Make Homemade Toys from Your Recycle Bin!

Today we have a bunch of fun and easy toys to make out of recycled materials. There are recycled toys for kids of all ages. Grab your recycling bin and let’s make some kid-tested and approved toys.

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Let’s make toys from recycled materials!

How To Make Your Own Toys from Recycled Materials

These DIY recycle toy ideas are a ton of fun to make and there is something so special about homemade toys and gifts.

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And these homemade toys are extra special because they are made from recycled items around your house. Recycling is always a plus!

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DIY REcycled Material Toy Ideas

1. DIY Pool Noodle Lightsaber Toy

Pool Noodle Lightsabers! The ones pictured we were gifted at a party. They are by far our sons’ favorite toys! They love the “Star Wars” element and I love the fact that they don’t hurt each other (or the furniture) as they swing and “use the force” on each other.

2. How To Craft A Sponge Ball

You can Make Baby toys!! Cut up sponges into strips and tie them together to make a soft ball. These also make great bath toys or fun for water play outside.

3. Make a Straw Flute

Need a quick toy? This is an easy one to make with supplies found at a fast food restaurant – making it a perfect activity for a road-trip. Here are instructions for how to make a toy whistle.

4. DIY Instruments from the Recycling Bin

Do you have noisy kids? My children love to make a music. A metal trash can makes a great drum, cut various lengths of PVC pipe and string them up to become a set of chimes, and a variety of lengths of 2x4s can become a fence xylophone.

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5. DIY Wooden Blocks from Found Objects

Make your own DIY Wood Blocks, cut up a tree and use the blocks and branches for building in these wooden toys to make.

6. Recycled Hanging Waterfall Toy

Use recycled containers from your bin to make a homemade toy for your preschoolers. Love this waterfall created from yogurt cups.

7. DIY Jewelry from Recycled Items

Recycled crafts are fun, especially when they become “bling”. You can decorate lids to become medals and necklaces.

Homemade toys made from recycled items

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8. Stilts For Kids Made from Recycled Items

Wish you were taller? I do! If you still have some beach toys left after making the summer, make a pair of stilts using string and sand castles!

9. DIY Drums Kids Can Make

Explore how sound is made with a DIY drum for kids created from recycled containers.   We covered our tubs with balloons or plastic wrap, got some drum sticks and noise makers (rice, beans, etc.).

10. DIY Shaking Toy

A great DIY Baby Toy to make for your tot is a collection of discovery bottles. Here is a super simple tutorial on how your kids can explore through rolling and banging bottles.

11. Things To Make With Playdough

…and you can’t have a discussion about homemade toys without making a batch of homemade playdough.     Here is a great collection of ideas on how to play with playdough.

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Have you made your own toys? We’d love to hear about them in the comments.


  1. These are all FANTASTIC ideas. I’m not on pinterest so I haven’t seen them before. We are certainly going to get crafty here today! Thanks!

  2. These all look like so much fun!

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