Published on March 22nd, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell3
5 Eco-Friendly Spring Crafts for Kids
Spring is here (or at least it is where I live in Georgia)! I’m loving the warmer weather already! Although I don’t have kids of my own, I remember how much I loved making projects with my parents.
Spring is such an inspiring season to get outside, get active, and get creative with your children! Here are five eco-friendly Spring crafts for you and your kids to create!
Jamie at Hands On: As We Grow created this really beautiful windchime from various tin cans. She had her son help her decorate the cans by painting them and adding lots of glitter! I know this project doesn’t necessarily scream Spring, but I love being outside during this gorgeous season– why not add a little music to your patio or porch? Plus, this is such a great project for your kids to really show off their creativity!
[Photo via Hands On: As We Grow, used with permission]
I don’t know a lot about gardening, but I do know that Spring is when people start planting things! To help you get things started, try creating these shredded paper seed starters from Dana at Dana Made It. Dana used recycled paper and tissue paper (to add color) for her seed starters. To make this project even more eco-friendly, though, consider using only recycled paper. Then, Dana made them into shapes using cookie cutters. This project would create opportunities to discuss different shapes and explain how plants grow with your children!
[Photo via Dana Made It, used with permission]
You all know that I love using toilet paper rolls, so I am absolutely adoring Bo Bunny’s toilet paper roll butterflies! Kristen at Bo Bunny created these amazing creatures using toilet paper rolls, googly eyes, ribbon and cardstock paper. This project seems so easy to make! While doing this project, you could discuss the process a caterpillar goes through to become a beautiful butterfly, and talk about different colors as your child chooses which color they would like to make their butterfly. Also, remember that there are eco-friendly papers to choose from such as the Green Stack Collection, Eco-Friendly Recycled Scrapbook Paper, and Recycled Kraft Paper for Scrapbooking.
[Image Credit: Toilet Paper Rolls via Shutterstock]
Amanda from Crafts by Amanda took toilet paper rolls, paint, and other common craft supplies and created this extremely cute bunny rabbit family! For her bunnies she used felt and pom-poms for their bows and noses, but you can also use other scraps and supplies that you have around your home! Allow your child to be creative in creating their own little bunny family!
[Photo via Crafts by Amanda, used with permission]
Beth and her son from Part of the Miracles transformed every day egg cartons into a beautiful Spring wreath! Beth cut the egg cartons and then she allowed her son to paint each of the “flowers.” Like I’ve mentioned with the other projects, this allows your child to be creative and gives you an opportunity to talk about different colors. Not only will your wreath bring cheerfulness to wherever your hang it, but it will bring happiness to your child knowing that they helped create it!
Which Spring project will you create first with your little ones? Share your ideas on our facebook wall or in the comment section below! Also, if you have created a recycled craft project that you would like to share, please link up to our Green Crafts Showcase!
Looking for more Spring Craft Ideas? Check these out:
- How To: Make a Decorative Bird’s Nest for Spring
- Gardeners: Save Those Easter Egg Cartons and Egg Shells
- How To: Upcycle a Mesh Produce Bag Into a Nesting Materials Buffet for Birds
- The DIY Garden: Upcycled Inspiration for Spring
- DIY Gardening: Make Your Own Earth Box
[Photo via Part of the Miracles, used with permission]