Sugar Aunts: How to Create a Recycled-materials Craft Bin (Happy Earth Day!)

How to Create a Recycled-materials Craft Bin (Happy Earth Day!)

We have been known to come up with crafts, activities, learning experiences on the cheap...using free, recycled, or repurposed materials. 
This craft bin sits in our basement with the crafting stuff and 
is always ready to go for art projects whenever the moment strikes.  It is easy to keep stuff with the idea that "Hey, we can make something with this..." and easily slide into hoarder territory.  Here's how to create a recycled-materials craft bin and not end up on a reality show.

 Grab a box or bin and watch your trash.  Before you toss something into the recycle bin or garbage, consider the crafting possibilities.  A great craft bin has lots of different types of materials, colors, and textures.
Cut a couple of cereal boxes on a slant to store bigger things.

We use the cereal box storage containers to hold waxed paper from cereal liners, grocery store paper bags, a couple of cardboard tubes, and one colorful magazine.
When the cereal box is full, stop saving.  No need to overwhelm yourself with too much stuff.  

Smaller cardboard boxes can be put into the bin to contain little items like plastic lids, empty water bottles, anything that can be used in a craft. 
We use an old check box to hold crayons, glue, and scissors. 
The whole craft bin is ready to go, easy to manage, and not taking over your basement.  Take it outside for something different!

We started our Earth Day with some recycled crafting. Here's what we came up with:

Fun, free, creative and open-ended art work.  Process-based art at it's finest! 

You also might be interested in some other fun recycled projects that we have done:
Recycle Bin Project                                                                          
Process Vs. Product Focused Play
Earth Day Recycle Bin Craft


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  1. We've recently started a similar project, filling a cardboard box with items for craft projects. Your post has given me some great new ideas for it!

  2. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Party In Polka Dots!

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  3. What a great idea! I use recycled material all the time in projects and this is a much better way to organize it all! Thanks for sharing on We Made That!

  4. Great organizing! I just kinds shove stuff in a closet lol Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids!! Hope to see you again this week!


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