30+ Totally Awesome Recycled Crafts from the Bathroom

I love recycled crafts. In fact, my husband likes to joke that I have a “problem”. Basically anytime something is headed to the trash or recycle bin, I grab it and set it aside for our next recycled project. I’m excited to work with our sponsor, Johnson & Johnson and Scholastic to share some totally awesome recycled crafts you can make using items from the bathroom.

30 totally awesome recycled crafts

Yes! You read that right… Items from the bathroom. Most of us are pretty familiar with toilet paper tube crafts and maybe even tissue box crafts… but did you realize there are so many more totally awesome things you can make and do with items from your bathroom? This is just the tip of the iceberg!

Did you know that four out of five Americans say they don’t recycle items they use in their bathrooms (according to the following research: 2013 American Recycling Behaviors survey conducted by Shelton Group on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.)? And while many people recycle in general and in their homes, specifically, many forget or simply do not recycle in the bathroom.

Recycled Crafts Using Toilet Paper Tubes

Sharpen your child’s scissor skills with these simple snakes.

May the Force be with you while you make your toilet paper tubes into Darth Vader!

Robot lovers will swoon over stackable robots.

Maybe you are looking for a fun gift idea, try making these awesome bracelets.

Add a little pizazz, with these tin foil bangles.

Recycled Crafts Using Toilet Paper Rolls

Your preschooler will love these incy wincy spider play sets.

Gobble, Gobble… practice sorting skills with these simple turkeys. 

Teach feelings and emotions with these recycled emo dolls.

I am pretty sure every kid alive would love to make their very own dolls out of toilet paper rolls!

Every little scientist will love racing pom poms through tunnels with this simple recycled activity.


My kids absolutely love making a marble maze right on the wall!

If you have an art buff on your hands, they might love these simple shape stamps!

Don’t forget the cat! He’ll love his own personal recycled cat toy!

Recycled Crafts Using Bottles

Recycled Crafts Using Shampoo/Conditioner Bottles

Make a fun recycled boat for more bathtime fun!

Make any of these awesome sensory bottles using recyceld shampoo bottles.

Gather up all the shampoo bottles and grab some tubes to make an awesome water wall for the kids to explore.

Re-use your shampoo bottles to make a gorgeous hand made recycled vase!

One of my favorite hacks I have ever seen using a shampoo bottle is this amazing faucet extender for toddlers.


Recycled Crafts Using Soap

Have some extra soap and toilet paper? Try out one of these clean mud recipes for sensory fun!

Grab some more soap for a batch of ghost mud!

Have just a little soap bar left over? Try making this soap slime to use it all up and get an extra sensory experience out of the deal!

This colorful soap foam dough is simple and easy to make (plus they have a book full of tons of other soapy ideas! )

Don’t you hate having all those tiny soap bars left over? Now you can recycle your soap and make your own bars!

Recycled Crafts Using Tissue Boxes

Recycled Crafts Using Tissue Box

Train lovers will love this tissue box train that is simple to make.

Turn that tissue box into a toy for baby with this simple invitation to play!

Do you have a kid that loves playing with cars? They will love this tissue box car wash for their pretend play!

Even I want to make this tissue box rocket for our stuffed animals! How awesome is this!

Stomp around in some dinosaur shoes for some awesome fun!

Recycled Crafts Using toothbrushes

Recycled Crafts Using Toothbrushes

Toothbrush painting is the perfect way to re-use a toothbrush after it’s past its prime.

Have you ever tried splatter painting with toothbrushes? It makes beautiful flowers.

Ever heard of a brush bot? Well, My kids are absolutely dying to try these minion brush bots soon!

When they are done with the minions, they want to try brush bot painting as well!

Shut the door! You won’t believe these bracelets made from recycled toothbrushes!

Recycled Crafts

As I researched for this list, I honestly found enough to fill pages and pages! There are so many ways to recycle and re-use the items in your bathroom, you won’t even believe it! I’m really excited about the fact that Scholastic and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.’s Care To Recycle® program have partnered to create an educational program that helps raise awareness and teach students and their families the importance of recycling products used in the bathroom. 

Care to Recycle

In addition, Care to Recycle is running an awesome contest for the month of October! The PETE’s Bathroom Bin Challenge contest is an exciting opportunity for students/kids grades 1-3 to win great prizes.

To enter, students/kids must:

  • Write a 150-word essay about why it is important to recycle bathroom products and how they are going to get their family to recycle these items. They are also asked to make a decorative poster showing the ideas in their essay.
  • The contest, entry form and official rules can be found on the parent microsite www.scholastic.com/caretorecycle/parents and teacher microsite www.scholastic.com/caretorecycle.
  • Contest opens October 1, 2015. Entries must be postmarked by October 27, 2015.
  • Prizing goes to winning student or child and his or her teacher or parent.
  • 10 Grand Prize winning students or kids receive:  A new Bike and Helmet, and National Parks and Federal Recreational Land pass.
  • 10 Teachers or Parents of winning Grand Prize students or kids receive: a $500 gift card plus a Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. product prize package.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnson & Johnson. The opinions and text are all mine.




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