5 Easy Earth Day Crafts For Kids Using Recycled Materials

Earth Day is coming up soon! It’s celebrated every year on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day is the perfect time to teach children how to take care of our planet and make changes that will improve the environment. Since I love to craft with my boys, I try to use recycled materials whenever possible. Looking for fun ideas to celebrate this holiday? Here’s 5 easy Earth Day crafts for kids using recycled materials.

MAGAZINE SCRAPS EARTH DAY COLLAGE

Supplies: cardboard, magazines, pencil, scissors, glue, picture of Earth (optional)

Directions:

  1. Start by using a pencil to make a circle on the cardboard then cut it. 
  2. Look through several old magazines and tear out pages that have lots of green and blue on them for this Earth Day collage.
  3. Glue the magazine pieces to the cardboard to resemble the Earth.

Earth Day collage using magazine scraps

CARDBOARD FLOWER CRAFT

Supplies: Thin cardboard (yogurt box, juice box or cereal box), glue, scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut 8 petals, center, 2 leaves, and stem from thin cardboard to create these adorable Earth Day crafts. 
  2. Glue the leaves to the stem.
  3. Glue the petals and center to the stem to complete this Earth Day flower craft.

Earth Day cardboard flower craft using recycled materials

CARDBOARD TUBE RACE CAR

Supplies: toilet paper rolls, baby pouches lids or bottle tops, craft glue or hot glue gun with sticks, number stickers, paint, scissors

Directions:

  1. Start by painting each toilet paper roll a different color. Let it dry.
  2. Glue a lid on each side of the toilet paper roll making sure there are two in the front and back. 
  3. Use scissors to cut a small square in toilet paper roll to make a driver’s seat.
  4. Use number stickers to decorate your car to complete this Earth Day project. 

Earth Day cardboard tube race car

UPCYCLED TIC-TAC-TOE

Supplies: Thin cardboard (cereal box or snack box), scissors, black marker, bottle tops

Directions:

  1. Cut the cardboard into a 6” square.
  2. Use a black marker to draw the grids on the cardboard for the game. 
  3. Use a black marker to draw an X on 5 bottle tops and an O on the other 5 bottle tops.

Upcycled Tic-tac-toe Earth Day game

CARDBOARD TUBE MICROPHONE

Supplies: toilet paper roll, craft glue, glitter Christmas ornament, gems, markers, glitter, stickers, cardstock, hot glue gun and glue sticks

Directions:

  1. Use a hot glue gun to attach the ornament to the toilet paper roll. Set aside to dry. 
  2. Cut and glue your cardstock paper around the toilet paper roll to completely cover it.
  3. Finally, decorate the covered toilet paper roll with gems, stickers, glitter or markers to complete these adorable Earth Day crafts.

Cardboard tube microphone Earth Day craft for kids

Karimah Henry
Karimah is a SAHM residing in Wesley Chapel with her family. She is married to her husband of seven years. They have two adorable boys, a preschooler and a toddler. They also have a stubborn but loving dachshund who enjoys eating whatever his human brothers drops on the floor. Karimah grew up in Lakeland but became a Tampa resident after graduating from the University of South Florida. (Go BULLS!) Her weekdays are filled with fun activities like library programs, exploring the local playgrounds, visiting local theme parks and crafting at home (Pinterest mom). Karimah enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, participating in 5k races, watching Netflix, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. You can follow her on Instagram and Pinterest @craftingafunlife.