As I read more and more craft blogs, I realize that I am always attracted to projects that use recycled materials. Besides thinking that recycled crafts are a great way to use items you would normally throw away, I’m most fascinated with them because they always stem from wildly creative ideas that I could never think up myself. Because the modicum of artistic instinct that I do have is reserved for photo arranging and paper designs, I can only dream of having the creative impulse to find a pile of pop cans and bottle tops and see a craft project.
Fortunately for me, the blogging world is full of creative crafters willing to share their expertise. Here are some of my favorites.
Tesscar Aluminum Craft, an Oregon based company, sells aluminum can model plans for $8 each. You can browse their catalog, which is chock full of airplane models and race cars, and order through PayPal. They also have instructions on the site for a few free projects. In the same vein, check out recycledthings Diet Coke Salt and Pepper shakers from last week’s post.
Being a huge board and card game nerd, I love these Uno bags from Craftbits. The step-by-step instructions make this project look almost easy enough for me to do!
This clutch from MyRecycledBags.com is made from recycled cassette tapes, yarn, a few small pieces of fabric and a zipper. The page includes detailed instructions on how to create the cassette tape bag, as well as links to tutorials on making other small zippered pouches. This is a great – and surprisingly cute – idea if you still have cassette tapes. I think I have the Aladdin soundtrack lying around somewhere…