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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 cardboard cactus - create a cactus from cardboard!
Who does not love a good cactus craft ? They are on trend and these DIY cactus never prick you! Better yet this crafty version by Jennifer Perkins is a cardboard cactus made from old box so it is recycled! These faux plant projects are stylish enough to appeal to adults, but easy enough for kids to make too. The hardest part is deciding which type of cactus you will make! Get the tutorial and let's get crafting:
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Toilet paper roll crocodile - fun tp roll craft for kids
Sometimes the simplest kids craft ideas are the best! Take this fun cardboard ( toilet paper ) roll crocodile by Craft And Creativity as an example. Charming isn't it? Today Helena will show you how to make cute little crocodiles with the kids from toilet paper rolls ( with the help of a little acrylic paint and googly eyes ). Paint the inside and outside of the cardboard tubes, attach the googly eyes, and it's done! This easy kids craft idea can be a perfect craft project for the kids in a rainy afternoon, or you can decorate a jungle-themed party with them frugally !
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Magnet maze game from paper plates
This paper plate magnet maze is a really clever afternoon activity! Kids will love these! This  paper plate maze would also be a great project to do for a party event, or when you just need a quick craft project  for those lazy summer afternoons. Thus, if you have a paper plate, dowel, and markers already lying around the house, go on a quick trip to pick up some magnets at the craft store, then get started on this summer project as soon as possible. You can create these fun maze games with any theme, the possibilities are endless! Use your creativity!
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DIY Balerina silhouette - watercolor painting for kids
There are so many fun ways you can craft with ballerina silhouettes! Express elegance and beauty through brush strokes with this lovely watercolor balerina painting by The Best Ideas For Kids! The Best Ideas For Kids used coffee filters to decorate the ballerina’s tutus but you can use cupcake liners, craft tulle or even tissue paper! You can frame the finished dancing balerina artwork and use it as a lovely nursery or kids room decor or just have fun making these gorgeous watercolor ballerinas ! Get the free printable ballerina silhouettes and the step-by-step painting tutorial at thebestideasforkids.com and let's get painting :
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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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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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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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DIY Paper plate Easter egg wreath - fun Easter craft for kids
If you’re looking for an easy and fun Easter craft for your kids – you’ve definitely come to the right place! This time Kids Craft Room will teach you how to make this fun paper plate Easter wreath in no time from simple craft materials. The kids will love making these paper plate Easter wreaths ! This paper plate Easter wreath is such a simple and accessible craft for children to have fun creating at home and at school! Follow Kids Craft Room's step-by-step tutorial and let the fun begin:
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Diy Toilet paper roll penguin - winter craft for kids
Any penguin lovers around? Here is an incredibly cute paper roll penguin craft by Easy Peasy And Fun! This lovely little TP roll penguin is great as a fun winter kids craft, preschool craft and also great for learning about winter animals. You can use simple toilet paper rolls, kitchen towel rolls or even craft rolls. This little toilet paper roll penguin will be both fun to make and to play with. Follow Andreja's easy instructions and learn how to craft an adorable penguin today:
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Easy paper plate watermelon  fan -  fun summer craft for kids
Keep the kids cool this summer with The Kindergarten Connection's fun paper plate watermelon fan craft! This papercraft is easy to make using only a few common materials you probably already have in your home or classroom. Your kids will enjoy some fun, summer crafting and you’ll love how frugal and easy it is! Get the tutorial and let's get started:
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How to make paper easily
Use your old newspapers and magazines to make beautiful handmade paper in any color using acrylic paints and easy to find supplies! It's not just a perfect way to recycle almost every type of paper junks but this beautiful and special, natural looking homemade paper i s a perfect craft material for almost all craft projects ! You won't believe how easy is to make paper at home! You can spice up the papers ( before it dries out completely ) with flower petals or other decorations.
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DIY elegant purses / handbags from cereal boxes
You won't believe me, but this elegant and beautiful small purse / handbag is made from.. cereal boxes ! It's true! Watch this super cool craft video tutorial and create one for yourself or for the girls! This cereal box handbag is not just only a perfect and gorgeous ( super low budget ) accessory for a night date or an elegant party but the best is: you can personalise it as much as you want! Release the inner fashion designer in you! : ) This cute upcycled cereal box purse is also perfect for small girls to play or you can make it in doll size.
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How to Make a Castle from Cardboard
Today's craft by Adventure In A Box is a wonderful and oh-so-fun recycling craft! This fun and thrifty handmade cardboard box castle is easy to make, and it's a perfect gift for your kids ! Handmade toys bring much more fun and happiness than the store-bought versions ( especially dollhouses ) because you can personalize it to your little girls or boys' taste as much as you want! You can create an ice castle for Elsa, or a sturdy cobblestone castle for your brave knights, or a pink sparkly castle for your precious little princess - the possibilities are endless! With this nice step-by-step c ardboard box castle tutorial, you can make one cardboard box castle in no time:
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Foam cup bunnies - fun Easter craft for kids
Raise your hand if you love bunnies ! ( We do! ) This little foam ( or paper ) cup bunny craft by One Little Project is super adorable, super quick, and super easy. ( It only requires simple craft materials, plus it's budget-friendly! ) This lovely bunny craft is just the perfect Easter craft project for preschoolers. Stuff the cups with delicious Easter treats and gift the cup bunnies to your loved ones!
