25 Creative Out-Of-Waste Material Crafts For Kids

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Do you have old stuff lying at your basement or attic that you have not had the heart to part with? Or are you too busy with other tasks to clean the basement? Why not make the best use of the stuff lying at home! It will not just keep the kids occupied, but also encourage him to try out new things. From beautiful home décor to funky jewellery, here are out of the box ideas to create the best out of the waste materials! Read our post on waste material crafts for kids and keep them occupied.

25 Waste Material Craft Ideas For Kids:

1. Little Monsters:

There are so many colorful monster crafts for kids can do using waste material items.

You Will Need:

  • Cardboard tubes in different sizes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sharpie
  • Pompom

How To:

  1. Cut the cardboard in various sizes.
  1. Paint the cardboard roll in different colors.
  1. Now have your child create funny and goofy monster faces on the rolls.
  1. Add details to the rolls with the sharpie.
  1. Use pom-poms to add little details to the rolls. Now your kid will have a cool waste material craft on hands.

2. Button Bracelet:

Waste Material Craft Ideas - Button Bracelet

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Nothing will compare to your kids’ crazy little imaginations. Here is another creative craft from waste material for kids to make.

You Will Need:

  • Pliers
  • Elastic
  • Metal crimp tube
  • Shanks
  • Buttons

How To:

  1. Thread the elastic through the shanks, turning the buttons upside down to overlap.
  1. When you think you have threaded enough buttons to reach around the wrist, thread the ends of the elastic through a metal crimp tube.
  1. Squeeze tightly with the pliers and trim off the excess elastic. This is one of the simplest idea for making craft from waste material. Your kid will enjoy to do it.

[ Read: Felt Crafts For Kids ]

3. Bottle Caps Chime:

Waste Material Craft Ideas - Bottle Caps Chime

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Bottle Caps Chime is a great waste material craft work for children who wants to do creative things.

You Will Need:

  • 50 to 70 bottle caps
  • Metal wire
  • A center piece
  • Piercing tool
  • Drilling tools
  • Plier

How To:

  1. Make two holes on each side of the bottle caps.
  1. Cut the wires 2 ½ inches long. Now string the wire through one of the holes of the bottle cap. Wrap the wire around itself and secure using pliers.
  1. Hook the bottle cap to another bottle cap. Wrap and secure with a plier. Continue attaching the links until you get the desired length of the chime. 6 to 7 caps per chain are enough. Attach the chains to the center piece.
  1. Now make a weaving out of a fishing wire and tie it at the end. Use the wire of hanging the chime. The wind chime is complete. This is  one of the fun and creative way to make waste material crafts for your little ones. They will truly enjoy it.

4. Popsicle Stick Photo Frame:

Waste Material Craft Ideas - Popsicle Stick Photo Frame

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Popsicle Stick Photo Frame is a super fun art and craft from waste material for kids that they will love to make.

You Will Need:

  • 9 *12 white papers
  • 8 Popsicle sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Paint
  • Crayons

How To:

  1. Color the Popsicle sticks in one or several colors of your kid’s choice.
  1. Use two popsicles for each side.
  1. Kids can either draw or attach a picture of their choice on the white paper.
  1. Glue the Popsicle sticks in a square to the white paper. It will create the frame. Cut off the excess. This hand made waste material craft for kids will always holds a special charm.

[ Read: Photo Frame Crafts For Kids ]

5. Sock Puppets:

Waste Material Craft Ideas - Sock Puppets

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These Sock Puppets are part of the Kids’ hand craft with waste material to improve their creative skills.

You Will Need:

  • 2 Socks
  • Googly eyes or buttons
  • Colored wool
  • Black sewing thread
  • Wool needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors

How To:

  1. Wash the socks properly.
  1. Sew the googly eyes or buttons on the sock.
  1. Cut 12, 6-inch strips of wool for the hair. Make the parting of the hair using sewing thread
  1. Sew on top of the sock, above the eyes. The puppet is ready.

6. Tin Can Lantern:

This is such an enjoyable waste materials craft for kids from start to finish and they just adore playing with these tin can lanterns.

You Will Need:

  • Tin cans
  • Hammer
  • Bailing wire
  • Nail
  • Pliers
  • Tea light candle
  • Spray paint

How To:

  1. Remove all the label and glue from the can.
  1. Fill the can with water and put into the freezer. Leave in the freezer for a few days.
  1. Now take out the can from the freezer and poke a hole on the top side of the can. Flip and make another hole just across the first hole.
  1. Now make the holes using the nail and hammer. You do this task for your kids. You can even make the design with the pencil before making holes.
  1. If the can has a bulge at the bottom, flatten it using a hammer.
  1. Take a 12-inch strip of wire and curve at the ends to make a hook.
  1. Affix the handle to the cane and twist the sides to secure it.
  1. Have your kid paint the tin cans in different colors. Make sure he paints several coats inside and outside. Do not forget handles.
  1. Once the paint dries, insert tea candles and light them up.

