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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!

Do your little ones like to play dress up? How about a fun Valentine's Day themed heart scepter? We made it (along with a simple crown) for fun imaginative play just in time for Valentine's Day!

Start with: 

  • Colored Paper/Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Paper Tube
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Tissue Paper
  • Paper Punch
  • Glue or Hot Glue Gun*

Create it!

Step 1: Cut strip of tissue paper and glue around end of paper tube.

Step 2: Follow instructions here to create paper ball and attach to end of scepter.

Step 3: Cut a heart shape, leaving a straight portion at bottom for attaching to paper ball. Glue the folded portions to the top of the paper ball.

Step 4: Add final details such as dots from paper punch to the base of the scepter and a strip of paper around the gathered edge of the tissue paper for added color!

* We used a hot glue gun - carefully supervise or better yet join in the fun - but glue would work well too.

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!