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April 09, 2019 Carefree Crafting 3 comments

Do you have a pile of cardboard boxes in your house, just lying around, eating dust, waiting to make the inevitable journey to the dump yard? Did you keep them safe all this while thinking you could teach your child about recycling? Are you looking for fun ideas through which your child can convert these waste materials into something useful?

Well, we’ve got that sorted. Better yet, we could help you spend some quality time with your child, help develop his/her creativity and teach them about recycling. We are talking about some good old-fashioned waste material craft that you simply will enjoy with your child.

And the best part is, we’ve segregated these waste material crafts according to age groups so you can find the ones that will best suit your child! In fact, if you have a school project coming up, we have a couple of waste material project ideas for school too! So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!

Easy best out of waste craft ideas for toddlers and preschoolers:

Wildflower Meadow

Let’s have a little art-attack now—painting by reusing bottle caps and chart paper. Let your little one dip the bottle caps in different colours and paint a meadow filled with colourful wildflowers. Check out our waste material craft idea.

Parking Lot

Help your child create a parking to store his/her automobiles. A awe-inspiring waste material craft idea that about recycling a cardboard box, colouring it, and transforming it into a parking lot of his/her own.

Cardboard Portrait

How about engaging your child with this artsy activity where he/she recycles and reuses a cardboard? So, before you pick out the colours, check out this simple waste material—cardboard—craft idea on Indian Moms Connect. Ready?

Fun crafts to make out waste for kindergarten kids:

Toy Fighter Plane

Time to build a mighty little toy fighter plane with this delightful waste material craft idea. Your child is sure to love building his/her own toy fighter plane. Your child’s grasping skills and hand-eye coordination will definitely get a boost. So, let’s begin.


Waste Craft Aeroplane

Does your child get all curious and excited when he/she spots a plane flying in the sky? Does he/she imagine flying like one? Then, let’s make an interesting hanging decor that can be hung in your child’s room. With this waste material craft aeroplane activity, you can create a colourful airplane. Ready?


Coconut Leaf Whistle

If you spent your childhood summer vacations surrounded by coconut trees, then we’re sure you must have tried this before. When children experiment with materials, they learn through play! And not to forget, leaf art and craft can be totally engaging! The coconut leaf whistle is one of them!


Rocket On A Roll

It’s time to launch your child into outer space and reach for the stars because we have a trans-galactic waste material craft rocket activity for your little astronaut! Use toilet rolls and convert them into space rockets—and enact an Apollo Mission role-play while you’re at it!


Pencil Shaving Art

Save the shavings next time you sharpen your child’s pencils, because we have an amazing pencil art activity to trigger your child’s creativity! How about we tell you how to use pencil shavings imaginatively and craft designs!
It’s time to launch your child into outer space and reach for the stars because we have a trans-galactic waste material craft rocket activity for your little astronaut! Use toilet rolls and convert them into space rockets—and enact an Apollo Mission role-play while you’re at it!


Windmill Comb Art

It’s 8 am—time to get ready for school! Is your child’s hair all neat and combed? Speaking of combs, how about using the comb as a tool of art to come up with textured patterns? Let’s make a waste material craft windmill activity of a wind-generating windmill with a comb and fill it with colourful streaks!


String Ornament Star

Spin a magical star out of thread! Get your little kids involved with this creative process that will hook them on several levels! Once done, your children can experiment with making other shapes! Get ready for a fun string ornament star activity with your kid


Straw Structure Activity

Here’s a fun structure for your little builders and innovators to engage with. Use clay and straw to teach your little one about 3D shapes. As he/she gets curious and asks questions, you can also teach your kid about different dimensions in simple ways with straw structure activity!


Leaf Art Animal Shapes

Pick up the fallen leaves and convert them into animals! Here’s a fun activity to engage your kids while they’re at home. Try this leaf art animal shapes activity with your little ones!


Bottle Piggy Bank

Inculcating the habit of reuse and recycle helps your child go green from an early age. How about getting him/her to learn about it the fun way? Oh, you can also teach your little one about the value of money! Make a bottle piggy bank by reusing a water bottle, chart paper, and eraser. While doing this activity, your child’s fine motor and creative skills are engaged, besides gaining confidence as he/she begins to use the piggy bank.


Craft Paperweight

Looking for fun activities to engage your child while at home? How about making a waste material craft stone paperweight with abstract art? Some stones and paint are all you and your child will need.


Craft Pebble Game

Have you introduced your child to the game of tic tac toe? Well, it’s time to introduce him/her to this simple logical game. How about a little twist to make the game more engaging? Here’s a creative and fun waste material craft pebble game activity for your kindergarten child to engage with.


Vegetable Bookmarks

Is eating vegetables a touchy topic for your child? Then how about making it fun for your child with this colourful, easy, and messy activity turn vegetables into bookmarks! In this DIY activity, the child engages his/her sensory skill—feels different textures, mixes different colours. He/she also gets creative and communicates his/her ideas. You could introduce different types of vegetables too! So let’s get started with food abstract art!


Magnetism Star

Can toy stars dance? Well, here’s one way to find out. How about doing an interesting activity with magnets to explain the science concept of magnetic repulsion? Doing this fun magnetism star activity, your kindergarten child learns about the magnets and engages his/her communication and fine motor skills.



Hey be careful while playing with clothespins! Alligators are out to snap your finger off! You don’t think so? Well, then this waste material craft activity is just the thing! Your child will have so much fun making a friendly little alligator.

Craft Postbox

How about creating a miniature postbox table décor with this waste material craft activity? All you need is an used plastic jar, black and red paints; the craft postbox will be ready in no time. You can leave tiny positive letters for your child to open every day!


An itsy-bitsy spider is going to climb out of the paper cup! Let’s make sure it’s not the scary kind, shall we? Recycle paper cup and transform it into a spider of any colour with this thrilling waste material craft idea! We made a black tarantula with red legs.

Creative best out of waste ideas for kids in Class 1 – Class 3:

Storage Station

Here’s how you can recycle a cardboard box and make a storage station for your child to store anything. For this simple waste material crafts activity, you are gonna need a big or small cardboard box, some coloured sheets, glue, tape. So all set?

Retro Cassette Player

A little nostalgic décor with an used matchbox. Remember the good old cassette player? Well, what better way to tell your child stories of your childhood. With this enchanting waste material activity, walk down the memory lane. Ah sigh!

You’ve Got Mail

Has your child seen a letterbox? Whether a yes or  a no, he/she is sure love this waste material craft idea. Recycle and transform a matchbox into a letterbox! Once done, leave it on your little one’s table with tiny reminder notes and all.

