Kids Recycled Cardboard Art Necklaces – Free Printable

Make colourful necklaces with kids recycled cardboard art – our printable – and nature!

make recycled cardboard nature necklaces with kids free unicorn craft printable

We had such a great time as a family making these colourful, eco friendly necklaces from kids recycled cardboard art – and nature!

This craft activity just ticks so many boxes – its easy, sustainable, educational and above all fun!

Download our Unicorn Craft Printable here:

Download and print both PDF files for this craft (they are mirror images)

a boy wearing a homemade recycled cardboard junk necklace with flowers and unicorns
make recycled cardboard nature necklaces in rainbow colours with kids free unicorn craft printable
colouring in a unicorn free craft printable for a recycled cardboard junk and nature necklace

Want to make a Recycled unicorn Necklace and Wand play set? Just visit our Eco Unicorn Wand blog post..

Make a Eco Unicorn Wand HERE to go with your cardboard necklace!

Working with kids cecycled cardboard art..

What you need to make Cardboard art necklaces:

  • Cardboard box / corrugated cardboard
  • Printable PDF (both pages) printed on card / recycled card
  • wooden beads
  • Cord
  • paint & pva glue
  • Single hole punch – optional but really useful!
  • pompoms, sequins & flowers (optional)
recycled cardboard, FREE printable kids craft PDF, cord, pompoms, sequins for making unicorn nature junk necklaces

How to make kids recycled Cardboard Art necklaces

1. Create some cardboard art – Be bold! abstract patterns work really well for this project!

paint a colourful pattern on cardboard to make recycled cardboard nature necklaces with kids

2. Download and print our Unicorn Jewellery Printable:

Download our Free Printable (PDF) below:

Download and print both PDF files for this craft (they are mirror images)

3. Stick the A4 printables to the back of your artwork, and leave to dry.

glue your free unicorn kids craft printable to your kids cardboard art for making junk necklaces with children

4. Cut out the shapes!

cut out your unicorn kids craft cardboard art when making junk necklaces with children

5. Punch the shapes – to create threadable Cardboard art shapes

A single hole punch is really useful for this job. However – if you don’t have one of those a normal hole punch will do.

punch holes in your free unicorn kids craft printable shapes to make threadable beads kids cardboard art making junk necklaces with children

6. Decorate your Cardboard art shapes!

colour in your unicorn A4 printable to achieve different colour scheme junk nature necklaces

If you would like a different colour scheme just colour in the whole printable before sticking it to the card!

kids decorate recycled cardboard shapes with pompoms and sequins to make sustainable junk unicorn necklaces free printable

Add pompoms, sequins, tassels, beads – or whatever you can think of – only your imagination sets the limits! You can also use string to hang pompoms from your shapes (like I did with the unicorn shape in the picture)

kids create colourful and eco friendly necklaces from cardboard shapes, paint, sequins and nature

For more simple ‘cardboard art beads’ – simply cut geometric shapes from your cardboard Art – without using the printable – and decorate!

create a colourful selection of kids recycled cardboard art threadable shapes with flowers and unicorns

Some of our collection of kids recycled cardboard art shapes – ready for making into beautiful necklaces!

Adding nature to kids recycled cardboard art necklaces..

Adding nature to your cardboard art necklaces is a really great way to explore textures and colours in nature with kids – and it’s educational too!

We had a lot of fun – firstly in collecting the flowers and foliage in our garden – secondly in naming each plant – and thirdly in deciding how to incorporate our flowers in the cardboard art necklaces!

add nature to cardboard art shapes with kids an eco friendly childrens craft idea just punch holes and thread onto cord

Adding nature is also a brilliant way of giving your cardboard jewellery an interesting look – and fragrance!

How to add nature to your shapes..

7. Thread your shapes onto cord or ribbon- to create beautiful colourful necklaces!

kids thread cardboard shapes onto ribbon to create colourful and sustainable junk necklaces

Homemade Cardboard art unicorn junk necklaces – choose from a whole rainbow of colours – and wear them with different flowers every day!

boy wearing a homemade cardboard unicorn necklace with flowers and foliage made with a free craft printable

On reflection I am so happy we took the time – a whole weekend! – to really have fun with this creative multi medium project! Working together creatively as a family was a really great experience for us all – and we ended up with a beautiful kit of recycled cardboard art threadable shapes – ready to make an epic Junk Necklace anytime!

a pretty kids unicorn cardboard junk necklace with flowers, pompoms and sequins made with a free childrens craft printable

I hope you have fun with this project too – and that you enjoy our free unicorn printable! Please do mention us on social media if you make this project – we would love to see it! #theawesomechildhoodproject

unicorn junk jewellery made by kids from recycled cardbaord and nature + free unicorn printable

Make a full Unicorn Necklace and Wand play set!

Want to make a Recycled unicorn Necklace and Wand play set? Just visit our Eco Unicorn Wand blog post..

Make a Eco Unicorn Wand HERE to go with your cardboard necklace!

recycled cardboard craft for kids make a sustainable and colourful unicorn wand and necklace

Download our free Unicorn Printable Here:

Download and print both PDF files for this craft (they are mirror images)

Kids Recycled Cardboard Art Necklaces – Free Printable