How to Make a Recycled Robot

Anyone that knows me know that I am all about making recycled crafts. I save all my toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, empty cans, yogurt containers, plastic lids, snack boxes, and the list goes on. So I dove into my recycling stash to come up with this quirky cereal box robot you can make with the kids! A recycled robot craft has got to be one of my best ideas yet.

Recycled Crafts: Cereal Box RobotWhy Recycled Crafts?

Crafting is such wonderful bonding time, and also a good time to teach children lessons. Like the importance of taking care our planet. Recycling and upcyling are a couple of ways to do this. Plus, easy recycled and upcycled crafts for kids allow you to craft and stay within a budget, since most of your supplies are things that you would’ve discarded otherwise! It can be such a rewarding and memorable crafting experience.

I also love recycled crafts because it’s a great way to use your imagination, and teaches resourcefulness, working with what you already have!

How To Make A Recycled Robot from a Cereal Box

This robot is made from various recycled items. There’s of course the cereal box, but also empty vegetable cans, a paper towel tube, and quite a few lids I’ve been saving. Use whatever stash you have to make your  recycled robot!

Recycled Crafts: Cereal Box Robot

You will need:

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  • Cereal box
  • Something for weight (old towel, bag of dried beans, newspaper, etc)
  • Aluminum foil
  • paper towel tube
  • 2 vegetable or soup cans (legs)
  • 1 large can (head)
  • Various plastic and metal lids
  • 2 bottle caps
  • metal nut
  • 2 silver pipe cleaners
  • White paper
  • Black marker
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft knife
Recycled Crafts: Cereal Box Robot
  • To give the robot’s body some weight, first you’ll want to put something inside the cereal box. I used an old sweatshirt. An old towel, a bag of dried beans, lots of wadded up newspaper, anything like that will work!
  • Wrap the cereal box in aluminum foil and use tape to secure.
  • Use a craft knife to carve holes in the side of the box for the arms.
  • Cut the paper towel tube in half, and wrap both halves in aluminum foil.
  • Insert the tubes into the sides of the cereal box.
Recycled Crafts: Cereal Box Robot
  • Wrap each of the cans in aluminum foil.
  • Use various lids to decorate the front of the cereal box.
  • Glue lids onto the large can for eyes; then glue bottle caps to the lids for the pupils.
  • Glue a metal nut on as the nose.
Recycled Crafts: Cereal Box Robot
  • Draw several lines onto white paper, then draw a single line through those lines. Use scissors to cut mouth from the lined paper and tape to the tin can.
  • Wrap silver pipe cleaner around a pencil, then glue inside the large can.
  • Glue the head and legs to the cereal box to complete your robot.
Recycled Crafts: Cereal Box Robot

More Recycled Craft Ideas

If this project has shown you the fun side of raiding your recycling bin each week, you’ll have to check out these other ideas!

We hope you loved our recyclable robot idea! Share your favorite recycled/ upcycled craft hacks in the comments below. 

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