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This recycled material project is so fun for a wide range of ages! For younger makers, you may want to cover the carton in paper first and then have them decorate it. Add a variety of materials and watch each designer's imagination shine through!

Start with:

  • Beverage Carton (we used a pint carton for cream)
  • Cardstock in a variety of colors and patterns
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 1 inch Paper Hole Punch, optional
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Pom Pom

Create it!

 

Step 1: Glue the sides of the carton and wrap in cardstock. We used a hot glue gun because it dries faster. We recommend adults do this part!

Step 2: Cut cardstock and glue to the two sides to cover the folded  top portion of the carton.

Step 3: Cut a piece of cardstock for the roof. Glue it to the top of the carton.

Step 4: Cut circles out of patterned cardstock (we recommend adults use the hole punch). We glued the circles to the sides of the house.

Step 5: Decorate the house with pieces of cardstock such as stripes, windows and doors.

Step 6: For the bat, cut wings from cardstock.

Step 7: Glue a pom pom to the cardstock wings to make the bat.

Step 8: To attach the bat to the house, glue the bat to a pipe cleaner. Fold the pipe cleaner in a zig zag pattern if you like, and then attach the pipe cleaner to the house.

I'm pretty sure a version or two of this was made during my childhood. It's just too much fun not to make a paper bag into a Jack o Lantern for Halloween. This one never gets old and we added our own twist - literally - for the stem!

Start with:

  • Paper Bag
  • Newspaper
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Stuff a paper bag with crumpled newspaper and tie it closed with twine.

Step 2: Cut another piece of twine and after twisting the top of the paper bag, tie the twine to the top.

Step 3: Continue wrapping the twine around the stem, making a knot each time before wrapping the twine around again. Knot it at the end when it meets with the original twine used to tie the bag closed.

Step 4: Paint the bottom portion of the bag orange. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 5: Cut a Jack o Lantern face from black cardstock.

Step 6: Glue the cardstock pieces to the pumpkin to create the Jack o Lantern.

These would be really fun to place a Halloween surprise inside or just make a few for some cute and not so spooky decor!

 

We used several painting techniques to create this tape resist spiderweb artwork craft. From non traditional paintbrushes and finger painting to the big surprise when the tape resist effect is revealed, this process art project is a fun one! 

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Washi Tape
  • Paint
  • Plastic Lids (from beverages and small bottles)
  • Scissors
  • Paper Plate

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard for the canvas.

Step 2: Create a spiderweb with washi tape with vertical, horizontal and diagonal strips of tape on the cardboard. Next, connect the tape with smaller pieces of tape in a circular pattern to create the web. Press the tape firmly down.

Step 3: Use plastic lids to paint over the canvas. If you have a variety of colors of lids, match the paint color to the lid for some matching fun. 

Step 4: Fill in any missing portions of the canvas with good old fashioned finger painting. We dipped a finger in the paint and created a round shape to go with the round shapes of the lids. 

Step 5:  Once the canvas has dried, very carefully remove the washi tape from the canvas to reveal the spider web.

This is such a fun one - especially during this Halloween season!

Ready for a really fun pumpkin decorating project? We used a glue gun for the quick drying factor so if your children are younger/inexpienced with using one, make the paper spiral pumpkin in advance and have it ready for your little one to decorate. It is such an interesting texture for painting and can be customized with a variety of decorations - with mainly recycled materials that you likely already have on hand!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Packing Paper (we save ours from packages we receive in the mail to recycle into new projects)
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun (recommended for adult use)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Masking Tape
  • Pom Poms

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a circle from cardboard. Either freehand or trace a paper plate or other round object.

Step 2: Twist a section of packing paper and glue one end to the center of the cardboard circle.

Step 3: Continue twisting the packing paper and gluing it into a spiral on the cardboard circle.

Step 4: Once the cardboard circle is covered with packing paper, leave several inches that are not glued to the circle.

Step 5: Wrap the remaining packing paper with masking tape to create a pumpkin stem.

Step 6: Paint the pumpkin stem.

Step 7: Paint the pumpkin.

Step 8: Once the paint is dry, add some fun texture by gluing pom poms to the pumpkin.

We really enjoy using recycled materials and this was such a fun way to create a pumpkin!