Upcycle Crafts with the St. Albert Environment team

It is Day 15 and today’s activity is a fun and simple way for kids to unleash their imagination and discover a creative way to repurpose cardboard packaging materials into a beautiful works of art.

Our friends in the St. Albert Utilities and Environment Department have come up with an upcycled flower and rainbow activity that requires very little supplies, making it super inexpensive and easy to make. 

Upcycled Flower


  • Any cardboard or packaging materials from your recycling bin
  • A sheet of paper (any colour will do)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen or marker

Flower Craft Materials


  1. Gather various cardboard materials from your recycling bin.
  2. Take the recyclable materials and trace the following shapes: 8-12 different petals, 1 circle for the center of the flower, 2 leaves, and 1 stem. 
  3. Cut out the various shapes. 
  4. Start gluing stem and leaves to the sheet of paper. Then glue the flower petals and then the center of flower to complete your upcycled flower.


Upcycled Rainbow


  • Various coloured packaging materials (snack/candy wrappers, cereal boxes, plastic packaging, etc.) from your recycling bin
  • A piece of cardboard (letter-sized)
  • Scissors
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Pen or pencil

Rainbow Craft Material


  1. Gather colourful packaging materials.
  2. Cut these materials into different shapes.
  3. Sort all the different shapes into the colours of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
  4. On a piece of cardboard draw a rainbow that will serve as the base of your artwork. 
  5. Grab your glue or double-sided tape and spread it across each section of the rainbow & stick the cut-out coloured upcycled materials into the designated area.


The City of St. Albert has worked with content developers to provide creative prompts that align with provincial public health measures, and guidance to protect the health system and the community by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

St. Albert Utilities and Environment Department is dedicated to waste and environment programs for the City. For more information on all the good work they do, visit stalbert.ca

We cannot wait to see your colourful masterpieces. Take a picture of your participation in today’s activity and share it with us online using the hashtag #40DaysofPLAY to be entered to win a prize from one of our Festival partners. St. Albert Utilities and Environment Department are also looking forward to seeing what you made and the materials you used. Please email them at environment@stalbert.ca 

Follow all provincial public health measures when participating in 40 Days of Play activities.

Last edited: May 12, 2021