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674 Recycled Crafts: Crafting with Recyclable Items

By: Melissa Conner, Editor of

Time to empty that recycle bin...right into your craft room!  With our amazing collection of 674 Recycled Crafts, you'll find hundreds of uses for Mason jars, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, paper plates, and even old sweaters!  From funky jewelry to beautiful home decor ideas, these trash to treasure projects are the perfect way to use up all those extra bottles and jugs that you have lying around your house.

Crafters of all ages and skill levels are sure to find something they'll love in our collection of 674 Recycled Crafts.  Kids will get a kick out of the egg cardon projects and paper plate crafting ideas, and adults will enjoy learning what they can do with those empty wine bottles and bottle caps.

If you've been saving everything from toothbrushes to Mason jars, you're going to love the projects and tutorials we've gathered up for you in 674 Recycled Crafts: Crafting with Recyclable Items.

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674 Recycled Crafts: Crafting with Recyclable Items Table of Contents



15 Green Crafts for Children

Whether it's raining, snowing, or just a few days off from school, these 15 Green Crafts for Children will help keep kids occupied and entertained for hours.  From paper plates to pizza box art, these projects use everyday items to inspire creativity from kids of all ages.  Great for kids to do with their families or on their own, these thrifty and fun projects not only fun to make, but are a great way to teach kids about the importance of reduction, reusing, and recycling.  Click here to see all 15 Green Crafts for Children.

16 Crafty Uses for a Toothbrush

crafty uses for toothbrushesWe all know from going to the dentist that a toothbrush is meant to last no more than 3 when it's time to buy a new brush, hang on to the old one...we promise it will help make your life easier!  Use old toothbrushes to help you clean between little cracks in the floor, give unique texture to your painting, and foil detailed surfaces.  You'll be surpised to learn the clever ways you can put your old toothbrush to work!  Click here to see all 16 Crafty Uses for a Toothbrush.

15 Ways to Craft with Old Sweaters

sweater leg warmersWe all have those few sweaters that are just out of date or too small to wear.  However, despite our best efforts, we just can't seem to part with them.  If you're looking for recycled crafts to help you turn your old sweaters into new treasures, you've come to the right place!  With these easy tutorials, crafting with sweaters has never been easier...and upcycling sweaters is another great way to clean out your closet for new clothes!  Click here to see all 15 Ways to Craft with Old Sweaters.

Top 20 Ways to Craft with Holiday Leftovers

magazine bowWhen the holidays are over, we're often left with piles of bows, wrapping paper, and tissue paper.  To make your holiday cleanup a little easier, we've collected 20 great ways to use up all those left over gift wrappings.  From clever ways to reuse cards to an easy handmade bow tutorial, this collection of projects is great to have on hand after the holiday rush.  Click here to see the Top 20 Ways to Craft with Holiday Leftovers.

21 Recycled Handmade Paper Crafts

21 recycled handmade paper craftsThis collection of Recycled Handmade Paper Crafts makes it easy to recycle your paper grocery bags, leftover tissue paper, and coffee filters. These projects are great inspiration for making all sorts of cool handmade paper crafts for all types of purposes.  Turn bags into placemats, magazines into gift bags, and coffee filters into a beautiful wreath that would look stunning in your home any time of year.  Click here to see all 21 Recycled Handmade Paper Crafts.

20 Crafts for Wine Bottles

tissue wine bottle vasesHave you ever looked at a wine bottle and wondered, "What can I make with this?"  Well wonder no more!  With this great assortment of crafts for wine bottles, you'll learn how to transform these glass canvases into beautiful works of art.  Vases, home decor, and even a few crafts for wine corks all await you in Crafts for Wine pour yourself a glass and get to crafting!  Click here to see all 20 Crafts for Wine Bottles.

12 Thrifty Trash to Treasure Crafts

colorful paper pensPlastic bottles, old magazines, paper grocery bags and tattered sweaters all have something in common - they're trash.  But that's not all, they also make great materials for crafting!  From yogurt containers to oatmeal boxes, there's plenty of trash waiting to be turned into works of art.  Click here to see all 12 Thrifty Trash to Treasure Crafts.


14 Creative Uses for Mesh Produce Bags

Don't toss those mesh bags!  You can use them to create all kinds of projects.  Perfect for going to the beach or storing light weight hair accessories, these mesh bags are great for helping you organize your life.  Have a ton of earrings?  Strectch a mesh bag over a piece of wood or an old frame and staple in place for an easy and inexpensive earring organizer!  That's just one of the helpful suggestions you'll find in this collection of useful ideas.  Click here to see all 14 Creative Uses for Mesh Produce Bags.

