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Hello spring! Hello sunshine! Now that the days are longer and warmer, we have more time to spend with our families. Try out these craft ideas that repurpose your trash into fun creative projects! 😊

Toilet paper roll butterfly


  • 1 cardboard toilet paper roll (or more if you want to make multiple butterflies!)
  • 1 (or more) pipe cleaners
  • Craft paint
  • Additional decorations (glitter, ribbon, stickers)

Equipment (to be handled by a responsible adult):

  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun (or craft glue)
  • Paint brush

Follow these steps:

  1. Cut the toilet paper into four identical pieces
  2. Paint the four identical pieces as you wish! Don’t forget to use your fun decorations. Let the painted cardboard dry completely.
  3. Fold your pipe cleaner in half. From the bended end, start twisting the pipe cleaner, leaving room at the opposite end to bend some antennas.
  4. Flatten the four cardboard pieces and pinch the edges tightly. These will be your butterfly’s wings!
  5. Arrange your pipe cleaner and cardboard pieces into a butterfly shape by placing two cardboard pieces to each side of the pipe cleaner. With the help of an adult, carefully hot glue all pieces together!


Egg carton crabs & more!


  • 1 cardboard egg carton
  • 10 (or more) pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Craft paint
  • Ruler

Equipment (to be handled by a responsible adult):

  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun (or craft glue)
  • Paint brush
  • Equipment

Follow these steps:

  1. Carefully cut out one cup from the cardboard egg carton. Trim any excess paper from the edge. This will be your crab’s body so you can make it as smooth as you’d like. 😊
  2. Paint your egg cup inside and out with your preferred color choice. We suggest one solid color like red or blue, but be as creative as you want!
  3. Let the paint dry. Meanwhile, cut your pipe cleaner(s) into:
    • 8 (1.5 inch) pieces
    • 2 (4-6 inch) pieces. The longer pieces will be your claws!
    • 2 (.5 inch) pieces. These will be for your eyes!
  4. Once the paint is dry, glue four (1.5 inch) pipe cleaner pieces on each side of your painted carton piece. If you are using a hot glue gun, make sure a responsible adult helps!
  5. Make the claws! Bend the 2 (4-6 inch) pipe cleaner pieces into pinchers. See a snapshot below for a clear walk-through: 
  6. Now for the eyes! Dab glue on the back of your two googly eyes and glue one 0.2-inch pipe cleaner to each eye.
  7. Glue your eyes and two front claws to your carton. Your crab is all done!
Pro tip: Click here for more egg carton craft ideas! 


Popsicle stick snowflakes


  • 3 (or more!) popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Craft paint / paint brush
  • Additional decorations (glitter, stickers, sequins)
  • String (for hanging!)

Follow these steps:

  1. We recommend starting off with 3 or 4 popsicle sticks per snowflake. Add a dab of glue to the center of each popsicle and stack/glue them to each other.
  2. Now that you have the body built, it is time to decorate! You can choose to pain your snowflake and dab some glitter to the wet paint. Or, ditch the paint and instead smother your snowflake in glue and completely cover it in sparkles and gems!
  3. When you are done decorating, glue a piece of string to the back and hang up your snowflake for the world to see. 😊


Tin can bird feeder

Before continuing with this craft, it would be fun to research the types of birds in your area and the foods they prefer! 😊


  • Tin can
  • Craft paint
  • String
  • Popsicle stick
  • Bird seed/ fruit

Equipment (to be handled by a responsible adult):

  • Paint brush
  • Awl tool
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors

Follow these steps:

  1. Remove the packaging and lid from the tin can. Wash the tin can and dry thoroughly.
  2. Time to paint your feeder! Set up a little station and grab your paintbrush. Let your creative mind wander and paint the outside of the tin can. Let the paint dry completely before proceeding.
  3. Once dry, poke two holes in your can with the awl. (This step should be done by an adult). You’ll want to poke these along what will be the top of your bird feeder. The holes should be in line with one another so they are on the same latitudinal line. The string from which your bird-feed will hang will be supported through the holes.
  4. Cut a long piece of string and pull it through your first hole. The length of this string will determine how the bird feeder hangs. Use a square knot to secure the end of the string. Repeat this with the other end of the string and the second hole.
  5. Using the hot glue gun, glue the popsicle stick half inside the tin can. The popsicle stick should be glued on the opposite end of the holes of your can. Now the birds will have something to perch themselves on when eating! 😊
  6. Let the glue dry. Then, pour some bird feed or fruit inside and hang up your new bird feeder outside!


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