1000+ Recycled Crafts: Crafting with Recyclable Items
These recycle projects are wonderful for kids and adults alike.
By: Melissa Conner, Editor, FaveCrafts.com
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Time to empty that recycle bin...right into your craft room! With our amazing collection of 1000+ recycled projects, 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 1000+ recycled crafts. Kids will get a kick out of the egg carton 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 1000+ Recycled Crafts: Crafting with Recyclable Items.
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Table of Contents
- What are the Recycled Materials?
- 15 Green Crafts for Children
- 50 Recycle Crafts for Kids
- 10 Crafty Uses for an Old Toothbrush + 7 Bonus Projects
- 10 Ways to Craft with Old Sweaters + 9 New Ideas
- Top 20 Ways to Craft with Holiday Leftovers
- 25 Recycled Handmade Paper Crafts
- 20 Crafts for Wine Bottles
- 12 Thrifty Trash to Treasure Crafts
- 14 Creative Uses for Mesh Produce Bags
- How to Make a Recycled Tin Can Organizer
- 25 Water Bottle Crafts
- 19 Ideas for Crafting with Old Jeans
- 69 Clever Ways to Recycle with Crafting
- 15 Bottle Cap Crafts
- 15 Unexpected Uses for Aluminum Foil
- 42 Clever Uses for Toilet Paper Rolls
- Are Toilet Paper Roll Crafts a Safe and Sanitary Idea
- Coffee Filter Flowers
- 10 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Trash for Crafting +14 New Ideas
- 42 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Trash for Crafting
- 13 Crafty Uses for Pop Cans + 15 Recycle Crafts
- 12 Soda Can Crafts For Everyone
- 21 Crafty Ways to Use Paper Plates
- 26 Ideas for Crafting with Egg Cartons
- 12 Cheap Home Decor Paper Crafts
- Top 8 Ways to Craft with Plastic Trash
- 22 Earth Day Projects
- 35 Ways to Craft with Water Bottles
- 38 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps + 18 Scrap Yarn Projects
- Plastic Spoon Roses
- 68 Uses for Scrapbook Paper
- 26 Trash to Treasure Crafts for Kids
- 12 Crafts with Bottle Caps
- 30+ Things to Do With Old Wine Bottles
- 10 Magazine Crafts
- 31 Newspaper Crafts + Recycled Magazine Crafts
- 21 Tin Can Crafts and DIY Projects
- Yes, You Can: 19 Easy Tin Can Crafts
- 535 Recycled Crafts for Christmas
- 25 Recycled Crafts for Easter
- "25 Cool Things to Do with Wine Bottles" free eBook
- 20 Bonus Recycled Crafts
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What are the Recycled Materials?
Before we begin, let's talk about all the recycled materials you will find in the crafts below! Please note that not all materials can actually be thrown in the recycling bin, but they can all be used for crafting!
Recycled materials include:
-Paper, like newspapers, magazines, paper scraps, paper plates, and more.
-Cardboard, such as the cardboard found in old shoe boxes, corregated cardboard moving boxes, egg cartons, and toilet paper rolls.
-Plastic such as plastic bottles, plastic silverware like these plastic spoon roses, and even plastic bottle caps.
-Aluminum, mainly from aluminum pop can as well as aluminum foil.
-Glass, particularly glass bottles and wine bottles.
-Tin cans from soup and sauces.
-Other metal like bottle caps.
-Miscellaneous materials like tooth brushes, mesh produce bags, old sweaters, old jeans, coffee filters, and more!
15 Green Crafts for Children
Whether it's raining, snowing, or you're just taking 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 recycling ideas use everyday items to inspire creativity for kids of all ages. Great for kids to do with their families or on their own, these recycled craft projects not only fun to make, but are a great way to teach kids about the importance of reduction, reusing, and recycling.
50 Recycle Crafts for Kids
Teach kids about the importance of recycling with these adorable crafts for kids. These crafts with recyclable items come in so many shapes and sizes, making them perfect for kids of all ages. Use drink cartons, soda cans and more to create the most interesting and eye-catching crafts ever.
Mason jar craft ideas are having a moment right now, and it's never been easier to get in on the trend. Download a copy of 20 Crafts with Mason Jars: Wedding Ideas, Centerpieces, Decor and More - you'll find everything from cute decorations to fun gift ideas. Mason jar crafts are a great option if you want to save money and use inexpensive items. You'll find crafts for weddings, outdoor decor projects and so much more. There are even great Mason jars ideas for kids in 20 Crafts with Mason Jars: Wedding Ideas, Centerpieces, Decor and More free eBook
10 Crafty Uses for an Old Toothbrush + 7 Bonus Projects
We all know from going to the dentist that a toothbrush is meant to last no more than three months. 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 how to make the clever recycled crafts and will want to put your old toothbrush to work!
