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This craft category is a HUGE collection of creative paper repurposing / upcycling / recycling crafts! Paper upcycling crafts, magazine upcycling crafts and newspaper upcycling crafts (paper weaving), creative recycling crafts for kids with paper (toilet paper tube crafts), organizing solutions with cardboard boxes and cereal boxes, cardboard upcycling ideas (cardboard furniture, cardboard toys), toilet paper tube decorations, gardening and life hack ideas with newspapers and magazines,frugal home decors from magazines and many more DIY ideas about paper upcycling and recycling!
DIY Toilet paper roll parrots - fun parrot craft for kids
Are you looking for a fabulous and fun summer craft for the kids ? Try this toilet paper tube parrot craft by Kids Craft Room! This lovely , colorful toilet paper roll parrot is a perfect summer craft for the kids in the classroom or at home , plus it can be a great fine motor scissor skill project for them as well! Make a whole flock of toilet paper roll parrots and turn your home or garden into a tropical paradise!
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Easy colorful paper plate owl - fall craft for kids
The fall season is the perfect time for lots of fun craft activities. This paper plate owl craft by Easy Peasy And Fun is perfect for preschoolers and older children. This fun and easy paper plate owl craft make a great classroom craft for fall or for the spookiest time of the year! And the best is: you probably have all of these materials at home for this lovely owl craft project. So get the step-by-step tutorial at easypeasyandfun.com and create your own lovely paper plate owl :
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Valentine's day paper heart decor from cardboard
This Valentine's day craft project is made within 30 minutes and is fun and easy for kids to do. Not only is this corrugated cardboard heart decoration great as a Valentine’s Day gift for a mother or grandmother, but is just as nice as a Mother’s Day gift. If you omit the bottom stand, the corrugated cardboard Valentines heart can also be used as a cute plant stick. You can add any small decors to your cardboard hearts and make them in any color that fits into the occasion or your house! It can be  a great inexpensive wedding party decor as well just paint them with a stylish romantic and elegant pearl white or pastels!
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DIY Optimus Prime costume from cardboard (Transformers)
Are you looking for  the most AWESOME Halloween (or dress up party) kids' costume that ever created? Try this Optimus Prime costume!  Probably you won't believe me but it's completely made from cardboard! It's truly amazing, isn't it?  Of course you can create a simplier version, just use this nice step-by step tutorial on how to make an amazing Optimus prime (Transformers) costume from cardboard with a few clever trick! Cardboard is perfect for sharp geometrical shapes like Optimus's body and head (and also for other Transformers or car characters). I bet this gorgeous Optimus Prime costume is every (little and big) boy's dream costume!
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Easy bunny finger puppets
Make some easy toilet paper tube bunny finger puppets with kids and use them for all kinds of early literacy fun. Check out the bottom of the page for bunny poems, stories, and songs that preschoolers can use to make their bunny puppets come alive and practice important literacy skills at the same time. You can use pompoms to create the rabbits facial features or simply paint or draw it,in any form it will be perfect! You can add other animals / characters with this upcycled toilet paper roll finger puppet technique and make a finger puppet theatre from an old shoe/ cardboard box as well!
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DIY Butterfly paper plate puppet - fun butterfly craft for kids
Kids will not only love the creative process of making this paper plate fluttering butterfly craft but afterwards they will have a blast getting to play with it. All they have to do is move the craft stick around on the back of the paper plate and watch as their butterfly flutters around the sky and above the colorful flower garden . This creative butterfly craft by IHeartCraftyThings is perfect for a colorful spring craft or summer craft and makes a great compliment to learning about and observing butterflies around your home or neighborhood.
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DIY Flower wall art from toilet paper tubes
Are you looking for a cheap but gorgeous ( spring ) home or kids room decor ? Try this toilet tube flower wall art project! You can upcycle lots of toilet paper tubes with this nice and easy craft project , and it's also perfect for decorationg your home ( not just onyl at springtime ). Paint the finished pictures to any color that fits in to your home and no one will be able to tell it's made from toilet paper rolls ! Beautiful, isn't it? You can use this method to decorate complete walls with flowers, or simply create a family tree with framed family portraits and toilet paper tube leaves.
