Regardless of your kid's age, you invariably are always looking for something fun to do with them. If it isn't story-time at the library, then it's daily park outings. And if it isn't visiting the zoo, then it's figuring out upcycled craft ideas to do together. Even if they're just helping with the painting part of it. The best part about upcycled crafts, though, is that not only do they allow you to use so many supplies you have laying around, but you get to make crafts that are actually useful in your everyday life.
Of course, there will be more to your upcycled crafts than just some simple glue and staples, but that's the beauty of it. You and your kids get to work on projects that you can put to use in your lives and home, rather than some Popsicle sticks hanging on the fridge. Luckily, there is no shortage of upcycled crafts to get into with your kids that you can both enjoy. There are some crafts that are more suited for your younger children, and then others that are best to tackle with older children, but you're likely to have fun regardless.
Since kids ages eight to 18 years old spend almost four hours watching TV and then two more hours in front of a computer screen every day, partaking in upcycled crafts with you is the best thing for them to be able to unplug and unwind. Instead of plopping them down in front of the TV on weekends, spend time with them on projects and upcycled crafts. These cool upcycled crafts ideas are easily some of the best ones to get you started.
10 Mason Jar Vases
Everyone loves a good Mason jar, right? And since they look good in pretty much any setting, it would hard to ignore the value that comes with these affordable jars. In this case, you can either paint the entire outside of the jar or dip half of it in a container of paint. Then, add flowers and water and you're done!
9 Pallet Shelf
This one may be a bit more of an ambitious upcycled craft, but that just means your whole family can have fun with it. Whoever is handy with the power tools can cut a full-sized pallet down, and the rest of the family can hand fun sanding down the rough edges and painting it if you so desire.
8 Empty Can Planter
A planter made from an empty, cleaned out soup can is pretty self-explanatory, but that's just what makes it such a good craft to do with the kids. After carefully cleaning out an empty can, you can leave it as-is or even adorn the outside of the can with stickers or paint.
Sure, you can go out and find some sort of birdhouse kit at your local craft store, but wouldn't it be much more fun to find all the components yourselves? Use Popsicle sticks, spare pieces of wood, and painted cardboard to put together a truly one of a kind birdhouse to hang outside.
6 Pine Cone Decor
The best thing about decorating pine cones to place around your home is that you can keep doing the craft for each season. In the fall, use orange and gold to paint pine cones and place them in a dish as a centerpiece. Or, during the winter holidays, use reds, greens, and silvers to spruce them up.
5 Painted Glitter Eggs
This is an easy alternative to dying eggs for Easter or even in place of buying some tabletop decor. If it's for the latter, poke a tiny hole in the bottom of your egg to rinse it out as best as you can. Then, use either glitter and acrylic paints or permanent markers to decorate them. Or, if you're feeling really ambiguous, use a combination of all three!
4 Melted Crayons
This is one of those upcycled crafts that sure, there are plenty of "fail" posts about on the internet, but if you can get it done right, you won't be sorry. Use a glue gun to secure crayons at the top of a large canvas. You can put them in the pattern of rainbow colors, use different shades of one color, or pretty much do whatever you want as far as color scheme goes. Then, take a blow dryer and run it over the crayon until they begin to melt down. Once it dries, you have a totally unique piece of art.
3 Cardboard Rocket Ship
Creating this with your little ones will not only provide hours of entertainment for your child, but it'll actually make them use their brain while designing and building it. Gather as much scrap cardboard as you can, a good roll of durable tape, and some markers. A yardstick or measure tape might be a good idea too, in order to be able to mark down your child's height so that you make the cardboard rocket ship to scale.
2 Paper Flowers
Creating paper flowers take a bit more patience than some of the other upcycled crafts, but make no mistake, the end result is completely worth it. For this craft, you'll need a glue gun, crepe paper, tiny foam balls, and floral wire. Don't let that last thing turn you away. Once you have all of the supplies, easily found at your local craft store, you're good to go.
1 Superhero Wings
For the superhero wings, you need to first carefully measure and cut out the right style and shape of the wings. That part is best done by you for the most part. Then, let them go crazy with paint and stickers to decorate the wings and really make them their own.
Doing cool upcycled crafts with your kids is one of the most creative things you can do with them. It takes you both away from any screens and allows you to "unplug" for a little while and just focus on each other and the task at hand. Sometimes, these crafts will go exactly as you want them to, ending in crafts that are pretty much just like the photos. In those case, go you! And in other cases, just remember that you can try again and again until you get the upcycled craft you both want.