Recycled Robots
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If you collect as much misc. stuff as I do, then you just might be a good candidate to make this recycled art project with your students. These robots were made over four weeks in an … Read More

Cardboard Cutaway House Update
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Wallpaper Day for our Cardboard Cutaway Houses. Lucky for me, I knew that you can buy all kinds of pretty patterned paper at the craft stores, and best of all, they come … Read More

Cutaway Cardboard House
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Here’s a new after school class that I just started, what I call a Cutaway Cardboard House. I bought lots of 12″ cardboard squares from my local box company, and precut the … Read More

Recycled Pencil Star
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This recycled pencil star idea came about from seeing lots of half-used pencils in my room. I have boxes of them that are a bit too awkward to hold, but seem too … Read More

Mayflower Ship Craft Project
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You can learn how to make a Mayflower Ship craft project, using just a few inexpensive craft supplies and a leftover coffee sleeve. It has a wonderful wooden-like look when turned inside … Read More

Halloween Recycle Craft Project
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A friend has been saving these old saline bottles for quite awhile, and I finally had a chance to think up a Halloween recycle craft project for them. My reliable Sharpie markers … Read More

Corrugated Owls
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These little corrugated owls will give students a chance to practice their paper rolling skills, and a bit of patience with craft glue as shapes may need to be held together for … Read More

Sharpies and Tin Cans
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I’ve always hated throwing away old tin cans. They just have too many recycling possibilities. This one is for my art campers tomorrow, and also happens to be one of my projects … Read More

Magazine Bowls
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These magazine bowls are fun to make and truly about reusing that which just ends up in the trash. Roll them up neatly and then coat with Mod Podge to seal and … Read More

Gold Rush Covered Wagon
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Love it when old rolls of corrugated cardboard turn out to make the perfect cover for a wagon. Best of all, the curve is already built in.   MATERIALS • Corrugated cardboard … Read More

Paper Mache Cartons, Painting Day
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These beautiful cartons started off as old plastic Model Magic containers two weeks ago. After two layers of paper mache, they were ready for some paint. I encouraged students to paint a … Read More

Jasper Johns Number Painting
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I created this Jasper Johns number painting so students could make a miniature version of his, and recycle an old CD case as well. MATERIALS • Old CD case, 1/4″ thick version … Read More

Repurposed Bracelets
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This project was improvised with my Haitian friends and I last week, to fill in after soda tabs ran out and strips of black tire proved a little difficult to work with. … Read More

More Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones
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With a little assistance, this project can be done in two classes. Last week my afterschool kids put paper mache over the terra cotta flower pot from Michaels, and then around balls … Read More

Collage Name Card
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This project lets students get creative and colorful with the letters in their name.   MATERIALS Multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″ Old magazines Glue stick Texture rubbing plates or plastic embroidery mesh … Read More

Beans in a CD Case
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Summer time is great for experimenting with growing beans in a CD case. MATERIALS • Old CD Jewel Case • Potting soil • Bean seeds, small • Rubber band DIRECTIONS 1. Remove … Read More

Bubblewrap + Yarn
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This brilliant idea comes from Reggio Children Inspired, and I experimented with it a bit today. I used an xacto knife to cut slits on the flat side of large bubble wrap, … Read More

Valentine Boxes
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I wish all my afterschool classes could go like the one today. I gave my students some supplies (cigar box, colored paper, paper punches, colored paper tape and metallic markers), one idea … Read More

Cardboard Treehouse
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I’ve been experimenting with more dimensional afterschool classes this school year, and am happy to report that my kids seem to love it. On Friday they made these treehouses, and got so … Read More

Little Cardboard Houses
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If you like to recycle, have a good old fashioned papercutter and more time than money, this project is for you. I did it today after school, where this lovely little house … Read More

Recycled Pencil Star
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This recycled pencil star idea came about from seeing lots of half-used pencils in my room. I have boxes of them that are a bit too awkward to hold, but seem too … Read More

Torn Magazine Duck Collage
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Torn edges have a way of making shapes that would never happen if you started cutting away with a pair of scissors. This duck collage project has a simple shape, but I … Read More

Portraits on Cardboard
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How cool would it be to have an entire wall full of colorful portraits drawn on old pieces of cardboard? A group collage project from last year has me thinking about other … Read More

Woven Cup Holder Tutorial
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I experimented with an idea from my “Crafts for Kids” magazine, and came up with this recycled magazine cup holder. It’s created by weaving around a water bottle, so a good fit … Read More

Recycled Rooster
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Save all those clean packing boxes, such as for cereal and pasta, and you can make some really colorful collage roosters. For a lead in story, “Farmyard Beat” is perfect and actually … Read More

Starry Night Collage
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This amazing artwork comes for Linsay in Eugene, Oregon. She shared how her students (age 5-11) in the River Road Park and Recreation ASAP Program use donated magazine pictures, cut them into … Read More

Recycled Mosaic Picture Frame
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I love the look of stone mosaic art, but it is expensive and not really practical for young kids. I thought I’d try a variation of this idea I saw online using … Read More

Paper Mache Houses
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Here’s a recycling paper mache project idea turned out really well last month. Empty Goldfish cracker boxes (used for our snack) were the starting point to make these little houses. PREP WORK: … Read More

Soup Can Paper Mache Owl
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My favorite purchase during a trip to Haiti was this paper mache owl (top right) that I’m told is painted with voodoo patterns. While I love the detail of it, I decided … Read More

Magazine Color Collage
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This magazine color collage project can make some really beautiful works of art, but ONLY if students take care to collect images with the same theme, and then cut and glue them … Read More

Recycled Magazine Bowls
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These recycled magazine bowls are fun to make and truly about reusing that which just ends up in the trash. Roll them up neatly and then coat with Mod Podge to seal … Read More

CD Case Diorama
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Here’s one more recycle project – using a CD case, cardboard boxes, and dried beans. MATERIALS Old CD case Old magazines Dried beans Scissors White Glue Double stick tape DIRECTIONS Collect clean … Read More

Grocery Bag Paper Chain
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Paper chain art seems to be most commonly associated with gum wrappers, as was popular in the 1960s. I’ve found that the process of folding and linking paper chains to be extremely … Read More