10 Ways to Craft with Old Sweaters + 9 New Ideas
We all have those few out-of-date or too-small sweaters. It seems that despite our best efforts, we just can't seem to part with them. Turn your old sweaters into new treasures! With these easy tutorials, crafting with sweaters has never been easier. You can also upcycle sweaters as a means of cleaning out your closet and making room for new clothes!
Top 20 Ways to Craft with Holiday Leftovers
When 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 ways to use up all those left over gift wrapping items. From clever ways to reuse cards to an easy handmade bow tutorial, this collection of recycle projects is great to have on hand after the holiday rush.
25 Recycled Handmade Paper Crafts
This collection of 25 Recycled Handmade Paper Crafts makes it easy to recycle your paper grocery bags, leftover tissue paper, and coffee filters. These recycled paper crafts 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.
20 Crafts for Wine Bottles
Have 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, 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 Bottles. Pour yourself a glass and get to crafting!
12 Thrifty Trash to Treasure Crafts
Plastic bottles, old magazines, paper grocery bags and tattered sweaters all have something in common - they're trash. However, they also make great materials for crafting! From yogurt containers to oatmeal boxes, there's plenty of trash waiting to become art.
14 Creative Uses for Mesh Produce Bags
Don't toss those mesh bags! You can use them to create all kinds of DIY recycled crafts. Perfect for going to the beach or storing lightweight hair accessories, these mesh bags are great for helping you organize your life. Have a ton of earrings? Stretch a mesh bag over a piece of wood or an old frame and staple in place to create an easy and inexpensive earring organizer! That's just one of the helpful suggestions you'll find in this collection of useful recycled projects.
How to Make a Recycled Tin Can Organizer
Aluminum can crafts are a crafter's best friend. Save up those empty tin cans and use them for this quick and easy recycled crafts. Since this craft is so simple, kids can lend a hand and help every step of the way. Place this organizer on a desk and use it to store pencils, scissors or other office supplies.
25 Water Bottle Crafts
There are so many ideas for crafts made from recycled items, it's sometimes hard to decide which ones to try. We've rounded up 25 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 crafts that you can use in your everyday life.
19 Ideas for Crafting with Old Jeans
Do 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 ideas we have to offer in this collection of denim tutorials! From cute home decor ideas to ways you can transform a beloved pair of jeans, these denim crafts are great for thrifty sewists who just can't bear to part with their favorite pair of jeans.
69 Clever Ways to Recycle with Crafting
Before you toss your trash out, consider the three R's of environmental advocacy: reduce, reuse, and recycle! With this amazing collection of trash to treasure crafts, 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!
15 Bottle Cap Crafts
15 Unexpected Uses for Aluminum Foil
The 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 crafts. Aluminum foil is also great for kids to use to make monsters, space ships, and fun decorations for a bedroom. So when the leftovers are gone, don't toss that foil in the trash. Instead, rinse it off and get ready to give a unique textured look to your next recycling crafts.
42 Clever Uses for Toilet Paper Rolls
You'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 42 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!
Are Toilet Paper Roll Crafts a Safe and Sanitary Idea
Toilet paper roll crafts are one of the most popular and classic recycled crafts out there, especially when it comes to crafting with kids. These often adorable and always cheap craft ideas are a great way to teach kids all about reusing and recycling products in the home. About once or twice every few months, we receive a comment or an email about how it may be unsafe to craft with toilet paper rolls. They do, after all, come from the bathroom and could be covered in icky germs you do not want to be hanging out with during your craft time.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, Are Toilet Paper Roll Crafts a Safe and Sanitary Idea? Read all about them here.
Coffee Filter Flowers
Craft with what you have! Now that you have all of these recycled crafts ideas, it's time to put your skills to use. You can make a single flower or create an entire bouquet.
10 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Trash for Crafting +14 New Ideas
Paper 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 recycled projects in this article.
42 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Trash for Crafting
Who 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 recycled craft ideas.
13 Crafty Uses for Pop Cans + 15 Recycle Crafts
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!
12 Soda Can Crafts For Everyone
Gather up the kids or spend an afternoon by yourself - these soda can crafts can fit any situation. If you want to go green, these are the perfect crafts to try. Cut or decorate the cans to bring them to life. You'll love the look of these recycled craft projects and will want to display them everywhere.
21 Crafty Ways to Use Paper Plates
Kids will be the first to tell you that 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 recyclable 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.