[ Read: Wool Crafts For Kids ]

7. Painted Bottles:

Waste Material Craft Ideas - Painted Bottles

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You Will Need:

  • Wine bottles
  • Syringe
  • Latex paint or oil based paint

How To:

  1. Make sure your kid wears old clothes before doing this craft.
  1. Clean the bottles so that it is free of grease and debris. Leave the bottles aside so that it dries completely.
  1. Fill the syringe with paint and insert it into the bottle. Expand and distribute well to cover the sides completely.
  1. Once every corner has been covered, place the bottle in the oven at 302 degrees Fahrenheit and leave it for 40 minutes. This simple craft with waste material is a great way to make the kid happy and definitely they will love it.

8. Cork Photo Frame:

Waste Material Craft Ideas - Cork Photo Frame

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You Will Need:

  • Acrylic paints in various colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Wooden frame
  • 14 wine corks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Box cutter

How To:

  1. Paint the frame in the color of your choice. Leave it to dry for some time and then apply the second coat. Let the frame dry for a few hours.
  1. Cut the corks into ¼ inch thick slices using the box cutter.
  1. Paint the slices is several colors. Leave it to dry.
  1. Glue the corks to the frame, beginning with the corners.

9. Mason Jar Snow Globe:

This simple Mason Jar Snow Globe craft work for kids with waste materials, would make a perfect thank you gift for a special teacher or child-minder.

You Will Need:

  • Round Mason jar
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ornaments or any other decorative item like toy animals
  • Glycerin
  • Glitter
  • Distilled water
  • Silver acrylic paint

How To:

  1. Paint the jar in silver acrylic paint.
  1. Stick the ornaments or other decorative ornaments to the inside of the lid using a hot glue gun.
  1. Fill the jar up to the brim with distilled water. Add a dash of glycerin and a pinch of glitter to the water.
  1. Screw the lid tightly. Kids can dislodge the figurines or ornaments, so you do it for them.
  1. Turn over the jar over and let it snow.

[ Read: Snowflake Crafts For Kids ]

10. Spoon Vase:

You Will Need:

  • A large can
  • Paper plate
  • Measuring spoons
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • White spray primer
  • Blue and white acrylic paint
  • Plastic spoons

How To:

  1. Coat the exterior of the can with the spray primer.
  1. Cut off the handles of all the spoons, except one.
  1. On a paper plate, pour one tablespoon of blue paint per row.
  1. Leave the first blob as it is. Add ½ teaspoon of white to the second blob, one teaspoon of white to the third blob and 1 ½ teaspoon of white to the four blobs. Blend with the spoon.
  1. Apply glue to the outer rim of the spoon.
  1. Place a row of the lightest color spoon on the top edge of the can.
  1. For the second row, put the spoons between the previous rows. Continue adding the rows until the can is covered.

11. Yogurt Cup Wreath:

You Will Need:

  • 36 yogurt cups
  • Hot glue gun
  • Yellow spray paint
  • Straw wreath

How To:

  1. Apply hot glue to the brim of one yogurt cup and hold it against the outer rim the wreath. Affix 11 other cups, evenly spaced around the outer edge of the wreath.
  1. Now have your kid create the second ring inside the previous ring. Kids have to position a new cup between two cups, and brim against the wreath. Keep repeating the procedure until you have 12 evenly spaced cups.
  1. Create the third ring by placing the remaining cups in a circle, with the bottoms facing straight up.
  1. Spray paint the wreath in yellow or any other color of your choice. Let the wreath dry and put a second coat if required.

12. Egg Carton Lamp:

You Will Need:

  • 9 dozen-size egg carton
  • 1 string of 100 LED lamps
  • Spray paint
  • Craft knife
  • Chicken wire
  • Floral wire

How To:

  1. Cut out the cup from the egg cartons. Trim the edges of the cup to make them look like four petals. Children won’t be able to do it, so you do it for them.
  1. Spray paint the inside and outside of the cup.
  1. Now push a light bulb through the hole in chicken wire. Use the floral wire to secure.
  1. Roll chicken wire into a cylinder with the lights facing out. Fasten the ends with a floral wire.
  1. Cut an X through the bottom of each egg cup. Push a cup over the light bulbs.