Paper Bag Luminaries

Recycle the paper bags lying around and make turn them into colourful luminaries with this wonderful  waste material craft activity on Krafty Krook. Your child will love all the snipping and gluing with colourful crepe papers (the ones you use for birthdays!). Here’s how you can do.

Exciting best out of waste ideas for kids in Class 4 – Class 6:

T-Shirt Tote Bag

What if you can make some tote bags by reusing your old t-shirts? Here’s a thrilling waste material DIY activity, which we made for World Environment Day, for your child and you to try out. Apart from recycling, you get to create your own bags for grocery, everyday use, etc. Go green then?

Jeep Adventure

Vroom! Your child and you are about to transform used matchboxes and bottle caps into a jeep with this waste material craft idea! Get paint colours and paintbrushes at the ready! Let your child choose the colour of his/her choice!

Shark Attack

A clothespin is ideal to create a shark. Shhh! This waste material craft activity has to be done with absolute care. It’s shark teeth, after all. Help your child make a shark about to gobble a fish. It can be a prop for pretend-play and stories.

Bunker Bed

With a couple of used matchboxes and some paint, build a mini bunker bed table décor. Here’s the waste material craft idea that is sure to make your child jump with joy. Imagine using it as a prop while telling bedtime stories!

Mini Suitcase

Pack your suitcase and head for a holiday! Oh wait, you can needn’t have to just yet. How about creating a mini suitcase with this waste material craft activity. Your little one will have ball of a time snipping and painting!

Matchbox Robot

Have seen a robot made of matchboxes? Here’s one for you to try. With this waste material craft activity, build a robot out of used matchboxes. Let your little one help you in creating one. Once done, tell a story like a robot!

Pineapple Pen Stand

This new school term helps your child organise and stack the stationery items. How about a fruity twist to this study table décor? We made a pineapple pen stand, a waste material craft activity that your little one would love. You will need a used plastic jar.

Simple waste material projects for school:

Nautical Lighthouse

Ready to create lighthouse out of recycled bottle? With this waste material craft idea, your child and you can paint an awe-inspiring set-up of the nautical lighthouse. So pick out all the necessary craft supplies and get ready to anchor a lighthouse by the shore!

Wind Turbine

Reuse paper cups into wind turbine with this creative waste material craft idea. As your child paints, glues, and creates the windmill, you can discuss about the clean energy, the wind energy. Recycle some paper cups along with your little one!


Bottlecap Keychain

It’s fun to create new things from scratch. But there’s a completely different thrill added when you re-use old things to create something fresh! Wouldn’t it be amazing (for us and for our planet) if our kids could also learn the art of recycling waste material! Well, in today’s activity, we’re reusing a bottle cap to create a cute li’l key chain. Are you ready? Let’s get started with bottle cap key chain!


Photo Frame Rocket

If you are wondering how a rocket can make for a photo frame, well then check out this waste material craft activity. By recycling bottle and some chart, your child will be able to build a rocket photo frame décor.


Did your child and you have fun creating some wonderful crafts out of waste materials? Well, these set activities are sure to help your child’s imagination, motor, and coordination. Do tell us which all activities your little one liked in the ‘Comments’ section.

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Originally published on 17th Aug 2016. Updated on Dec 20th 2017.

Recycled crafts for kids can be a valuable tool of entertainment and distraction after a long school day. These craft projects for kids cost almost nothing to make and you can use materials from around the house, like oatmeal containers.

If you're looking for recycling projects for kids that are perfect for Earth Day crafts, this is a must-have collection. Save up those drink cartons, plastic bottles and even paper plates - you can use all of these items for these craft projects.

Even if Earth Day is nowhere in sight, save this collection for a rainy day and have kids get creative on a rainy afternoon. If you're a teacher, you'll find great school projects made from recycled materials below as well. Kids will love making their own games, organizers and even birdfeeders.


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Are you a visual learner? Check out our video tutorial for this Recycled DIY Storage Container.

Best out of waste craft ideas for your kids of class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Cover the rest of the bottle with the paper and paint it or make patterns.

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Do you have old stuff lying at your basement or attic that you have not had the heart to part with? Or are you too busy with other tasks to clean the basement? Why not make the best use of the stuff lying at home! It will not just keep the kids occupied, but also encourage him to try out new things. From beautiful home décor to funky jewellery, here are out of the box ideas to create the best out of the waste materials! Read our post on waste material crafts for kids and keep them occupied.

25 Waste Material Craft Ideas For Kids:

1. Little Monsters:

There are so many colorful monster crafts for kids can do using waste material items.


You Will Need:

  • Cardboard tubes in different sizes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sharpie
  • Pompom

How To:

  1. Cut the cardboard in various sizes.
  1. Paint the cardboard roll in different colors.
  1. Now have your child create funny and goofy monster faces on the rolls.
  1. Add details to the rolls with the sharpie.
  1. Use pom-poms to add little details to the rolls. Now your kid will have a cool waste material craft on hands.

2. Button Bracelet:

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Nothing will compare to your kids’ crazy little imaginations. Here is another creative craft from waste material for kids to make.

You Will Need:

  • Pliers
  • Elastic
  • Metal crimp tube
  • Shanks
  • Buttons

How To:

  1. Thread the elastic through the shanks, turning the buttons upside down to overlap.
  1. When you think you have threaded enough buttons to reach around the wrist, thread the ends of the elastic through a metal crimp tube.
  1. Squeeze tightly with the pliers and trim off the excess elastic. This is one of the simplest idea for making craft from waste material. Your kid will enjoy to do it.

[ Read: Felt Crafts For Kids ]

3. Bottle Caps Chime:

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Bottle Caps Chime is a great waste material craft work for children who wants to do creative things.

You Will Need:

  • 50 to 70 bottle caps
  • Metal wire
  • A center piece
  • Piercing tool
  • Drilling tools
  • Plier

How To:

  1. Make two holes on each side of the bottle caps.
  1. Cut the wires 2 ½ inches long. Now string the wire through one of the holes of the bottle cap. Wrap the wire around itself and secure using pliers.
  1. Hook the bottle cap to another bottle cap. Wrap and secure with a plier. Continue attaching the links until you get the desired length of the chime. 6 to 7 caps per chain are enough. Attach the chains to the center piece.
  1. Now make a weaving out of a fishing wire and tie it at the end. Use the wire of hanging the chime. The wind chime is complete. This is  one of the fun and creative way to make waste material crafts for your little ones. They will truly enjoy it.

4. Popsicle Stick Photo Frame:

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Popsicle Stick Photo Frame is a super fun art and craft from waste material for kids that they will love to make.

