Recycled Art Projects

In this activity you will create an amazing new item from reused objects found around your house.



  • Gather safe, used items from around your house that would either be recycled or thrown out.
  • Brainstorm with your class or your family. What can you make with these items? Something useful? Something to play with? An art piece to share? Get creative!
  • Grades PreK/K/1 and Grades 2-3 should ask an adult to help if doing this at home

Suggested Materials

  • Glue
  • Scissors or box cutter
  • Tape
  • Paint
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Needle and thread
  • Used items such as:
    • Egg cartons (cardboard or styrofoam)
    • Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
    • Cardboard boxes
    • Old torn clothing or scrap material
    • Scrap wood
    • Clean jars and/or cans
    • Scrap paper from another project
    • Used wrapping paper
    • What else can you find?
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