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42 Ways to Reuse Materials for Crafting

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ways to reuse materials for craftingDo you know the three words starting with R that will make the biggest environmetal impact? They are reduce, reuse and recycle, in that order of importance. Though we cannot directly reduce waste in how products are produced, we can make re-using a more cherished part of our lives and thus reduce the amount of trash we produce.

Before environmental concerns became the reason for these tenants, our grandparents and great-grandparents re-used and re-purposed everything from clothing to food packaging to stretch every dollar. In our present economy, such frugal practices are once again becoming standard.

Crafting is the perfect way to re-use instead of tossing materials, especially un-recyclable plastics and other trash. In addition, you can enjoy your favorite hobbies and entertain family and friends, while saving money on crafting materials. Here are our favorite ideas for craft projects that re-use:

Paper

Metal

Plastic

Glass

Clothing

Misc

 
 

Paper

In this section, you'll learn how to craft with junk mail, newspapers, greeting cards, magazines, toilet paper roll tubes, old calenders, and more!  No matter what kind of paper you have on hand, there's bound to be some way to upcycle it into something amazing.

Funny Flowers

  1. Rolled Paper Beads
  2. Homemade Paper
  3. Shredded Paper Decor
  4. Comic-Wrapped Decorative Balls
  5. Newspaper Beads
  6. Papier-Mache
  7. Funny Flowers
  8. Newspaper Planter
  9. Gift Tin
  10. Recycled Christmas Cards
  11. Easy Recycled Christmas Ornament
  12. Recycled Paper Ornaments
  13. Collage Frame
  14. Decoupaged Accessories
  15. Magazine Purse
  16. Napkin Rings
  17. Organic Seedling Planters
  18. Pretty Recycled Princess Bracelets
  19. Toilet Paper Roll Bracelet
  20. Eco Green Tea Light Holder
  21. Calendar Page Envelope
  22. Paper Towel Jewelry and Earring Holder

 

Metal

No matter what kind of metal supply you have on hand, there's a way you can turn it into something beautiful.  From aluminum cans to cookie tins, these metal crafts are sure to inpire you to look at that old soup can in a whole new light.

Soup Can Bowling

  1. Tin Can Luminaries
  2. Tin Can Critters
  3. Smashed Soda Can Animals
  4. Picnic Helpers Tutorial
  5. Treasure Tins
  6. For You Gift Container
  7. Flower Power Tins
  8. Fall Thank You Tin
  9. For You Gift Container
  10. Soup Can Bowling

 

Plastic

We all know how bad plastic is for the environment...so the next time you find yourself with an abundance of plastic containers, gather them up for craft time!  In this section, you'll learn how to craft with plastic bottles, old CD jewel cases, plastic cups, and other plastic containers.

Soda Bottle Chandelier

  1. Cat Bottle Bank
  2. Plastic Bottle Lid Art
  3. Milk Bottle Cap Ornament
  4. Pumpkin Luminaries
  5. Blue Bling Water Bottle Earrings
  6. Water Bottle Supply Organizer
  7. Jewel Case Hanging Picture Frame
  8. Shrink Plastic Jewelry
  9. Table Favors
  10. Plastic Cup Flower Vase
  11. Recycled Yogurt Cup Bud Vase
  12. What to Do with Foam Trays from the Supermarket
  13. Soda Bottle Chandelier

 

Glass

Did you know you can turn glass bottles into lovely home decor pieces?  From vases to stunning home accents, these glass bottles and wine bottles are great for decorating any room in your home.

Wine Bottle Herb Garden

  1. Beaded Bottle
  2. Jewel Tone Glass Bottles
  3. Faux Dichroic Glass Bottle
  4. Wine Cork Board
  5. Wine Label Coasters
  6. 20 Crafts for Wine Bottles 
  7. Wine Bottle Herb Garden

 

Clothing

Upcycle old sweaters, belts, jeans, and more with these clothing crafts.  You can turn old clothes into new clothes or use older clothes to make other accessories for you and your home.  Work your way through your closet with these great clothing crafting ideas.

Denim Apron and Basket for Mom

  1. Make Felt with Old Sweaters
  2. Recycled Sweater Throw Pillows
  3. Recycled Belt Leather Bracelets
  4. Jean Pocket Pot Holders
  5. Denim and Lace Flip Flops
  6. Denim Art Can
  7. Denim Back to School Chalkboard
  8. Denim Apron and Basket for Mom

 

Miscellaneous

Finally, here's the best of the rest!  If you have leftover CD's, records, tooth brushes, light fixtures, or other odds and ends, check out this section for crafty ideas on how to reuse those old things around your home.

CD Coasters

  1. Altered CD for Kids
  2. Beaded CD Ornaments
  3. Holiday Ornament
  4. Letter Holder
  5. CD Coasters
  6. Vinyl Record Bowl
  7. 10 Crafty Uses for an Old Toothbrush
  8. Hammered Bowl
  9. How to Make a Purse from Plastic Bags
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