You Will Need:

  • 9 *12 white papers
  • 8 Popsicle sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Paint
  • Crayons

How To:

  1. Color the Popsicle sticks in one or several colors of your kid’s choice.
  1. Use two popsicles for each side.
  1. Kids can either draw or attach a picture of their choice on the white paper.
  1. Glue the Popsicle sticks in a square to the white paper. It will create the frame. Cut off the excess. This hand made waste material craft for kids will always holds a special charm.

[ Read: Photo Frame Crafts For Kids ]

5. Sock Puppets:

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These Sock Puppets are part of the Kids’ hand craft with waste material to improve their creative skills.

You Will Need:

  • 2 Socks
  • Googly eyes or buttons
  • Colored wool
  • Black sewing thread
  • Wool needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors

How To:

  1. Wash the socks properly.
  1. Sew the googly eyes or buttons on the sock.
  1. Cut 12, 6-inch strips of wool for the hair. Make the parting of the hair using sewing thread
  1. Sew on top of the sock, above the eyes. The puppet is ready.

6. Tin Can Lantern:

This is such an enjoyable waste materials craft for kids from start to finish and they just adore playing with these tin can lanterns.

You Will Need:

  • Tin cans
  • Hammer
  • Bailing wire
  • Nail
  • Pliers
  • Tea light candle
  • Spray paint

How To:

  1. Remove all the label and glue from the can.
  1. Fill the can with water and put into the freezer. Leave in the freezer for a few days.
  1. Now take out the can from the freezer and poke a hole on the top side of the can. Flip and make another hole just across the first hole.
  1. Now make the holes using the nail and hammer. You do this task for your kids. You can even make the design with the pencil before making holes.
  1. If the can has a bulge at the bottom, flatten it using a hammer.
  1. Take a 12-inch strip of wire and curve at the ends to make a hook.
  1. Affix the handle to the cane and twist the sides to secure it.
  1. Have your kid paint the tin cans in different colors. Make sure he paints several coats inside and outside. Do not forget handles.
  1. Once the paint dries, insert tea candles and light them up.

[ Read: Wool Crafts For Kids ]

7. Painted Bottles:

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You Will Need:

  • Wine bottles
  • Syringe
  • Latex paint or oil based paint

How To:

  1. Make sure your kid wears old clothes before doing this craft.
  1. Clean the bottles so that it is free of grease and debris. Leave the bottles aside so that it dries completely.
  1. Fill the syringe with paint and insert it into the bottle. Expand and distribute well to cover the sides completely.
  1. Once every corner has been covered, place the bottle in the oven at 302 degrees Fahrenheit and leave it for 40 minutes. This simple craft with waste material is a great way to make the kid happy and definitely they will love it.

8. Cork Photo Frame:

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You Will Need:

  • Acrylic paints in various colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Wooden frame
  • 14 wine corks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Box cutter

How To:

  1. Paint the frame in the color of your choice. Leave it to dry for some time and then apply the second coat. Let the frame dry for a few hours.
  1. Cut the corks into ¼ inch thick slices using the box cutter.
  1. Paint the slices is several colors. Leave it to dry.
  1. Glue the corks to the frame, beginning with the corners.

9. Mason Jar Snow Globe:

This simple Mason Jar Snow Globe craft work for kids with waste materials, would make a perfect thank you gift for a special teacher or child-minder.

You Will Need:

  • Round Mason jar
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ornaments or any other decorative item like toy animals
  • Glycerin
  • Glitter
  • Distilled water
  • Silver acrylic paint

How To:

  1. Paint the jar in silver acrylic paint.
  1. Stick the ornaments or other decorative ornaments to the inside of the lid using a hot glue gun.
  1. Fill the jar up to the brim with distilled water. Add a dash of glycerin and a pinch of glitter to the water.
  1. Screw the lid tightly. Kids can dislodge the figurines or ornaments, so you do it for them.
  1. Turn over the jar over and let it snow.

[ Read: Snowflake Crafts For Kids ]

10. Spoon Vase:

You Will Need:

  • A large can
  • Paper plate
  • Measuring spoons
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • White spray primer
  • Blue and white acrylic paint
  • Plastic spoons

How To:

  1. Coat the exterior of the can with the spray primer.
  1. Cut off the handles of all the spoons, except one.
  1. On a paper plate, pour one tablespoon of blue paint per row.
  1. Leave the first blob as it is. Add ½ teaspoon of white to the second blob, one teaspoon of white to the third blob and 1 ½ teaspoon of white to the four blobs. Blend with the spoon.
  1. Apply glue to the outer rim of the spoon.
  1. Place a row of the lightest color spoon on the top edge of the can.
  1. For the second row, put the spoons between the previous rows. Continue adding the rows until the can is covered.

11. Yogurt Cup Wreath:

You Will Need:

  • 36 yogurt cups
  • Hot glue gun
  • Yellow spray paint
  • Straw wreath

How To:

  1. Apply hot glue to the brim of one yogurt cup and hold it against the outer rim the wreath. Affix 11 other cups, evenly spaced around the outer edge of the wreath.
  1. Now have your kid create the second ring inside the previous ring. Kids have to position a new cup between two cups, and brim against the wreath. Keep repeating the procedure until you have 12 evenly spaced cups.
  1. Create the third ring by placing the remaining cups in a circle, with the bottoms facing straight up.
  1. Spray paint the wreath in yellow or any other color of your choice. Let the wreath dry and put a second coat if required.

12. Egg Carton Lamp:

You Will Need:

  • 9 dozen-size egg carton
  • 1 string of 100 LED lamps
  • Spray paint
  • Craft knife
  • Chicken wire
  • Floral wire

How To:

  1. Cut out the cup from the egg cartons. Trim the edges of the cup to make them look like four petals. Children won’t be able to do it, so you do it for them.
  1. Spray paint the inside and outside of the cup.
  1. Now push a light bulb through the hole in chicken wire. Use the floral wire to secure.
  1. Roll chicken wire into a cylinder with the lights facing out. Fasten the ends with a floral wire.
  1. Cut an X through the bottom of each egg cup. Push a cup over the light bulbs.

13. Tin Can Chimes:

You Will Need:

  • Tin cans with lids in various shapes and sizes
  • Paint brush
  • Tempera paints in different colors
  • Glitter
  • Nail and hammer to make holes
  • Washers
  • String

How To:

  1. Tell your child to paint the cans in different colors.
  1. Dust some glitter on the cans while the paint is wet. Leave it to dry.
  1. Punch the holes at the bottom of the cans.
  1. String a long piece of yarn through the holes and tie two washers at the other end of the string, inside the tin cans. One washer will keep the thread in place, and the other washer will make a clinking sound when it hits the cans.
  1. Hang the tin cans in such a way so that they overlap each other. Now let the wind do its job. This is one of the best craft ideas for kids with waste material.

