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Recycled Snowman "Potato Head" Craft for Kids from Christmas Ornaments

Build a Snowman Toy Craft

Make a Potato Head style Snowman toy from recycled Christmas Decorations and Ornaments. This is Snow Much Fun for kids to craft their own homemade toys. Enjoy!

Recycled Snowman "Potato Head" Craft for Kids from Christmas Ornaments

Recycled Snowman Craft Toy to make with kids.



Make a Snowman Potato Head Toy


You will need: 

White or Satin Ball Christmas Ornaments that are unravelling
(white Styrofoam balls work too)
                                                                                         
Sticky Back Velcro
                                                                                              
Craft scraps: Felt, Foam, Buttons, Fabric, Googly Eyes
                                                                                             
Marker Lids
                                                                                             
Cardboard Toilet Tube Roll for Stands



Cut velcro into small pieces, attach to back of items.
Place velcro on balls where arms, eyes, hair should go.
Make a Potato head style toy from recycled Christmas Decorations and Ornaments.
Make your own Potato Head Snowman and Accessories.






We placed the small parts in a baggie and the rest in a plastic container. Now Mayhem has her very own Mr. Snowman which she prefers to dress-up as Mrs. Snowman.



Mayhem simply adored this project. We can always add new parts! Note the Kitty ears headband and blonde wig.


Years ago, I learned to save old marker lids to use as game pieces. These make perfect arms in interchangeable colors. The possibilities are endless. More Snowman Activities for Preschoolers.


Recommended Reading:


Indoor Activities for Kids*

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Hibernation Station*








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Toilet Tube Rocket Popper: Futuristic Craft for Kids

Make a Rocket Popper Cracker from a Cardboard Tube to Celebrate the New Year with a Fun Futuristic Activity for Kids

Festive Rocket Popper Blaster made from a cardboard toilet paper roll tube is an easy, futuristic craft for kids. Fill this with confetti or feathers for a fun explosion of color. Ours is filled with colorful, recycled silk flowers from an old, recycled craft lei project. It's the perfect children's activity for New Year's Eve, VBS, a rocket theme Birthday, or a Fourth of July Party. Enjoy!


This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.*

New Year Futuristic Craft for Kids Easy for preschool Rocket from Cardboard Tube Toilet Roll
Futuristic Rocket Craft from recycled cardboard tube 
fun for New Year Celebrations.

How to make a rocket popper from a cardboard toilet roll tube:

Paint or decorate Toilet Tubes as desired. Set one tube aside. Cut second tube up middle, vertically. Fold over, and tape so it is slightly smaller than the other tube. Attach a large, craft stick to the outside of the smaller tube. Trace the larger tube onto construction paper, and cut out the circle. Glue paper circle with glue-stick to top of tube. Do not use hot glue! This needs to easily pop off.

Cut a strip of paper 2-3" wide and wrap around bottom of larger tube, attaching with glue stick or hot glue. Cut triangle shapes in paper to resemble the bottom of a rocket. Make a cone out of construction paper (measured to fit top of tube) attach with tape. Insert confetti, un-blown balloons, candy, or feathers into tube. Insert smaller tube on stick into base of larger tube.


Recycled Rocket Spaceship Craft for kids
Recycled Rocket Spaceship Craft for kids.
Countdown to your celebration and then push-up your rocket to explode or launch the fun! 


Recommended Reading:

Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!*

Fun Game for Boys* (Yes, girls like it too!)



Rocket Story Futuristic Childrens books for kindergarten, first, second, third grade.
Rocket Story for Kindergarten thru Third grade.




Rocket Futuristic Space story for preschool three, four, five, and six year olds.
Rocket Story for 3-6 year olds (preschool).









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Easy Recycled Bunny Costume Ideas and Easter Bunny Jokes for Kids

Easy Recycled Bunny Costume Ideas: Bunny Jokes for Kids

Need a bunny costume? We made a Funny Bunny for 2009 from a recycled stuffed Easter bunny. Now, I'm getting the biggest stuffed bunny I can find and improving the design. Here's the old version to help spark your creativity. What ideas do you have for a homemade bunny costume?

