Recycled nature craft ideas

During the April Family Nature Night, we challenged families to get creative using items that we would often toss into the garbage or the recycling bin.

Empty plastic water bottles, scrap metal, cardboard boxes, toilet paper tubes, wine corks — these items look useless, but they can actually be turned into some pretty neat items.

This week’s craft idea is open-ended. I’m going to give you some ideas of what to make out of recyclable goods, and then the rest is up to you. Instead of specific instructions, I want your mind to run wild.

You can always share what you created in the comments too! We’d love to see what you come up with. Maybe your craft will be featured as a craft of the week in the future!

pink piggy bank made from a water bottle

Water bottle piggy bank

spider made from scrap metal

Scrap metal and reflector cover spider

flower made from scrap paper items

Play-Doh flowerpot with cardboard, paper and straw flower

owl made from a toilet paper tube

Toilet paper tube owl

spider made from a cardboard box

Amazon box spider