DIY Recycling Center For Kids

DIY Recycling Center for Kids

My kids are con­stantly using cereal boxes, cans, bot­tles, and other recy­clables for their inven­tions and art projects. As such, we were in des­per­ate need of a spot where the kids could eas­ily access the re-purposed trash, so we put together a mini-recycling sta­tion to min­i­mize the chaos and keep things in control.

The kids absolutely love their new mini-art sup­ply store, and they’re even more thrilled about devis­ing ways to use the “new” mer­chan­dise. Here’s a run­down of how we put every­thing together so you can put together a recy­cling cen­ter of your own.

DIY Recycling Center for Kids


  • 10-gallon trash can
  • GLAD Force­Flex® bags (to line the trash can)
  • Shelf (we used this shelf from IKEA)
  • Var­i­ous bins for stor­age (we used these con­tain­ers from IKEA)
  • Rolling cart (we used this cart from IKEA)

Putting every­thing together is a pretty straight­for­ward process. The float­ing shelf we pur­chased from IKEA gives every­thing a clean and mod­ern look, and it’s a snap to install. The GLAD  Force­Flex® bags were a no-brainer for this project – the smaller bags have all the strength and dura­bil­ity of the larger ones and keep every­thing nice and neat.

Your kids will enjoy the new space, and you’ll adore watch­ing their imag­i­na­tions run wild. As you can see from the pho­tos, we love the fab­u­lous duct tape river-raft project by Mer Mag (see the tuto­r­ial here). It’s def­i­nitely a bath-time favorite in our house.

Here are some other fun DIY recy­cled projects to get you inspired and get your cre­ative juices flowing…

Recycled juice cartons and plastic bottle caps make great toy cars! Recycled juice cartons and plastic bottle caps make great toy cars!

Juice car­tons and plas­tic bot­tle caps make ter­rific toy cars! (via coroflot)

Recycled half-gallon milk jugs are perfect for storing colored pencils, markers, and other craft supplies.

Half-gallon milk jugs are per­fect for stor­ing col­ored pen­cils, mark­ers, and other craft sup­plies. (via make)

DIY Recycled Milk Jug Star Wars Helmet for Kids

Milk jugs can be trans­formed into con­vinc­ing hel­mets for a lit­tle Star Wars fan. Visit Filth Wiz­ardry for the tutorial.

We would love to hear about your recy­cling solu­tions and what your doing in your house to reduce waste! Happy upcycling :)

This post is spon­sored by GLAD®. Small changes can make a big difference.

  • Jeanette Nyberg

    Won­der­ful! I espe­cially love the col­ors and the sign. The whole thing is like a lit­tle recy­cling craft shop!

  • Kara Cole

    I love this! The col­ors and bins make it so invit­ing for lit­tle ones! What a great way to encour­age and teach the impor­tance of recy­cling and get cre­ative with reusable materials!

  • Kara Cole

    It’s so adorable!

  • Extra vir­gin home

    Amaz­ing. The best when stuff is use­ful but also looks COOL!!!

  • Suzanne

    Great ideas!!!! Thanks so much!!

  • Bliss Fos­ter

    My kids are always dig­ging though the recy­clables for lit­tle craft projects!! What a great idea!

  • MallieLan­ham

    An awe­some use of mate­ri­als– and teach­ing kids the impor­tance of con­serv­ing them!

  • Mariah | Play­ful Learning

    Love, love, love it!

  • tracy

    love this! espe­cially all the bright col­ors of the stor­age containers.

  • Lind­sey

    This is a great way to get kids to start think­ing about reusing and repur­pos­ing.
    P.S. that Star Wars hel­met rocks!

  • Jenny Deter Gritsch

    Love this — won­der­ing where you got the green wall-mounted bin?