14. Glittery CD Fish:

You Will Need:

  • A CD
  • Glitters or sharpie
  • Mod Podge glue
  • Yellow card stock paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes

How To:

  1. Apply mod podge glue on the back of the CD, leaving the middle portion.
  1. Sprinkle the glitters generously on the glue. Leave it for a few hours to dry.
  1. Trace and cut out the mouth, fins and tail from the colored paper and attach using a scotch tape. Make sure your kid does this part neatly.
  1. Affix the wiggly eyes with the glue.

15. Snow White Dwarfs:

You Will Need:

  • Cork
  • Wooden bead
  • Tiny pom-pom
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Craft glue
  • Cotton ball
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Scissors
  • Felt

How To:

  1. Glue the beads to the cork.
  1. Now stick the eyes and a pompom for the nose.
  1. Cut the pipe cleaner into four parts using the fingernail clippers. Cut the ends of the feet and hand.
  1. Stick the hands and feet to the ends of the cork.
  1. Pull apart the cotton balls to make the hair, beard, and glue to the cork.
  1. Cut out a half circle of red felt for the hats. Roll into the cone shape and stick using glue. Hold for a few minutes until it sticks properly.
  1. Put a little glue on the edges of the hat and attach to the cork.

16. Plastic Egg Snake:

You Will Need:

  • 30 to 36-inch plastic lacing cord
  • Googly Eyes
  • Plastic Easter Eggs with two holes on the top and bottom
  • Red felt

How To:

  1. Make a knot at one end of the plastic lacing cord.
  1. Thread one of the top shell openings through the plastic lacing cord. Continue with all the other plastic egg shells.
  1. Knot the other end also when you have threaded the top egg shells.
  1. Decorate the last top shell using the googly eyes. It will make the head of the snake
  1. Cut out the tongue shape from the red felt and place between the eyes.
  1. Slither and bend the egg snake.

17. Milk Carton Bird House:

You Will Need:

  • Milk carton
  • Juice carton
  • White spray paint
  • White glue
  • Colored tissue paper notes
  • Utility knife
  • Sponge brushes
  • Soft book cover for the roof
  • Yarn

How To:

  1. Spray the white paint on the juice and milk carton. Leave it aside to dry.
  1. Now mix white glue and water and apply on the cartons and roof with the help of sponge brushes.
  1. When the glue is wet, have the kids use the paper notes on the cartons and roof any way they like. Overlapping one tissue on the other would look great.
  1. Use the sponge brushes to ensure that all the edges are properly glued down and secure.
  1. Now make a hole in the top of the carton using a utility knife.
  1. Make another opening for the door.
  1. Just below the door, cut an X shape and insert a spoon. Here, you can put the bird seeds.
  1. Attach the roof to the cartons using the hot glue.
  1. Now on the roof, make two small slits, two inches apart.
  1. Fill all the gaps with glue. Your birdhouse is ready.
  1. Thread yarn or whatever you are using to tie the knot.

18. Egg Carton Tulips:

You Will Need:

  • Colored egg cartons
  • Green pipe cleaner or chenille stem, if you have
  • Ribbons
  • Glue
  • Cardboard paper
  • Buttons
  • Sticky dots

How To:

  1. Cut out 12 tulip base from the colored paper egg cartons.
  1. Make two holes at the base of each ‘tulip’ using a knife.
  1. Cut the green pipe cleaners into 12-inch lengths and insert into one of the holes.
  1. Bring one end of the pipe cleaner down into the second. Twist the pipe cleaner at the base of the tulips.
  1. Add the sticky dot on the back of the button.
  1. Now stick the button to the center of the tulip base, above the pipe cleaner. Punch holes in the leaves and thread to the pipe cleaner
  1. Repeat the same method for other tulips.
  1. Tie the tulips using a ribbon or trim the stems and roll in the paper cardboard roll.

19. Paper Garland:

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You Will Need:

  • Paper scraps
  • Tape or glue
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

How To:

  1. Cut out the papers in desired sizes and shape.
  1. Affix the paper cut outs to a long string of yarn. You can attach the paper cutouts using a tape or glue. But make sure that the paper cut outs are secured on the same side.
  1. The garland is now ready. Tell the children to hang it wherever she likes.

20. Storage Box:

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You Will Need:

  • Shoebox
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Comics from the newspaper
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum can

How To:

  1. Wrap the shoe box with comic pages from the comic book or newspaper. Secure on the insides with a tape.
  1. Cut out collages from the comic strip and stick on the box to create a collage effect.
  1. Crush the cola can or aluminum can as flat as possible. You have to do it for your child.
  1. Secure the can to the shoe box’s lid. Use a marker to label the box. You can write your kid’s name or the items your child will store. The box is ready.

21. String Tied Hair Band:

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You Will Need:

  • Strings in various colors
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic headband

How To:

  1. Encourage your little one to use the string of her choice and ask her what layout she will prefer for the headband.
  1. Start by wrapping the strings at one end. Secure the end of the string with hot glue. Help your kid when using hot glue.
  1. Now take another colored string and start wrapping until you come to the end of it. Secure with the hot glue. Repeat the same procedure with other colored strings.
  1. Continue wrapping and securing until you have covered the entire head hand.

22. Cardboard Tube Coiled Snake:

You Will Need:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Acrylic paints in different colors

How To:

  1. Paint the inside and outside of the toilet, paper rolls in various colors. Leave it to dry for an hour and apply the second coat.
  1. Make some small dots on the coil using contrasting colors. Leave it to dry overnight
  1. Now wrap the cardboard around a wrapping paper tube and cut the tubes into coils.
  1. Wrap the painted cardboard like a coil around your finger. Let your kid position it any way he likes. Paint the end tips red and leave it to dry.
  1. Now glue the googly eyes using a toothpick.
  1. Snip the red end like a forked tongue. The snakes are ready.

23. Superhero Bookmark:

You Will Need:

  • Jumbo craft sticks
  • Acrylic paints.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic sealer or modge podge
  • Pencil and pen

How To:

  1. Have your child sketch the design on the stick.
  1. Now use the skinny brushes to add details to your superhero’s costume. Kids can even decorate the superheroes with glitters if they want. Leave it for a day to dry.
  1. Use a ball point pen to add details like eyes and mouth.
  1. Apply a coat of sealer when it dries and leave it for a day.

