10 Great Upcycled Projects for Summer Holidays

If the thought of summer vacation stretching out before you fills you with dread, fear not. Here are some awesome projects to ban boredom without costing a fortune. Be sure to encourage your kids to make their own upcycled and recycled items to play with over the summer holidays.

Bubble Blower

Get the full tutorial for this upcycled soda bottle bubble-maker from Upcycle That.

Upcycoled water toy

Just cut a hole in some upcycled soda bottles for this fun holiday water toy.

Upcycled sock pusheen

Make this cute upcycled sock Pusheen. Get the tutorial from My Pastel Cafe.

Upcycled artist pallet

Use an upcycled plastic lid and some bottle tops to create a pallet for your budding artist.

Upcycled Pingle Box

Make this upcycled Pringle’s Box drum. Tutorial available from The Taylor House.

Upcycled totem pole

Use recycled detergent bottles, a little paint and a lot of imagination to create this totem pole.

Upcycled labarynth toy


Let your kids make this fun upcycled labyrinth game. Tutorial from Frugal Fun for Boys.

Upcycled altoids can

Little beds for small toys are a perfect way to upcycle Altoids tins. These pocket toys are great for keeping kids occupied in waiting rooms, on airplanes or in cars.

Upcycled soda bottles

Cut out the bottom of a soda bottle to resemble a cat shape, then paint it to make these adorable planters.

Upcycled summer activities

Bottle tops and cardboard make brilliant upcycled musical instruments.

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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