Earth day kids’ craft: recycled junk robot

Today is Earth day & I’m sharing our easy Earth day kid’s craft with you – a junk robot!

Junk robot Pin

To make this Earth day kids’ junk robot, you will need:

  • Cardboard boxes of varying sizes
  • Toilet/kitchen paper rolls
  • String
  • Plastic bottle tops
  • Scissors
  • A sharp pencil
  • Glue/glue gun
  • Sticky tape
  • Paint/pens
  • Pipe cleaners (optional)
  • Pom poms (optional)
  • Foam shapes/stickers (optional)

Earth day kids craft junk robot

How to make an Earth day kids’ junk robot:

  • Get your junk materials together (we raided our recycling bin) and lay it out so you can see what’s what.
  • Choose a larger box for the robot’s body and a smaller one for his head (we decided a tissue box cube was perfect)
  • Make some robot antennae from twisted pipe cleaners & pom poms (a glue gun comes in handy here)
  • Poke the antennae ends through the smaller head box and tape them in place inside
  • Draw or paint a robot face on the box
  • Decide how many cardboard tubes to use for your robot’s arms & legs (maybe save one for his neck too?)
  • Make hands & feet from cardboard scraps/box flaps
  • Use string to connect your cardboard tubes, with the hands & feet at the ends.  Punch holes in the larger box with a sharp pencil to thread the string through and tie together inside.
  • Connect the robot’s head using more string (add a short piece of cardboard tube for spacing if you want him to have a neck.
  • Make him a pipe cleaner bow tie (optional!)
  • Glue plenty of plastic bottle tops and foam/paper/card shapes onto the robot body, making a control panel (we added a few pom poms for good measure)
  • Add a couple of plastic bottle tops to either side of the robot’s head to make bolts/ears
  • Give him a hug, sit him in a chair, press his buttons and make beeping noises – enjoy!


And if you’re into robot crafts, why not decorate our free printable robot too?

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4 thoughts on “Earth day kids’ craft: recycled junk robot

  • May 1, 2015 at 1:34 am

    This is such a creative post and great use of cardboard materials! Thank you for linking up on “A Little Bird Told Me” Wednesday link up party! You have been featured on Mama’s Happy Hive blog. 🙂

    • May 1, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you Vanessa – that’s great news! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  • May 26, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    He is awesome. My son is always asking me to build robots so we could make this… I think he’d be disappointed when it didn’t walk and talk by itself though! x


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