How to Make Recycled Crafts

Craft Green by Making these Recycled Crafts

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Let's all make recycled crafts. Not only is recycling good for the environment, it can help save you money; and, with the craft projects presented here, you can find out how to recycle creatively. Using the ideas presented here, you can transform baby food jars, paper bags, orphaned socks, and several other items into crafty masterpieces.

Make sure any items you recycle into crafts are clean and dry - most can be washed in hot soapy water.

You should also make sure there are no sharp edges or small parts which may pose a choking hazard for younger kids. Simply make sure you use common sense before you use your imagination.

Please enjoy this ever-growing list of great ideas for crafting green (recycling items you might normally throw away to create great craft projects, games, and more). Click on the desired item below to find a collection of great craft ideas.

  • Bag Crafts
    Crafts using paper bags and plastic bags
  • Can Crafts
    Crafts using aluminum cans, tin cans, cardboard juice cans, coffee cans, oatmeal containers, potato chip containers, and nut cans
  • Cardboard and Box Crafts
    Crafts using cardboard pieces, corrugated boxes, household boxes, and show boxes
  • Cardboard Tube Crafts
    Crafts using toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and wrapping paper rolls
  • Compact Disk and Case Crafts
    Crafts using old CDs and cd cases
  • Film Container and Pill Bottle Crafts
    Crafts using film containers and pill bottles
  • Greeting Card Crafts
    Crafts using cards from all occasions
  • Jar and Bottle Crafts
    Crafts using baby food jars, drink bottles, and quart-sized jars
  • Kitchen Item and Tableware Crafts
    Crafts using bowls, cups, straws, eating utensils, egg cartons, milk cartons, paper plates, plastic jugs, strawberry baskets, and styrofoam trays
  • Laundry Room Finds
    Crafts using laundry scoops and laundry soap jugs
  • Lid and Cap Crafts
    Crafts using bottle caps, frozen juice can lids, jar lids, and plastic tub lids
  • Light Bulb Crafts
    Crafts using different sized light bulbs
  • Nature Items
    Crafts using beads, flowers, ice and snow, leaves, pine cones, sand, sea shells, sticks, and rocks
  • Puzzle and Game Piece Crafts
    Crafts using puzzle pieces and game pieces
  • Reading Material
    Crafts using magazines, catalogs, newspaper, and books
  • Styrofoam Products
    Crafts using bowls, cups, egg cartons, packing peanuts, plates, styrofoam tray
  • Wearables
    Crafts using blue jeans, gloves, hangers, and socks

Finally, I have a couple of recycling craft collections you can explore. If you are hoping to add a few new craft books to your book shelf, I have a list of Creative Recycling Books to help get you started. I have also compiled a list of the current Top Creative Recycling Projects on my site. This list will change as more crafts are added.