10 Fun Ways to Upcycle Holiday Waste

As we wrap up another gift-giving season, we once again find ourselves buried beneath piles of used gift wrap and empty boxes. But what looks like scraps to some, looks like craft supplies to others! From wrapping paper rolls to empty KiwiCo crates, there are endless ways to transform your gifting leftovers into educational games, awesome art projects, and tools for at-home learning. Here are some of our favorites!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Confetti Launcher

    There simply is no better way to ring in a new year or celebrate a holiday or a special occasion than with a shower of confetti. Create these confetti launchers to do just that!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Marble Maze
    Marble Maze

    (Ages 5-11)

    We love getting multiple uses out of simple materials. That's why we created this easy DIY Marble maze. Not only will you repurpose an old crate or box to make the maze. But you will also be able to play multiple games out of one project! If your kids enjoy puzzles or strategy games then this would be a perfect DIY for your family.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Kaleidoscope Symmetry

    A kaleidoscope is a toy that uses light and mirrors to make pretty patterns with symmetrical designs. Symmetry is when two or more parts of a thing are identical. Think of butterfly wings, matching socks, and spiderwebs —they all have parts that match. In this experiment, with a little help from Ziploc® brand bags, you’ll learn how kaleidoscopes use reflections in a mirror to create symmetry. When you spin the wheel, the pattern you see changes. Why do you think that is? Download the printable template here.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Easy Stitch Cards

    These easy to make stitch cards are perfect for keeping little hands busy. They are the perfect way to beat the "I'm bored" blues! Low cost, easy to make, and kid friendly!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Mini Foosball
    Mini Foosball

    (Ages 9-16)

    Make your own mini-sized and portable foosball game with easily found materials. Create a whole set of players to complete your team! Once you are ready to go, grab a friend and start the fun!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Art Scrapbook

    We love to display artwork in our home, but what to do with our favorites when we're ready to put them away? Make a book for them, of course!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Match and Learn Rolls

    This is such a great activity because it uses so few materials and can really be adjusted to fit any age. It's a great Quiet Time activity or for those times when you need to keep the kids busy in the car or out running errands. My kids even enjoyed making these for their younger siblings!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Simple Lift
    Simple Lift

    (Ages 9-16)

    With a little imagination and creativity, there are many things that you can create by learning how to make a simple lift! A parking garage, a dollhouse, a make-believe tree house, and an elevator are just a few ideas. If you have some extra crates or boxes to repurpose this Earth Day, give this DIY a try!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Feelings Friend
    Feelings Friend

    (Ages 3-8)

    Create a doll that changes expressions to show different feelings!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Monster Automaton

    My son has always been fascinated by how things work, so I knew I had to try out this cardboard automaton with him. I love that it's a fun way for him to play with simple machines, and it also creates a really cool art piece!

Get inspired!