BLOCKHEADS: Recycled Art Project


With a few simple things found in your recycle bin and craft closet, your kids can create silly characters that are sure to make them giggle. Making these Blockheads is a great way to spark your kids’ imagination and creativity. You might find yourself giggling, too!

Created by Debbie Helton from The Craft Shack


  • Wood blocks cut from a 2-by-4-inch piece of lumber
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft paint
  • A paintbrush
  • An array of junk, such as bottle caps, plastic spoons, pop tabs, old keys, nuts, bolts and washers — almost anything can be used!
  • An array of craft materials, such as pipe cleaners, yarn, googly eyes, ribbon pieces, zipper pieces and buttons
  • Glue
  • A creative imagination

(PARENTS: Cut 2-by-4 into a 2-by-4-by-3-inch size. Then, using sandpaper, smooth out block.)

  1. Use your imagination to decide who or what you want your Blockhead to be.
  2. Paint your wood and let it dry.
  3. Gather materials, including glue, and start creating!
  4. Some creative ideas: Plastic spoons can be painted and used as ears; pop tabs can be used for noses, washers or bottle caps can be used for eyes. There’s no limit to your imagination!

Go green at The Craft Shack, a creative recycled arts and crafts studio for ages 8 to 108. The Craft Shack has space for a great girls night out, birthday parties and other artsy-craftsy events. 407-448-1375




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