Kids Crafts from Recycled Household Items

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

Happy children playing drawing and making craft in class at kind

Today we welcome writer, crafting queen and doting grandmother, Kimberly Rodriquez as our guest blogger. She’s sharing some cool craft project ideas made from recycled household items.  I know you’ll like her ideas as much as I do!

Long winter days are tough when the kids are stuck in the house. After all the movies have been watched and cabin fever has started to set in, keep your children entertained with these fun craft projects.

Junk Mail Jewelry
Kids who like making their own jewelry will love making paper beads. This project involves small pieces and requires some manual dexterity, but most kids ages 7 and up can enjoy this one. This craft can take as little time as 30 minutes, but can go on for much longer depending on how many beads are made.


  • Paper from junk mail and scrap paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Bamboo skewer or coffee stirrer
  • Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Wire, string or o-rings

Use markers to decorate junk mail or scraps of paper with colorful designs. Once the paper has been decorated, cut the paper into long, narrow triangles (no wider than 2 centimeters and at least 5 centimeters long). Flip the triangle over so the undecorated side is facing up, and place a dab of glue on the point of the triangle. Lay the triangle down on the table in front of you, undecorated side still facing up, and lay the bamboo skewer along the base of the triangle. Slowly roll the triangle up tightly around the skewer until the tip of the triangle is glued to the rolled-up paper.

Wait until the glue has dried, then slide the bead off the skewer and lacquer it with Mod Podge (clear fingernail polish works too). As a finishing touch, wrap the bead with Apple Rubber o-rings, colorful wire or string.

Toilet Paper Roll Napkin Ring
Making napkin rings from toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls is a great project for families who regularly use cloth napkins. Kids ages 5 and up can complete this project (although 5- and 6-year-olds may need extra help). Allow 45 minutes for completion.


  • Paper towel/toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Paint, paint brushes, markers
  • String, ribbon

Help kids cut 2-inch-wide rings from the ends of the toilet paper/paper towel rolls, then decorate the cardboard rings using the other materials. Wait for any paint to dry before decorating the rings with ribbon and string. You may also choose to decorate the rings with fabric like felt or scrap material, but you’ll need to use a hot glue gun (adults should be responsible for this part).

Homemade Cardboard Frame
Make a picture frame from cardboard and whatever materials you have on hand. This project can take 30 minutes or longer, depending on the level of detail. Kids age 5 and up can do this, although younger kids will need help cutting the cardboard.


  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint, beads, string, ribbon, crayons, markers and other materials for decorating

Choose a picture to be framed and help your child cut a cardboard frame large enough so that the edges of the frame just barely overlap with the edges of the picture. Make the frame as wide as you wish. Once the cardboard frame has been made, instruct your child to decorate it with the materials you have provided.

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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