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How to Organize Recycled Materials for Crafts

Have you ever seen a fun kid craft idea only to realize you have none of the items needed on hand? Keeping recycled materials organized and ready is a great way to save yourself some time and allows  your child’s imagination to run wild! Here are a few tips on how to organize craft materials at home and what items to recycle for creative fun.


Have a spot designated for recycled craft materials. A galvanized bin, cardboard box or any sturdy container can be designated for your kids’ crafty storage space.


To allow more items to fit into your container break down boxes (like cereal boxes) that can be built back up with a simple piece of tape later if you need to. This leaves you with much more room to store other items.


Don’t forget items like wire hangers, plastic boxes and bottles or egg cartons.


Keep toilet paper or paper towel tubes so you’ll always have some on hand to send to school if needed! Don’t forget takeout items like chopsticks, straws or even plastic silverware. You never know what your child can come up with using their big supply of recycled craft items!


Have a smaller jar handy for items like buttons, brads or tags.  Some other crafty items to keep on hand are:

  • crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint
  • glue, hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • craft knife
  • duct tape
  • colored paper
  • magazines/newspapers
  • balloons
  • rubberbands

Keeping your recycled items on hand allows your child more creativity without the stress of trying to find the perfect materials every time.

Allison Waken is a kids activity and craft guru always ready to try something new. See more on her blog, All for the Boys, where she features activities and crafts that inspire creativity, play and interaction.