24. Monster Box:

You Will Need:

  • An empty cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • White or colored paper
  • White glue
  • Poster or acrylic paint
  • Felt pens or crayons
  • Other decorative items like cotton balls, pipe cleaners, glitter, googly eyes

How To:

  1. Empty and clean the carton box. It will act as the body of your monster. The lid or opening will serve as the mouth of the monster.
  1. Now have your kid make the face of the monster. Tell them to make big eyes, long teeth, messy hair and big nose.
  1. Make hands and toes on the cardboard paper or felt and affix to the sides and base of the box. The monster is ready.

25. Milk Carton Bus:

You Will Need:

  • Acrylic paints in different colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Markers
  • Glue stick and glue guns
  • Milk carton
  • Black and white construction paper
  • Letter stickers

How To:

  1. Paint the milk carton yellow. Leave for an hour and apply another coat. Leave it aside to dry.
  1. Cut two strips of white construction paper. Draw two vertical lines on each strip to give the appearance of a window.
  1. Make figures of boys and girls on each window.
  1. Glue the windows on each side of the bus using the glue stick.
  1. Cut out a circle from the construction paper and stick on the front of the opening of the carton.
  1. Cut a 1-inch strip of the black construction paper and attach the foam letters on it. Kids are free to write anything they like.
  1. Glue the bottle caps on the bottom of the carton. The bus is ready for a ride.

The best thing about these waste material craft ideas is that you do not even need to rush to the market to purchase expensive materials. You’ll find most of the supplies in your house, stashed up in the corner of your store room, basement or attic.

We hope these beautiful craft ideas for kids with waste material give them some inspiration to create wonderful crafts at home. Do you have some more creative ideas to put waste stuff to use? Then please share with us in the comment section below!

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Do you feel guilty tossing stacks of flyers, scrap paper, and junk mail into the recycling bin? All that perfectly good paper, hardly even used. What a waste! Recycling is good, but it still takes energy and creates waste and emissions. The good thing is, there are plenty of things you can do to reuse paper before recycling it. (See also: 17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper)

1. Printing

Yes, it’s obvious, but it surprises me how many people don’t bother with printing on the back of scrap computer paper. Use scrap paper to print coupons, directions, meeting minutes, shopping lists, and other necessities. To make it easier, keep a tray of scrap paper next to the printer for easy access.

2. Pet Cage Liner

Newspaper and junk mail is perfect for lining a bird cage or shredding for hamster bedding. Just be sure that the paper you use is printed with non-toxic ink (brown paper bags and black and white newspaper is usually fine).

3. Woven Basket

Design*Sponge recently showcased an easy tutorial for reusing your brown packing paper (ubiquitous in Amazon shipments, for example) to weave this beautiful recycled paper basket. Use the paper basket to corral your junk mail or to hold scrap paper for further reuse!

4. Doodle Pad

Tear used computer paper (printed on one side) into quarters and stack them (or clip them) neatly by the telephone for doodling while you’re on hold, or for jotting down messages.

5. Origami

Used wrapping paper, greeting cards, the comic section of the newspaper, and even colorful junk mail can be used to fold all sorts of cute origami, from jewelry boxes to paper cranes to adorable origami cat bookmarks. Chocolate bar tablets used to be wrapped in gold or silver paper that was perfect for origami, but I've noticed that this isn't as common anymore.

6. Beads for Jewelry

Old magazines and wrapping paper can be rolled into pretty paper beads to make unique jewelry. There’s an easy paper-bead tutorial at HowStuffWorks. This would be a fun project for kids as well.

7. Light a Fire

We usually save brown paper bags, packing paper, and newspaper for the fireplace, but again, make sure that the paper is printed with non-toxic inks.

8. Wall Art

Frame pretty patterned wrapping paper (or greeting cards, or wallpaper) in simple frames for a boost of color in your home. Alternatively, use wrapping paper as matting for photos, create a garland or bunting to hang on the wall, or frame interesting magazine covers.

9. Paper-Mache Piñata

One of my family’s traditions was to create a paper-mache piñata for birthday parties. Ours were usually simple paper-mache balls filled with candy, but you could fancy yours up and make them all sorts of fantastic shapes (one year, I made a roly-poly pig using a balloon and toilet paper rolls as a frame). Kids love whacking the piñata with a bat and gathering the goodies at parties. Check out this easy video tutorial for making a piñata.

10. Gift Wrap

Reuse comics, sheet music, or even plain brown packing paper to wrap gifts. You can pretty them up with gift tags made from scrap paper and leftover ribbons. For small gifts, a fun idea is to use business envelopes turned inside-out to wrap a gift, showing the pretty blue or gray security pattern inside.

11. Window Cleaning

Nothing beats good ol’ newspaper and vinegar for sparkling, streak-free windows.

12. Garden Mulch

Non-toxic newsprint can be an excellent mulch for your garden plants. Tear the newspaper into strips and put a layer around your plants to keep the soil moist and deter weeds. The newspaper will eventually break down and enrich the soil. If you think this looks unsightly, use it only in the backyard vegetable garden, or add a layer of bark chips over the top to make it look prettier.

13. Compost

Newspaper can be an integral part of a well-balanced compost pile and counts as a carbon-rich (or “brown” component). Tear the newspaper into strips or small pieces to help it break down faster. Again, use only newspaper or paper with non-toxic inks (no glossy magazines).

14. Drop Cloth

Save newspaper and junk mail to use as a drop cloth for your painting and crafting projects.

15. Paper Dolls

Stiff cardstock (such as the back of greeting cards) can be cut into simple paper dolls, and then colorful wrapping paper or leftover computer paper can be fashioned into an entire wardrobe. Draw the dolls yourself, or find an easy template online.

16. Paper Wreath

Martha Stewart has this idea for using the pages of an old book to create the leaves for this beautiful paper wreath, perfect for gracing your front door. 

17. Gift Basket Filling

Shred colorful wrapping and tissue paper and use it as filler in DIY gift baskets or Easter baskets that you make with the kids.

18. Seedling Pots

Use leftover paper egg cartons or toilet paper rolls that have been folded on the bottom to start your own seeds for the garden. They’re perfect since they supply good drainage and aeration. Since the “seedling pots” are biodegradable, you can just break them up and bury them when you plant the seedlings in your garden.

19. Cable and Junk Organizers

Toilet and paper towel rolls are perfect for organizing computer cables and corralling other random stuff. Cut a slit in one side of the roll, and then slip rolled-up cables into the toilet paper “sleeve.” You can also use this to organize craft supplies such as ribbons and string, and keep your wrapping paper rolls from unrolling. Flattened rolls can be used to store knives.

