3 Quick and Cute Earth Day Crafts Made from Recyclables

by: Kelly Sundstrom
Make these adorable (and easy!) Earth Day crafts with your kiddos this April 22!
DIY Crayons Recycled Craft for Earth Day

Celebrate the planet (and have a ton of fun with your little ones!) by making a few Earth Day crafts out of recyclables. Your kids will love making these three super easy "green" crafts that will help you honor the planet.

Repurposed Earth Day Crayons

Materials needed:

  • Blue, green, and white crayon fragments
  • Muffin tin

Instructions:

Collect your child's used blue, green, and white crayon fragments. Arrange the crayon fragments in the cups of a muffin tin, starting with a few pieces of white, then layering on pieces of blue and green. Bake the muffin tin in a 250 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 15 to 20 minutes until the crayons are melted. Remove the muffin tin from the oven carefully and allow it to sit on a counter to cool for 15 minutes. Transfer the muffin tin to your refrigerator for an additional 30 minutes. Turn the muffin tin upside down and tap it against your counter to pop out the Earth Day crayons.

Toilet Paper Tube Bird Feeders

 

Toilet Paper Tube Recycled Craft for Earth Day

Photo source: The Moffatt Girls

Materials needed:

  • Organic peanut butter, no added sugars
  • Cardboard toilet paper tubes
  • Craft sticks
  • Birdseed
  • Paper plates
  • String (optional)

Instructions:

Spread organic peanut butter over the outside surface of a toilet paper tube using a craft stick. Only use natural peanut butter without partially hydrogenated fats or added sugars. Pour birdseed onto a paper plate, then roll the peanut butter-covered toilet paper tube around in the birdseed to cover it completely. You can either slide the tube directly onto a tree branch for birds to enjoy, or tie a string through the hole of the tube if you prefer to hang it.

Egg Shell Planters

 

Eggshell Planters Recycled Craft for Earth Day

Photo source: Playdough to Plato

Materials needed:

  • Eggs
  • Butter knife
  • Bowl
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Potting soil
  • Teaspoon
  • Seeds

Instructions:

Tap the top of an egg with a butter knife to crack off a section of shell, then pour the egg white and yolk into a bowl. Repeat this process until you have as many empty egg shells as you want to use to make planters. Hint: keep the egg whites and yolks to eat later!)

Break off more shell around each hole until you have an opening about the size of a quarter. Rinse out each shell, removing the membrane of each egg with your finger.

Create egg stands by using scissors to cut strips from card stock, with each measuring 5 inches long by 1/2 inch wide. Roll each strip into a ring and secure it with tape. Place each egg onto an egg stand.

Have your child decorate the shells with markers, then fill each egg half full with potting soil using a teaspoon. Spoon seeds into each shell, using about 1 teaspoon for larger seeds and 1/4 teaspoon for smaller seeds. Slightly water each egg planter, and place them in a sunny window to sprout.

For even more Earth Day crafts to make with your little ones, try these 10 eco-friendly crafts for Earth Day.

Featured photo source: The Gunny Sack

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