Educational Litter Craft Ideas

Teaching our little ones early on creative ways for recycling or repurposing trash will help them develop lifelong habits as stewards of our environment. Show them creative ways to avoid littering through these fun and easy educational crafts.

Recycled Bouquet

Turn ugly trash into something beautiful with this easy DIY bouquet.

Supplies:

  • A cardboard tube from a toilet paper or paper towel roll
  • 10 pipe cleaners, green if you want to be traditional
  • An egg carton
  • 3 plastic bottle caps
  • A piece of paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape and/or Glue
  • At least 2 colors of paint

Directions: Start by tracing the paper roll onto the piece of paper and cutting out the circle. Tape the circle to one end of the tube to create a closed bottom. Then paint the tube whatever color you wish. Next, cut out three individual egg holders from the carton to create the flowers. Paint them whatever color you chose. Poke a hole in the bottom of each egg holder and feed the pipe cleaner through it to attach the egg carton ‘flowers’ to the’ pipe cleaner ‘stems. Next, tape or glue a bottle cap painted yellow into the center of the egg carton to make the center of the flower. Finish by bending 1-2 pipe cleaners in half or thirds and attaching them to the ‘stem’ to create leaves. Place your finished flowers in the paper tube vase. Enjoy yourself or gift the bouquet to someone special!

Tin Can Windsocks

Create a beautiful outdoor decoration is just a few easy steps.

Supplies:

  • A tin can – clean out a soup can, remove the label and the lids from both ends
  • 2-5 kinds of Ribbon or an old t-shirt or towel, cut into strips
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Tape or Glue

Directions: Paint the can with whatever colors and designs you want. When dry, tape or glue a long piece of ribbon to the inside of one side of the can. Repeat with another piece of ribbon directly across from the first piece. Tie the ribbons together at the top to create a secure loop. Next, tape or glue alternating ribbon strings or strips of the t-shirt around the other end of the can until you complete the circle. Hang the windsock from a tree and enjoy the colors as they fly in the breeze.

Bottle Birdfeeder

Bring beautiful birds to your yard with this easy, recycled feeder.

Supplies:

  • An empty plastic bottle – a 1 liter soda bottle or large water bottle works great
  • Bird Seed
  • A stick, roughly 1 foot long
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Paint, stickers or ribbon (optional)

Directions: Remove the cap from the bottle and carefully cut a hole into one side, about 4-6 inches wide. A few inches below the large hole, cut a small hole on either side of the bottle. Feed the stick through two small holes to create a perch. Fill the bottom of the bottle with bird seed, enough to cover the stick. Finally, tie the string around the top neck of the bottle, creating a loop to hang the feeder from. Secure the cap and hang the bottle from a tree in your yard. Keep an eye out as the birds will begin to visit!