20. Ripen Fruit

Place unripe fruit in a paper bag or wrap in newspaper to help it to ripen more quickly.

21. Homemade Cards

A sweet way to reuse greeting cards is to cut out the pictures (pretty flowers, birds, and other images) and use them to create a new card. You might reuse last year's Christmas card from your grandma to make a new card to send her this year, for example.

22. Packing Material

If you can’t find another creative use for your junk mail, just scrunch it up and use it to pack a box.  Some thrift stores may also accept paper donations for wrapping up fragile objects when they’re sold.

Don’t forget to reduce the amount of paper that comes through your household by opting out of junk mail, and going paperless for bills if your area offers it. If you subscribe to magazines, offer them to a friend who might be interested in reading them before you toss them in the recycling bin. Donate or sell used books. 

Please, never throw perfectly good paper into the trash. We have enough paper already lining our landfills, and we already cut down enough trees to make “virgin” paper products.

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DIY from waste paper is an awesome way to not just recycle the trashed paper but A lot of people use old waste paper to make paper mache or other crafts.

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How do you best use your household waste?

There could be several things made from waste materials at home. And these crafts can also help your kids in their classroom projects. Hence the best out of waste craft ideas are most suitable to reuse waste materials and decorate your house.

Waste products can be of different kinds:

Organic waste such as kitchen waste, vegetables, flowers, leaves, fruits.

Toxic waste like old medicines, paints, chemicals, bulbs, spray cans, fertilisers and pesticide containers, batteries, shoe polish and,

Recyclable waste like paper, glass, metals, plastics.

What are the different types of waste that you can reuse?

Toxic waste can be dangerous and detrimental to health and bad for well-being of you and your family. It is important to get rid of them immediately. However, the other kind of waste can actually be a treasure trove! And it would be a great idea to reuse these waste.

When put to the right use, you can create useful things from waste material such as pretty handicrafts for your home, accessories or even toys for your kids!

It's a great way to reduce the waste produced by your house and do the planet a favour.

It is fun and a creative way to keep your children occupied in thier waste management projects.

Here are Top 27 out of waste ideas that can help you reduce household waste with craft and keep your kid busy:

#1. Sock Snowman Idea

Do your kids always lose one sock and make the pair useless? Take out those lonely socks from the waste and turn it into an adorable snowman! Here’s how:

What wastes you need: 

  • 1 sock from the pair (preferably white or light colored)
  • 1 Coloured sock
  • Sesame seeds
  • Rubber bands
  • Map pins
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Buttons
  • Cloth or ribbon

What to do out of these:

  1. Cut the white sock in half.
  2. Turn it inside out and fill it with sesame seeds.
  3. Make a nice round base and secure the top with a rubber band.
  4. Tie another rubber band about 3/4th of the way up to make the head of the snowman.
  5. Glue the buttons on the belly of the snowman
  6. Use the map pins to make its eyes and mouth.
  7. Use the top portion of the coloured sock to make the snowman’s hat.
  8. Lastly, use the cloth or ribbon to make the snowman’s muffler. Your sock snowman is ready!  

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#2. Ice-Cream Stick Bookmarks Idea

Because great books deserve great bookmarks and summer vacations are synonymous with eating lots of ice cream. Use the ice cream sticks to make adorable bookmarks.

What waste you need:

  • Ice cream sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Felt pens
  • Googly eyes

What to do out of these:

  1. Wash and dry the ice cream sticks.
  2. Leaving the top 1/4th part of the stick empty, twirl and wrap the ribbon around the stick.
  3. You can also use the pens to colour and decorate the stick.
  4. The top part is for the face, stick googly eyes and draw a mouth.
  5. Your bookmarks have characters as interesting as the books they’ll be in now!

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#3. Ice-Cream Stick Fighter Plane Idea

If your little child isn’t much of a reader, let him or her turn the ice cream sticks into a fighter plane instead.

What waste you need:

  • 4 ice cream sticks
  • 1 wooden clothespin
  • Paint
  • Eraser/Small bead
  • Glue
  • Scissors/Cutter

What to do out of these:

  1. Wash and dry the ice cream sticks.
  2. Paint the sticks as well as the clothespin in any colour you please and let them dry.
  3. Cut an ice cream stick into 3 pieces and join two end pieces in a straight line with glue. This is to make the plane’s propeller.
  4. Cut a tiny little bit of the eraser, paint it and leave it aside to dry or you can simply use a small bead.
  5. Glue 2 ice cream sticks to the clothespin, perpendicular and equidistant from each other.
  6. Flip to the other side of the clip and repeat the same process with 2 more ice cream sticks, so that they overlap each other
  7. Glue the eraser or bead to the ice cream stick so that the propeller is complete!
  8. Finally, stick the propeller on the mouth of the clothespin. Your plane is ready!

With such Creative Art & Craft Ideas out of waste products, Parents can inculcate values of Simplicity in their Children!

#4. CD Coasters Idea

Encourage your kids not to leave rinds from cold glasses on the furniture by encouraging them to make their own fun coasters.

(Tip: You can use this DIY for your kids in their waste material project for school.)

What waste you need:

  • Old CDs
  • Thin Cardboard
  • Felt pens
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Scraps of old fabric

What to do out of these:

  1. Trace the outline of the CD on the cardboard and cut it. Each coaster needs two such cardboard cutouts.
  2. Glue the cut out cardboard circles on each side of the disk so that the hole is covered
  3. Trace the outline on the scraps of fabric and cut it.
  4. Glue the top of the cardboard and stick the fabric scraps.
  5. Your reversible coasters are ready to use! It really is that simple!

#5. Vase From Bottle Idea

Turn those cold drink or water bottles into pretty vases and make your home go green, in more ways than one!

What waste you need:

  • Glass or plastic bottle
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Masking tape (optional)

What to do out of these:

  1. Wash the bottle to clean it and remove the label.
  2. Paint the bottle in a colour of your choice.
  3. Once the paint dries, top it up with another coat of paint so the colour is opaque enough.
  4. You can also use masking tape to make patterns on the bottles.
  5. Before painting, use the tape to make the design you want.
  6. When you remove the tape after spray painting the bottle, that part will still be transparent and will look lovely.
  7. Add a flower and your bottle vase is ready to adorn your living room!  

#6. Bird House From Carton Idea

Your old milk or juice carton can be a little birdie’s home.