Here's a silly bunny joke for Easter. Enjoy!

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Easy Recycled Bunny Costume Ideas and bunny jokes
Make your own diy Homemade Easter Bunny costume
 and tell some jokes to the kids.


Bunny Jokes for Kids:


So what do you call a bunny with fleas? 
"Bugs Bunny!"


What is important in an easy, cute recycled costume?

1.  Ease of construction.

2.  Crafty Cleverness.
3.  Cuteness Factor.
4.  Comfort
5.  Frugality

Simple, cheap costumes rent for $50 and sell for about $90.  We made this costume from an over-sized, stuffed bunny.

We took a creative trip to Goodwill, found some bunny p.j.s and a giant, floppy, stuffed bunny for $1.99.


Sadly, we cut off all of her appendages, removed the stuffing, cut out eye holes, then re-attached her eyes.


The ears are stuffed with a metal clothes hanger. My daughter loved wearing the stuffy's fuzzy feet and paws. I added a simple, black half-face mask for the interior structure.


NO SEW - just tacky glue.


The stuffy's main body/belly became a tunic to hide the wearer's neck. We'd planned to attach it to the back to cover hair, but later decided she looked like a cute girl bunny with her hair spilling out. The stuffy's tail is hot-glued to the back of the p.j.s. Get Hoppin'!




Recommended Reading: 






Adult Deluxe Trix Bunny Rabbit Costume - Bunny Rabbit Costumes
Bunny Costume Ideas.







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Recycle Wax Candle Science Fair: Babybel Wrappers

Science Fair Project: Make Candles from Recycled Wax

Need an idea for a school science experiment worthy of the Science Fair? This recycled wax project makes a cool 4H project too. If you like to tinker and experiment with different ways of doing the same old thing, recycle wax from Babybel Cheese wrappers into candles! Just imagine- the power goes out and you've got plenty of cheese, but no candles. No worries. We've got you covered. You can make candles from scratch at home. Enjoy!



Recycle Wax Candle Science Fair: Babybel Wrappers Experiment


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How to Make a Bottle Bloom into a Flower: Recycled Projects

Use your old plastic bottles to create a fun flower project for kids:  Bottle Bloom

Things to do with a Plastic Bottle. This is a special guest post written by my very creative brother, Jamie. Watch how he makes a plastic bottle into a flower  in this fun, recyled activity project. We'll be unveiling many cute coloring sheets for kids and lots of fun projects little boys will love. Welcome Jamie in the comments below the post. Enjoy!

Things to do with plastic water bottles.
Wondering what to do with all those empty plastic bottles? 
Make them bloom into something new.

Looking for things to do with plastic bottles? Have you ever seen an old plastic water bottle bloom into a beautiful flower? Take your recycled items to a new level, and give them new life with our fun, recycled project ideas for kids. Use this as a companion project for a science lesson on naming the parts of a plant.


Supplies Needed to make your bottle bloom.

This is a fun way to turn those constantly piling up plastic bottles into a cute craft that anyone can make. All you need is a pair of scissors, a glue gun, and a straw. Well, of course, you will need a bottle.


Cut the bottom off of  the bottle.

How to make a flower from a plastic water bottle:

  • Cut the bottom of the bottle off near the end.
  • Carefully space and then cut out leaves from the remaining bottle.
  • Use a cap full of glue to secure the straw in the bottle's cap. You need to use a lot of glue to anchor the finished flower. 
  • Now, glue the bottom of the bottle to the top of the straw.
  • Finish with your choice of paint. We chose water colors- not the best coverage but an interesting look. If you want your paint finish to last use an acrylic or even spray paint made for plastics.    

Cut the leaves from the bottle.
Be careful not to cut them all way off, leave the sides (leaves attached near the lid).

Attach the straw with lots of glue.
Glue bottom of the bottle to the other end of the straw.

How to Make a Bottle Bloom into a Flower: Recycled Projects
Make an entire flower patch in minutes!