17 Water Bottle Crafts

water bottle braceletsThere are so many ideas for crafts made from recycled items, it's sometimes hard to decide which ones to try. We've rounded up 17 Easy to Make Water Bottle Crafts that are so fashionable, handy and fun, you'd never guess they're plastic bottle crafts!  From trendy water bottle bracelets to bottle caps crafts that double as wall art, this collection offers ideas for recycled water bottle crafts that you can use in your everyday life.  Click here to see all 17 Water Bottle Crafts.

19 Ideas for Crafting with Old Jeans

19 ideas for crafting with old denimDo you have a pile of old jeans that you no longer wear or that don't fit anymore?  If you're just itching for something to do with them, check out all the projects we have to offer in our collection of denim crafts!  From cute home decor ideas to ways you can transform a beloved pair of jeans into something different to wear, these denim crafts are great for thrifty sewists who just can't bear parting with their favorite pari of jeans.  Click here to see all 19 Ideas for Crafting with Old Jeans.

63 Clever Ways to Recycle with Crafting

63 clever ways to recycleBefore you toss your trash out, consider the three R's of environmental advocacy:  reduce, reuse, and recycle!  With this amazing collection of recycling ideas, you'll find helpful suggestions on how to reuse all kinds of paper, metal, plastic, glass, clothing, and much more.  After reading through this collection, you'll never look at a piece of trash the same way again!  Click here to see all 63 Clever Ways to Recycle with Crafting.

15 Bottle Cap Crafts

mini cupcake pin cushionBottle cap crafts are not only fun for kids, but they're great for creating fun decorative pieces for your home, craft room, and even your wardrobe!  Though they're small in size, bottle cap crafts are lots of fun, and are a great way to use up all those lids you've been saving for one reason or another!  Click here to see all 15 Bottle Cap Crafts.


18 Unexpected Uses for Aluminum Foil

robbie the recycled robotThe great thing about aluminum foil is that it's cheap!  It's also a great craft tool for paper crafters and those who enjoy mixed media projects.  Aluminum foil is also great for kids to use to make monsters, space ships, and fun decorations for their bedroom.  So when the leftovers are gone, don't toss that foil in the trash...rinse it off and get ready to give a unique textuized look to your next craft project.  Click here to see all 18 Unexpected Uses for Aluminum Foil.

21 Clever Uses for Toilet Paper Rolls

toilet paper rollsYou've saved them for one reason or another...and now it's time to put those toilet paper rolls to use!  With this collection of 21 Uses for Toilet Paper Rolls, you're sure to find something fun and decorative to do with those cardboard tubes!  You may not know it, but these tubes are great for organizing, entertaining, and so much more!  Click here to see all 21 Clever Uses for Toilet Paper Rolls.

24 Ways to Reuse Materials for Crafting and Save

paper beadsPaper bags, plastic bottles, and soda cans can all be crafted into something new and fun.  With this collection of helpful suggestions on how to reuse crafting materials, you'll learn how to make paper beads, soda can coasters, and magazine holders from old cereal boxes.  If you ever ask yourself, "How can I put this thing to use?", you're going to love the projects and ideas in this article.  Click here to see all 24 Ways to Reuse Materials for Crafting and Save.

42 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Trash for Crafting

tin can crittersWho would have thought that crafting with trash could be so beneficial?  These paper, metal, plastic, and cardboard projects are great for clearing out your recycle bin, and is a fantastic way to get your kids into crafting.  Gather up old soup cans, milk jugs, newspapers and toilet paper rolls and get ready to transform them into bird feeders, organizers, and other fun and easy projects.  Click here to see all 42 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Trash for Crafting.

18 Creative Ideas for Crafting with Pop Cans

pop can Pop cans, bean cans, and other aluminum containers are great storage devices, but they can also be put to use in several other ways.  We asked our Facebook fans for some suggestions, and they sent in some amazing ideas for upcycling and reusing aluminium cans.  Did you know you could die cut aluminim cans to create beautiful works of art and lovely wind chimes?  Gather those cans out of the recycling bin and get ready to get your life organized!  Click here to see all 18 Creative Ideas for Crafting with Pop Cans.

21 Crafty Ways to Use Paper Plates

Kids will be the first to tell you...there are TONS of things you can do with paper plates!  From awesome instruments to cute storage boxes, you can easily transform these disposable dishes into anything and everything you can imagine.  These recycled crafts are great for kids and adults alike, and crafting with paper plates is an inexpensive and fun way to spend time together as a family.  Click here to see all 21 Crafty Ways to Use Paper Plates.

26 Ideas for Crafting with Egg Cartons

egg cartonsWorking with small items can be a pain when it comes to keeping everything organized...luckily the solution resides safely in your fridge!  Egg cartons are so useful for keeping small things organized and stored...and they're also fun to craft with.  With this collection of recycled crafts, you'll learn how to turn egg cartons into cupcake holders, luminaries, and even planters.  Click here to see all 26 Ideas for Crafting with Egg Cartons.

