MAOAM’s Crazy Cool Recycling Crafts

Hello you mischievous bunch and Happy New Year to you!

Max here – for those who don’t know me (how?), I’m MAOAM’s ultimate mischief maker.

Christmas is great but all the leftover rubbish is… well… rubbish, right?!

Well, don’t you worry. I’m as smart as I am mischievous, and being the wonderful guy I am, I’ve come up with some conveniently, creatively, CRAFTY ideas for you to turn that festive clutter into hours of fun!

Wrapping Paper Tube Bird Feeder

What better way to reuse a cardboard tube, like the one you have left over from all that Christmas wrapping paper, than turning it into a bird feeder??

Simple, fun to make, and watching all that wildlife flock to your garden will provide hours of entertainment!

What you will need:

  • Any cardboard rolls will do, particularly any leftover wrapping paper rolls!
  • Peanut butter
  • String

What to do:

You may need to cut down your Christmas wrapping tube. If you’re using a toilet roll tube, then they’re the perfect size.

Then, make sure your cardboard roll is rid of any excess paper that may still be stuck to it. Once you’ve made sure it’s clean, get your peanut butter and using a butter knife, spread a thin layer until your roll is covered.

Pour your bird seed out onto a plate and roll your peanut butter-covered cardboard roll over the plate, so it picks up the bird seed until it’s completely covered. Excellent work folks!

Thread your string or yarn through the cardboard roll and tie the loose ends together.

Take your cardboard roll bird feeder outside, hang it from a tree branch, wait, and enjoy a couple of MAOAM sweets as you watch the birds come flocking!

Water Bottle Rockets

Perhaps one of my favourite, most brilliant crafty ideas yet! And so, so simple. Make sure parents to stay with your children for this one!

If you have empty plastic bottles from the Christmas period taking up space, then try out the below craft for an explosion of fun!

What you will need:

  • Empty plastic water bottle
  • 4 coloured pencils (try and use pencils from a fresh pack so they’re all the same height)
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • 1 paper towel
  • Wine bottle cork
  • Tape (Sellotape will do but the stronger the better)

What to do:

Stand up your water bottle and tape the 4 pencils round the sides of the bottle at equal distance so they cover a quarter each – we want the flat ends facing upwards so when we turn the bottle upside down the pencils act as your rocket’s stand.

Pour vinegar into the bottle (100 – 200 millilitres depending on how big your bottle is).

Lay your paper towel down fully spread out, pour your baking soda onto the middle of the towel – one or two tablespoons will do it (again, there is no specified amount, however the more you add the more thrust your rocket will gain!).

Roll your paper towel up and twist it tight at both ends so you’re able to push it into your bottle without any baking soda dropping out.

Once you’ve put your baking soda-filled towel in the bottle, quickly squeeze your wine cork into the top of the bottle, gently shake the bottle.

Flip your rocket so it’s standing on the pencils, take a step back and wait for blast off!!

Christmas Card Crafting

I love sending and receiving Christmas cards. The only thing I don’t love is having to take them down! Oh…and not knowing what to do with them when I have to!

If you’re like me and hate them going to waste then I’ve got some quick and cool ideas for you! Plus, you’ve saved yourself a job when Christmas comes around again!

What you will need:

  • Normal scissors or pinking shears for a fun zig zag effect
  • Christmas or other cards
  • Hole punch
  • Glue
  • Ribbon or funky string
  • Anything extra FUN! (sequins, glitter, stickers etc).


What to do:

It’s always nice to add a personal touch to your Christmas wrapping with a present tag.

Pick out your favourite illustrations from your old Christmas cards and cut them out using your scissors or pinking shears.

Once you have your Christmas card snippets, take a plain piece of card and cut out a small, tag-sized rectangle. Stick your Christmas card snippets on both sides of the rectangle tag-sized card. Don’t worry about being neat, it looks pretty cool when you mix up all the Christmas card snippets into a collage!

Then all you need to do is take your hole punch and clip a hole in the top middle of the tag.

Take your ribbon or string and measure enough to either tie onto a pressie…or a Christmas tree branch! Cut, loop through the hole and tie a knot in the end. Voila! Repeat as many times as you want.

You can then save your tags for next year’s wrapping session!

Tin Can Robots

Still have lots of recycling left, including tin cans?

What CAN you do with them?

Simple. Make some Tin Can Robots. No more needs to be said.

What you will need:

  • A tin can
  • Any spare bits and pieces – nuts, bolts, small springs, pen parts, buttons, metallic scours (your clutter is your oyster!)
  • Googly eyes
  • Tin foil
  • A low temperature hot glue gun or glue dots
  • Scissors

What to do:

Add some glue to the bottom of the pen springs and stick them to the top of your tin can. These can either be antennae or if you have googly eyes, bend the top quarter of the springs at a right angle and stick the eyes to the top end of your pen springs so your eyes face forward.

If you’ve found any old buttons or metal nuts, apply some glue to one and stick it to the front of your tin can to act as a nose for your robot.

Take your wire scour, cut out some strands and glue these to each side of the top of your can – this will be funky robot hair!

If you have any spare, small, circular bits of clutter, apply some glue to two pieces and stick them either side of your nose. These will look great as robot cheeks.

Cut a small square of tin foil (roughly 5 or 6cm x by 5 or 6cm), roll it up and shape it into a smiley ‘U’ shape for your robot’s mouth and there you have it – your very own recycled tin can robot!!


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