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Packaging out of plastic, metal and paper and other things we discard in the trash can be used for fun craft projects that are not only inexpensive but also help keep our our environment cleaner as well.




Organizing the Craft Room - Recycling Cans for Craft Supplies
We enjoy instant chocolate cappucino and have been collecting the empty cans for quite some time. It just seemed a shame to throw them out when they could be useful for other purposes. At the same time, the stash in the craft room was needing some organizing. That is when this idea came up to use the cans for that. With pretty paper the cans got a face lift and labels were then printed to indicate what is inside each can. Now the room looks a lot more tidy in a colorful and harmonious way.

Upcycling Craft - Colorful Bangles
Empty cardboard rolls from masking tape or packing tape do not have to land in the rubbish bin. Kids can adhere washi tape strips to them to create bangles to wear for play time.

Winter Craft - Recycling Cans for Bird Food
In this area, winter food and seed for the birds gets sold in plastic bags and is not so easy to store once opened. If you have empty cans from the kitchen with plastic lids, you can use these instead to hold the food inside. A paper napkin with birds motifs is perfect to remind you of what is inside the can at any time.

Cork Gold Angel
This sweet angel is an adorable craft for kids to create for the holidays.

Frankie the Friendly Frankenstein Monster
Kids will have fun turning ordinary food cans from the kitchen into fun Halloween decorations. This Frankenstein monster is too cute to scare anybody!

Spring Decoration - Recycling or Upcycling Craft - Colorful Vases Using Plastic Bottles
When white plastic bottles for yogurt drinks or other dairy products are empty, you can clean them and use them again to create this fun craft. This project is not only fun for adults but also for kids as well. It is a simple tear and glue project and the results are so pretty and no two vases will look alike. Create more than one of them as they look even more cheerful when in a group.

Recycling Craft - Altered Cookie Tin
If you like a quick and easy project, then all you need is a little bit of paint and a decorative motif and you can transform the tin into an attractive container.

Summer Recycling Craft Idea - Tea Light Jar
Washi tape is just now becoming noticed in this country but is still not so readily available as it obviously is in other places. We love the look of it though and found a substitute that serves the purpose we were trying to achieve.

Craft this Easter Bunny Gift Box
This bunny has a secret! Not only does he look cute and can sit on his own as an Easter decoration, but he is also a disguised gift box.

Bottle With Seashells
Isn’t this bottle so pretty and natural looking? With just a bit of paint and a paper napkin full of seashells, you can create this decoration within a day. A couple of real shells hanging from the bottle neck give it a finishing touch.

Yarn Bombing - Upycycled Toy Box From an Ordinary Box
This project takes yarn bombing a step further to make it quicker to do. A knitting mill was used to create yarn cording so that the yarn is thicker and therefore faster to use when covering the box. With the cord, you can create a colorful and soft toy box for the kids.

Paper Heart Ornament
Do not throw away those cardboard boxes. Instead, use them to create lovely paper ornaments.

Summer Recycling Craft Idea - Flower Vase Created by Wrapping Glass Bottle with Jute Yarn
This idea takes this Recycled Flower Vase Craft a step further and embellishes the bottle using decoupage glue and paper napkins. The result in this case is a pretty bottle in maritime style.

Paper Mache Fish
Paper maché is not only fun for the kids, but for the parents as well. There is no end to what can be created by just using newspaper and wallpaper glue.

Recycled Glass Jar Pumpkin - Paper Machè
Around Halloween time, kids can recycle old glass jars and create spooky Jack-o’-Lanterns.




Create Greeting Card Gift Boxes
With just a couple of simple folding lines and a couple of cuts, you can transform your Christmas cards into practical gift boxes that can be used to give small gifts for Christmas.

Paper Maché Tutorial
This tutorial will show you how to create 3-D wall decorations by just using cardboard boxes, newspaper and wallpaper glue.

Bottle Cap Lady Bug
This project is not only fun but is also a good way for kids to recycle bottle caps that may have otherwise landed in the rubbish bin.

Summer Recycling Craft Idea - Flower Vase Created by Wrapping Glass Bottle with Jute Yarn
This is such a lovely way to recycle glass bottles and at the same time have a natural looking decoration to hold a pretty summer flower fresh from the garden.

Fall Pencil Holder
Cans are often left over in the kitchen and it is always great to recycle them instead of throwing them away. Paper napkin leaves adorn twine, giving it a natural look, which is perfect for the season.




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