Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Creating a Recycled Forest

With Earth Day just around the corner I thought I'd share with you a fun idea for re-using disposable cups and toilet rolls.  My son who was 5 at the time came up with this idea when he insisted on bringing home the plastic cup he got in the waiting room at an office.  I love the idea because it only utilized items we already had around the house or left over from previous craft projects.

Earth Day Project - Create a recycled forest

Disposable Cup Trees:

disposable cup trees

Materials Needed:

  • disposable cups
  • brown paint
  • paint brush
  • green markers or crayons
  • scrap paper
  • scissors
  • double sided tape


  1. Paint the insides of the cup brown.  If your cups are solid in colour you can paint the outside.
  2. Draw and cut out leaves from scraps of paper. 
  3. Turn the cups upside down and  use double sided tape to attach the leaves to the tops of the trees.

Toilet Paper Parrots:

Toilet Paper Parrots

Materials Needed:

  • empty toilet rolls
  • paint or construction paper
  • googly eyes (optional)
  • scissors
  • feathers, stickers, embellishments
  • glue


  1. Paint or cover the toilet roll with construction paper.
  2. Cut out wings and a beak from scrap paper.
  3. Attach the wings and beak using glue.
  4. Attach googly eyes using glue.  If you do not have googly eyes, just draw the eyes.
  5. Add embellishments such as feathers, stickers and glitter to your parrots.

To create a forest, perch your Toilet Paper Parrots on your trees.  This is a great project when kids are learning about the rain forest or just to keep busy on a rainy day.


  1. That is the cutest! I am always amazed how many cool crafts you can do with toilet paper rolls.

    Love this idea!

  2. I'm always looking for craft ideas for toilet paper rolls. We've been collecting to make a castle but of course castles need 10+ so it's been taking a while. Hopefully I can convince the kids to just use them for a forest!


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