Best Out Of Waste Ideas For Competitions: Classes 6 to 10

Rather than dumping your waste, why not teach your child some skills by making out-of-waste projects. Here are some interesting ideas for your school-going child.

By Amrita Gracias

Best Out Of Waste Ideas For Competitions: Classes 6 to 10

Our children live in an age where things are discarded without a second thought, only to buy and accumulate more than we often need. With the environmental crisis our world is facing, it’s time to make an effort to change this. So, why not encourage our children to take this forward using simple methods such as upcycling and recycling? These are simple but effective ways for our children to understand the need of the hour – to make the best out of waste and to reduce the waste generated from our homes and thereby the waste dumped in landfills.

What is upcycling and recycling? 

So what do the terms actually mean? ‘Recycling’ refers to the process of breaking down waste products in order to reuse them. ‘Upcycling’ on the other hand simply means reusing waste without destroying it to create something new. Therefore, apart from reducing the amount of waste being dumped into landfills, upcycling lessens the demand for raw materials, which in turn reduces various forms of pollution and even helps conserve our depleting natural resources.

Best out-of-waste school competition projects are useful examples that your child can experiment with and learn ways in which she can do her bit for the environment. These projects also facilitate creative ideas for using waste and learn some interesting science facts as well.

Easy best out of waste project ideas

Here are some easy best out of waste competition ideas you can make will things lying around the house – cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, fruit peels, crayons and waste clothes.

Best Out Of Waste Ideas For Competitions: Classes 6 to 10
Pen stand out of cardboard

1. Make a pen stand out of a cardboard packet

The next time you open a cardboard packet of tea or a health drink, don’t just dump it in your garbage bin. Here is how you can upcycle it to create a simple but useful storage or pen stand.

What you need:

  • A cardboard packet of tea or health drink
  • Coloured paper or plain paper that can be painted or coloured
  • Paints / crayons (optional)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape (optional)

What to do:

  • Cut off the top flaps of the box
  • Cut diagonally on the sides of the box and halfway through the centre (horizontally) on the front to resemble a stand
  • Cut out the coloured paper according to the shape of the box and glue on the paper on the box
  • If you are using plain paper, paint or colour your own designs or patterns onto the paper before cutting and sticking onto the box.
  • Stick paper on the inside of the box as well to make it look neat.
  • Stick pieces of double-sided tape onto the back to hang on the wall or simply place on a table to use as a pen stand.

Suitable for children in classes 6, 7 and 8.

2. Make a cloth bag out of t-shirts

Fed up of the growing stack of your child’s old clothes? Why not use them to make cloth bags that you can carry with you whenever you and your son go out shopping? It’s the perfect way to go green!

What you need:

  • An old t-shirt
  • Scissors

What to do:

  • Cut around the collar in a semi-circle
  • Now fold the t-shirt lengthwise and cut away the sleeves
  • Then turn it inside out and cut away the hem from the t-shirt
  • Now cut tassels (from the bottom) about 1 inch away from each other
  • Knot up the tassels from the front and back together (make tight double knots)
  • Now knot up the neighbouring tassels securely together.
  • Turn the t-shirt inside out again. Your bag is ready.

Suitable for children in classes 8, 9 and 10.

Best Out Of Waste Ideas For Competitions: Classes 6 to 10
Handmade snack bowl

3. Make a snack bowl out of plastic bottles

Most homes have a few empty plastic bottles lying around. Rather than dumping them, you can teach your child how to make snack bowls or organisers out them.

What you need:

  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Penknife
  • Thin strips of cloth
  • Paint
  • Glue

What to do:

  • Cut out the lower portions of the bottles using the penknife (supervise the use of the penknife). Make sure they are deep enough to hold the snacks/trinkets.
  • Paint the containers to make them colourful and attractive.
  • Stick a strip of cloth over the edges.
  • Your DIY containers are ready to use.

Suitable for children in classes 6, 7 and 8.

Best Out Of Waste Ideas For Competitions: Classes 6 to 10
Melt crayon to make candles

4. Make candles out of crayon

Gather old candles and unused crayons to make these simple decorative candles, which can give your home an elegant festive look. And, metal bottle caps can be used as holders too instead of simply throwing them away.

What you need:

  • Pieces of old crayons
  • Used candles
  • Metal bottle caps
  • Wicks
  • Glue
  • Hot water
  • Scissors
  • Vessel for heating the wax
  • Large pan
  • Small twig
  • Stove
  • Glitter (optional)

DISCLAIMER: Supervise your child when he does the steps that require dealing with fire or a heating device.

What to do:

  • Place the metal bottle caps in a large pan containing hot water for a few minutes so that the plastic lining on the inside of the caps can be removed easily.
  • Cut small lengths of wicks and stick them onto the base of the bottle caps with the help of glue.
  • Peel of the paper from the crayons.
  • Break small pieces of the candle and a crayon of one colour into the vessel you’ll use for heating wax.
  • Now place the vessel on the heated pan (on the stove) and allow the wax to melt
  • Once the wax melts and mixes with the crayon colours, pour the mixture into the metal caps
  • Spread it out equally with the help of the twig
  • Sprinkle some glitter on the hot wax
  • Repeat the process for each colour
  • Once the wax cools and sets, trim the wicks accordingly

Suitable for children in classes 9 and 10.

Note: You can even use an old scented candle so that your colourful candles give out a fragrance. Else, you can even add a few drops of essential oil while melting the wax for the same effect.

Best Out Of Waste Ideas For Competitions: Classes 6 to 10
Fruit peels make for great potpourri

5. Make potpourri out of fruit peels

Did you know that you can use fruit peels and flower petals to make an organic scented freshener? Home-made potpourri is easy to make and also makes a wonderful gift to give friends and family.

What you need:

  • Fruit peels (oranges and apple peels are preferred)
  • Flower petals
  • Herbs (basil, thyme, rosemary etc.)
  • Spices (cinnamon, cloves, star anise, nutmeg etc.)
  • Tissue paper
  • Butter paper
  • Rubber band
  • Ribbon

What to do:

  • Make sure the fruit peels, flower petals and herbs are free of any dirt
  • Place them on tissue paper and let them completely dry out in the sun for a few days to make sure they don’t have any moisture in them
  • Place the peels, petals, herbs in the centre of a large piece of butter paper
  • Add your choice of spices to the mix
  • Crumble and mix them well
  • Bring the ends of the paper together and secure it with a rubber band
  • Tie a piece of ribbon over the rubber band for a neat look

Suitable for children in classes 6 and 7.

These simple projects are perfect for your child to create a one-of-a-kind product that is made from things that are usually discarded. Encourage her to creatively use waste and do her bit for the environment.

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Written by Amrita Gracias on 1st March 2018.

For more ideas on out-of-waste projects, check out this story for activities suitable for children from Classes 1 to 5.

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