Earth Day is Apr. 22 so naturally we’ve rounded up a bunch of crafts that honor this great planet we live on. From recycled crafts for kids that include pressed flower bookmarks to leaf art and a bird bath, these EarthDay crafts are some majorly inspirational ways to reuse, repurpose, and really have fun this April.
Earth-Friendly Milk & Vinegar Plastic
What happens when you combine milk and vinegar? Earth-friendly plastic! This simple to execute kitchen science experiment from Little Bins for Little Hands uses natural products and results in a fun craft when you shape and color to look like the earth.
Earth Day Slime
While not every parent is in love with this ooey, gooey trend, this Earth Day Slime from A Sparkle of Genius is a fun way to celebrate. Water, borax, glue and lots of fun glitter come together to make this festive craft come to life.
Pressed Flower Bookmarks
Gather up some flowers and leaves and preserve them forever! This easy craft can be done using a laminator or contact paper and celebrates the great Earth's beauty. You can find an easy tutorial over at Buggy & Buddy.
Celebrate the beauty of our wonderful planet by creating art! Use natural ingredients like grass, leaves and sticks pairs with a little paint like this cute craft from Fireflies & Mudpies.
DIY Bird Bath
This bright and cheery craft from The Chirping Moms welcomes little birdies to the neighborhood. Basic terra-cotta pots are painted and assembled before adding water. Let the bird-watching begin!
Painted Wood Slices
Settle in for some therapeutic painting with this wood slice craft from Homegrown Friends. Kiddos will enjoy using a new art medium and learning about the different textures found on each slice of wood.
Commune with nature and use materials you have on find to make your own tin can salon. This fun craft from Toddler Approved uses recyclable materials and some fun crafting supplies to make the cutest grass people you'll ever see.
Stained Glass Earth Painting
This easy peasy craft from Royal Baloo just requires wax paper, paint, brushes and a little black paper. Kiddos can express themselves creatively, then trim into an earth shape and hang in a window for a gorgeous stained glass effect.
Eco Bead Bracelet
Turn your creativity into fashion with an eco bead bracelet like this one from In the Playroom. You can purchase a fun kit like this one from Amazon that turns strips of paper into works of art in a flash.
DIY Garden Stakes
Spend some time celebrating the bounty of our great planet Earth with a fun DIY craft like these Garden Stakes from Mod Podge Rocks. Upcycle those mason jar lids and either print out a cute label or let the kiddos make a sweet drawing to mark each of your home grown veggies.
Earth Day Newspaper Garland
The best way to celebrate Earth Day? With a newspaper garland, of course! Kitchen Counter Chronicle has the lowdown on how to top off your festivities with perfect paper planets.
Painted Garden Sticks
If you’re looking for an easy-peasy, earth-pleasing garden decoration, try this idea from Sweet Thing Designs. The kids will love finding sticks and then jazzing them up!
Tin Can Windchimes
This craft from Hands on As We Grow is music to our ears! All you need to make your own wonderful windchime is a few cans from your recycling bin. Let your little artists decorate before assembly for that extra special touch.
Egg Carton Millennium Falcon
Travel to a galaxy far, far away with the help of an upcycled egg carton and The Weisse Guys. Not only does this idea give new life to an item you’d normally toss, it also makes playtime worthy of a Wookiee.
Coffee Filter Earth
Here’s a simple craft idea that won’t require any crazy supplies. I Heart Crafty Things explains how to make a pretty earth using a coffee filter, markers, and a bit of water.
Coiled Magazine Paper Bowls
This craft from Frugal Upstate is a little more time consuming, but easy enough for little hands to master. Plus, it’s the perfect way to spend a rainy spring day.
Earth Day Collage
Make a cool collage for Earth Day! It's easy to repurpose old magazines to make a brand new piece of earth-inspired art. Hop over to I Heart Crafty Things to get the full instructions.
Gum Leaf Necklaces
It doesn’t get much simpler than this cute craft idea from Let the Children Play. Just gather a few leaves and let the kiddos decorate them with markers or paint, then string them together to make a swanky necklace.
Let the whole neighborhood know that your psyched for Earth Day! Thanks to Make and Takes, you can turn cardboard into a magical earth mosaic for your window, .
Peanut Butter Bird Feeder
Gather some pinecones from your backyard or local park and make a few feathered friends very happy with these bird feeders. Head to Tinkerlab to get the instructions.
Puffy Paint Earth
Encourage the kiddos to get their hands dirty with this cute idea from No Time for Flashcards. Mix up some puffy paint using shaving cream, white glue, and green paint, and then give your little Picasso free rein.
Toilet Paper Roll Animals
Turn a toilet paper roll into a cute animal—from bunnies to butterflies, the sky’s the limit. Find a few different tutorials over at Untrained Housewife.
Recycled Paper Hearts
Make use of the scrap paper that’s hanging around the house by making your own recycled paper. Check out the (surprisingly simple!) directions at No Time for Flashcards.
–– Susie Foresman & Karly Wood