Recycled Craft Sea Creature Diorama

Recycled Craft Sea Creature DioramaWhen my college roommate posted her son’s recycled craft project on her Facebook page, I knew I had to blog about it. It had The Wellness Wife seal of approval all over it! I love recycled crafts and many of you are aware of my specific obsession with yogurt cup crafts. 

Her son’s 1st Grade assignment was to create a family project out of recycled material from around the house. The only rules were that it had to be creative and must fit on the students’ desk. They did a great job, didn’t they!

Here are basic tutorials for each one of the individual pieces of the diorama. Remember, it should be made from things that are laying around your house, so use your imagination and don’t hesitate to deviate from the picture!

Diorama Base
  • Cardstock, poster board, or piece of painted cardboard
Recycled Yogurt Cup Turtle
  • Yogurt cup
  • Construction paper
  • Crayola Washable Kids Paint or similar craft paint; Crayola is great, though because it goes on with one coat, dries quickly, and is washable (always a plus!).
  • Glitter pen

Recycled Clamshell Crab
  • Clam shell
  • Paint or marker
  • Construction paper
  • Googly eyes or marker for eyes
Recycled Tin Foil Shark
  • Cardboard, cardstock, or posterboard
  • Shark template from Free Printables Blog
  • Tin foil scraps
  • Marker for mouth and eyes
Recycled Starfish
  • Decorative star
  • Starfish printable from Wonderweirded-Wildlife for those who don’t have a decorative star
  • Marker for mouth and eyes
Recycled CD Fish
  • CD
  • Glass gems
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper
Recycled Paper Towel Tube Octopus
  • Paper towel tube
  • Paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Marker
Background & Embellishments
  • Craft foam or colored/painted poster board for seaweed
  • Poster board decorated with stencils for background
  • Wooden dowels, pencils, or straws to prop up creatures on the diorama
  • Glue stick or craft glue to secure creatures to base

Happy recycled crafting! Enjoy sparking your creativity!

Thanks to my college roommate for giving me permission to use the photograph and concept in this blog. You’re were an awesome roommate and you’re still awesome! Your son did a great job and should be very proud of his project!

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