Tinsel Tuesdays: Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments that kids can craft

You are going to love these, and so are the crafty kids in your life. Because it’s Tinsel Tuesday, today I have a Christmas craft for the kids – Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments. You know all of the little trinkets and doo-dads that kids love to save? Those found treasures are the perfect decorations for these Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments. These are made by one of my all-time favorite designers – Kathleen George, of course. I’m sharing links to a few more robot crafts, too.

Kids are going to love making these Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments. What a great way to use up their found treasures. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments by Kathleen George

To make Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 3” cube & 2-1/2” ball (body)
    • Two, 1” balls (hands)
    • Optional: Two, 1-½” balls (feet)
  • Acrylic craft paint in silver
  • Flexible drinking straws
  • Found objects, such as plastic caps, screws and bolts, watch parts, tacks, sewing notions, and buttons and beads
  • Chenille stems in silver and red
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; wooden skewer; stiff paintbrush
So fun for kids! Love the watch face and glue top on these DIY Robot Christmas Ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.

This Robot uses small plastic tubes for the legs, and beads for feet. Don’t you love the glue cap and watch face?

To make Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments:

1. Slice in half the 2-1/2” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. The kids can cut the foam with the plastic knife, just watch them closely to be sure they cut safely.

2. Glue a half ball to the top of the 3” cube. This will be the robot’s body.

3. Insert wood skewers into the body and the two, 1” balls. Paint silver the robot body and the 1” balls.

4. If you’re using 1-1/2” balls for the feet, press one side of each ball on a flat surface, creating a flat side. Paint the balls silver.

5. Create the arms and legs from drinking straws:

  • Cut a length of plastic straw, with the hinged portion in the middle.
  • Thread a chenille stem through the straw and push one end directly into a painted foot or hand. Secure with a drop of craft glue. (Note: If you’re not using foam balls for the feet, you can substitute beads or washers, if desired.)
  • Twist the opposite end of the chenille stem into a small loop, and cut off excess chenille stem.
  • Cut four, 2″ lengths of chenille stems and form into U shapes.
  • Thread through the loop at the end of each arm and leg onto the U, and insert the U into the robot body.
Fun details for DIY Christmas Ornament Robots. Great way to use up found items. CraftsnCoffee.com. #RecycleCrafts #KidsCrafts

All those found treasures you find in pockets? Glue ’em on the Robot Ornaments.

6. Decorate the robot with your found treasures. Most items will adhere with a thick, white craft glue. If some items are hard to attach, use a low-temp glue gun instead.

7. To create the hanging loop, twist together the ends of an 8” length of chenille stem. Insert and glue the ends into the robot’s head.

These Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments are so much fun for the kids to make! CraftsnCoffee.com. #RecycleCrafts #KidsCrafts

Make these ornaments now and have the kids give them as gifts in December.

If you’d like a few more ideas, here’s how to make a Robot Family, including a little Robot Dog.

Robot crafts for kids. This site has tons of fun ideas for crafting with kids and for group crafts, too.

Designer Dondi Richardson made the Robot Family.

For even more inspiration, watch designer Candie Cooper in our Rockin’ Robot video. I bet the kids will want to watch, too.

Cool robot crafts for kids -- watch the video! CraftsnCoffee.com. #RecycleCrafts #KidsCrafts

Rockin’ Robots designed by Kathleen George.

I’ll have a few more, summertime craft ideas for the kids later this week.

Happy crafting.


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10 Responses to Tinsel Tuesdays: Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments that kids can craft

  1. Teresa says:

    Would spray painting the foam work just as well?

    • Sharon says:

      Before you spray paint STYROFOAM Brand Foam, please closely read the label on the paint can. You want to be sure that the label says “safe for foam.” Many spray paints contain solvents, and the solvents will melt the foam. Please let me know if you have any other questions, and happy crafting! Sharon

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  4. CraftyB says:

    This robots are sparkly and fun. They would look great as a tree decoration, but would also work year round in a kid’s room.

  5. These are so cute! I bet my grandsons will enjoy making these! Will have to get together some stuff so they can next time they are here! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sharon says:

      Hooray — so glad this will appeal to your grandsons. Sometimes, it’s hard to find “boy” crafts, and we don’t want to leave them out. Of course, these can be fun for girls, too. Happy crafting! Sharon

  6. LisaM6 says:

    Those are too cute. Love the Robots.

    • Sharon says:

      Aren’t the little details wonderful? It’s a great project for using up all those little pieces you pull from pockets — hopefully before you do the laundry . . . I hope you’re enjoying summer, Lisa. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

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