using a muffin tin. You just need lớn sort out the right colors.

15. Use upcycled objects to lớn make mazes.

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SOURCE: Hello, Wonderful

STEM & recycling go together wonderfully! This idea from Hello, Wonderful  is a great way to challenge kids to make mazes or something else entirely.

16. Feed the birds.

Herald spring with this easy crowd-pleaser: the large plastic bottle bird feeder. This short clip will teach kids how to lớn get started constructing their feeders.

17. Get organized with old cans.

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SOURCE: Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Tin cans are easy khổng lồ get your hands on, & they can go a long way in organizing supplies. Get your kids involved by having them help decorate the cans. They’ll really take ownership of this, which will hopefully help them want to keep supplies more organized.

18. Make paper-mâché pots.

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SOURCE: Childhood 101

Cut off the bottoms of beverage bottles or reuse food containers and jazz them up with brightly colored paper scraps. Except for the glue, these paper –mâché planters are composed solely of recycled materials.

19. Make chair fidgets out of old tees.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScZGN8bjsg4

Give old T-shirts new life with this craft by making chair fidgets. This uses a simple braiding technique, & your kids will love helping out.

20. Collaborate on an aluminum can recycling bin.

Kids can work together to create an aluminum-can recycling center. Watch the video clip above to lớn get the simple instructions & learn how your school can make recycling fun và rewarding with Recycle Rally.

21. Fashion fairy houses.

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SOURCE: Crafts by Amanda

Are these the sweetest Earth Day crafts ever? Plastic bottles from home become homes for fairies, thanks to lớn paint, scissors, glue, và real or faux greenery.

22. Create a giant upcycled art wall.

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SOURCE: Art Bar Blog

This is an amazing recycled wall masterpiece. We love the inspiration from blogger Art Bar. You could phối it up on a cardboard backing và then let students địa chỉ cửa hàng to it, paint it, và create with it as there is miễn phí time throughout the day.

23. Make your own games.

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SOURCE: Reuse Grow Enjoy

Use bottle caps in a trò chơi of tic-tac-toe. They can also be turned into checkers. This would be a great makerspace activity. Give your kids several upcycled items và challenge them to lớn create games!

24. Turn old magazines into art.

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SOURCE: Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom

We love how this upcycled magazine cut-paper art project can be modified for primary students or used to lớn inspire sophisticated art by high school students.

25. Build beautiful terrariums.

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SOURCE: Adirondack Girl at Heart

A bottle gets a second life as a museum-worthy terrarium as well as a home for an environmental science project. Be sure to địa chỉ cửa hàng the activated charcoal & moss for plastic bottle terrariums that flourish.

26. Set up a self-watering planter.

Your classroom studies of plant life, photosynthesis, and water conservation will get a boost with this hands-on crafting of a self-watering planter. The base? A good ol’ large plastic bottle, as shown in this đoạn phim by Recycle Rally.

27. Khung flowers from water bottles.

Upcycled water bottle flowers are an easy craft that can be sourced directly from your recycling bin, with the help of some paint.

28. Give a hoot about these newspaper owls.

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SOURCE: I Heart Crafty Things

Old newspapers find their spirit animal when they become recycled newspaper owls. All you need are markers, watercolors, & paper scraps to make them come alive.

29. Construct a plastic bottle recycling bin.

Water bottles come together, as bởi vì your kids to make this water bottle recycling center. This project combines teamwork with respect for our environment, a double win.

30. Create genius ideas out of cardboard.

Cardboard is one of the easiest, least expensive materials you can get your hands on. Grab a ton of it và challenge your kids lớn make awesome creations. You never know what they might come up with.