Let’s Celebrate: Earth Day Decorations to Make with Kids
Photo by ax2groin
Ever since I was little, I loved celebrating Earth Day. Protecting our planet always felt like one cause where I could make a difference, even if I was just a kid. My mom would find many signs of my Earth saving ways scattered around the house. The most memorable was when I put a brick in the toilet tank without telling anyone. It wasn’t until years later that a plumber discovered my attempts to save water. From then on I was asked to let them know the next time I was on an Earth saving mission!
One fun way to celebrate Earth Day with kids is to challenge them to create a party with only recycled and reused decorations. This is a great activity to stretch imaginations and host a fun party at the same time. Here are a few creative ideas to get you started.
Playing Card Streamers
Photo by Fun in the Making
Have an extra set of cards just sitting around? Use them to make a set of streamers to deck out your walls. Some loose UNO cards or ones with colorful backs would also work well.
Recycled Chip Bag Tassels
These party tassels come from one of my favorite new websites, Paging Supermom. The site is full of wonderful ideas to use with kids. Their chip tassel project is the ultimate example of reuse – the silver lining side of a potato chip bag turned into a shimmery chip bag tassel. How fun!
Photo by Cooking with My Kid
Toilet paper rolls are an easy item to collect and reuse at a party. In recent weeks, I’ve seen everything from Egyptian macaroni bracelets to Christmas tree ornaments. These electrical tape wrapped napkin rings from Cooking with My Kid is one of my favorites. They will dress up the party table and let the kids add their personal touch to the celebration. Another idea – wrap the napkin ring in Washi tape. This way, you can add more patterns and colors.
Recycled Map Party Hats
What Earth Day celebration would be complete without party hats? These recycled map party hats were featured on One Charming Party as part of their Earth Day party. From all of our road trips, Mr. Mountaineer and I have a large collection of maps stashed in the glove compartment. This would be a great use for them. We can even remember all of the places we’ve traveled.
Cupcake Liner Lights
Photo by Lucas Allen
You know when you use foil cupcake liners and the aluminum liner is discarded after the cupcakes are baked? Instead of just throwing this excess liner away, Real Simple Magazine has a great DIY project to recycle them into sparkly party lights. Simply poke the Christmas light through the liner to add some more twinkle to your party.
Newspaper Pom Poms
Photo from Apartment Therapy
Although we’re in the age of digital subscriptions, there are still many newspapers around our home (many times stuck randomly at our doorstep). Recycle those extra newspapers into this very easy pom pom decoration from Apartment Therapy. They are perfect to hang up around the dessert table or dress up the playroom. To add a little more color, use the comics section!
Mini Paper Crowns
Photo by Finley and Oliver
Another use for toilet paper rolls – darling mini paper crowns. These adorable crowns from Finley and Oliver are made from whatever you have around the house. Check your excess fabric stash, saved ribbon piles, collected buttons, and even recycled paper to help you decorate them. For an easy finish, cover the crowns in used copy paper and let the kids color them. This also makes a nice craft activity at the party.
Hopefully, these recycled party decorations get your Earth Day celebrations started right. I think we’ll start working on a set of mini crowns today. All of Little Bug’s stuffed animals could use a little sprucing up before the big party!