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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Plaster Bandage Crafting
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I think I found the beginning of a great plaster bandage craft project, I just need to decide how I … Read More

Magazine Collage Card
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I’ve been inspired by scrapbook artists and the magazine collage art they often create. This project lets students get creative … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Cardboard 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 … 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, … Read More

Giant Cardboard Glasses
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Look at all these adorable glasses made from some old Cheez it boxes. It took a bit of prep work, … 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 … Read More

Beach Art
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Just to prove that you can make art anywhere, a little creation that I found on a beach in Santa … Read More

Credit Card Mosaic Frame
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Don’t throw away those old gift or credit cards, I’ve found lots of uses for them. This picture frame is … Read More

Beach Art in Santa Cruz
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I’m taking a few days off to visit friends near Santa Cruz, and a beach side stroll found this little rock … 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 … 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 … Read More

Starting Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones
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Time for one last paper mache project after school. Here’s a photo that explains how these ice cream cones are … Read More

New Discovery, Kuttlefish
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I think I just found a HUGE resource for recycled art ideas, a new site called Kuttlefish. It’s like Etsy … Read More

Recycled Envelope Journal
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I’ve had hundreds of these old envelopes sitting in my closet for months, but the wait has finally paid off. … Read More

Recycled Turkey on a Stick
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This ingenious idea for making turkeys from old food boxes comes from My Plum Pudding. It’s a great use of … Read More

Collage Name Card
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Lately I’ve been inspired by scrapbook artists and the layered-looking collages they often create. This project lets students get creative … 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 … Read More

Chrysanthemum Flower Craft
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Here’s a recycled craft that was so popular, students came back today and asked to do it again. It took … 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 • … 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 … 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, … Read More

Sockheads
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It’s called, “Use What You Got.” I keep relearning the idea that most kids don’t crave the latest, shiniest craft … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Magazine Circles of Color
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I started this page with the idea of repeating circles. Students could fill in solid circles with colors that appeared … 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 … 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? … Read More

Collage Name Card
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Lately I’ve been inspired by scrapbook artists and the layered-looking collages they often create. This project lets students get creative … 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. … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Recycled Turkey on a Stick
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This ingenious idea for making turkeys from old food boxes comes from My Plum Pudding. It’s a great use of … 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 … 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. … 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 … 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. … Read More

CD Case Diorama
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Here’s one more recycle project – using a CD case, cardboard boxes, and dried beans. 1. Collect clean cardboard packages, … 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 … Read More

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