I just love it when I can take something from around my house that might normally end up in the trash and make it into something beautiful or useful. It’s not only economical but it helps the environment too! Earth Day is coming up but let’s find ways to take care of the earth every single day. Recycling items we would normally toss away or items we no longer have a use for (at least as they are now) is a great way to start.
Paper towel rolls, bottle caps, old magazines, cereal boxes, soda cans…the possibilities are endless. Sometimes it’s just a matter of trying to look at the item differently. Instead of seeing it as trash, look at it as a chance to be creative and think outside the box. And if you’re stumped for ideas, don’t worry. I’ve gathered 14 of my favorite craft projects using recycled items together here for you.
There are some great crafts here for kids and teens like the tin can wind chimes, soda can tab belt, and the t-shirt shag rug. That sumo wrestler plastic bottle bowling set is adorable! I just love the soda can camera and the honey bear vases myself. They are so unique and creative! They would both make great accent pieces in any room. But don’t think you can’t make crafty projects using recycled materials for adults too. Check out the coiled magazine bowl and DIY desk organizer for starters.
1.DIY smart phone charging station from A Little Craft in Your Day
2.Coiled magazine bowl from Creative Cynchronicity
3.Bottle Cap Collage from BluKat Kraft
4.No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag from Mommypotamus
5.Recycled Bottle Cap Frame from A Little Craft in Your Day
6.DIY Recycled Desk Organizer from Mod Podge Rocks
7.Gold Leaf Honey Bear Vase from A Beautiful Mess
8.Soda Can Tab Belt from Craft Bits
9.T-shirt Shag Rug from Molly Kay Stoltz
10.Sumo Wrestler Plastic Bottle Bowling from Hello Mess
11.Tin Can Wind Chimes from Design Dazzle
12.Egg Carton Lamp from AllYou
13.Paper Tube Japanese Flying Carp from Squirrelly Minds
14. Arizona Tea Soda Can Camera from Perfectly Unperfect Life
The options are limitless. You can use recycled materials to make jewelry and fashion, home décor pieces, items to help you get organized and even toys.