Recycled Holiday Craft Ideas for Kids

The holidays are a perfect time to get creative and crafty. But as we all try to reduce clutter and preserve resources, isn’t it a good time too to find “fun” ways to recycle? Here are four fun, recycled craft ideas – for you AND your kids!

Martha Stewart’s Recycled Ribbon Chain utilizes ribbon from holiday packages. No special supplies needed: just glue and a stapler! This would be a fun idea for a birthday or bridal shower decoration as well!
TIP: If you want to use a particular color scheme, pick up one or two wide spools of ribbon at the craft store. Just a small amount of ribbon will make a whole lot of garland!

Have you been saving holiday cards for years, but unsure what to do with them? Repurpose them into these Recycled Ornaments! Add surprise dimension to a 2-D card with an easy globe ornament.
TIP: Consider purchasing a circle punch. You’ll be surprised at how often you use it!

Do you have any old scratched CD’s or maybe ones that were burned incorrectly? Use them to make reflective CD Photo Ornaments. As well as the CD, this is a good opportunity to use scraps of felt or paper.
TIP: See tons more uses for old CD’s here.

Now everyone has a few unpaired socks around, or at least ones that are ready to be retired! Did you ever think of making a Sock Snowman with them? This totally cute, no-sew project is even filled with rice to give the snowman its familiar round belly!
TIP: Use another sock as a hat, as illustrated in this example by Anneliese Lawerentz.

Short on supplies to make easy, recycled crafts like these? A simple way to have a variety of ribbon, felt, pom-poms, crepe paper, and other craft supplies without buying packs of each one is to pick up a Giant Art Jar Kit!

For more holiday-themed craft ideas, check out Martha Stewart’s Holiday Crafts for Kids slideshow. Also visit a whole collection of Recycled Christmas Crafts for Kids from About.com.

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