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Kids DIY Craft Ideas

Parents don’t throw away your empty egg cartons or glass jars. You can upcycle these items to be used for creating fun DIY craft projects that your kids will love to make. Upcycling items into craft projects will teach kids how to be both earth-friendly and creative with little cost involved. These upcycled DIY craft projects are also fun activities for a sleepover or birthday party.

Cereal Box Notebook

Kids can use these fun cereal box notebooks to draw pictures in or use as a diary. Another fun idea for kids is to turn their notebook into a mini photo album filled with pictures they cherish.


  • Paper punch
  • Cereal boxes
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


  1. Cut open your cereal boxes so that they lay flat.
  2. On the inside of the box, measure and trace the desired size of your notebook. Cut these pieces out.
  3. Put all your cut cereal box pieces together. Punch three holes evenly spaced down the left size of your pieces.
  4. Hold your notebook together by tying pieces of yarn through the holes you just made.

Decorated Box Organizer

Kids will love these homemade box organizers to help them organize their toys, clothes or homework.


  • Cardboard boxes
  • Wrapping paper or fabric
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Gather a few boxes of various sizes. Cut the flaps off of the boxes.
  2. Have your kids decorate the boxes with fabric or wrapping paper glued on both the inside and outside of each box.
  3. Once all the boxes are covered, stack them so that they fit together against a wall or shelve.

Paper Towel Napkin Holders

Your kids can have fun designing a set of napkin holders for each holiday or any special occasion.


  • Scissors
  • Embellishments
  • Glue
  • Paper towel cardboard tube


  1. Cut your paper towel tube into two inch sections.
  2. Have the kids decorate them with beads, ribbons or buttons. The kids could also use markers and glitter to decorate them.

Bottle Cap Magnets

You could also make personalized magnets by cutting, fitting and gluing mini pictures of the family or animals to the inside of the bottle caps.


  • Bottle caps
  • Self stick magnets
  • Beads
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Glue


  1. Lay out your bottle caps on a covered work area.
  2. The kids can glue beads from upcycled jewelry or any trinket to the inside of the caps. Glue a magnet on the bottle cap top.
  3. Cover the entire cap with glue. Sprinkle the entire cap with glitter. Gently shake the cap to remove the excess glitter. Glue a magnet on the bottle cap top.

Jar Pencil Holder

There are a multitude of other ways kids can use their decorated jars. The jars can be used as a piggy bank or filled with potpourri to beautifully scent their room.


  • Glass jar
  • Stickers
  • Ribbon
  • Glue


  1. Save all your glass jars. Wash them inside and out. Also, remove any stickers that remain on the jars.
  2. Have the kids choose their stickers. They can use one of the stickers to decorate the front of their jar. Another option is to cover the entire jar with stickers to form a collage designed jar.
  3. Glue a piece of ribbon around the rim of the jar.
  4. Fill your homemade pencil holder with pens, makers and pencils.

Egg Carton Jewelry Box

Kids can also use their decorated egg cartons to organize their beads or other craft supplies.


  • Egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Old necklaces
  • Glue


  1. Place your egg carton on a covered work area.
  2. Have the kids paint both the inside and outside of their egg carton.
  3. Cut any old necklaces or bracelets you no longer wear.
  4. With supervision, have the kids glue these upcycled beads around the outside edges of the carton.


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  1. I love these ideas! Simple & fun! :) Thanks for sharing.

  2. I thought we recycled everything! What great ideas. Kids are never too young to learn to re use items.

  3. nice and useful,creative ideas

  4. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    I love the Bottle Cap Magnets idea, my daughter would have a blast constructing them and putting family pics inside. We try to upcycle everything we can!

  5. We save all our Hot Chocolate containers, Pringles containers etc and make all sorts of fun things with them

  6. Lisa Paone says:

    These are some really great ideas! I’m always looking for new things to try with the kids besides sitting them down with crayons and coloring books. Thanks!

  7. I’m a fan of crafts from recyclables. Got a budget to keep :)

  8. Having worked at a daycare for 5 years I am used to making crafts out of items we would normally throw out. I have never seen the cereal notebook tho – that is such a cute idea for a photo album for the girls. We dont throw out anything without thinking hmmm……….what can we make with this. No need to worry if it gets broke, you can always make another one real cheap.

  9. i typed a long comment in here twice and it doesnt seem to be accepting it – I dont see it

  10. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    You supplied me with some really creative and recycling ideas for kids. Thanks

  11. Jeannette Laframboise says:

    Those were some pretty great ideas! I am ashamed to admit, I don’t have a creative bone in my body. I really like the bottle cap magnets as I am sure my son would have a great time putting those together. I personally really like the jar pencil holder. I have a plain old UGLY mug on my counter with pens and pencils in it and it sticks out like an eye-sore…While I am not creative, I think I might just try out making a pencil holder that looks a nicer. Thanks for the tips! 😉

  12. donna harris says:

    This is really neat ideas for the kids. Winter is coming and you hear there’s nothing to do. Besides keeping the kids occupied you’re recycling. I like the bottle caps magnets, that’s really cute. Thanks for the ideas!

  13. These are some great ideas my 6 yr old niece is always looking for artsy things to do and i am always looking for fun things for her and her brothers to do.

