We’ve been thinking a lot recently about recycling and upcycling. Crafts like this Egg Carton Butterfly were made out of recyclables and it is such a fun way to get one more use out of the items before sending them on their way to get recycled. Last year I was one of the authors of this wonderful book: Green, Crafty & Creative. Not only does it feature crafts made from recyclables, but also crafts from natural materials and eco-friendly ideas for your family and home. I am so proud to be a part of this collaborative work and it fits in so perfectly with the theme of Earth Day! It is available in paperback, ebook and Kindle formats – buy a copy and get inspired today!
Cardboard boxes always seem to hold a huge fascination for little ones – so when compiling a “top ten” for Earth Day it seemed like an obvious focus. Here are a wide variety of toys that you can make from a humble cardboard box – some are decorated and covered, some are left quite plain. I love all of them!
Cardboard Box Ramp for Balls and Cars from Craftulate
All kinds of cardboard are used to make this fun ramp structure for balls or anything that has wheels!
Thomas the Train Costume from Craftulate
Did you know you could WEAR a cardboard box too?!?
DIY Marble Run from Craftulate
This game is made in a shoe box lid and uses all kinds of other recyclables and craft materials!
Cardboard Box Boat from Craftulate
Take to the seas in this magnificent sail boat!
DIY Cardboard Box Blocks from Sunny Day Family
I love the brick effect of these blocks!
Shoe Box School Bus from Craftulate
Make this fun craft to help kids get ready for school!
Indoor Golf Game from Craftulate
This cute game works on gross motor skills AND basic addition!
Cardboard Box Castle from Playground Parkbench
Get the kids involved and let them paint a castle!
Cardboard Box Car from Craftulate
Delivery Truck Craft from Craftulate
Celebrate the humble delivery truck with this fun craft!
Get inspired for Earth Day with all these fantastic ideas from other bloggers:
- Top 10 DIY Recycled Toys from Our Whimsical Days
- Top 10 Earth Day Printables for Kids from Living Life and Learning
- Top Ten Upcycling Projects from Teach me Mommy
- Top 10 Lorax Crafts & Activities for Earth Day from Sunny Day Family
- Top 10 Earth Day Food Tips by Our Good Life
- Top 10 Earth Day Fine Motor Skills Activities from Happy Brown House
- Top 10 DIY Bird Feeders from Recyclables from The Resourceful Mama
- Top 10 Upcycled Crafts for Earth Day from Play & Learn Every Day
- Top 10 Earth Day Sensory Activities from Adventures of Adam
- Top 10 Garden Markers for Earth Day by Playground Parkbench
- Top 10 Earth Day Resources and Activities from Witty Hoots