While helping to take out the recycling in September, my daughter started playing with some of the containers and the idea just came to me to make her a RECYCLING BIN! It was super easy, inexpensive, and…. of course it was a recycled and a recyclable costume all in one! What a great lesson for my kids.

We had the blue recycling bin already (available at most office supply stores) and cut the bottom out with a sharp single edge razor knife (use sand paper to smooth any rough edges).

Next, I made two shoulder straps with ribbon and looped them through 4 cut out slits in the top edge of the container (two in front and two in back).

Now the fun part: dig through your recyclables and use a hot-melt glue gun to attach items like newspapers, soda cans, dishwasher soap bottles, etc. We cut the bottom off an orange juice bottle with craft scissors to make a hat (an elastic chin strap glued to the bottle kept it in place). The “legs” were coffee cans that had the bottoms removed (with a can opener that doesn’t leave sharp edges).