Green and blue papier mache dinosaur, and lego caveman saying 'Don't eat me!'.

Ready for Life : Upcycled Animals

Instead of binning packaging around the house, give it a second life by using a bit of paint and imagination.

Here are some materials that you probably already have in the house!

Soda Bottle Penguins

What you will need:

  • 2 x 2 litre soda bottles
  • Paint & Brushes
  • Accessories - Ribbon or Pompom
  • Glue

Here's How:

  • Wash both bottle out and remove labels
  • Next, cut them in half, keeping only the bottom sections.
  • Slide the 2 bottoms together with the rippled feet of the bottle making the head and feet of our penguin.
  • With black and white paint and moms help, this plastic tube can be fashioned into a penguin.

Egg carton Caterpillars

What you will need:

  • Egg cartons
  • Green paint & Brushes
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Glue
  • Permanent marker

Here's How:

  • Cut the cartons in to strips. Make sure that you have a 6-count holder intact
  • Paint it with green acrylic paint. Leave it on the side to dry completely.
  • Cut two small slits with kitchen scissors, box cutter or one hole punch at one of the ends. This is where the antenna will go.
  • Weave a yellow pipe cleaner through the slits. Make them stand upwards as antennas, cut if needed.
  • Glue the pipe cleaner down on the inside of the egg carton.
  • Dress up your caterpillar with wiggly eyes.
  • Use a permanent black marker to draw a smile.

Toilet roll Crafts

What you will need:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Here's how:

  • Place a peg on the toilet paper roll and have your child paint the toilet rolls. Leave to dry.
  • Cut the tops of the rolls into the shape of a chicken or bunny.
  • Top with tuffs of wool
  • Fold the bottom of the wings and stick onto the sides with double-sided tape.
  • Draw on faces and play!

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