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Trash to Treasure – 30+ Simple and Creative Out of Waste Craft Ideas

“Waste material craft for kids is a great way to bond with children and dedicate some time to learning something new! From things to decorate your home with, to bits and bobbles that they can wear as jewellery or even cute toys! There are so many things that can be made using waste things lying around the house! So, put on your creative hats, and try these craft ideas using waste material!”

– Mrunal, FirstCry Parenting

There was a time when the term ‘Arts and Crafts’ meant something. Of course, that was before the advent of ‘The Internet’ and all the gadgets it spurned. That doesn’t mean that we let our children remain in the dark about these wonderful activities that actually make for more healthy ways of keeping kids entertained.

All it takes is material that one often finds themselves tossing into the “Waste’ bin, to create some truly compelling art. It is also important to teach about best out of waste for kids to be aware of the impact of waste on our planet earth.

Did you know that best out of waste for kids encourages their creativity?

30 Easy and Fun DIY Ideas from Waste Materials for Kids

Ready to don that creative hat and curate some cool art with your little one? Here are the 30 best Waste Craft Ideas to help you do just that.

  1. Milk Carton Bird House
  2. Milk Carton BirdHouse is one of the coolest best out of waste for kids. Make a hole in the top of an empty milk carton. Make another on the side, for the door. Just below the door, cut a small ‘X’ shape and insert a plastic spoon in it. This is where you put the bird seeds.

  3. T-Shirt Tote Bag
  4. T-Shirt Tote Bag is one of the amazing best out of waste ideas for kids. It is also one of the coolest waste craft ideas for kids. Cut off the sleeves and necklines of an old T-shirt, turn it inside out and glue the bottom and sides together. Decorate with fabric paint.

  5. Tin Can Wind Chimes
  6. Make a hole at the bottom of some tin cans you hang alongside each other, using a string. The cans must hit each other when there’s a breeze. Sit back and enjoy that wonderful chiming sound!

  7. Yarn Pom Poms
  8. Making your own pom poms? Simple, really. Hold a fork with the tines facing down and wrap yarn around the fork. Wrap 40 times for a small pom pom and 100 times for a larger one. Cut a separate piece of yarn, tie it around the middle of the wrapped yarn. Then slide the yarn off the fork and cut through the loops on both sides.

  9. Itsy Bitsy Spider
  10. Itsy Bitsy Spider is one of the fun best out of waste ideas for kids. Craft ideas for kids with waste material need not be complicated. Stick 4 strings on both sides of a bottle cap, before sticking two eyes made from paper on it. Now go and scare people with that spider!

  11. Leaf Rubbing Art
  12. Leaf rubbing art is a creative waste material craft idea for kids. Place a leaf on a flat surface with the veins facing up, before taping a piece of paper over it. Then, use a crayon to rub over the paper to see the shape of the leaf magically appear on the paper.

  13. Sock Puppets
  14. Sock Puppets is one of the cutest waste material crafts for kids. Make Storytime fun! Sew 2 button ‘eyes’ on the heels of a couple of socks. Then sew six-inch strips of wool that make for the ‘hair’, on top of the eyes. Put your fingers in and ‘little sock puppet’ is good to start talking!

  15. Paper Plate Jellyfish
  16. Paper plate jellyfish is one of the joyful waste material crafts for kids. Cut a paper plate in a wavy shape to resemble the tentacles of a jellyfish. Glue googly eyes on the top of the plate to help jellyfish see!

  17. Popsicle Photo Frame
  18. Popsicle Photo Frame is a memorable best out of waste activity for kids. Stick four popsicle sticks in such a way that they form a square, with the ends jutting out. Glue them along the edges of a 9- by 12-inch white paper. Cut off the extra paper and voila! Your photo frame is ready.

  19. Newspaper Seed Pots
  20. One of the easiest waste craft ideas. Wrap some newspaper around an empty toilet paper roll, tucking in the excess paper at the bottom. Fill this ‘pot’ with soil before adding some seeds. Try newspaper seed pots today as it is the best out of waste activity that is eco-friendly as well.

  21. Bottle Paper Bank
  22. Bottle paper bank is one of the easiest best out of waste activities for children. Help kids save up! Cut a hole big enough to send a coin through, in a clean plastic bottle. Seal the edges with tape and cover the rest of the bottle with paper. Your money bank is ready!

  23. T-shirt Headband
  24. Another great use for that old T-shirt! Cut off a strip around 2 inches wide, from the bottom hem of the shirt. Stretch the strip by pulling it on both sides till it rolls up. Then wrap it around your head, tying it at the back.

