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Robots and upcycled crafts are two of our favorites around here so we combined them for these fun robot marionettes! Robots are so great for using creativity since they can be made from so many loose parts. The recycled items listed below in the materials are just a suggestion - so many objects could be used to create unique robots!

Start with: 

  • Recycled material such as toilet paper tube, small box, etc.
  • 2 frozen treat sticks
  • Cardstock, multiple colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String
  • Single Hole Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Cover paper tube and box with cardstock and embellish with facial features and robot details.

Step 2: Create arms, legs and neck by folding strips of cardstock. Use two sets for arms, two sets for legs with space between them for gluing together to aid movement.

Step 3: Glue pieces together to form robot body.

Step 4: Punch holes between two pieces that make up arms, between two pieces that make up each leg and one in back of head.

Step 5: Tie strings to holes and attach to two frozen treat sticks.

Fun to make, fun to play with! Makes such a fun family art project too!  Encourage your artists to make a small skit featuring the robot marionette and let their creativity shine!

We love taking items that otherwise would end up in the trash or recycle and making something fun from them. With that idea in mind, these imaginative play upcycled forest animal puppets were born!

Start with:

  • Dual Compartment Yogurt Containers
  • Paper or Cardstock, multiple colors
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun

Create it!

Step 1: Cut or trace a circle portion on paper or cardstock. (We used a soup bowl to trace.)

Step 2: Cut out circle portion and glue to corners of smaller portion of yogurt container.

Step 3: Cut back portion of circle to open up the smaller portion of yogurt container.

Step 4: Cut and glue eyes, ears, nose and any other accessories for your forest animal.

Fun imaginative play for little ones cooped up inside during these cold winter months! As always, little hands can easily be burned with hot glue gun so supervise carefully or better yet - join in on the fun!

Last year, instead of small gifts during the month of December, my children and I agreed to make a tree ornament together everyday from December 1 through Christmas! It was such a fun time we are going to do it again this year. Since last year, I have been hoarding spice lids for necklaces. And, while this could easily be turned into a necklace, we are hanging this version on our tree as ornaments!

Start with:

  • Spice Lid
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Thread

Create it!

Step 1: Cut long piece of thread and knot several times, thread through top left hole of spice lid.

 Step 2: Thread through holes several times in shape of tree.

 Step 3: Repeat previous step to create second tree.

Step 4: Cut thread and wrap around top portion of the spice lid. Once finished, tie in knot.

Step 5: Tie a knot to top of thread for hanging on the tree! 

There is just something extra special about a handmade gift. Often we are pulled in so many directions during the holiday season it can be difficult to find time to make something for everyone on your gift list. This simple craft strikes a great balance for creating something unique and handmade!

Start with:

  • Sketch or doodle book
  • Pen/pencil
  • Colored cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Single hole paper punch (optional)

Create it!

Step 1: Draw holly leaves and berries on corresponding colored cardstock.

Step 2: Cut out holly leaves and berries.

Step 3: Use single hole punch or simply poke paper fasteners through base of each leaf and center of berry cluster.

Step 4: Fashion leaves and berries on paper fastener to create a sprig of holly.

Step 5: Use single hole punch or press holly on paper fastener through cover of sketch/doodle book and secure.

So simple to make but adds a fun, festive look to a useful gift your loved one is sure to enjoy!