12 Cheap Home Decor Paper Crafts

paper wreathPaper is one of the best materials to craft with because it's everywhere. You can do paper crafts with computer paper, notebook paper, tissue paper, newspaper, and, of course, scrapbook paper.  In this collection, you'll find 12 fun and easy craft projects to decorate your home using paper. We've put in everything from centerpieces to wall decor to wreaths, and even some decoupage techniques.  Click here to see all 12 Cheap Home Decor Paper Crafts.

Top 8 Ways to Craft with Plastic Trash

plastic trashDo not toss that plastic bag, bottle, or empty jewel case! Turn trash plastic into decorative accents for your home, a functional tool, or a fun activity for kids or adults.  The more you look for ways to re-use plastic instead of throwing it away, the more aware you will be of how much plastic you encounter and toss in your normal life. With your favorite hobby, you can send less plastic to the landfill.  Click here to see the Top 8 Ways to Craft with Plastic Trash.

22 Earth Day Projects

earth day projectsEarth Day is a time to celebrate and honor this awesome planet of ours...and we have a great collection of recycled crafts that you can make in honor of Mother Earth with items that are sitting in your recycling bin right now!  From crafts for wine bottles to fun ways to reuse sweaters and jeans, these 22 Earth Day projects are a great way to keep garbage out of landfills while adding some fun decor to your home!  Click here to see all 22 Earth Day Projects.

48 Ways to Craft with Water Bottles

water bottle craftsDive into the recycling bin and gather up those plastic water bottles.  With these water bottle crafts, you can do anything from decorating and organizing your craft room to making lovely decor with your kids!  Create one or more of these fun Earth-friendly craft ideas, all made from empty plastic bottles!  Click here to see all 48 Ways to Craft with Water Bottles.


43 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps

use up yarn scrapsKnitting and crochet fans are bound to have tiny balls of yarn or scraps left over from a previous project.  It doesn't seem right to throw it away, so we've gathered up some great suggestions on how to use up all those pesky yarn scraps.  From small projects to unique ways to use yarn that have nothing to do with knit or crochet, this collection is a must have for yarn fans of all mediums.  Click here to see all 43 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps.

73 Uses for Scrapbook Paper

decoupaged canister setScrapbook lovers know, it's near impossible to go into a craft store and buy just 1 piece of scrapbook paper!  We go in for a few, and come out with a few hundred!  When it happens that you have more paper than you do reasons to scrapbook, don't fear!  We have some great ideas on how to turn your favorite 12x12 sheets of paper into beautiful works of art.  From colorful home decor ideas to simple wrapping paper for small packages, scrapbook paper can go a long way in the world of crafting!  Click here to see all 73 Uses for Scrapbook Paper.

13 Trash to Treasure Crafts for Kids

smashed cowThese awesome 13 trash to treasure crafts are a great way to create something new and recycle at the same time.  Why not use the things that we already have and make great gifts out of them?  These Earth friendly crafts are a responsible way to enjoy crafting and certainly a lot cheaper than buying all new materials!  These are also kid friendly, so they're great for teaching kids about the benefits of reducing, reusing, and recycling!  Click here to see all 13 Trash to Treasure Crafts for Kids.

12 Crafts with Bottle Caps

crochet beer coastersThere are lots of ways to turn water bottles into something new and exciting, but what about the caps?  With this collection of crafts, you can find lots of ways to reuse milk caps, bottle caps, litre caps, and more.  From colorful coasters to fun crafts the kids can do, these bottle cap crafts are easy and fun, and a great way to reduce, reuse, and recycle!  Click here to see all 12 Crafts with Bottle Caps.

16 Ways to Craft with Old Wine Bottles

hemp wrapped wine bottleWine bottles are great to use as vases, garden decor, wind chimes, votive holders, and so much more.  With these easy recycled craft projects, you can practically redecorate your home with the help of a few empty bottles of wine.  Wine bottle crafts also make great gifts when combined with a full bottle of your favorite vino!  So pop open a bottle and pour yourself a little glass of wine as you contimplate how to reuse the bottle once its empty!  Click here to see all 16 Ways to Craft with Old Wine Bottles.

10 Magazine Crafts

magazine craftsInstead of tossing out that pile of old magazines you have lying around, why not turn them into some great reusable household items? Not only is making crafts from recycled material fun and easy, it’s kind to the environment. These projects are great do to with groups of kids or scout troops.  Everyone has some old magazines lying around, so have a crafting party and make try one of our top 10 ways to craft something new out of old magazines!  Click here to see all 10 Magazine Crafts.






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