What waste you need:

  • Milk or juice carton
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Plastic spoon
  • Coloured paper
  • Cutter
  • Soft book cover
  • Wool

What to do out of these:

  1. Paint the carton and let it dry.
  2. Dilute the glue with water and put a thin layer of it on the cartons and the book cover.
  3. Before the glue dries up, use the coloured paper randomly on the cartons for a colourful effect. You can even overlap one over another.
  4. Make a hole on the top and another on the side of the carton to make the door.
  5. Just below the door, cut a small ‘X’ shape and insert a plastic spoon in it to put bird seeds.
  6. Now stick the soft book cover on top of the carton to make a roof.
  7. Make two tiny slits on the roof and put the wool through this to hang the birdhouse.

#7. Glittery CD Fish Idea

Turn scratchy old CDs into glittery fishes!

What waste you need:

  • A CD
  • Glitter
  • Fevicol
  • Card paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes

What to do out of these:

  1. Cover the entire CD except for the middle portion with glue.
  2. Sprinkle the glitter all over the area on the CD. Leave it to dry.
  3. Once it dries, dust off the excess glitter.
  4. With the card paper, cut a mouth, fins and tail and stick these on the blank side of the CD using the tape after it’s dry.
  5. Attach the googly eye to one side of the fish’s face. Glittery fish is ready!  

#8. Spoon Vase Idea

Keep pens and other stationary in a super cute pen stand made using this out of waste idea for spoons.

What waste you need:

  • A large can
  • Paper plate
  • Plastic spoons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint

What to do out of these:

  1. For this project, you will only need the spoon end.
  2. Cut off the stem with a pair of sharp scissors.
  3. Paint the outer convex part of the spoons.
  4. Stick the spoons on the top of your container with glue.
  5. Add layers of plastic spoons from the top till you reach the base of the container you are using.
  6. Add some flowers and your elegant spoon vase is ready.

#9. Tin Can Chimes Idea

Add some music to your house using boring, old tin cans.

P.S. This project is best done with some adult supervision so help your kids out with this one!

What waste you need:

  • 3 or more tin cans with lids
  • Nail and hammer
  • Washers, one for each tin
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Wool string
  • Glitter

What to do out of these:

  1. Paint the tin cans in different colours and add some glitter if you’d like to.
  2. Once they’re dry, make a hole at the bottom of each can using the hammer and the nail.
  3. String a long piece of wool through the holes.
  4. Tie the two washers at the other end of the string, inside the tin cans.
  5. Hang the cans in a way that they overlap or hit each other when the wind hits them.

Ta-da you have a new wind chime or should we say tin chime! 

#10. Pineapple Pen Stand Idea

Turn a dreary plastic bottle into a pineapple pen stand that will instantly brighten your child’s desk.

What waste you need:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Green wool
  • Green paper
  • Tape
  • Paints and paintbrush
  • Glue

What to do out of these:

  1. Paint the plastic bottle yellow and let it dry.
  2. Cut green wool into small strips and stick them diagonally in form of tiny diamonds.
  3. Make zig-zag lines on a green coloured paper.
  4. Cut it in the form of a pineapple leaf.
  5. Stick the leaf on the rim of the plastic bottle. Your brand new pen stand is ready to use.

#11. Tin Can Lanterns Idea

Turn that old bean or soda can into a beautiful lantern for the festive season. Your little one will need your help with this one.

What waste you need:

  • Tin can
  • Hammer
  • Wire
  • Nail
  • Pliers
  • Lights
  • Paint

What to do out of these:

  1. Wash and clean the tin can and let it dry.
  2. Fill the can with water and put it in the freezer for some time.
  3. Remove the can from the freezer and then poke two holes in the can, one on each side.
  4. Use the wire to make a handle attaching it to the two holes
  5. Make various holes around the can with hammer and nails. You can choose to create a pattern of holes or just be random.
  6. Paint the inside and outside of the cans in fun, vibrant colours.
  7. Once it’s all dry, you can put fairy lights or tea light candles in them to turn them into lanterns.

#12. Sock Puppets Idea

Turn every bedtime story into a puppet show with simple puppets made out of socks. They can be customised to look like your child’s favourite character too.

What waste you need:

  • Two socks - plain or printed
  • Googly eyes or buttons
  • Wool
  • Wool needle
  • Sewing thread
  • Scissors Glue

What to do out of these:

  1. Wash and dry the socks properly.
  2. Stick or sew the googly eyes or the buttons on the heel of the socks. Put 2 eyes per sock.
  3. Use strips of wool to make the puppet’s hair.
  4. Sew the hair on top of the sock above the eyes.
  5. Put them in your hands and the puppets are ready for a show. 

#13. Popsicle Photo Frame Idea

Display your favourite pictures ins fun photo frames made from popsicle sticks!

What waste you need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Crayons
  • Whitepaper

What to do out of these:

  1. Paint the popsicle sticks on both sides.
  2. Stick them in such a way that they form a square shape, with the ends jutting out on the four sides.
  3. Cut a white paper a little larger than the size. Glue the popsicle sticks square to the white paper.
  4. Your frame is ready for a photograph or even a handmade drawing or painting!

#14. Bottle Money Bank Idea

Out of waste DIY: Wondering how to make best out of waste from newspaper? Here’s one for you. Help your children create a piggy bank from an old waste bottle to teach them the value of both saving and reusing.

What waste you need:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Piece of paper (Be creative with your newspaper choice)
  • Felt pens
  • Glue

What to do out of these:

  1. Clean and dry the bottle.
  2. On the side of the bottle, cut a slot big enough to send a coin through.
  3. Seal the edges with glued paper or tape to prevent any tearing.
  4. Cover the rest of the bottle with the paper and paint it or make patterns.
  5. You can even go all out and make it look like a pig with just same basic paper sticking.
  6. Your money bank is ready!

#15. The Beach In A Bottle Idea

The next time you’re on a beach, bring it back home with you in a plastic bottle. This is probably one of the best out of waste ideas from plastic bottles, Here’s how:

What waste you need:

  • Big plastic bottle
  • Water
  • Blue food colouring
  • Oil
  • Rocks
  • Seashells
  • Sand
  • Glue

What to do out of these:

  1. Scrub the plastic bottle clean till the label and any residual glue are gone.
  2. Fill the bottle with enough sand to cover one side if the bottle is tilted horizontally.
  3. Add some small sea shells and rocks.
  4. Mix some water with blue colouring till you get a colour like the blue of the ocean.
  5. Pour the blue water into the bottle with the sand till it’s about 2/3 parts full and pour oil into the remaining 1/3rd part of the bottle.
  6. Glue the cap of the bottle so that it cannot be opened and leave it to dry.
  7. Tilt your bottle to see the beach and ocean whenever you want to.  

#16. Mason Jar Snow Globe Idea

If you’re someone who prefers mountains to beaches, worry not. Here’s another out of waste ideas to create your own personal snowfall. Wherever and whenever you wish!