Make a whole flower patch in just minutes!


Recommended Reading:

Sand Art Bottles with Rice

The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book*

The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books)*










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Turkey Craft for Preschool Cardboard Tubes

Recycle Cardboard Tubes into a Turkey for this Preschool Craft


This cute turkey craft is made from a cardboard tube. We used found recycled objects from a nature hike. These turkeys use Christmas bulb ornaments, cardboard toilet tubes, twigs, and fall leaves. Each one is unique, and your kids will enjoy the family time spent making them at home. Togetherness :)  Enjoy!

Preschool Turkey Craft: Amanda, age 2.
She added the feet all by herself!
 make turkey craft for preschool
Supplies needed to make turkey craft for preschool.


You will need:

Collect leaves from your yard.
Save cardboard toilet paper tubes.
Tacky Glue or Hot Glue.
Modge Podge.
Sunflower Seeds
Walnuts w/ Green Outercoating, Apples, or anything from nature that is rounded
IPO of walnuts we used plastic Christmas ornaments that I purchased at the dollar tree!
15 for $1 - the perfect fit into the cardboard tube.

How to make a 'Green' Turkey Craft:


Cover cardboard tube with glue.




Glue fall leaves on tube to cover entirely.



Turkey craft for preschool from recycled items.
Turkey craft for preschool from recycled items.

I love this leaf! Isn't it a thing of true beauty? Squeeze a line of glue inside the top of the tube, and insert the turkey's head. Glue a leaf on the back to serve as his tail-feathers.

Draw on preserved fall leaves with a Permanent Marker.

Draw on leaves with permanent marker to make a gobbler, then cut it out and glue it onto your turkey. Also, use the marker to write your name.

Recycled Turkey toilet paper roll, old ornament, and fall leaves.
Mommy's turkey place setting name card, age unknown.


Cute turkey craft from leaves and twigs.
Cute turkey craft from leaves and twigs.
These still look cute after 4 days in a heated house. You might want to coat your leaves with Modge Podge to make them last longer or click here how to preserve fall leaves.

Happy Turkey Crafts! I'll be adding a turkey-themed craft each week until Thanksgiving so check back often. Please share your favorite ideas or ways to improve mine.


Recommended Reading:

Cardboard Tube Christmas Tree

175 Easy-to-Do Thanksgiving Crafts (Creative Uses for Recyclables)


Crafts for Kids: A Month by Month Idea Book



Valentine's Day Party Ideas for Tweens Tutorial

Tween Valentine Party Activities Tutorial

Wondering what to do for a Tween Valentine Party? These Valentine's party ideas for tweens will keep kids busy afterschool. Invite their friends over for a fun filled Valentine's Day party with craftivities galore. Girls and boys alike will have fun making their own one of a kind snowflake hearts and Duct Tape Valentine Snack Treat Box to use while watching their favorite movie. Enjoy!

Valentine's Day Party Ideas for Tweens Tutorial
Heart Craftivities for a Valentine's Day Party for Tweens.


Your tweens may not enjoy exchanging classroom valentines or making valentine's mailboxes for school, but they probably enjoy eating fun food and having a party. You can make this as a surprise valentine treat for kids or you can have them help make the Valentine crafts as an afterschool activity.

Tween Valentine Party Activities Tutorial
Tween Valentine Party Activities Tutorial.

To decorate for our Valentine's Day party, we made a few heart crafts that are fun for kids of all ages.

First, we made paper snowflake hearts. Want the full tutorial? Click the link:  How to Make Paper Snowflake Hearts.

Once the snowflake hearts are cut out, glue them to a colorful background paper and cut them out. Use these lacy hearts as decorations hanging from the ceiling, placemats, or write fun sayings on them and hand them out as Valentine classroom exchange cards.


How to Make Paper Snowflake Hearts
Make paper snowflake hearts to decorate for a Valentine's Day party.

