Ultimate Guide to Recycled Holiday Crafts for Kids

Recycled Christmas Crafts for Kids

As you're wrapping presents, chances are you'll have small, oddly-shaped scraps of wrapping paper left over. Don't throw these out -- you and your children can use them to make decorative bows to add a festive touch to your gifts. All you'll need are your scraps, clear tape, scissors and small squares of cardboard. You can find something else to reuse for the cardboard, too, such as a cereal box or the back of a notebook.

Start by cutting the wrapping paper scraps into strips about 4 inches (10 centimeters) long and about 0.5 inches (1.5 centimeters) wide. Cut the cardboard into squares with sides about 1.5 inches (4 centimeters) long. For young children, you may want to prepare the strips and squares ahead of time. Next, fold eight strips (print side out) into loops and tape the loops around the edges of the cardboard square. Put four more loops in the spaces between these, and keep filling in spaces until you get to the center of the bow. Put one more loop in the center, affix the bow to a present with tape, and you're done [source: Lake].

While giving is great, you may also want to try some Christmas crafts with kids that they'll keep instead of using as part of a gift. Empty aluminum cans make great snowmen. Have kids cover the cans with white paper. Bunch up newspaper into a ball for the head, cover the head in masking tape, tape it to the top of the can and paint it white. Children can color faces and accessories on their snowmen with markers or glue on other craft supplies such as pom-poms, pipe cleaners or googly eyes [source: Make-Stuff].

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