Recycled Robot

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Recycled Robot - Make a robot some recycled boxes. A great way to use items from an over flowing recycling bin.

We went to a birthday party last weekend and the birthday girl was kind enough to give us fun party favors that came in these great Pottery Barn Kids boxes. Now, being a crafty sort my mind was racing with all the things we could do with them. I thought they would make a fun recycled robot. First I gave the kids the boxes to play with. They stacked them and knocked them down over and over. When they got bored with that, we started working on our recycled robot.


First A and B worked hard to paint the boxes.



The tray helped to contain some of the mess but we still ended up with a good deal of paint on smocks and hands, not to mention on the glass table.  Here's a tip for those with glass tables: wipe up the paint as soon as you notice it instead of when the activity is over.  It's a lot harder to get off when it dries.

B painted one box and A painted two.  She always seems to have more stamina for these kinds of activities.  When the boxes dried, I used hot glue to stick them together.  Epic fail!  The glue dried before I could get the other boxes on.  So I moved to plan B - packing tape.  I imagine there are a number of adhesives that could have been used, but packing tape was handy.  Here's our new friend all taped together.


We decided he needed some arms so I went to my pantry o' recycled goods and got some paper towel rolls.  I save a bunch for craft activities.  My poor husband will go and open the cabinet to get something, and a bunch of paper towel and toilet paper rolls will fall out all over him.  Now he will be attacked by two less.  

The girls decorated the robot's arms but this time used markers since I had already cleaned the paint off the  table.  :-)

I used the packing tape to attach the arms, though you could use brads or any number of things to attach them so they could even move up and down.  My poor girls just get immobile arms.  It's all good since he doesn't have legs anyway as B was quick to point out.  But he's a pretty handsome robot torso if I do say so myself.

This guy still needed a face.  Hey, I deprived him of moving arms and legs, the least I could give him is a face so he can express his displeasure.  I had some foam stickers I purchased from the dollar store, and we used those for the face.  Okay, I phoned it in on the face.  Here's the deal.  I had two 3 year olds whining "Is he ready yet?" over and over, and while I had visions of doing some cool cut outs or using bottle caps, I just slapped on some foam pieces and called it a day.  If you have older/less whiny kids it would be fun to let them be creative with the face.  You can even add some yarn hair.  Who says a robot torso can't rock some glam hair?

The robot was a big hit.  Here are A and B enjoying their new friend.


And here is Little C ripping his face off.  Yup, he is now faceless.  

Recycled Robot - Make a robot some recycled boxes. A great way to use items from an over flowing recycling bin.

Poor robot torso.  We hardly knew ye.


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35 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm a new follower of your lovely blog.
    Have a nice day!

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  2. Thank you Veronia! Hope you enjoy it!

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  3. Thanks for visiting my site! Following back.

    Love the robot!

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  4. My son loves boxes too! New GFC Follower...would love for you to follow back :)

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  5. What a great idea! I recently saw monkeys made out of brown paper bags in a store display, it is cool to do these with common items rather than buy new toys!

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  6. Thanks Candice! Your son is adorable!

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  7. Thanks for stopping by Andi. Paper bag monkeys? I may have to try that!

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  8. Thanks for stopping by- I am your newest follower. I love the robot! One of my favorite things to do is arts & crafts with my grandkids! I hope you don't mind if I use your robot idea- it's great!

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  10. What a cute project! The robot turned out great :)

    Following you back from the Monkey Hop Monday from www.mommydigger.com :)

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  11. Lisa, I am glad my sad robot could provide some inspiration!

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  12. Mommy Digger, Thank you for checking us out!

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  13. New follower from the hop! We specialize in educational greeting cards for kids and blog about educational tips and topics! Hope you'll visit at http://letterlearning.blogspot.com Thanks bunches!

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  14. What a great idea to recycle those silly rolls! Hubby is totally going to hate me, lol. We're setting up a combo office/crafting room where our dining room used to be because when our 6mo was born, he kicked me out of the upstairs room.

    Found you on the MM Blog Hop, and hope you'll stop by and follow back. :-)

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  15. I enjoy reading your blog and would like to award you the Versatile Blogger Award. Please read the details at http://kat-makingthemostofit.blogspot.com/2011/08/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  16. Following you from Monday Monkey blog hop..
    Would love it if you decided to follow my blog.
    Minta
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  17. Very creative. I can't wait until my little ones do projects like that!

    -Chris
    www.rollercoasterdestination.com

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  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Following you, too!
    Toni The Chic Momma
    tonithechicmomma.blogspot.com

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  19. Such a cute idea! Thanks for the visit and follow. Following you back from the Monkey Monday hop.
    Becky @ Life or Something Like It

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  20. thanks for the follow, you have such adorable ideas! Twins and a little one... same here :)

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  21. Jessica, thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Ellen, I am not following your great blog! Thanks!

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  23. Cheryl, thank you! I love making things from household items.

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  24. Kat, thank you, I am honored!

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  25. Minta, following you back! thanks for the visit.

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  26. Chris, thank you, it will happen before you know it.

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  27. Toni, so glad you could stop by!

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  28. Becky, thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  29. Shannon, sounds like we can totally relate to each other. Hang in there! :-)

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  30. OMG Lady!!! You are rocking it over here. I'm so happy for you. I love the girl's robot. I got your call yesterday, but I have been sick :( booo - can we plan a skype date tomorrow?

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  31. Thanks Jenn. Yes, lets skype. Email me some times

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  32. this is so cute! I am so glad you shared it with me. I am thinking cut a hole for the mouth and he would be an excellent mail box for play as well!

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