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.