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Earth Day Project Ideas

Family making Earth Day sign craft

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd each year with fun crafts and projects to commemorate the occasion. Kids and adults can enjoy activities and projects related to the planet, recycling, and environmentalism.

Earth Magnet Board Project

Create a simple magnet board that can be displayed any time of year at work, school, or home. Use your favorite nature magnets to secure notes to the board or make your own with spring clipart, glue, and magnets.

Completed Earth Magnet Board
Earth magnet board

Materials

  • Power drill with small bit
  • One round metal pizza pan
  • Green embroidery floss
  • Blue and green craft paper
  • White craft glue
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Drill two small holes about two inches apart along the lip of the pan. This will be the top of the board.
  2. String ribbon through both holes, tying the ends in a knot to make the hanger.
  3. Rip paper into small pieces.
  4. Lay the pan flat, right-side up.
  5. Cover the interior of the pan with white glue.
  6. Place pieces of blue and green paper on the glue area to create abstract oceans and continents.
    Earth Magnet Board Steps 1 to 6
    Glue paper to the pan to create abstract continents and oceans.
  7. Paint glue over top of paper pieces and allow time to dry.
  8. Hang and secure notes or drawings with your favorite magnets.

Melted Crayon Earth Ornament Project

Recycle leftover crayons to make easy ornaments inspired by satellite images of Earth. Get in the holiday spirit by setting up your artificial Christmas tree and decorating it with these ornaments and others made from natural or recycled materials.

Completed Melted Crayon Earth Ornament
Melted crayon Earth ornament

Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Small round object or circle template
  • Pencil
  • Blue, green, and white crayons
  • Scissors
  • Small bowl
  • White craft glue
  • Single hole punch
  • Black plastic cord
  • Hair dryer

Instructions

  1. Trace the circle template onto the cardboard and cut it out.
  2. Cut the crayons into small chunks. You'll want the white to be smaller and fewer than the other colors.
  3. Place the cardboard circle in a small bowl to keep it and the crayon pieces from getting blown away.
  4. Glue the crayon chunks onto the cardboard.
    Earth Ornament Steps 1 to 4
    Glue the crayon chunks to the cardboard circle.
  5. Use the hair dryer on a hot, low setting to melt the crayon chunks slowly and move the melted wax around the circle.
  6. Once all the crayon bits are melted, let dry completely.
    Earth Ornament Steps 5 and 6
    Allow the melted wax to dry completely.
  7. Optional Step: Flip the cardboard over and repeat the process to make an earth-like image on both sides of the ornament. This may cause some melting on the original side, so be sure it's on a protected surface.
  8. Punch a hole near the center top of the cardboard.
  9. String the plastic cord through the hole and tie it in a knot to make a hanger.

Other Fun Earth Day Crafts

Prepare for an epic Earth Day celebration with more projects and crafts designed to highlight the special holiday.

  • Use a Sharpie marker to write an Earth Day poem around the outside of a clay pot then seal with a spray sealant. Add seed packets inside the pot and give as an Earth Day gift.
  • Print and send Earth Day cards to friends and family members.
  • Make simple crafts made with kids in mind from basic craft supplies like a coffee filter earth using markers and water or a recycled windsock with cardboard tubes and crepe paper.
  • Create easy recycled crafts such as paper gift tags from scrap paper or organizers from empty food cans.
  • Reuse empty toilet paper rolls to make fun projects such as napkin rings or homemade paper.
  • Sew new accessories such as a purse or household items like potholders out of old jeans.
  • Make a fun set of classroom story cubes out of square tissue boxes or look for ways to recycle other common leftover school supplies into useful new items.

Make Your Own World

Planet Earth takes care of so many living things, this is your chance to show appreciation and give back. Take a look at the materials you have on hand, then complete projects using those supplies instead of buying new ones.

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Earth Day Project Ideas