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CD Case Artwork For Kids

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CD cases are perfect for making and showcasing artwork.

Just a few days ago, we experimented with printmaking using CDs.  It was a wonderful activity that both my daughter and I enjoyed. The paint on our prints had not even finished drying yet, before my daughter was asking what we could do with the CD cases. Since CD cases make wonderful frames with their clear plastic covers, we played around with different CD case artwork to showcase. Here were our favorites.
Turn an old CD case into something fun. CD Case artwork for kids. Make suncatchers or beautiful nature art with black glue. Arts and crafts with recyclables for kids.

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Moana Inspired Maui Fish Hook

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Every Maui fan, needs a magical fish hook. Use recyclables to make this fun Moana inspired craft for pretend play.

Have your kids seen Moana yet? If they haven’t, I definitely recommend watching it. It is a great movie about a headstrong teen that is drawn to the ocean. The music in the movie is beautiful and so catchy. I find myself singing the songs all of the time. If your children have seen it, I am sure that you have heard Maui ‘s ‘You’re Welcome’ sung about a thousand times. Maui is my daughter’s favorite character from the movie. She loves him, but as Maui tells you himself, he is nothing without his fish hook. That is where all his magic is.

Moana inspired paper mache Maui fish hook. Use recyclables for a fun Disney inspired prop for pretend play. Kid's arts and crafts

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Egg Carton ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Inspired Teacup

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If you are a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fan, you will love this adorable Chip inspired teacup craft made out of recyclables.

We were lucky enough to get out to the movies this weekend and see the new ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie. I am a big fan of the animated version, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the live action movie, but I loved it. It was absolutely beautiful. I love all of the characters from the movies, so it is hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to pick just one, it would have to be Chip. He is just so cute. I couldn’t resist making a teacup craft inspired by my favorite little teacup.
Egg Carton 'Beauty & the Beast' Chip inspired teacup craft. Kid's character inspired arts and crafts. Recyclable crafts

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Love Goggles

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Springy love goggles made out of egg carton & pipe cleaner - Valentine's Day arts & crafts for kids. Recyclable dangling heart glasses

I used to love in old cartoons when the characters would fall in love and their eyes would bulge out of their heads filled with hearts. This would always crack me up. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought that these love goggles would be a quick and fun project.

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Acorn and Cork Carolers

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 My daughter and I gathered a bunch of acorns in the beginning of the fall for acorn crafts. While organizing our craft supplies, I stumbled across our last few.

Acorn and cork caroler craft. Christmas and winter arts and crafts projects. Great for kids or adults. Nature crafts and recyclables

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With the kickoff to the holiday season just around the corner, I am feeling pretty spirited.  I have to admit, I even started playing Christmas carols this week. 

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Egg Carton Building Blocks

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Egg Carton building blocks for kids - Engineering & STEM activities - kid's arts, crafts, learning & activities with recyclables

In our last post, I told you about my daughter’s new-found love for the Pyramids. She recently saw a documentary on them & now wants to know everything about them. We went to the library & bought some books & over the weekend we made a pyramid craft. I thought it might be fun for us to stack a pyramid, so yesterday we painted some egg carton pieces & used them to build colorful pyramids.

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Pretty Egg Carton Dresses

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            My little girl is indeed a princess at heart. She wears a tutu every day, even over her pajamas.  It is adorable.

Egg carton princess dress craft - arts and crafts for kids with recyclables.

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Last week, we were playing around with egg carton pieces & we came up with the perfect craft for our little princess.

Egg carton princess dress craft - arts and crafts for kids with recyclables

We used 5 egg carton pieces for each dress. We started by snipping 3 egg carton pieces for the dress tiers.

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We painted all of the egg carton pieces in the colors of our choice. My daughter wanted a silver & purple princess dress.

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We glued each of the snipped pieces one on top of each other. We glued another uncut piece over the top of the tiers. Next, we glued the last piece of egg carton to the top upside down. My daughter has a low temperature glue gun that she loves. She used her glue gun & I used my own.

*Please note that the tip on a low temperature glue gun still gets hot & burns may occur, so use caution & your best judgment as to whether your child is able to operate.*

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My daughter glued a large gem stone to the front of the dress for a pretty little accent. She then added pom poms to the top of her dress to form puffy sleeves. I made a strapless dress & one with spaghetti straps.

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Egg carton princess dress craft - arts and crafts for kids with recyclables

When my little one finished with her dress, she gave it a clay head to finish it off.  We loved how our dresses came out & they were so fun to make.

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Egg Carton Princess Dresses. Kid's arts & crafts

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Egg Carton Cars

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Simple Egg Carton Car craft for kids. Easy arts & crafts with recyclables

My daughter has the most magnificent imagination. It is fascinating to watch her play. She loves to build villages & towns with her blocks & she picks up random odds and ends around the house often to incorporate into her pretend worlds.

We painted some egg carton pieces & toilet paper roll earlier this week to keep for future crafts. We started playing with the painted pieces & we thought of a great craft that she could use later for her pretend play.

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We made these simple egg carton cars. All you need is buttons for the wheels & some foam pieces or construction paper for the windows and headlights. Use a Sharpie to draw in the doors.

Simple Egg Carton Car craft for kids. Easy arts & crafts with recyclables..

Simple Egg Carton Car craft for kids. Easy arts & crafts with recyclables.

These were quick and easy to make and made a fine addition to my daughter’s block city. “Look mama, I parked all the cars in the parking lot.”

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Egg Carton Crown

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We use recycled items in our crafts all the time. It is very difficult for me to throw anything out. This has crossed over to my 4 year old & my husband as well. My daughter will save bottle caps & other random things & tell me “This will be good for a craft” & my husband won’t throw anything away without asking me if I can use it first.

Egg carton crown craft - use recyclabes to make this dress up crown or tiara for pretend play for the kids

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Our craft room has bins of recyclables, but most prevalent in our collection is egg cartons. We have piles of them. It was time to put some of them to some good use. Here is a great craft that parents can do for their little kings & queens.

Egg Carton Crown

What you will need:

Egg cartons

Glue gun (Use caution when operating a glue gun. Low heat guns are recommended for children.)

Acrylic Paints

Buttons

Pom Poms

Directions:

Egg Cartons do come in a variety of different shapes. We used a family sized pack that looked like this inside.

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Cut through the egg carton the long way. You will want to cut through the centers of the 2 spiky portions running along the middle of the carton.

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Your cut piece should look like this.

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Cut through the middle of your cut section the long way until you have two halves.

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Use a glue gun to glue the two pieces together to form one long piece. You should be able to get the spikes to match up so that they blend when gluing them together. Depending on the size of your child’s head you may need to glue on a few extra spiked sections.

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When you reach the desired length, bend the long piece of egg carton to form a crown shape & then glue into place.

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Paint your crown in the color of your choice. My daughter wanted red for hers.

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Use buttons & pom poms for embellishments or add on whatever you like to create your crown.

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My daughter loved her crown. It fit her head perfectly. She had a crown fit for a queen.

Egg carton crown craft - use recyclabes to make this dress up crown or tiara for pretend play for the kids. Arts & Crafts

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