Summertime Recycled Craft Ideas

Summer is still in full swing which means that many of you have kiddos at home! By now they’re probably getting to the point that they’re running out of things to do which means you’re hearing how bored they are. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered! These fun crafts can be made with materials you probably already have around the house or in your recycling bin!

Water Bottle Bouquet


  • Water bottles
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Paint – it’s much thicker than washable paint, so it works better here…but, be careful with clothes. ? * Check out this DIY smock for protecting clothes. 
  • paintbrushes
  • Yellow pom-poms – about 1/2 inch wide
  • low-temperature glue gun with glue sticks or fabri-tac glue
  • green straws – try to find the ones with flexible ones
  • green construction paper


  1. Cut the ends off of the water bottles and dry completely
  2. Paint the inside of the bottle ends and let dry
  3. Cut some little leaf shapes out of the green paper
  4. Trim your straws to the desired length and glue to the back of the bottle end – I put a dot of glue at the bump (technical term) ?
  5. Turn the bottle end around and use glue to add the yellow pom-pom to the indention (middle) of the bottle bottom and leaves to the straws

I got this craft from Kid Friendly Things To Do, you can find the full article here:

Paper Roll Binoculars

Photo Credit: The Spruce Crafts


  • Two toilet paper rolls
  • White glue
  • Glue-dots
  • Scissors
  • String or ribbon
  • Construction paper or butcher paper
  • Optional: decorating supplies (markers, crayons, stickers, tissue paper!)


  1. Begin by connecting your toilet paper rolls. We chose to use three glue-dots to stick ours together. If the binoculars are going to be played with a lot, we recommend using white glue or hot glue for a stronger hold. Wait for the glue to dry before continuing to the next step.
  2. Choose what paper you want to cover your binoculars in. Wrap the paper around the width of the binoculars and trim off the excess paper with scissors. Use glue dots to secure it around the rolls. (This step is purely decorative, so feel free to skip to the next one if you’d like to skip this step!)
  3. Decorate your binoculars however you choose! You can paint them, color them with crayons or markers, collage with tissue paper, cover them in washi tape or stickers, and even bedazzle. There is no wrong way to do this step! For ours, we cut out tissue paper monstera leaves and glued them onto butcher paper.
  4. If you want to be able to wear your binoculars around your neck, make sure you add a strap. Measure and cut your string. Then use scissors to cut a small hole on the outside edge of each roll about a 1/2 inch from the top.
  5. Take one end of your string and thread it through the hole you made. Tie a knot to secure. Repeat with the other side of the string.

I got this craft from TheSpruce Crafts, you can find the full article here:

Tin Can Bird Feeders

Photo Credit: Momtastic


  • Used coffee can with plastic lid
  • Can opener
  • Craft paint 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Scissors 
  • Duct tape 
  • Yarn 
  • Birdseed


  1. Clean and open your coffee can with a can opener.
  2. Cut the coffee can’s plastic lid in half.
  3. Paint your coffee can lid halves. Let dry.
  4. Decorate your can with colorful duct tape. Tips: Layer the tape on top of each other to create different widths.
  5. Cut yarn or ribbon at your desired length. Thread it through your can. Place the half lid on either side of the can.
  6. Fill your can with birdseed and hang outside.

I got this craft from Momtastic, you can find the full article here: