The Brilliant And Amazing Recycling Project Books – Our Review And Giveaway

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I don’t know about you, but over the next few weeks we are going to be needing plenty of things to do whilst in quarantine. So when the lovely people at Welbeck Books sent us their latest set of activity books, The Brilliant And Amazing Recycling Project Books, we were delighted to discover some new things to make out of items that we could already find around our house.

#AD – gifted – We received “The Brilliant Recycling Project Book” and “The Amazing Recycling Project Book”  to review.

The Brilliant And Amazing Recycling Project Books – Our Review And Giveaway



We absolutely love junk modelling in our house. And it also means that we get more use out of certain items before they are sent to recycle or thrown away. As part of a sustainable lifestyle we try to keep what we throw to landfill to a minimum. So therefore we do keep plenty of items to one side to make models and play with. Before Christmas, we made Santa decorations from egg boxes, and have lots of ideas on how to upcycle clothes.

But these two books by Welbeck each contain even more brilliant ideas for things to do with items that you can find in your recycling bin, or charity donation bag.


The Brilliant Recycling Project Book


This book has ideas of how you can take old socks and toilet roll inners and turn them into some amazing makes. Amongst many other things you can make an octopus, horse and rabbit out of an old sock. Or make a shark, rocket, unicorn or pirate plus many more out of a toilet roll inner. Each page is packed with full instructions of how to make all these brilliant items. Plus there are pages with templates or pieces to cut out and stick on your creations.


The Amazing Recycling Book


Alternatively, you can take your old egg boxes and cereal boxes, and use them to make some fabulous fabrications using The Amazing Recycling Book. Some of the many ideas include making a guitar, castle or marble run from a cereal box. Or making a penguin, dragon or music shaker from an egg box. Again, there are lots of accessories to cut out or copy to finish your makes.


We Made Something From The Books


To demonstrate how easy and effective these ideas are, we decided to make something from each book

Firstly, we took a cereal box and turned it into the puppet theatre, which is an idea from The Amazing Recycling Project Book. Then we took some toilet roll inners and turned them into a pirate and mermaid, which are ideas in The Brilliant Recycling Project Book.


Making our puppet theatre


Elizabeth loved painting the box and then decorating it. I had some scrap fabric, so made some curtains for the theatre.  (See some other ideas for your fabric scraps here.) As the mermaid and pirate came out so well, Elizabeth decided to make a cat, but then it quickly became a mer-cat.

Finally, she loved giving us a puppet show with her new group of puppet players!


Playing with the puppet theatre


Fancy Winning A Set of These Books For Yourself?


Read on as you have a chance of winning a set of both books for yourself!  What fabulous things would you make?


It’s Time For A Giveaway!

The lovely people at Welbeck Publishing have offered two of my readers the chance to win a set of the two books  featured above! You too could be using The Brilliant And Amazing Recycling Project Books to make your own fantastic models! To be in with a chance to win, you enter using the form below – and good luck!

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The competition is open to entrants from the UK only. The winner will be chosen at random after the competition closes – but see the full t&cs below.

Terms and Conditions of Giveaway
  • Giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday 12th April (00:00 on 13th April)
  • There are two prizes – which consist of two sets of both books “The Amazing Recycling Project Book” and “The Brilliant Recycling Project Book”. 
  • The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.  
  • This giveaway is limited to UK entrants aged 18 or over. If you enter from out of the UK, your entry will be deleted.
  • By providing your information, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information. I will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the Winner and will send the winners details to Welbeck Publishing Group, so that they can send the winning prize.   
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
  • The Winner will be contacted by email within 72 hours of the giveaway ending.
  • If no response is received from the Winner within 72 hours of being contacted, a subsequent Winner may be selected. 
  • Finally, entry to this prize draw confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If you have any additional questions, please contact me.

Disclaimer: I received these two books for the purposes of this review. But all thoughts and opinions are my own.

See more books at Welbeck Publishing here.