26 Ideas for Crafting with Egg Cartons
Working 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 recycling ideas, you'll learn how to turn egg cartons into cupcake holders, luminaries, and even planters.
12 Cheap Home Decor Paper Crafts
Paper is one of the best materials to craft with because it's so easy to find. 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.
Top 8 Ways to Craft with Plastic Trash
Do not toss that plastic bag, bottle, or empty jewel case! Turn trash plastic into decorative accents for your home, a functional tool, or a recycle projects for kids or adults. The more you look for ways to reuse 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.
22 Earth Day Projects
Earth Day is a time to celebrate and honor this awesome planet of ours, and we have a great collection of DIY recycled projects that you can make 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!
35 Ways to Craft with Water Bottles
Dive 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! Use empty plastic bottles for these fun Earth-friendly crafts!
38 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps + 18 Scrap Yarn Projects
Fans of knitting and crochet are bound to have tiny balls of yarn or scraps leftover 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 for recycle crafts. 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.
Plastic Spoon Roses
Plastic spoon crafts are a fun and creative ways to use items you already have. Recycled crafts have never looked so fancy.
68 Uses for Scrapbook Paper
Scrapbook lovers know that it's nearly impossible to go into a craft store and buy just one piece of scrapbook paper. We have some great trash to treasure crafts to turn your favorite 12" X 12" 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!
26 Trash to Treasure Crafts for Kids
These awesome 26 recycled materials projects 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!
12 Crafts with Bottle Caps
There are lots of ways to turn water bottles into something new and exciting, but what about the caps? With this collection, you can find lots of ways to reuse milk caps, bottle 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!
30+ Things to Do With Old Wine Bottles
Wine bottles are great to use as vases, garden decor, wind chimes, votive holders, and so much more. With these easy recycled crafts ideas, 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 contemplate how to reuse the bottle once its empty!
10 Magazine Crafts
Instead of tossing out that pile of old magazines you have lying around, why not turn them into some great reusable household items? Crafts from recycled material are fun and easy to make and they help the environment. These recycle crafts 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
31 Newspaper Crafts + Recycled Magazine Crafts
For those of us who still like opening a newspaper every morning, there are plenty of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Don't let those newspapers pile up after you've finished reading them. Instead, use them to create DIY projects you can display and wear. In addition to newspaper craft projects, you'll find ways to use magazines in your free craft projects.
21 Tin Can Crafts and DIY Projects
To some, an empty tin can is just trash. However, when you're a tried and true craftaholic, you see a tin can as an important craft supply. Tin can crafts don't have to look cheap or like, well, garbage. In fact, you can make all kinds of recycling crafts that look absolutely amazing. Create your own pencil holders, coasters and even wall art using discarded tin cans - it's easier than you think. Before you know it, you'll have an arsenal of aluminum can crafts to show, display and give as gifts.
Yes, You Can: 19 Easy Tin Can Crafts
Find even more crafts made from soup cans, these tin can ideas show you how to make charming home decor ideas, games for kids, and more. All of the DIY crafts in this list are easy-to-make and absolutely lovely.
535 Recycled Crafts for Christmas
Christmas doesn't have to be expensive or wasteful. It is a time to spend with family and make memories. With these hundreds of recycled crafts, varying from gifts in a jar to gingerbread house designs and recipes to a crochet nativity set. There is probably no way that you can make all of these this year, but you can definitely make a valiant attempt and save many for the years to come. Have fun with your family and friends making these wonderful Christmas crafts.
25 Recycled Crafts for Easter
Christmas is not the only holiday that is perfect for recycling project ideas. Check out this list of recycled crafts for Easter and find adorable earth-friendly bunny craft ideas and more. Spring is the perfect time to celebrate mother nature with recycled ideas.
"25 Cool Things to Do with Wine Bottles" free eBook
It seems that readers love wine bottles almost as much as they love wine! Tip it back and save those bottles - you'll need them for the project feature in 25 Cool Things To Do With Wine Bottles. Craftaholics and beginners alike will find plenty of creative ideas to fall in love with. In addition to wine bottle crafts, you'll find wine cork crafts, too. These recycle craft ideas are perfect for anyone who loves to craft outside the box and use unexpected materials. From pretty home decor to cool jewelry designs, you'll love the green craft projects in this free eBook.
20 Bonus Recycled Crafts
If none of the hundreds of craft ideas above struck your fancy, maybe these will. We have a wide collection of projects from a DIY picture frame, recycled vases, and a recycled desk organizer. Your recycling bin is overflowing and just begging to be turned into something beautiful. Get your creative and artistic juices flowing with these fun, easy, and green crafts.
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