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10 Recycled Crafts to Try with the Kids this holiday

I imagine (hope) that I'm not the only one who already has kids squabbling, and complaining of being bored this holiday. To keep them entertained, try our 10 easy, recycled crafts that you can do with things from around the house. As a special parent bonus feature, two of them require corks!

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

1. Cute Cork Sheep

Our Cute Cork Lamb is a great recycled craft idea, and great fun to make with kids. All you need is a couple of corks (something I always seem to have - glug!), a few matchsticks, and some yarn. Click through to see our easy to follow instructions.

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

2. Pretty Pocket Purses

Make Pretty Pocket Purses with bleach stamping and a pocket cut from a pair of Jeans. Great way to re-purpose old clothes! This DIY project is super easy and fun to make.

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

3. Printing with Loom Bands

Try Printing with Loom Bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids.

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

4. Recycled Magazine Basket

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

5. Marbling Bottles with Nail Polish

This simple tutorial explains how to marble glass bottles with Nail Polish - it's a great way to use up all those polishes you never wear, with stunning results!

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

6. Easy Yarn Vase

This is a super easy recycling project with a lovely result! As well as making a really sweet vase, these could be used to hold candles, or as desk tidies (would make a great teacher present!). Or what about using a large can and standing your kitchen utensils in it?

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

7. Sgraffito Eggs

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

8. Making a Bottle Garden

Make a Bottle Garden. Terrariums are a great craft project for kids. They can really let their imagination run wild.

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

9. Turning Stains into Dyes

Our fun craft tutorial explores how you can use stains as dye at home. Check out what we tried and what worked best.

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

10. Embossing with Glycerine Eye Shadow

DIY embossing using glycerine and eye shadow- create pretty, delicate and shimmery images using products you have at home to embellish cards, tags and wrapping paper.

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

We hope we have given you some crafting inspiration to keep you all busy, without having to spend lots of money. If you have enjoyed our ideas, please pin so others can enjoy them too :)

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

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28 Comments

  • Reply Leandra

    I adore your cork sheep! I’ve always admired the one on your logo :). Great ideas for projects.

    August 6, 2016 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    These all look like some fun projects! I love the little pocket bag, and the printing with the loom bands is so neat. Love the pattern that it makes. The little bottle garden is adorable!
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    August 2, 2016 at 6:19 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Linda, we had such fun with all these projects – I like to try and get the kids to think differently about crafts :)

      August 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply BloggerMummyLauren

    Some great things to try here. I love the little bag made from the jeans pocket, what a great way to recycle old clothes. My daughter would love that, she has a huge bag collection and I’m sure she’s love to add to it. Love the cork crafts but I don’t have many corks at home, most of the wine I buy has a screw lit these days!
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    August 2, 2016 at 9:28 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is a surprise now if you have to find a corkscrew for a bottle of wine isn’t it? (and a pain!). I always keep any corks I come across now :)

      August 5, 2016 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Fashion and Style Police

    These are fantastic ideas. I have loads of nail polishes I never use. Now I know what to do with them.

    August 2, 2016 at 8:36 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We have a habit of buying random nail polishes in colours that would never suit us lol, it’s a great way to use them up and I also use them to paint on jam jar lids if I want to re-purpose them :)

      August 5, 2016 at 6:18 pm
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