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DIY play kitchen for kids with cardboard boxes
Do you have a few empty cardboard boxes in your garage? Don't throw them out! Luckily, a whole new life awaits them as an adorable play kitchen for kids! This darling cardboard kitchen gives a second life to those old cardboard boxes ! This cardboard box upcycling project is not just a super way to save money but its also a brilliant way to create a unique and fun toy for your kids. You can add to this toy kitchen any extra decorations or utensils that you want from cardboard or simple household " trash " , and of course you can create other play sets with this fun cardboard box recycling idea ( imagine a play garden shed, a work station with tools, or a car repair station! )
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Paper mache easter bowls (bunny and chicken) - easter kids craft
Are you looking for a cheap but fun easter kids craft idea? Try this one! These adorable chicken and bunny easter paper bowls are made with the brilliant paper mache technique! paper mache is a very easy , kid friendly technique based on a non toxic homemade water and flour paper mache glue. To make this gorgeous easter bowls you just need some newspaper, a little water and flour, and a nice balloon! You can create any other paper animal /creature bowls with this technique if you need one for your kids next party. (This paper bowl is perfect for candies, small treats, gifts or snacks)
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Easy DIY yarn wrapped tree - fall craft for kids
This yarn wrapped fall tree craft by I Heart CraftyThings is not only gorgeous, but it is also awesome for toddlers and preschoolers for working on strengthening fine motor muscles. You could also prep the activity beforehand and have it ready as an afternoon busy bag activity. These little yarn wrapped trees are simple to craft and even more fun to decorate with! Imagine them hanged on dried branches accompanied with other simple DIY fall decorations ( such as walnut owls or pompom pumpkins! )
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DIY fabric wrapped mobile phone case with extra pockets
Do you love upcycling ? Are you looking for an easy, quick, inexpensive but still unique and useful mobile case ? Try this cute fabric covered mobile phone case ! This phone case completelly made from cardboard ! Unbelievable, isn't it? We love cardboard because it's super easy to handle and almost costs nothing! You can easily personalise this beautiful and useful mobile case with different color and pattern fabrics. Watch this nice step-by-step video tutorial on how to create one fabric covered cardboard mobile case for yourself ( or for as a nice gift ) easily in minutes!
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Little easter baskets from newspaper - paper weaving
Learn how easy it is to weave a basket using newspaper! These adorable little ( easter ) baskets are made from newspaper using the technique of paper weaving with two tubes and the basic type of edging technique to finish the basket. These colorful, super easy to make, eco-friendly baskets can be wonderful handmade gifts for any occasion, just fill them up with easter treats or delicious cookies! You can weave baskets in any size and shape they will be just perfect! If you need a colorful toybox in the kids' room , or a nice litttle easter or cookie basket this upcycling diy project is a perfect choice for you!
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Spooky Hallowen pinata mummies with tp tube
One of our favorite things about Halloween is using recycled materials for decorations and gifts! This time she will show you how to take something you throw away almost every day and turn it into a super fun DIY Halloween mummy pinata! This quick and adorable mummy pinata is not just only a super inexpensive and great way to recycle some junk but it's also a super fun Halloween party favor! If you make some of these toilet paper roll mummy pinatas the fun will be granted in your Halloween party for kids and adults as well!
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Christmas trees with paper weaving from newspaper
This paper christmas tree is made completelly from newspapers ! Unbelievable, isn't it? Paper weaving is a perfect hobby for you if you love recycling and crafts , because with it you can create gorgeous decors from trash and help create a cleaner and liveable enviroment at the same time! With this super step-by-step video paper weaving tutorial you can learn how to make this gorgeous Christmas tree decor ! This little paper weaved christmas tree will be a perfect decoration in your home at winter/ Christmas , just paint them in any nice color that fits into your home with a little acrylic paint !
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DIY cardboard fireplace - gorgeous winter or Christmas decor
This video is a step by step tutorial on how to make a fireplace with recycled cardboard. This cardboard box fireplace is a good idea to decorate your home at Christmas , but you can have it all year, because it's so gorgeous and useful to display small decors . This cardboard box fireplace was made as if it were a cardboard furniture , so it is very strong, just like wood. Whith is super video craft tutorial making one gorgeous cardboard box fireplace will be a piece of cake, and everyone will be jelaous to your new Christmas /winter decor creativity!