13. Tin Can Chimes:

You Will Need:

  • Tin cans with lids in various shapes and sizes
  • Paint brush
  • Tempera paints in different colors
  • Glitter
  • Nail and hammer to make holes
  • Washers
  • String

How To:

  1. Tell your child to paint the cans in different colors.
  1. Dust some glitter on the cans while the paint is wet. Leave it to dry.
  1. Punch the holes at the bottom of the cans.
  1. String a long piece of yarn through the holes and tie two washers at the other end of the string, inside the tin cans. One washer will keep the thread in place, and the other washer will make a clinking sound when it hits the cans.
  1. Hang the tin cans in such a way so that they overlap each other. Now let the wind do its job. This is one of the best craft ideas for kids with waste material.

14. Glittery CD Fish:

You Will Need:

  • A CD
  • Glitters or sharpie
  • Mod Podge glue
  • Yellow card stock paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes

How To:

  1. Apply mod podge glue on the back of the CD, leaving the middle portion.
  1. Sprinkle the glitters generously on the glue. Leave it for a few hours to dry.
  1. Trace and cut out the mouth, fins and tail from the colored paper and attach using a scotch tape. Make sure your kid does this part neatly.
  1. Affix the wiggly eyes with the glue.

15. Snow White Dwarfs:

You Will Need:

  • Cork
  • Wooden bead
  • Tiny pom-pom
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Craft glue
  • Cotton ball
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Scissors
  • Felt

How To:

  1. Glue the beads to the cork.
  1. Now stick the eyes and a pompom for the nose.
  1. Cut the pipe cleaner into four parts using the fingernail clippers. Cut the ends of the feet and hand.
  1. Stick the hands and feet to the ends of the cork.
  1. Pull apart the cotton balls to make the hair, beard, and glue to the cork.
  1. Cut out a half circle of red felt for the hats. Roll into the cone shape and stick using glue. Hold for a few minutes until it sticks properly.
  1. Put a little glue on the edges of the hat and attach to the cork.

16. Plastic Egg Snake:

You Will Need:

  • 30 to 36-inch plastic lacing cord
  • Googly Eyes
  • Plastic Easter Eggs with two holes on the top and bottom
  • Red felt

How To:

  1. Make a knot at one end of the plastic lacing cord.
  1. Thread one of the top shell openings through the plastic lacing cord. Continue with all the other plastic egg shells.
  1. Knot the other end also when you have threaded the top egg shells.
  1. Decorate the last top shell using the googly eyes. It will make the head of the snake
  1. Cut out the tongue shape from the red felt and place between the eyes.
  1. Slither and bend the egg snake.

17. Milk Carton Bird House:

You Will Need:

  • Milk carton
  • Juice carton
  • White spray paint
  • White glue
  • Colored tissue paper notes
  • Utility knife
  • Sponge brushes
  • Soft book cover for the roof
  • Yarn

How To:

  1. Spray the white paint on the juice and milk carton. Leave it aside to dry.
  1. Now mix white glue and water and apply on the cartons and roof with the help of sponge brushes.
  1. When the glue is wet, have the kids use the paper notes on the cartons and roof any way they like. Overlapping one tissue on the other would look great.
  1. Use the sponge brushes to ensure that all the edges are properly glued down and secure.
  1. Now make a hole in the top of the carton using a utility knife.
  1. Make another opening for the door.
  1. Just below the door, cut an X shape and insert a spoon. Here, you can put the bird seeds.
  1. Attach the roof to the cartons using the hot glue.
  1. Now on the roof, make two small slits, two inches apart.
  1. Fill all the gaps with glue. Your birdhouse is ready.
  1. Thread yarn or whatever you are using to tie the knot.

18. Egg Carton Tulips:

You Will Need:

  • Colored egg cartons
  • Green pipe cleaner or chenille stem, if you have
  • Ribbons
  • Glue
  • Cardboard paper
  • Buttons
  • Sticky dots

How To:

  1. Cut out 12 tulip base from the colored paper egg cartons.
  1. Make two holes at the base of each ‘tulip’ using a knife.
  1. Cut the green pipe cleaners into 12-inch lengths and insert into one of the holes.
  1. Bring one end of the pipe cleaner down into the second. Twist the pipe cleaner at the base of the tulips.
  1. Add the sticky dot on the back of the button.
  1. Now stick the button to the center of the tulip base, above the pipe cleaner. Punch holes in the leaves and thread to the pipe cleaner
  1. Repeat the same method for other tulips.
  1. Tie the tulips using a ribbon or trim the stems and roll in the paper cardboard roll.