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DIY Mobile race gaming steering wheel from cardboard
Do you love mobile racing games ? You will love this brilliant frugal recycling craft idea ! Watch this step-by-step video tutorial and learn how to make a racing steering wheel form simple cardboard boxes ! This homemade gaming steering wheel work perfectly with every types of mobile phones and ( car ) racing games ! You can make a stand for the cardboard box steering wheel or just use the wheel itself, it will grant you hours of fun! ( You can watch >> here << a few brilliant upgrades to this cardboard gaming steering wheel , which will make your gameplay more flawless )
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DIY Turtle lamp from newspaper - paper mache lamp
In this video tutorial Creative Mom shows you how to made a thrifty but still gorgeous and unique turtle shaped lamp using a balloon as a base, some cardboard for the paper clay and acrylic colors. This is a creative way to teach children about recycling and also stimulate their imagination. The little turtle is inspired by a cute "Light a Way" character called Turtie. Light a Way is a fairytale-inspired mobile game about a girl who ends the eternal darkness with the light in her heart. Such a sweet story for a super sweet turtle ! So watch this tutorial and create your very own turtle lamp :
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DIY Toilet paper Trolls - fun paper craft for kids
Have you seen the Trolls movie? Today with Pysselbolaget's help you can create your own Trolls from simple toilet paper rolls and colorful paper! This cute little paper craft doesn't require expensive craft materials and it's super easy to make which makes it a superb craft project for the kids! Besides of it: the troll's hair is a perfect scissors practice! ( If the hairstyle becomes too short, just replace the hair and start over! )
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DIY music instruments from junks - drums and castanet
Feeling musical ? You won't beat todays Art Attack as Lloyd teaches you how to make a funky music set ! And the best is in this fun kids craft idea is: it's almost consists of only household "junks"! With these fun homemade instruments your kids can develop their musical skills and learn rhythm in a playful and fun form! You can use mason jar /glass lids or beer caps to create a castanet with more metallic sound, and make a bigger drum set with more tones ( or by adding larger buckets ).
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DIY Desk organizer (pencil holder) from cardboard
This fun and useful cardboard art supply organizer is not just only a low budget and super fun way to store your coloring stuff but it can be also a perfect gift for any occasion! Watch this nice detailed craft video tutorial and learn how to make one useful cardboard office desk organizer in minutes! To create your own cardboard art supply organizer you will need: sturdy cardboard pieces, some wrapping paper and glue! You can store pencils, sharpies, notebooks, drawing papers, pens and and other things in it, so this little stationery organizer box can be a perfect addition to your office desk !
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Flying bats paper plate puppet theater  - Halloween craft for kids
Let's make bat crafts ! This fun bat craft by Kids Craft Room has a bat puppet that kids can enjoy playing with and flying around in its own little paper plate theater back drop! This DIY flying bats paper plate theater is such a great bat craft to inspire imaginative play and story telling! This paper plate bat puppet craft is also super simple to make and perfect as a playful Halloween craft. You could also make this fun paper plate theater any time of the year ( with different themes ).So many fun possibilities! Get the tutorial at kidscraftroom.com and let's get crafting:
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Spring egg carton flowers - easy kids art
If you looking for a gorgeous , easy to make,cheap and fun spring kids craft idea this egg carton flower art is a perfect choice for you! We love upcycling craft ideas where you can create beautifull artworks from junk!   We promise you’ll enjoy making these as much as your littles!
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TP roll Christmas coundtdown calendar  ( advent calendar )
This toilet paper roll advent calendar is the perfect Christmas countdown! (Or countdown for any other occasion!) Not just only because it's super inexpensive (because you just need some tp rolls and a little colorful wrapping paper to make them), but also because it's perfect to suprise your kids with small lovely gifts! They will love to punch the pockets to get the small toys and sweets you put inside! You can tape the toliet paper rolls into any fun shape (imagine a nice house or Christmas tree calendar). You can adapt this great idea and make a "reward box": when your kid cleans up or helps you in housework you can reward him / her with one of these small suprises.
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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 toy shelf from cardboard (with paper mache)
Will you believe me if i say that this useful little book or toy shelf are made completely out of cardboard and newspaper ? I bet you won't! But it's true! In this nice step-by-step video assembling tutorial you can learn how to make your own bookshelf from cardboard with a simple glue gun and some PVA glue. To smooth out the cardboard shelf's surface you can use homemade paper mache glue ( water+flour ) instead of PVA glue to make this cheapskate bookshelf more inexpensive ! Sturdy cardboard box furniture can be great alternatives of real furniture , and you can personalize them as much as you want!
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DIY Cardboard box which house - recycling craft
A cardboard house ( doll size or bigger one ) is a wonderful place for creative play. Building one is a great DIY project that everyone will enjoy participating in. Follow along Kreatív Anya's step-by-step tutorial and create one! Whether you're helping a child or younger sibling with a school project or just trying to keep yourself amused on a rainy day, a cardboard house is a fun and easy craft project. You can make a simple model house, a dollhouse, or even a large cardboard playhouse. These houses can be made from materials you likely already have around your house, although you might need to visit an art supply store if you want to decorate it.
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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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Adorable DIY beehive kids room decor from toilet paper rolls
With this brilliant recycling craft idea / kids' room decor project you can upcycle some plastic and paper junk ( toilet paper rolls and Kinder Surprise plastic eggs ) , and decorate the kids room in a fun way at spring ! This adorable plastic egg and toilet paper roll beehive craft can be also a perfect toy to learn numbers! In this nice craft blog you will find a nice step-by-step tutorial on how to make a fun beehive kids' room decor from almost nothing! This tp roll beehive and plastic kinder suprise egg bee craft is so easy, even the smallest crafty hands can create one!
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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 Cardboard fireplace
With this nice craft video tutorial you can make this cardboard fireplace easily. If you need a quick and cheap christmas decoration, this is the perfect idea for you!
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