Recycling is one of the most important ways that you can help contribute to saving the environment. However, there's plenty of old cardboard that you can recycle into fun and exciting art work. These projects are simple and fun for the whole family.
Easy to Make Toys
Old potato chip cans can be converted into cool toys that should entertain children from ages 3 to 10. Use old pieces of construction paper to craft hats and clothing for dolls, as well as facial features, arms, and even legs. Glue several cans together to make larger creatures, such as horses and dinosaurs.
An End Table
Pizza boxes are kind of controversial in the recycling world. While unused or clean boxes are perfectly safe to put in the recycling bin, used ones are sometimes rejected because of the heavy level of grease that has soaked into the box.
However, used pizza boxes can be turned into a cute end table with just a little work. Start by drying out as much grease as possible with towels and laminating all of its exterior surfaces. Glue the box shut at its creases and nail four small table legs to the bottom corners to create a unique end table you can't get anywhere else.
A Model City
Cardboard milk cartons and juice containers are great because they avoid using excessive plastic, but are often rejected at recycling centers because of their interior wax paper. Wax paper is considered "mixed" paper and cannot be used in paper or cardboard recycling processes.
However, with a lot of work, you can turn your old cardboard cartons into a fantastic, sprawling model city. Start by cleaning out and storing cartons when they're empty. When you have about 10 to 15 cleaned cartons, glue paper on their sides, paint, and nail or glue each carton to a large piece of particle board.
Once you've created the buildings in your city, you can add other items like park benches (made out of used toothpicks), streets (made out of old strips of rubber), and bushes (green painted cotton balls).
So, the next time you run into problems at your recycling center, simply bring those items home and make something out of them! Thankfully, almost all forms of cardboard can be recycled, which should save you the difficulty of sorting through huge piles before taking it to the recycling center. If you do need to find a recycling center in your area, visit Sunwest Metals Inc.