Ultimate Guide to Recycled Holiday Crafts for Kids

Recycled Hanukkah Crafts for Kids

If you've got a baby or toddler at home in addition to older children, your older kids can turn any empty glass baby food jars into a festive Hanukkah menorah. Just gather eight small empty jars -- but don't forget to clean them out first. You may want to use a larger glass jar to hold the Shamash (the candle used to light the other eight), but if you don't have one, a ninth small jar will work just as well.

Provide children with glue and craft jewels to affix to their jars. If you can find jeweled stickers, those will work even better. While jewels are a recommended decoration, don't feel as though you must follow the directions exactly for this craft or any other -- children may come up with their own ideas when making these menorahs or other decorations.

After jewels are secured to the baby food jars, each child should roll a small amount of clay into a ball. This will hold the candle in the bottom of each jar. Make sure candles are the appropriate size for your kids' jars and that they stand tall enough [source: Amazing Moms]. If you have old Hanukkah candles lying around the house, you can even recycle those by using them for this project. As a safety precaution, do not let children light their own menorahs alone. To see this project shine, you or another adult should be in charge of any matches or lighters and also be sure that lit menorahs are in a safe location where they won't accidentally get knocked over.

You kids can recycle other food containers into Hanukkah crafts, too. Consider using cans that once held soup or vegetables to make Hanukkah gift baskets. You'll need to prep this project for kids first, not only by cleaning the cans and ensuring there are no sharp edges, but also by drilling holes in the sides at the top of the cans where children will attach the handle. Once cans are prepped, have children paint them blue. After the paint dries, children can decorate their cans with silver glitter and ribbons, even creating stars of David or other designs on the cans if they choose. Have children use pipe cleaners or festive ribbon to make a handle through the holes you drilled [source: Kaboose].

Up next, discover what Kwanzaa crafts your kids can make to celebrate the holiday.