How to Make a Box Robot Out of Recycled Materials

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Things You'll Need

  • Empty tissue box
  • Masking tape
  • Silver craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Empty water bottle
  • Utility knife
  • Used aluminum foil
  • Hot glue gun
  • 2 milk jug caps
  • Pipe cleaner
  • 4 empty toilet paper rolls
  • 4 empty gelatin boxes

Recycled materials make great craft materials. Cardboard food boxes, for example can be assembled with other recycled materials to construct a robot. Box robots are a creative and eco-friendly craft for kids and adults alike. Box robots can be played with, or even used to decorate at parties as centerpieces or tabletop displays. Make some box robots with recycled boxes and other materials as your next earth-friendly project.

Cover the hole in your tissue box with masking tape.

Paint the box with silver craft paint and a paintbrush.

Cut an empty water bottle about 3 inches from the bottom. Recycle the top half, as usual.

Wad some used aluminum foil into a ball and place it into the bottom half of the water bottle.

Place a bead of hot glue around the cut rim of the water bottle and press the top of the silver tissue box into the glue. Flip the box right side up. The half water bottle becomes the head of your robot.

Glue two milk jug caps onto the head for eyes.

Glue a pipe cleaner across the head as a mouth.

Paint four empty toilet paper rolls and gelatin boxes with silver paint. Allow them to dry according.

Glue a toilet paper roll to the broad side of the gelatin boxes so that it stands up and looks like a leg , with the gelatin box as a foot.

Apply hot glue to the rim of each toilet paper roll, opposite the gelatin box. Press two of the rolls onto the bottom of the tissue box to serve as legs. Press the other two onto the sides as arms.

Decorate your robot even more with other recycled materials or craft supplies. Use your imagination and have fun.