Celebrate Earth Day this year by reducing, reusing and recycling what you have on hand with one of these eco-friendly Earth Day crafts projects for kids and adults.
One of the main purposes of celebrating Earth Day each year is to draw attention to the importance of being good stewards on this Earth.
The concept of the first Earth Day held on April 20, 1970 was started by Wisconsin’s very own Senator Gaylord Nelson back in the winter of 1969-1970.
Sen. Nelson wanted to draw attention to ecological issues that were affecting the earth in a negative way. So, he gathered young people around him to help him get it started through a grass-roots effort.
It wasn’t long before he had the backing necessary to start an Earth Day celebration nationwide. Not surprisingly, it was a hit and has been ever since!
But even with a day set aside to make folks aware of protecting the Earth’s resources, there’s still many great products that end up in landfills, placing an undue burden on our earthly environment.
To counteract this, many artists and crafters like myself have challenged ourselves to follow the adage of “reducing, reusing and recycling.”
It’s a great start to giving new life to old and discarded objects that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Easy Earth Day Crafts Projects for Kids and Adults
So how can you celebrate Earth Day?
It’s easier than you think. All it takes is a bit of creativity and unused stuff that is considered “trash by most.
Check out these super craft project that I handpicked just for you. Some are geared for adults, while others are oriented for kids.
It’s my hope that more crafters will be inspired to use recycled or repurposed items in their next project.
If you would like to share or PIN one of these crafts, be sure to go directly to the crafter’s website (use link) and PIN and share from there.
1. Magazine Strip Art
2. Mod Podge Serving Tray
With a little Mod Podge, it’s easy to upcycle an old serving tray and give it new life as part of your home decor.
3. Lorax Paper Plate Craft
Little did Dr. Seuss realize how much the Lorax and it’s environmental message would influence the world. See how Stacy from Glued to My Craft creates a tribute to this wonderful story with this Lorax Paper Plate Craft.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (Original)
4. Recycled Garden Rake Wine Rack
This DIY Rake Wine Rack is a super craft that takes very little time to complete but is so super shabby chic.
5. Bumble Bee Garden Stake
If you’ve got used up mustard containers, how about making some garden art. Bumble Bee Garden Stakes This is a great kid-friendly craft.
6. Upcycled Shutter Corner Unit
So what do you do when you have unused shutters? You make a Corner Shelf Unit like this beauty.
7. Bottle Trees
I love colored glass and combine that with your garden and you have something that will be a standout all four seasons. Bottle Trees are made from empty wine, beer and liquor bottles. And, the stand can be welded from scraps of metal, made from a used Christmas Tree or with a pre-made stake.
8. Upcycled Toddler Sundress from a Dress Shirt
It’s easy to recycle a worn, dressed shirt. And, with a bit of imagination you too can create this Upcycled Toddler Sundress from a Dress Shirt.
9. Seashell Candelabra Project
No need to throw away or store unused candle sticks or seashells. Make beautiful masterpieces with this easy Seashell Candelabra Project.
10. DIY Kids Kitchen from a Nightstand
Roadside finds can be repurposed and given new life like this Kids Kitchen from a Nightstand. With just a bit of paint, some fabric and used cardboard it can be transformed into a child’s delight.
11. Recycled Garden Totem
Make something green and mean like this gorgeous Recycled Garden Totem. This recycled craft uses old dishes, cups, and vases.
12. Twig Ornament
Old Christmas trees can be made into a beautiful crafty item like this Holiday Twig Ornament.
Love this project? Discover 17 more DIY projects that use old Christmas Trees.
13. Decorative Pin Cushion
Don’t throw away your gift boxes. Instead create a beautiful Decorative Pin Cushions.
14. Child’s Pillowcase Dress
Even pillowcases wear out but they don’t have to lose their purpose. Check out this super tutorial JoAnn Fabrics to create this Child’s Pillowcase Dress.
15. Eggshell Seed Starter Pots
Instead of disposing your eggshells into the garbage, why not give them new life as in this super crafty Seed Starter Pots project.
For more great ideas to reduce, reuse and recycle, be sure to check out my Pinterest Board: Recycle Upcycle Reuse from Wisconsin Homemaker, as well as this handy resource: 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew (affiliate link).