Recycled Robots


by May 17th, 2011 // Just for Fun, Sculptures

Recycled Robots

Recycled Robots

Before taking out our weekly recycling to the curb for trash day, my kid and I went through and picked out some great boxes and containers, exactly what we needed for our next super fun craft project. When I mentioned making robots to my kid, she went crazy…in a good way!

Recycled Robots

We decided to each make our own robots, so they could be friends. I put way too much time into thinking about mine and all the details I wanted to add, but had so much fun putting it all together. I even caught myself speaking “robot” one too many times.

Recycled Robots

My robot assistant, on the other hand, knew exactly what she wanted to make and was more than excited to get started. She began by having a “treasure hunt” around our house, finding all sorts of materials to add to her personal robot. Once her baggie was full of treasures, we selected some old food boxes and a couple toilet paper rolls to make the robot base. The skirt was totally her idea.

Recycled Robots

We covered most of the robot body parts with foil so all the shapes and sizes had a uniform look.

Recycled Robots

We used bottle caps and buttons for eyes and a few more pieces for the face.

Recycled Robots

We attached smaller foil-covered raisin boxes and an applesauce container for extra robot parts.

Recycled Robots

A little colored tape here and some rainbow dyed noodles there, hair on the top and a lot on the floor, a drinking straw necklace…and soon, Robot Lisa was created. According to my little crafter, Robot Lisa’s arms are straight so they are ready to hug.

Recycled Robots

This is definitely a fun recycled project to make with your kid! Now for the instructions…

Recycled Robots

Prep Time: 10 minutes   Hands on Time: 30 minutes

Recycled Food Boxes and Containers
Toilet Paper and/or Paper Towel Rolls
Bottle caps
Aluminum Foil
Clear Tape
Craft Glue
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks
Colored Masking Tape
Any Materials you can find in your house (colored paper, noodles, buttons, straws, shredded paper, craft sticks)

Begin with a “treasure hunt” around your house to see what materials you have available to create your very own robot. We collected big and small objects in a baggie so we had a nice selection to build with. Next chose different size boxes and containers to work for your robot body parts. Tape closed all old food boxes so they are a secure shape. Cover the boxes, containers and toilet paper rolls with aluminum foil like you are wrapping a present. Hold foil in place with clear tape. Begin decorating your robot head or body. We used plastic bottle caps and buttons for eyes and other found objects for the face. Use craft glue or hot glue to adhere smaller boxes and containers onto the robot body. Once secure and dry, gently add robot buttons, and other individual objects. Lastly, attach the head and arms to the robot body by using the hot glue gun (This is an adult job. That glue is HOT!) and let dry completely. Robot hair and girl skirt with colored noodle embellishments are optional!

Recycled Robots


12 Comments on “Recycled Robots”

  1. 1.) Susie
    May 17th, 2011

    Luv these Robots!!! Great way to use your recyclables and treasures:))

  2. 2.) minou
    May 17th, 2011

    This is really amazing! I am so impressed. For more lazy parents you have the option of buying a cardboard robot set from Mum et Moi !

  3. 3.) Laura
    May 28th, 2011

    This is a great idea for school projects too. I love it. I might do something like this for the letter R at my daughters daycare.

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    LOVE this!

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  9. 9.) cara
    December 4th, 2012

    wow…thats is very creative and nice…i love it….very cute with little baby:)

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    December 26th, 2012

    Great activities this week! I love the idea of shape gamesthis is perfect for waiting at restaurants, dr offices, etc!

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  12. 12.) Brigid
    July 10th, 2013

    This looks really cool

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