Using colorful cardstock, make heart sculptures. Cut out two hearts and then cut halfway up the bottom of one, and half way up the top of the other. Slide the hearts together (upside down) to form a 3D base for balloons. Punch a whole in the top of them, and slip a ribbon through to attach a balloon bouquet. They make fun, whimsical table decorations too- no balloons required.


3D heart sculpture table decorations.
3D heart sculpture table decorations.

Next, make heart garland to hang vertically in the window. These are a good scissor skill activity for younger kids. They also work fine motor skills. Fold paper in half, draw half a heart at the crease line of the paper. 

After the heart is cut out, keep it folded and cut two- 1" slits 1-2" apart. Open the heart and weave ribbon or string through the slits.

Using a glue stick (it works just fine) or hot glue gun, attach a pom pom to the end of the garland to give it a whimsical finishing touch.


How to make heart garland for Valentine's Day party decoration.
How to make heart garland for Valentine's Day party decorations.

Surprise the kids with snack treat boxes made from recycled cereal boxes. Make these ahead of time or let the kids choose their own patterns and make their own. 

At the Dollar Tree, we purchased duct tape in various colors. Not only does this decorate the box, it also makes the box sturdier giving it protection against spills or greasy food. 

While shopping, we found little red cups that make perfect Valentine treat holders. Fill them with dip for veggies or yummy candy treats. Ours are filled with Valentine candy conversation hearts.


Valentine snack treat boxes for movie time or after school snacks.
Valentine snack treat boxes for movie time or after school snacks.

Start with a cereal box. They are the perfect size for sitting on your lap. Cut out a large flap for the main course and then cut out two smaller wholes for the mini snack cup and a juice pack or drink holder. Trace the bottom of the cup and juice box to insure you cut out the perfect fit.


Things to do with a recycled cereal box.
Things to do with a recycled cereal box.

Carefully wrap the box in designer duct tape. When going around round the cut-outs, score the tape (cut a slit in the tape before folding it over), this allows for a cleaner, more attractive edge.


Snack box decorated with duct tape.
Snack box decorated with duct tape.

Once your box is covered in tape, attach a heart on the inside of the flap. Personalize it with your child's name or candy heart sayings like, 'Be Mine', 'Your the Bomb', 'Hers', or even 'Happy Valentine's Day'.


Snack treat box for Valentine's day or movie time.
Treat box for Valentine's day or movie time snack.

Place colorful plastic wrap or tissue paper inside the food flap. Then, fold four flaps over on a paper plate to form a square, paper bowl. Fill your food section with popcorn or a mini heart shaped pizza. Click the link for the full pizza recipe tutorial.


 Mini heart shaped pizza for Valentine's Day.
Mini heart shaped pizza for Valentine's Day.

These cute Valentine glasses were a steal at the Dollar Tree. They have lots of fun designs. If your tweens are too grown up for juice boxes, make a special drink for Valentine's Day. Keep scrolling for our easy Valentine's Day drink recipe.


Make a special tween drink for Valentine's Day.
Make a special tween drink for Valentine's Day.

Ever heard of a Shirley Temple? It is a non-alcholic fun, fizzy drink. To make a simple Shirley Temple, fill a glass with lemon-lime soda and then give it a splash of Grenadine. Grenadine is sweet, so a little goes a long way. For a fun version of the Shirley Temple, just add a bit of pink cotton candy. Don't forget to put a cherry on top!


Add a layer of plastic wrap or tissue paper to protect the inside of the box.

How fun was that? Kids will love getting invited to such a fun filled Valentine's party. Once everyone has their snack box, head over to the living room and watch a fun, Valentine's theme movie

Peanuts is always a good choice. Charlie Brown never gets the Valentine he hopes for.


Valentine treat box complete.
Valentine treat box complete.

Tween Valentine party ideas and activities.
Tween Valentine party ideas and activities.

These activities are so easy, if you don't have Valentine's Day plans, you can prep for this party in about 2 hours. So, go make your own fun! Hope you have a fabulous Valentine's Day!


Recommended:

Fill your treat box with Homemade Heart Shape Pretzels.

Valentine's Day Movies for Kids*





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