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DIY Egg carton Easter carrot treat bag with felt bunnies
Easter is right around the corner so now is a great time to hop into some spring crafting ! Today CreativeMamy will show you how to transform an ordinary egg carton into a super cute carrot treat bag. This egg carton Easter treat bag is just a perfect addition to your little one’s Easter basket! These little carrot treat bags hold lots of goodies. They make a really fun alternative to those little plastic eggs! And they will last, so you can fill them year after year! These carrot Easter treat bags are small and easy , making them a great craft project for beginners, b ut they are still big enough to hold plenty of treats ! You can make a few or make a whole bushel.
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DIY Toilet paper roll butterfly - simple & fun spring craft for kids
We love toilet paper roll crafts because they are so easy to do and it’s a great way to recycle materials that you already have on hand! These gorgeous ( toilet ) paper roll butterflies by The Best Ides For Kids are just the cutest and they are so easy to make. This lovely butterfly craft is a great way to celebrate spring , even if you are doing this craft to pass the time on a rainy day! Get the step-by-step tutorial at thebestideasforkids.com and let's get crafting :
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Corrugated cardboard snowmen - easy Christmas ornaments
These cute smiling snowmen are made from simple corrugated cardboard sheets with a little acrylic paint. Aren't they adorable? Corrugated cardboard snowmen can be a perfect quick and inexpensive winter/chirtsmas decor in your home or a fun craft project for the kids in boring winter afternons. This happy cardboard snowman also can be a perfect group craft project in the school (or kindergarten) because it's super easy to make! You can use any other paper leftovers and decos to create a few snowmen, they will look gorgeous in any form!
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Paper weaved wreaths from newspaper (step-by-step tutorial)
With a few sheet of newspaper you can make this gorgeous super inexpensive ( low-budget ) Christmas wreath ! Brilliant idea, isn't it? This recycling craft - the paper weaved ( Christmas ) wreath is much easiear that it seems! This super video step-by step tutorial will teaches you how to make one! Well, making one is a bit time consuming but worth every minute! With paper weaving you can upcycle paper junks and create gorgeous home decors at the same time which is a very nice thing! Paint the finished wreaths with acryllic paints to a color that fits into your home or the season/holiday !
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DIY Baking paper Christmas tree ornaments
In this video tutorial Thoughts for Happy Minds will teach you how to make these fluffy paper snowflakes / Christmas tree ornaments using baking paper sheets. These paper pom-poms are super easy and fun to make, and they make a great DIY Christmas craft to try out with your children. These baking paper ornaments are also surprisingly quick to put together. ( If you haven't got baking paper / parchment paper at home, you could try it with tissue paper or paper napkins as well! ) Watch the video tutorial and learn how to make it. Happy holidays!
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Adorable fabric no-sew snowman from a cardboard box
If you love recycling and easy Christmas crafts you will love this brillliant craft idea! This super cute snowman was made from a simple cardboard box piece (a fabric bolt) and leftover fabrics. Any non-fraying fabrics will work well with this adorable snowman decor (felt,fleece,t-shirt cottons), and the best is: no sewing involved! You can make this adorable snowman Christmas decor even if you can't sew (or if you haven't got sewing machine ). With this nice canvas technique you can make other Chrismas characters such as a Santa or reindeers it willl look gorgeous and fun in any form, and you can upcycle some paper trash with it too, wich is also a very nice thing!
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DIY Paper plate apple lacing craft - fun fall craft for kids
We simply L-O-V-E apple crafts! This paper plate apple lacing craft by Kids Craft Room is loads of fun for toddlers and preschoolers ! And its also perfect for fall and back to school time! Each one is made using just one paper plate so it’s super thrifty even if you’re making it with a whole class of children. This paper plate apple craft is super easy to make and gives kids lots of opportunity to practice threading and developing their fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination. Apple crafts are always fun for fall and this one lovely apple lacing toy gives kids the opportunity to play and learn too! So, head to Kids Craft Room and create your very own fun apple lacing toy :
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Halloween garage door decor from cardboard with led lights
We love cheap but still gorgeous outdoor Halloween decors! This eerie Halloween scene covering your garage door will have a lot of impact! Rather than cutting it out of wood board you can use simple cheap cardboard as a substitute! Add some extra spook factor by lighting it from behind.This outdoor halloween decor took some work, but the result is well worth it. It will be a traffic stopper on your street! You could use this gorgeous cardboard or wooden board Halloween decor mounted on a large wall, or staked into your yard with lights behind it - it will be a great hit in any form!
