Our upcycling* programs need your throwaways! Items that you donate can become captivating and creative learning tools.

Child Creativity Lab gladly accepts business overstock or retired inventory, production scraps, samples and seconds, as well as excess from individual craft closets/cabinets, art studio cleanouts, sewing room stashes, etc.


Help us keep the landfills free from perfectly reusable materials. Anyone can donate! The CCL relies on bulk material donations by organizations and individuals in and around the community for the following:

  • To repurpose for the CCL Makerspace-on-Wheels educational activities for students in Orange County.

  • To distribute to educators, families, and crafters for their own educational or recreational projects.



We accept most bulk item donations, however we do have some requirements. Donations may be dropped off at our Depot for Creative Reuse (1815 E. Wilshire Ave. #906, Santa Ana, CA 92705) during our regular open hours. For additional questions about your donation, please contact Child Creativity Lab at (714) 352-4380, or email us.


All material donations must be new or clean/washed to be accepted.

  • Bulk manufacturing production scraps

  • Business overstock or retired inventory

  • Product samples or seconds

  • Craft/art supplies and tools (e.g. stamps, knitting tools, pipe cleaners)

  • Hard plastic (e.g. bottles, medicine bottles, film canisters, caps, lids, etc.)

  • Legos, hard plastic toys

  • Fabric (large pieces), yarn, string, thread

  • Home decor (seashells, small tiles, etc.)

  • Wine corks

  • CDs/DVDs


Some donations are not accepted due to lack of storage, surplus of items, or safety/hygiene restrictions):

  • Dirty/contaminated materials

  • Small fabric sample swatches / scraps

  • Books / magazines / paper (please donate these to your local library or to Salvation Army/Goodwill)

  • Cardboard / boxes

  • Packaging (breakable) foam

  • “Bendy/malleable/squishy” plastic (e.g. packaging plastic, to-go food containers, etc.)

  • Glass materials (e.g. mason jars, vases, wine bottles, etc.)

  • Containers used to package peanuts or nuts

— Reuse discarded objects or material in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original. Upcycling challenges the consumer culture and connotations of what is considered "used", and instead encourages widespread reform to think of new and innovative ways to utilize things.