What waste you need:

  • Mason jar
  • Glue
  • Decorative ornaments
  • Glycerin
  • Glitter
  • Water Paint

What to do out of these:

  1. Paint the lid of a mason jar with silver paint.
  2. Stick the ornaments like a small snowman, tiny house, trees, etc. on the inside of the lid.
  3. Fill the jar with water to the brim. Add some glycerin and glitter to it.
  4. Screw the lid on carefully and make sure it is tight.
  5. Turn the mason jar and use the lid as the base to see the snowfall.
  6. Shake and repeat whenever you’d like to watch the snowfall again! 

#17. Paper Cup Wind Mill Idea

Who said a crafts session couldn’t also be a science class?

What waste you need:

  • Paper cups
  • Whitepaper
  • Board pins
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint

What to do out of these:

  1. Paint the paper cups in vibrant colours.
  2. Pile them on top of each other and glue them together to create a tower.
  3. Use the paper to make a pinwheel and attach it to the topmost cup with a pin.
  4. You have your own windmill!

#18. Matchbox Robot Idea

Help your kids make a robot of their very own using simple matchboxes!

What waste you need:

  • 4 matchboxes
  • 2 matchsticks
  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

What to do out of these:

  1. Cover a matchbox with coloured paper.
  2. Make a hole at the bottom of the box using a matchstick.
  3. Use the other matchboxes to create the body and legs.
  4. Use a matchstick to connect the body to the head.
  5. Draw robot’s eyes and mouth on its head.
  6. Make the robot’s antennae using 2 matchsticks.

#19. Matchbox Suitcase For Dolls Idea

If robots aren’t your thing, you can use the matchboxes to make mini suitcases for dolls. And when the dolls aren’t going on vacation, they can be a handy place to store your child’s little baubles.

What waste you need:

  • Matchbox
  • Light and dark brown paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

What to do out of these:

  1. Cover the top of the matchbox cover with the light brown paper.
  2. Make 4 circles of the dark brown paper and stick them on each corner of the suitcase.
  3. Cut thin strips of dark brown paper and stick them on the sides.
  4. Make a small handle with the light brown paper and stick it on top.
  5. You can also decorate the suitcase with travel stamps or a name tag.
  6. Insert the inner box back into the cover. You can use this to store tiny bits and baubles!

#20. Clothespin Crocodile Idea

Convert a mundane clothespin into a pet crocodile!

What waste you need:

  • Wooden clothes-pin
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White paper
  • Green paper
  • Felt pen or marker
  • Green paint

What to do out of these:

  1. Paint the wooden clothes-pin green.
  2. Draw teeth on white paper and cut them. Stick the teeth on both sides of the clip.
  3. Draw eyes or use googly eyes and draw nostrils with the black marker on the top of the clip, above where the teeth are stuck.
  4. Use light green paper to create the scales of the crocodile.
  5. Stick it along the length of the clothes-pin.
  6. Cute crocodile is ready!

#21. T-Shirt Bag Idea

Convert any old, frayed T-shirt into an attractive bag that your child can take to school or the beach!

What waste you need:

What to do out of these:

  1. Cut a circle along the neck of the shirt.
  2. Remove the left and the right sleeves so that they are completely removed. Make sure the cut is equal on both sides..
  3. Turn the tee inside out.
  4. Chop off the rim at the base of the shirt.
  5. Make fringes of 5 cm each at the bottom of the tee and tie them together to seal the base of the bag.
  6. Turn the t-shirt inside out again.
  7. You have a brand new bag! 

#22. Key Holder From Tennis Ball Idea

Turn old tennis balls into a crafty and cute organiser for your home.

What waste you need:

  • Tennis ball
  • Cutter
  • Googly eyes

What to do out of these:

  1. Cut a big slit in the tennis ball, right above one of the lines to make the mouth of the ball.
  2. Stick the two googly eyes right above the slits so that it looks like a face.
  3. Hang it on the wall as a fun key holder. You can put anything into the mouth of the ball to hold it there!

#23. Cardboard Cartoons Idea

Use the remaining cardboard roll for toilet paper or aluminium foil to create a cool cartoon for your kid!

What waste you need:

  • Cardboard tubes
  • Paint
  • Marker

What to do out of these:

  1. Paint the cardboard roll in different colours.
  2. Use sketch pens or markers to create faces on the cardboard roll - princesses to monsters, everything is possible!
  3. You can also level it up by adding little details such as a hat or a crown using paper cutouts.

#24. Paper Cup Lights Idea

Create a beautiful and unique garland of lights from the leftover paper cups at your last party.

What waste you need:

  • Paper cups
  • Paint
  • Fairy lights.

What to do out of these:

  1. Take paper cups and put 2 slits in X shape on the bottom of each cup.
  2. Color the cups and keep aside to dry.
  3. Once dried, put the LED light bulbs through each slit.

And you’re good to go! 

#25. Shoebox Maze Idea

Use an old shoebox and some straws that’ll keep the kids playing for hours!

What waste you need:

  • Old shoebox
  • Coloured paper
  • Pencils
  • Straw
  • Paper
  • Marble

What to do out of these:

  1. Take a shoe box lid and cover the inner part with a coloured paper.
  2. Draw the maze with a pencil and paste straws on it.
  3. Take another coloured paper and make 2 goals on both the ends.
  4. Use a marble to play the game.

#26. Cardboard Box Picture Play Idea

Display your pictures in this innovative style!

What waste you need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Cardboard roll
  • Coloured paper
  • Colours
  • Scale
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Photos

What to do out of these:

  1. Take a cardboard box and wrap it with paper.
  2. Cut out a rectangle in front and a flap at the back.
  3. Cut out 2 circles on each side of the size of the cardboard roll.
  4. Paint the cardboard rolls and let it dry.
  5. Fit in the cardboard rolls in the circles you’d cut out.
  6. Paste your pictures on the rolls, for the picture play.

#27. Bottle Cap Peacock Fridge Magnet Idea

The bottle may come out of the fridge once it is used but its cap can stay in the fridge forever.

What waste you need:

  • Bottle caps
  • Paint
  • Magnet
  • Glue
  • Pins
  • Googly eyes

What to do out of these:

  1. Take 2 bottle caps of the same size and stick them together.
  2. Paint the caps blue and keep aside to dry.
  3. Stick googly eyes for the peacock and use the pins to create its feathers and beak.
  4. Paste magnet with glue on the bottom of the cap and let it dry.

Display it on your fridge! With these fun best out of waste ideas, nothing in your home will ever go waste again!

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