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shoebox recycled craft

Teach Kids to Love and Care for Earth Recycle Craft!

At Planetpals we believe if you teach kids to appreciate beautiful things on Earth, they will learn to love and care for it! It's that simple.

Make Shoe Box Diorama (instructions)

Make a Holiday Diorama

Make a Book Report Diorama

Make Trees From Recycled Materials

Make Buildings From Boxes




Looking for more interactive things to make here at Eartzone?

Every issue of our magazine has a special craft of the month! Free Activities in your email from the kidsclub! Try the Planetpals coloring page, recycle kit, card game, or check out our freebeez page.

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Make a Recycle Trees and Scenery
Planetpals Exclusive!

Arbor Day, Earthday, America Recycles Day. This is simple for any age! Use paper tubes, cardboard, tissue-ideas and instructions

arbor tree

Make a Toy Play Building or Dollhouse from Recycled Boxes
Planetpals Exclusive!
Our most popular craft! Many styles to choose from, mix with your favorite Playmobile toys or doll. Make an apt building, garage, strip mall-diagram to download
recycle doll play toy house

Recycle Cake Box Aquarium
Intrustcions to make this fun aquarium from a plastci box

recycle aquarium craft plastic containers

Make another craft!

How to Make a Recycle Shoe box Diorama of Your World

A Diorama is a three-dimensional full-size or miniature model. Make your very own favorite model world from recycled items.

Make A Scene Of A Favorite Place

Great craft for a school lesson plan, girl scouts, boy scouts or home project,recycle!

Have children talk about favorite places: The beach, a special camping spot, summer camp, a back yard forest, the city, their room, whatever. Have them discuss what they like about it and then recreate it in a three dimensional showcase.


  1. Shoe box
  2. Glue
  3. Tape
  4. Scissors
  5. Brown paper shopping bag
  6. See additional ideas below
  7. Your imagination


  • Start with a Shoe box
  • You can paint it or cover it with a recycled brown bag
  • Use the cover as a base
  • Turn the shoe box bottom sideways and sit it inside the base
  • Have children decide on a favorite place: beach, camping, forest, their room, whatever
  • Make a drawing and figure out what recycled objects they can use to create the scene
  • In this case we used stones, tissue paper, recycled schoolwork (the other side) and some toys;

Here is the list of items we used:

    • Clouds : school paper
    • Water : Aqua tissue paper
    • Sky: Blue paper
    • Sun: Half of a ball (you could use a bottle top!)
    • Rocks: Real Stones
    • Matchbox people and boats

Options / Ideas:

  • Use shredded paper or Easter Basket grass for trees and bushes!
  • Make your own drawings or signs
  • Draw people
  • Add green dyed rice for grass
  • Any recycle materials will work--try bottle caps, yogurt cups etc
  • Incorporate Playmobile people, cars or trains!

Other possible materials--paper bags, Popsicle sticks, straws, twigs, bottle caps, toilet paper rolls..list goes on

bj recycled shoebox lessson plan


Make a Diorama for a holiday or celebration.

A Dioramacan be made in any box or container.

World Water Day Diorama
This speaks for itself...

World Water Day Diorama

World Habitat Day Diorama
This speaks for itself..

arbor day recycle tree craft

Halloween Pumpkin Diorama
This speaks for itself...

Diwali Diorama
This speaks for itself..

diwali Diorama

Eid or Ramadan Diorama
This speaks for itself..

eid ramadan diorama

Easter Peeps Diorama
This speaks for itself..

Christmas Diorama
This speaks for itself..

 Christmas Diorama

Recycle boxes and tubes Castle
This speaks for itself...Play with Playmobile people--or have kids make their own people!
recycled boxes crafts


Make a Diorama Book Report




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