  14. These are some great ideas I am always looking for fun things to do with my nieces and nephews and my 6 yr old niece is very into crafting so this is perfect

  15. JJ Caraway says:

    I can’t wait to try these ideas with the grandchildren. I never thought about keeping cereal boxes to make anything out of but I know they will love making this notebook. Thanks for the ideas enjoyed reading about them.

  16. These are really great ideas thank you for sharing these :)

  17. Karen Hand says:

    These are very creative ideas for DIY projects. You will note I used the word “creative”, an area where I am seriously lax in. These ideas are great for those rainy or lazy summer days, or merely when your children are bored, Since you use items found in your home, the final cost of the projects are minimal. This is especially nice for families who are on a strict budget, fun to do, yet still a learning process for the children in recycling.

  18. I am thrilled to find your new ideas on using recycled items to make things. I am always looking for ways to be creative without spending extra money. I would love to find some ways to use baby food jars or formula cans to make something fun.

  19. Wow! this craft ideas is really unique and creative! I will teach my daughter how to make these things. She’s very creative and she loves doing stuffs like these! Thanks for sharing :)

  20. Melanie Snyder says:

    oh my gosh I love the Piggy Paint in the egg carton 😀 great ideas here for kids.

  21. Anna Marie M. says:

    Great and very creative DIY ideas! I could teach my daughter and I think she’ll love these.

  22. Anna Marie M. says:

    Great and very creative DIY ideas! I could teach my 3 yr. old daughter and I think she’ll love these.

  23. Thank you!! I got some really good ideas for some things that I can do with the grandkids when theyre here to visit. These ares simple and fun and should give us something to do on the nasty days when they cant go outside.

  24. Love the bottlecap magnets! Always looking for new ideas to do with my kids :)

  25. I absolutely LOVE these ideas and can not wait to try them out!!!!! Brilliant!

  26. I love these ideas…..I homeschool and I am always looking for new craft projects.;;;;Thanks!

  27. krista arold says:

    I love your craft ideas i have 2 children with a pretty good age gap between them 10 and 2 and with your easy yet fun crafts they can do them together and enjoy it Thanks

  28. Jennifer Ali says:

    Great ideas.Thanks. I’m hoping that all the children who are currently living in a tough situation/family life……can at least have a Happy Christmas filled with love,comfort,security and Christmas gifts from Santa Clause. My wish for those children would be happiness all throughout their lives.

  29. Molly Kvien says:

    Awesome ideas, these are the times kids remember and make the greatest memories! Quality time, learning and having fun! Thanks :)

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  31. Lisa Bischel says:

    Great ideas to try with my son during school breaks!!

  32. Lisa Bischel says:

    Great ideas to try with my son during school breaks!! Can’t wait to get crafty!

  33. Lisa Bischel says:

    Great craft ideas to try with my son during school breaks!! Can’t wait to get crafty!

  34. Katrina Sweet says:

    These are some great ideas on house hold items that we all have. Always looking for new ways to use things. Thank you:)

  35. Katrina Sweet says:

    These are some great ideas on house hold items that we all have. Always looking for new ways to use things. Thank you:) Have a great Holiday Season!

  36. Katrina Sweet says:

    Thank you for all these great ideas. It got the gears grinding for other projects also.

  37. Serena Adkins says:

    My son is years old and he is always eager to do new craft projects. He goes to pre-k and has fun participating in class with the projects. When he comes home he wants me to also do projects with him. It sounds like we might have a future artist perhaps on our hands. I am starting to run out of ideas that will actually keep his attention. I am going to try some of try some of these projects with him. These like they will keep his attention. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Cool ideas! Also a great way to bond with my kid.

  39. Love getting with the 6 kids that I have and having fun with ur great Ideas making craft projects either for the tree for xmas or just scrap booking its are family favorite thing to do Thanks for great ideas we love it.

  40. I especially like the bottle cap magnets. Can never have too many magnets it seems, and I do like the personal ones.

  41. I am always looking for new craft ideas to do with the kids! thank you for sharing.

  42. ryan sison says:

    Nice post! Kids can surely learn a thing or two with these. Specially my daughter, she just loves doing these kinds of stuff. And as for me (her father) who is working far from her, I just love listening to her when she discusses what she had just made….
    Thanks and more power……..

  43. I love crafts that don’t cost a bunch and incorporate recycling! My girls will love these! Thanks for the craft help!!!!

  44. These ideas are great! I love crafts that don’t cost a fortune and it’s even better when they include recycling! Thanks for the ideas! Happy Crafting!!

  45. Loris Ayoub says:

    This is an awesome idea, specially for winter!! I will try this!

  46. I love that idea. It is a good thing to do with kids when it’s raining or cold. I’ll try i t with the grandkids.

  47. Ashley Null says:

    I love all of them. that pencil holder is so cute I have lots of friends who are teachers, that would be a great Christmas gift for them! :) I cant wait to try it!!

  48. Tammy Malfatti says:

    The egg carton jewelry organizer was a new one for me. I anxiously await the day my girls are old enough for projects like these.

  49. Rebecca Sinclair says:

    Love the notebook idea with cereal boxes! Perfect! My daughters always want notebooks. I’ll show them how they can make their own!

  50. Shannon says:

    Thank you for sharing. I love upcycled crafts!

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