Crafting with Recyclables – Design a Robot Kit


In honor of Earth Day, I thought we would do another fun craft with recyclables — a kit to design your own robot! Of course, we craft with recyclables year round, since it’s better for the environment, plus I consider them to be free art supplies. Emily has been on a robot kick lately, as seen here, so this craft was a big hit at our house!

To make the robot, I used an empty potato chip bag, washed it thoroughly and allowed it to dry completely. Then, I turned the bag inside out, and cut several shapes for the front and back of the head, body, arms, and legs. I ran each piece through my sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch around the outline, and trimmed them with pinking shears.
My original idea was to attach magnets to the backs of each piece and let Emily have a go at designing her own robot on the refrigerator. However, Emily preferred to have all the pieces sewn together, and instead decorated her robot with gem stickers (to look like lights!).
I wasn’t sure whether or not the stickers would work on the mylar surface, but they stuck just fine! She added lots of “lights” to her robot!
Then… play!!!
I never knew a robot could be such a cuddly friend!
I think a smaller version of these robots would make fantastic gift tags for a special birthday gift! Happy Earth Day!!
For more craft ideas featuring recyclables, check out our Recycling Craft Round Up!
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Comments

  1. Dear Valerie,

    Hey.. what did you do with the chips that were in the bag?

    MY POTATO CHIPS!!!

    Love,
    Mark

  2. An Almost Unschooling Mom says:

    Oooh, the gift tag idea is excellent – I wonder if poptart wrappers would work? Not that we have any of those around our house! :)

  3. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says:

    @ Mark — Nom nom nom nom nom!!! CRUNCH! MUNCH!!! Mmmm…… ;-)

  4. Oh man, my boys would love this. I do the same thing with crafts from time to time, construct them with my sewing machine.

  5. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says:

    @ An Almost Unschooling Mom — Oh, pop tart wrappers should work perfectly! What a great idea! Potato chips never last long in our house.

  6. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says:

    @ Ticia — It might be fun to fill them with some stuffing too. The sewing is very quick, only a few minutes. Have fun!

  7. Collin is all about robots lately. He would love this. I love the gift tag idea too.

    Suddenly I am craving potato chips.

  8. Raising a Happy Child says:

    OK, I would never ever think of that. Obviously this robot is super cuddly too :)

  9. Sew Impatient says:

    you are so awesome and creative! that's so great!

  10. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says:

    @ Christy — How neat! Emily has several friends (boy & girls) who are really into robots now too. So fun!!

    @ Raising a Happy Child — I thought about using chip bags as liners for reusable snack bags… just haven't tried it yet!

    @ Sew Impatient — Thank you so much!! xoxo

  11. Love this idea…and her hug says it ALL!

  12. Joyful Learner says:

    Emily has the best toys!! We need to get some potato chips in our house!

    Have a great time at the concert! We missed The Peter and the Wolf this year but hope to catch it next year!

  13. Just Breathe says:

    This is a great idea. I love how shiny it is.

  14. That is so cute and cool. You're right, gift tags would be awesome!

  15. so clever!

  16. katherinemarie says:

    seriously WONDERFUL!!!!

  17. That is a super cute idea! She looks like she loves her new robot!

  18. Night Owl Mama says:

    Omgosh too sweet I love her hugging it in the end

  19. Mama King says:

    I love the idea of sewing it together. So clever! This is a craft even the youngest crafter would love.

  20. I have a robot loving boy who doesn't like to craft, but I might be able to persuade him with this one. Thanks.

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