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15 Fun Upcycling Ideas For Kids

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.

15 Fun Upcycling Ideas For Kids

I’m so excited to team up with one of my favorite brands, Tom’s of Maine® to help celebrate Earth Month!

To celebrate an entire month dedicated to the amazing planet we call home – Tom’s of Maine® is extending a fun challenge to all! The #LessWasteChallenge has been created to challenge everyone to reduce their waste by 1lb every week!

Imagine if we all took on this challenge and found ways to reduce our waste by 1b every week If you think about it, a 1lb really is not a whole lot. But if we all did it, it would make an amazing impact on helping our beloved earth.

So how does one reduce 1 lb of waste?

Get Creative!

I am not sure about you, but my kids LOVE art projects and creating! So I thought I would scour the internet and find some fun and creative ways to upcycle our trash and turn it into fun art projects! Tackling the Tom’s of Maine challenge #LessWasteChallenge AND entertaining our kiddos! That’s two birds, one stone my dear friends!

15 Fun Upcycled Crafts For Kids

As parents, it is so important to instill a sense of love and respect for this wonderful planet we call home. That is a big reason why I love this #LessWasteChallenge created by Tom’s of Maine. It is a create way to get the whole family involved and talking about how we can all help out to reduce waste within the walls of our own homes.

There are so many clever ways to use our trash and create fun art and memories with our kids. These fun projects will get your kids creative juices flowing and hopefully, they’ll be inspired to come up with projects of their own.

fairy Collage

From Refab Diaries 

  • Upcycled Fairy Houses: How cute are these little fairy houses?!? Using old shampoo, body wash, and milk jugs you could create a whole little village!
  • Tin Can Planters: {See the above collage} – These are so cute and clever! You could really use anything to make these – but I love the idea of finding a fun way to use Tin Cans – Idea from The Darice® Craft Blog
  • Bubble Refill Station: {See the above collage}This is complete GENIUS! No more mess and it’s easy for kids to use! – Idea from Gwenny Penny 


  • Egg Carton Sea Turtles: How Cute are these little guys! My kids would love making these! Idea From Emma Owl 
  • Kleenex Box Monsters:  {See the above collage}These are sooo cute! There are million different ways you could make these and be creative with this idea. Idea From Giggles Galore 
  • Marshmallow Shooters: {See the above collage} – I mean, what kid wouldn’t love to make these? These cute marshmallow shooters would provide hours of entertainment. Idea from Coffee Cups and Crayons

walkie talkies

  • Walkie Talkies: Do you remember making these when you were a kid! They are such a fun and cute upcycling idea! Idea From Woods of Bell Trees 
  • Upcycled Drums!  {See the above collage} – I think it is every kid’s dream to have a set of drums! Why not make these! Idea From Kids Activity Blog 
  • Toilet Roll Shakers: {See the above collage} – Create a family band and add these cute shakers! Idea From Totally Home Improvement 


  • Tin Can Laterns: How fun would a summer night be after making a bunch of these?  Idea From There’s Just One Mommy


  • Egg Carton Penguins: If you’re not in the mood for turtles, these are an adorable option as well. Idea from One Little Project 


  • Upcycled Bird Houses: These are so fun to make in the summer and spring to watch and look for all the different types of birds that swing by for a bite. Idea From Craft Create Cook 

Tin Can Windsocks Tutorial

  • Upcycled Wind Sock: How cute is this? Such a fun way to add color to the backyard! Idea From Moms Crafty Space 


  • Upcycled Piggie Bank: Okay this may be my favorite! How cute is this guy? Plus you can teach your kids about recycling and saving! Wins all over the place with this one! Idea From Coffee and Vanilla 

Milk Jug Garden

  • Upcycled Garden Planters:  This is such a cute and clever way to get kids in on the gardening action! Idea From Little Eyes on Nature 

Are you as inspired as I am?!? Tackling the #LessWasteChallenge from Tom’s of Maine® will be a cinch with these creative and fun upcycling ideas! You might be wondering, what exactly is Tom’s of Maine®  doing to tackle their own challenge???

Did you know??

  • All Tom’s of Maine® packaging is recyclable through TerraCycle
  • 10% of Tom’s of Maine® profits go to support human and environmental goodness
  • Tom’s of Maine® Strives to reduce waste through recycled content, recycling, and biodegradability

As you can see Tom’s of Maine® is DEDICATED to using only the best ingredients and being a responsible steward of this awesome planet we call home as well.

Their products can be found at one of my favorite places on this planet Target! They offer a full line of personal hygiene items, i.e. soaps, toothpaste, shower gel, deodorant, shampoo, and mouthwash and lots more! One of my personal favorite products is their lavender soap! It smells so good and is super relaxing!

Tom's of Maine

So let’s do this!! We can ALL find ways to take on Tom’s of Maine® #LessWasteChallenge and reduce our family’s waste by 1lb!! Together we can help make our future brighter! I want to see how you get creative and take on this challenge tag me @andiethues and @toms_of_maine on Instagram and @andiethues and  @TomsofMaine on Twitter, using #LessWasteChallenge!

We are so excited to see what you come up with!!! And bonus points if you reuse your Tom’s of Maine packaging!! 😉

Make sure and take advantage of Target’s Cartwheel offer for an additional 10% off!!  

As always you can Visit Toms of Maine’s website for more information.

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