Recycled Crafts

Recycled crafts allow you to reuse glass, plastic, cloth, paper and metal in order to beautify your surroundings. Recycled crafts are also a lot of fun to make and a great way to spend time with your kids.

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Your new fridge came in a giant cardboard box. Maybe your first thought is to break it down and recycle it. How about turning it into a playhouse or gardening supply?

By Alia Hoyt

You know that old mismatched dinner plate that's hiding in the cupboard? Hide it no more, there's life left in that plate. All you have to do is give it some time, literally -- by turning it into a wall clock.

By Elizabeth Abbess

Next time you use the last paper towel, think twice before you throw the cardboard tube away. It can be used to store plastic bags or loose cords, and it can provide hours of craft-making fun.

By Elizabeth Abbess

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Whether you're cutting down an old tree or replacing doors and bookshelves, there's a good chance you have some spare wood lying around. So what can you do with it?

By Tom Scheve & Sarah Siddons

Bowls used as sinks, or vessel sinks, as they are known in the interior design trade, are a hot trend in home design and can add a stylish and contemporary twist to traditional bathroom basins.

By Claribel Pope

It displays photos from that magical trip to Paris, next to the lovely postcard your sweetie sent and the takeout menu for that Thai place you've been meaning to try. Since you look at your corkboard every day, why not spruce it up a bit?

By Tom Scheve & Eleanor Duse

Copper is a versatile metal that can be used to make jewelry, sprinklers and mobiles. Whether you find your copper around the house or purchase it from a company, creating artsy crafts from recycled copper is a rewarding do-it-yourself activity.

By Libby Little

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The world has millions of mass-produced tin cans -- and thousands of crafters and artisans eager to recycle them into objects of beauty and utility.

By Eleanor Duse

From birthday bashes to romantic dinners, the sparkling shimmer of soft candlelight instantly makes any moment more magical and special. But once you snuff out the candles and the smoke clears, what do you do with those puddles of melted wax?

By Claribel Pope

Every time you open a bottle of wine, you tuck that cork away with all the others. What if there were something fun and practical you could do with all those corks?

By Elizabeth Abbess

Tea leaves its mark -- literally. It can stain mugs, countertops and even your teeth after time. Why not put that staining power to good use as a safe and inexpensive way to add color to your crafting and household projects.

By Claribel Pope

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Instead of spending money on expensive planters, why not create them from items found throughout your home? You can make use of many things that would otherwise end up in a landfill, and it's a great DIY project.

By Alia Hoyt & Elizabeth Abbess

Collage art is interesting, creative and fun. To make your own collage all you need is a great imagination, a little inspiration and a few easy-to-find supplies.

By Sarah Siddons

Your closet is overflowing with T-shirts, blouses, pants, jeans and even pajamas you no longer wear. Sure, you can donate some stuff to the thrift store, but not everything is worth the trip. Try recycling that fabric for a craft project instead.

By Cordelia Hamilton

Aluminum is lightweight, heat-resistant and flexible. Thrifty crafters take advantage of these qualities to make jewelry, household decorations and more.

By Eleanor Duse

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Ever outgrow a pair of pants, but just don't have the heart to give them away? Luckily, there are ways to hold on to those treasured trousers and use them for other means in your life.

By Juliet Kaman

Reusing plastic soda bottles to make crafts is a good way to utilize creativity, save money and benefit the Earth. Instead of taking up space in a landfill, soda bottles can be used to make candles, mobiles, noise makers and more.

By Claribel Pope

Before you think about throwing away your family's aging T-shirts, consider the crafting potential. The design possibilities are limited only by your wardrobe, so raid your closet, grab your T-shirts, and read on.

By Sarah Siddons

As the green movement spreads, so-called "up-cycling" has brought the blueprints for record-breaking inventions to mainstream society. Recycled vinyl record crafts are some of the most creative among those plans.

By Cordelia Hamilton

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Brilliant colors, sturdy materials ... it seems like such a shame to throw those wine bottles away. There must be something you can do with them, right?

By Eleanor Duse

When it comes to recycled-object crafting, CDs have a lot going for them. They're shiny, lightweight, round and have a smooth surface for attaching pictures, gemstones, fabric or whatever else suits your fancy.

By Sarah Siddons

Thinking of junking your worn-out or ill-fitting jeans? Recycling and reusing denim for crafts large and small will save you money and free up space in both your closet and your local landfill.

By Claribel Pope

Glass is an abundant product in our everyday lives. Whether it's an old jam jar, a candy dish or even a window, it may be useful for something else. Before you toss it, think about ways you can get crafty with glass.

By Elizabeth Abbess

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Jelly, salsa, olives, mayo, mustard ... if these items are common staples in your household, then you probably have quite a few glass jars in your pantry and refrigerator. Learn how to put those jars to good use after the food is long gone.

By Eleanor Duse

Every week, we hit the grocery store and fill our carts with food groups spanning the food pyramid -- including milk. And when you're done, that plastic jug can be turned into a myriad of craft projects.

By Elizabeth Abbess