Recycled Lion Sculpture

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

Make a recycled lion sculpture for Earth Day or any Day


  • Acrylic Paint Jars, 24 Assorted colors
  • Old CD
  • Soda Can
  • Bottle caps
  • Egg carton
  • Cardboard paper roll
  • Glue
  • Glue Gun **Adult assistance may be required
  • Tape
  • Scissors


 Step 1. Gather your supplies.

recycled art

recycled material sculpture

Step 2.

Cut fringe along one side of a cardboard paper roll. On the other-side, cut a slit in the roll every 1/4 of an inch. 

mixed media sculpture

Step 3.

Bend the cardboard roll around an old CD, or the lion’s head. Use glue and tape to secure this shape. This will be the lion’s mane.

kids craft recycled sculpture

Step 4.

Have an adult secure a recycled soda can to the back of the lion’s head with a glue gun.

art made from recycled materials

Step 5.

Cut an egg carton cup to make the snout of the lion. Cut (2) triangular pieces from the carton to create the lion’s ears.

recycled sculpture kids art project

Step 6.

Glue the ears and snout to the face of the lion. Glue Fuzzy Sticks on the snout as whiskers and then glue a bottle-cap on top of the whiskers to create the nose of the lion.

recycled materials and sculpture

Step 7.

Stack and glue (4) bottle caps together to form a paw. Repeat so that you have (4) paws.

recycled animal sculpture

Step 8.

Have an adult use a glue gun to attach the paws to the lion’s body.

recycled animal sculpture

Step 9.

Paint the lion using orange and yellow acrylic paint. Add black acrylic paint for the nose and the mouth. Next, attach large Wiggly Eyes with glue.

art made of recycled materials

Step 10.

Wind yellow Fuzzy Sticks around the neck of the lion and wind two orange Fuzzy Sticks together to make the lion’s tail. Glue Fuzzy Sticks in place.

Further Discussion:

Use our lion project as a starting point for further exploration with recyclable materials and sculpture. Make a pile of recycled “goodies” and ask your child to figure out what sort of animal/object/person they can create with their materials.