Monday, May 6, 2013

Recycled Junk Robots

Some of my favorite projects are done with recycled junk and this is a new one to add to the list. The idea comes from my daughter's kindergarten teacher. We've been making recycled robots at home too and I wanted to share how to make them.
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Materials Needed:
recycled boxes (we mostly used food boxes)
recycled Lids and bottle caps for eyes and buttons
Cardboard tubes
glue or glue gun
aluminum foil
silvery pipe cleaners
anything else you choose

To create a robot, we first gathered some food boxes, cardboard tubes, bottle caps, and lids. We built the robot without gluing to see how it would look.

Next, we covered the boxes and cardboard tubes with aluminum foil to give the robot a cool metal look. We used a glue gun for fast dry time.

Then we glued the pieces and parts together. 

Lastly, we added more bottle caps for decoration and buttons.  For a finishing touch we added silver pipe cleaners and a foil tail to make a Robot Monkey.

This one is a Robot Doggie.

We'll be making more Robot Creatures soon! Such a fun project.

We made these Tin Can Magnetic Robots a couple years ago.  Find out how to make them here.


  1. This is awesome, thank you for the ideas! I'm always looking for new projects/ crafts... I've recently started a homeschooling blog myself- come check me out :)

    1. Thank you Aksana. I will be heading over to check out your site.

  2. Thanks for sharing and for photos of the various stages of production! Too often I see just the finished product on a blog and I'm overwhelmed - this one I think I can actually bring to life! Are you familiar with Viviane Schwarz's book

    1. Your welcome Mrs. Brown. Pictures are worth a thousand words. Thanks for the book recommendation!

  3. Great robots. My son loves any activity that involves robots. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Very cool project! I love how it turned out. You two are very creative!


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