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Toilet paper roll angels
This angel is super-simple and you get to upcycle an empty toilet roll in the process (or a paper towel roll cut in half), so that makes it even better! Toilet roll angels are a classic Christmas craft, you may well have made one before with your kids or when you were a kid yourself. Her version uses paper doilies for the wings, but if you don’t have those you can just cut them out of paper or card stock – anything goes really and there are no rules.
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Cute miniature DIY School supplies (backpack, notebooks and pen)
Ready for school ? Having the coolest school supplies is one of the best ways to start the school year right Today Nim C will teach you how to make these super cute ( kawaii ) mini school supplies: a slime notebook, a unicorn backpack, an emoji pencil case & an ice cream cone pen! Watch this video tutorial , get creative and personalize your school gear so it's one-of-a-kind, just like you!
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Easy DIY egg carton flowers - spring craft for kids
Recycled crafts are the best crafts! If you’ve got a couple of egg cartons laying around use them to make these gorgeous egg carton flowers! You can use this gorgeous egg carton flower art to decorate your home at springtime / Easter ( or at any time of the year ) . This brilliant kids' craft project is also a great way to re-purpose some egg cartons which is also a very nice thing! These egg carton flower s are appropriate for many age groups as they are fairly simple to make and look really pretty. In this easy to follow craft tutorial Easy-Peasy And Fun will show you how to make them:
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DIY Unicorn school supplies - back to school crafts
Customize and personalize all of your favorite must-haves for back-to-school season! In this video aPasos Crafts DIY will teach you how to make these unique, unicorn themed DIY School supplies : a pencil case from a Pringles can, a pencil , a pencil sharpener and an amazing rainbow notebook! These back to school crafts are perfect to personalize your school supplies and to spark your creativity! Having the coolest school supplies is one of the best ways to start the school year ! Watch the video and let's get crafting:
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Special floating Christmas tree from cardboard
If you love upcycling , easy and outstanding Christmas crafts and saving Christmas trees you will love this Christmas tree alternative the floating cardboard box Christmas tree ! This flloating cardboard box Christmas tree will amaze everyone who sees it, and it's also super easy to make ! You just need cardboard boxes , a little paint , and fishing line. You can decorate this floating cardboard box tree with your favourite plastic christmas tree ornaments os you can use it to display the kids' artworks ! With this Christmas tree you can save real pine trees and upcycling old cardboard boxes witch is also a nice thing! And as an extra this Christmas tree can be stored in a tiny space!
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Pop up daffodil flower craft - fun spring craft for kids
Spring is just about here and the days are finally starting to warm up. This fun pop up daffodil craft by Kids Craft Room is the perfect way to celebrate springtime, Easter or Mother’s Day! This pop up daffodil craft lets kids grow their own spring flowers time and time again. Little hands can pull the daffodil flowers down to hide them in the grassy hill and then a simple push lets them grow and bloom upwards just like real daffodil flowers! This pop up daffodil craft is so much fun and goes well with springtime learning projects or as a cute Mother’s Day craft or Easter craft too.
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DIY Toilet paper roll mermaid and hula girl - summer craft for kids
Looking forward to warm, sunny weather ? Or maybe you’re lucky enough to be enjoying it right now! Toilet roll crafts are always a favorite on MollyMoo Crafts and today’s TP Roll Dolls embrace everything that is great about recycled crafts, while celebrating summer sunshine and good times at the beach. So grab your paper tubes because we’re making a hula girl and her mermaid friend! This super easy mermaid and hula girl toilet paper roll doll is  a perfect summer craft project for the kids in the classroom or at home!
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DIY cardboard box tiger cat house
Are you looking for a fun, cheap but still cozy cat bed / cat hous e? If your answer is yes, with the help of this very funny and detailed video craft tutorial make this fun tiger cat house from an old cardboard box ! Your cat ( s ) will love it! Of course you can make other cardboard box pet houses with this technique if you don't like tigers.
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Toilet paper roll fox craft - fun fall craft for kids
Sometimes the simplest kids craft ideas are the best! Take this fun cardboard ( toilet paper ) roll fox by Easy Peasy And Fun as an example. Charming isn't it? Today Andreja will show you how to make cute little foxes with the kids from toilet paper rolls ( with the help of a little acrylic paint, craft paper , and a pencil ). Paint the outside of the cardboard tubes, attach the tail, and that's it! This easy kids craft idea can be a perfect craft project for the kids on a rainy fall afternoon, or you can decorate a woodland themed party with them frugally! ( This paper roll fox can be a perfect gift box: just shape it as a pillow box! )
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