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We often save the plastic tops from milk cartons. And, since we seem to go through quite a bit of milk, we always have several tops around. We turned them into ghosts to practice counting!

Start with:

  • White Plastic Milk Tops
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper Hole Punch
  • Black Construction Paper or Cardstock

Create it!

Step 1: Punch holes out of black cardstock or paper and glue two to each plastic top for eyes.

Step 2: Cut white tissue paper into rectangles. Fold in half.

Step 3: Place a line of glue along the fold of tissue paper.

Step 4: Fold the glued end back and forth, accordion style, and attach inside of the plastic top to create the ghost body.

We also cut numbers out of recycled cardstock to use in this fun Halloween counting activity!

 

Do you have a loose parts tray? A spot where you place plastic bottle tops, bits and pieces that might be fun for future projects? Whether it's for playdough or other projects, we pull out our loose parts tray and repurpose the loose odds and ends - like for these recycled mosters!

Start with:

  • Recycled cup holder
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Loose Parts (plastic tops, stick on eyes, pipe cleaners, soda can tabs, etc.)

Create it!

Step 1: Cut the round portion out of the cup holder and trim as needed.

Step 2: Paint the cup holder circle and allow to dry.

Step 3: Decorate monster faces with loose parts!

Just three steps - super simple invitation to create! This would also make a festive family art project with each family member creating their own unique monster face!

The weather is getting cooler and it's just right for a cozy quilt! We used several different shapes and textures in a patchwork design for the vegetable of the season - pumpkins!

Start with:

  • Textured and Plain Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock, optional for eyes

Create it!

Step 1: Cut pumpkin shape(s) out of cardboard.

Step 2: Paint variety of cardboard in multiple shades of orange. We used textured cardboard and rolled a paper towel tube in paint, cut in half and flattened. Allow to dry.

Step 3: Cut cardboard pieces into squares and rectangles.

Step 4: Glue painted shapes to cardboard pumpkin shape in a patchwork design.

Step 5:Trim the edges of the patchwork pieces.

Step 6: Cut stem shape from cardboard. Paint, allow to dry and glue to pumpkin.

Step 7: Optional, add eyes, nose and/or mouth to pumpkin from cardstock or cardboard. 

It's really fun fitting the pattern together and such interesting texture once finished!

Halloween season + recycled materials and you are ready for a fun necklace making playdate! We pulled out a variety of textured materials from our recycle bin and had the most fun!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock
  • Paper Plates
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Glue 
  • Single  Hole Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Gather recycled cardboard, paper plates, etc. paint orange and black (if they aren't already) and allow to dry.

Step 2: Cut recycled materials into a variety of shapes.

 

Step 3: Punch a hole into the center of each shape.

 

Step 4: Cut strips of cardstock and fold accordion style.

 

 

Step 5: Punch a hole in the center of each accordion fold.

 

Step 6: Create a cat shaped face from cardboard and decorate with cardstock.

Step 7: Punch a hole on each side of the cardboard cat.

 

 

Step 8: Knot one end of the string to the back of one of the holes on the cat and begin stringing the recycled shapes. 

Step 9: Tie the other end of string to the remaining side of the cat and secure.

Some wearable Halloween fun - customize with all the recycled materials!