And see some of our other reviews

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65 Replies to “The Brilliant And Amazing Recycling Project Books – Our Review And Giveaway”

  1. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Anything we have ! Surprising how yiu can make junk look fab

    1. Katie B says:

      We are trying to find things to make with egg boxes at the moment as we have alot hanging around! Love craft time

    2. Claire Murden says:

      I’d be using it all. Great distraction for everyone whilst home schooling continues.

  2. Susan B says:

    We seem to have a lot of cardboard inners of loo rolls and paper towels.

    1. Graham Robinson says:

      Thrse would teach my niece and nephew some more things to do at home. Enough with all the Lego sets!

    2. Leanne Hansell says:

      We love junk modelling with empty food packets, including egg boxes.

  3. Dan says:

    So many egg boxes we’ve been saving for crafts, these books will come in very handy!

  4. Carol says:

    Sounds like a great book for every family – so many happy hours re-cycling things. #MMBC

    1. Tracy Barber says:

      Cereal boxes and loo roll inners, sounds like a fun book

  5. Tracy Nixon says:

    Socks, egg boxes, loo rolls and cereal boxes and more!

  6. Andrea Fletcher says:

    My grandson has been making puppets out of cereal boxes and loo rolls.

  7. Peter Watson says:

    I’ll be junk modelling with my granddaughter with lots of loo roll centres.

  8. JOHN TAGGART says:

    I made a rocket from a fairy liquid bottle when I was a kid… my mam was over the moon with it

  9. fiona waterworth says:

    we always have dozens of toilet roll tubes, with the addition of some craft material from our large tubs, my children will make something fun

  10. Dawn Samples says:

    I have plenty of cereal boxes, plastic tubs, bottles and bottle lids to get us started x

  11. Michelle Kinsey says:

    We’ve been filling up a box over the last few weeks with whatever we would usually throw into the recycling bin – egg boxes, yogurt pots, loo roll tubes

  12. Ruth Harwood says:

    We have plenty of loo rolls and cereal boxes, and other things like plastic milk bottles and other boxes to make some great imaginative creations together xx

  13. Mel Turner says:

    All the boxes that we seem to be going through with this lock down

  14. Mark R says:

    Loo rolls – can never resist saving them because they would come in useful at some point!

  15. kathleen warwick says:

    Cereal box and Loo rolls, the more the merrier

  16. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    My daughter has emptied her sock drawer and been making sock gloves for all her friends. We’ve got lots of other boxes too

  17. Helen Arlow says:

    This is a brilliant idea to keep the kids entertained at the moment. We’d probably use cereal boxes and egg cartons

  18. Fiona jk42 says:

    I save cardboard tubes, egg cartons and boxes for my granddaughter to use for crafts.

    1. Lorraine says:

      Great ideas, we have toilet roll inners and egg cartons which would be useful

  19. Kristie Metcalfe says:

    We would use egg boxes! We usually return them to our local egg farm, but I am sure they wouldn’t mind missing a couple when we show them what we have made.

  20. Natalie Burgess says:

    It has to be toilet roll as we have saved so much of it! Xx

  21. David says:

    Hello, I think I’d want to junk model with toilet roll as it would be good to use it up.

  22. Victoria Jardine says:

    Anything we can find really, but cereal boxes and egg boxes are always repurposed! We love a bit of junk modelling!

  23. Rachel Craig says:

    Loo rolls (cardboard inner) , newspapers, etc. We believe in recycling as much as is possible, and the children really do enjoy arts and crafts.

  24. Laura Lee says:

    My boys love to junk model and we have been doing loads of it since lockdown these would really help with some fresh new ideas. We use everything we can find junk wise. Thanks for the chance

  25. natalie s says:

    Anything that we’d usually chuck or recycle. Egg cartons, cereal boxes, loo roll and kitchen roll tubes.

  26. Caroline Watson says:

    we seem to have loads of yougart pots and marg cartons to use up on projects

  27. Anthea Holloway says:

    I shall be using lots of old fabric and socks as well as cardboard from various sources including cereal boxes and egg cartons.


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