19. Paper Garland:

Waste Material Craft Ideas - Paper Garland

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You Will Need:

  • Paper scraps
  • Tape or glue
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

How To:

  1. Cut out the papers in desired sizes and shape.
  1. Affix the paper cut outs to a long string of yarn. You can attach the paper cutouts using a tape or glue. But make sure that the paper cut outs are secured on the same side.
  1. The garland is now ready. Tell the children to hang it wherever she likes.

20. Storage Box:

Waste Material Craft Ideas - Storage Box

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You Will Need:

  • Shoebox
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Comics from the newspaper
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum can

How To:

  1. Wrap the shoe box with comic pages from the comic book or newspaper. Secure on the insides with a tape.
  1. Cut out collages from the comic strip and stick on the box to create a collage effect.
  1. Crush the cola can or aluminum can as flat as possible. You have to do it for your child.
  1. Secure the can to the shoe box’s lid. Use a marker to label the box. You can write your kid’s name or the items your child will store. The box is ready.

21. String Tied Hair Band:

Waste Material Craft Ideas - String Tied Hair Band

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You Will Need:

  • Strings in various colors
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic headband

How To:

  1. Encourage your little one to use the string of her choice and ask her what layout she will prefer for the headband.
  1. Start by wrapping the strings at one end. Secure the end of the string with hot glue. Help your kid when using hot glue.
  1. Now take another colored string and start wrapping until you come to the end of it. Secure with the hot glue. Repeat the same procedure with other colored strings.
  1. Continue wrapping and securing until you have covered the entire head hand.

22. Cardboard Tube Coiled Snake:

You Will Need:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Acrylic paints in different colors

How To:

  1. Paint the inside and outside of the toilet, paper rolls in various colors. Leave it to dry for an hour and apply the second coat.
  1. Make some small dots on the coil using contrasting colors. Leave it to dry overnight
  1. Now wrap the cardboard around a wrapping paper tube and cut the tubes into coils.
  1. Wrap the painted cardboard like a coil around your finger. Let your kid position it any way he likes. Paint the end tips red and leave it to dry.
  1. Now glue the googly eyes using a toothpick.
  1. Snip the red end like a forked tongue. The snakes are ready.

23. Superhero Bookmark:

You Will Need:

  • Jumbo craft sticks
  • Acrylic paints.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic sealer or modge podge
  • Pencil and pen

How To:

  1. Have your child sketch the design on the stick.
  1. Now use the skinny brushes to add details to your superhero’s costume. Kids can even decorate the superheroes with glitters if they want. Leave it for a day to dry.
  1. Use a ball point pen to add details like eyes and mouth.
  1. Apply a coat of sealer when it dries and leave it for a day.

24. Monster Box:

You Will Need:

  • An empty cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • White or colored paper
  • White glue
  • Poster or acrylic paint
  • Felt pens or crayons
  • Other decorative items like cotton balls, pipe cleaners, glitter, googly eyes

How To:

  1. Empty and clean the carton box. It will act as the body of your monster. The lid or opening will serve as the mouth of the monster.
  1. Now have your kid make the face of the monster. Tell them to make big eyes, long teeth, messy hair and big nose.
  1. Make hands and toes on the cardboard paper or felt and affix to the sides and base of the box. The monster is ready.

25. Milk Carton Bus:

You Will Need:

  • Acrylic paints in different colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Markers
  • Glue stick and glue guns
  • Milk carton
  • Black and white construction paper
  • Letter stickers

How To:

  1. Paint the milk carton yellow. Leave for an hour and apply another coat. Leave it aside to dry.
  1. Cut two strips of white construction paper. Draw two vertical lines on each strip to give the appearance of a window.
  1. Make figures of boys and girls on each window.
  1. Glue the windows on each side of the bus using the glue stick.
  1. Cut out a circle from the construction paper and stick on the front of the opening of the carton.
  1. Cut a 1-inch strip of the black construction paper and attach the foam letters on it. Kids are free to write anything they like.
  1. Glue the bottle caps on the bottom of the carton. The bus is ready for a ride.

The best thing about these waste material craft ideas is that you do not even need to rush to the market to purchase expensive materials. You’ll find most of the supplies in your house, stashed up in the corner of your store room, basement or attic.

We hope these beautiful craft ideas for kids with waste material give them some inspiration to create wonderful crafts at home. Do you have some more creative ideas to put waste stuff to use? Then please share with us in the comment section below!

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