  25. Match-Bot
  26. A robot out of a matchbox? Genius! Make a hole using a matchstick, at the bottom of a matchbox wrapped in funky paper. Use 2 matchsticks for the antennae and draw 2 eyes. Stick 3 more matchboxes as ‘the body’ (and legs). Then stick the body and head together to complete your bot.

  27. Newspaper Wall Art
  28. Stick strips of newspaper to a cardboard until the entire cardboard is covered. Once dry, hang it on the wall.

  29. Clothespin Alligator
  30. One of the best out of waste craft ideas. Firstly, colour a clothespin with green paint. Then, stick ‘teeth’ cut out of white paper on both sides of the clip. With a black marker, draw eyes and nostrils on top of the clip to get the alligator ready to bite!

  31. Paper Roll Monsters
  32. Colour paper rolls in bright colours. Glue ‘arms, leg and teeth’ cut out from construction paper, onto each of them. Finally, glue googly eyes on the top.

  33. Tennis Ball Key Holder
  34. Firstly, cut a big slit in a tennis ball, above one of the lines, to create the ‘mouth’ of the ball. Over this, stick two googly eyes. Then hang the ball and put the keys to your car in its mouth.

  35. Milk Carton Firefly Lanterns
  36. Cut off the top of a milk carton and cover what remains with yellow tissue paper. Glue on paper wings and eyes. Cutting pipe cleaners in half and bending them into antenna shapes, glue them onto the carton. Lastly, place a battery-powered tealight in the carton and turn it on!

  37. Mason Jar Snow Globe
  38. Painting the lid of a mason jar with silver acrylic paint, stick ornaments on its inside using a glue gun. Then fill the jar with water to the brim before adding acrylic and glycerin. Screwing the lid on tight, turn the jar upside down to witness the magical ‘snowfall’.

  39. Pine Cone Bird Feeders
  40. Waste craft ideas for kids like these are fun. Spread a thick layer of peanut butter over a pine cone, ensuring it gets in all the crevices. Then roll it in bird seed until it is completely coated, before hanging it outside and waiting for the birds to come.

  41. Walnut Shell Turtle Couple
  42. Paint two halves of a walnut shell yellow, before tracing the details of the shells with green paint. Then, make the bases of two turtles on a thick green paper before cutting them out and sticking them with triangular paper cutouts that represent the faces of the turtles. Lastly, stick the walnut halves on top of the bases and draw eyes and mouths on the triangular shapes.

  43. Rock Painting
  44. All you need for this activity are some paint markers and rocks collected from the garden. Use those markers to draw designs on the rocks, getting as creative as you possibly can.

  45. Glittery CD Fish
  46. A ‘fishy’ activity, this one! Apply adhesive all over a CD, leaving only the middle portion empty. Then, sprinkle glitter all over the CD before leaving it to dry. Cut a mouth, fins and tail out of yellow card paper and stick them on the blank side of the CD. Finally, stick googly eyes on the fish’s face.

  47. Paper Bag Puppet
  48. On the bottom of a paper bag, stick paper ‘features’ like ‘eyes, nose and mouth’. Draw additional details like hair or clothing with a marker, before slipping your fingers in and bringing that puppet to life!

  49. Cork Photo Frame
  50. Craft ideas for kids with waste material, like this one, are always fun. Paint a wooden photo frame in any colour. Then, cut corks into ¼-inch pieces before painting them and sticking them to the frame, starting with the corners.

  51. Spoon Vase
  52. Paint a large can with white primer. Then, cut the handles of the plastic spoons and paint the spoon heads in the colour of your choice. Stick the dried spoons on the insides of the can in layers, to complete your Spoon Vase.

  53. Photo Frame Tray
  54. Paint an old photo frame and let it dry. Paste some plastic curve handles to the sides, and your tray is ready to start serving!

  55. CD Coasters
  56. After drawing the frame of a CD with a pencil on cardboard, cut it out. You will need 2 paper cutout circles for each coaster you create. Decorate those circle cutouts before glueing them on each side of their respective disks, to shut the centre holes.

  57. Mini Suitcase for Dolls
  58. Cover a matchbox with dark coloured paper. Decorate it before attaching a small paper cutout handle on top to finish creating this suitcase for that favourite doll!

  59. Paper Cup Fairy Lights
  60. Make 2 X-shaped slits on the bottom of some paper cups. Colour the cups before placing fairy lights in each of them.


Arts and crafts can instil a sense of achievement in kids. It also helps in improving motor skills, language skills, and creativity. In this article, we have provided 30+ fun and easy arts and crafts ideas to unleash your child’s potential. Try some out today to create memorable moments with your little one!

At EuroKids we have plenty of Arts and Crafts activities hardwired into our curriculum to ensure that your children have eco-friendly, sustainable ways of keeping themselves entertained. To that effect, we hold strongly to the principle that ‘Nothing is ever truly wasted’.






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