Recycle What’s In Your Lunchbox!



A Juice Box Monster!!!

I know most of us are trying to cut down on disposable packaging when we send our kids off to school with packed lunches these days but sometimes packaging happens. Plastic cups, juice boxes, baggies, lids…it adds up after a while. You could recycle it at the curb OR you could save yourself a bazillion dollars at the craft store and make things with it! Put down those packaged crafting kits and put on your creative thinking caps instead! It’s amazing what you can build with some recycled parts, silver spray paint and a few handy tools.

For this craft, I set up stations. All of the stations needed to be manned by an adult since they involved spray paint, hot glue and sharp tools but that did not hamper the kid creativity. The little crafters went from station to station with all kinds of great ideas about what they wanted to make.

pick your parts

First we had a box of parts: boxes, bottles, lids and more. I just threw it all in a box and labeled it “Pick Your Parts.” It was really fun to watch the kids rifle through the box and plot out what kind of creature they would make.

spray booth

The second station was the “Spray Booth” which was just a cardboard box set away from the crafting area so I could spray paint anything anybody wanted silver without worrying about fumes or paint getting on anyone.

bits and bots

Next I set up a station of bits and bobs for decorating our recycled creatures. We made aliens and robots, so buttons, googly eyeballs, chenille stems and beads worked great. I even bought a box of earplugs at the hardware store that really sparked some creativity.

Glue Technician

I set myself up as the Glue Technician and Official Sharp-Tool Operator. If any of the kids wanted anything attached or cut apart, they brought it to me and showed me what they wanted glued to what or what cut where.

Littleist Robot

Even my friend’s two-year-old was really into it, showing me pointedly where he wanted buttons glued on his raisin-box robot. It was the sweetest!


We had so much fun making all sorts of robots and aliens.


And then we played with them of course!

About the author

Brenda Ponnay
Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it's painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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4 Responses to “Recycle What’s In Your Lunchbox!”

  1. Kuky Aug 27 at 1:22 am Reply Reply

    Oooh Isabelle would love this. We just need spray paint.


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