Get easy ideas for recycled crafts that adults will want to make! The best part about this project is that they are simple enough for kids too.
I did a thing this past March that I really enjoyed, and you might think it’s silly. Because while I’m happy with the results, and glad that I did it – I’m kind of embarrassed that I had to impose this on myself in the first place.
I did a “no buy March.”
It’s nothing sanctioned by an official body. I just decided to try reducing my overall spending by purchasing nothing extra in the month of March. So I bought groceries, gas, and necessities (I’m not going without toilet paper) but no additional shopping.
Did it work out well? YES! I feel like I saved money. Which I really didn’t (I just didn’t spend it on crap), but it felt good anyway. I felt that by buying less things, I became more choosy when the month was up. There was a ripple effect.
And there was another cool side effect as well.
When I wanted to make something, I got creative. Because I couldn’t buy anything new, I often resorted to going through my craft stash to see what I had. I also decided to go through the recycle bins and find surfaces and materials.
It might not be a big deal to some, but for me it felt really good to not only save money but to also use up stuff from my stash AND keep things going into the trash! And I’m about to make you feel the same kind of positive vibes with these recycled crafts.
I get all the “good feels” from reducing consumption, and if you do too – I think you’re going to love these ideas! I’ve made a list of over 50 DIYs below.
Do you like crafts with recycled materials? I hope you’ll check out these projects and let me know what you think of them. If you have a favorite idea reusing materials, I’d also love to hear that in the comments!
Use spray paint to revive and upcycle old Christmas cookie tins! Add cork tags and adhesive letters to use them for gift containers or storage. So easy!
Learn how to make a wine cork wreath the easiest way possible! This simple DIY wreath takes about 100 wine corks to make and is so pretty.
I save everything, including old pants! Here's how to make recycled denim bins before you send your drawers to the Salvation Army.
If you have denim scraps left over, it's easy to turn them into a DIY bunting! Perfect for a party or for little girls' room decor.
Tuna Can Swing Out Storage Tower: Whenever I look at the recycle pile, I see untapped potential. One day when I was making tuna for lunch, I had an epiphany about the can even before it hit the recycle bin. Why not use it to create a stacked swing out catchall that could be used fo…
Learn how to make a DIY table lamp - out of old ribbon spools! You can use this tutorial to make a lamp out of anything. It's really easy!
Interested in Altoids tin crafts? There are a lot of ideas out there for how to upcycle them, but this is the easiest.
Learn how to make the most fun faux cactus ever using socks! This craft idea is perfect for those laundry castaways without a match.
Learn how to make a magazine bowl from a stack of old magazines! This recycled craft is fun and easy – and the tutorial comes with a lid.
This is the perfect little gift to give yourself or a friend for the summer…a grocery bag container. These are wonderful to throw in a beach bag for wet suits. They are perfect to have in your car for summer road trips. Whatever you reuse plastic bags for having a container full of them looks a heck of a lot better than stuffed in a drawer. Plus they are so much more portable this way.
If you have a giant purse, I have a solution to losing things in the black hole – recycle pill bottles into organizers! So easy to make.
If you need an easy kids’ craft idea with great results, this egg carton art is fun and sure to please. This recycled canvas art can be customized for any holiday or decor!
If you are looking for a fun project to do while sitting on the sofa, this yarn art is it. Make yarn wall art out of any word using cardboard and simple wrapping!
Learn how to make simple coasters using wine corks that are both heat and water resistant. Easy to make for decor or gifts.
Use junk mail to create unique typography recycled art. All you need is a few basic supplies and Mod Podge – and some creativity!
Get crafty with coffee filters and DIY this cute catchall bowl. It's so easy and basically costs pennies to make. Place on a table in your entryway or next to your bed for holding all your random knick knacks. Simply rinse used coffee filters and dry for making something really special that would also make a neat homemade gift.
Recycle glass soda bottles into these fun and modern Christmas candle holders made to look like trees! SO easy to make and customize.
Not sure where to put your phone while it’s charging? Make a cell phone holder from a lotion bottle using Mod Podge, and keep it near the plug.
Use your stash of wine corks to make your own DIY cork board! This cute craft can be put on the wall, doorknob, or fridge (with magnets).
This easy DIY Christmas stocking was made from an old pair of fleece pants. You can sew it up in about 15 minutes! So colorful on the mantel.
Learn how to make a DIY stamp out of a wine cork with this cool tutorial! It's a perfect indoor craft for kids.
Don’t throw away burned out night light bulbs – turn them into light bulb Christmas ornaments with Mod Podge and glitter!
Make a DIY comic book picture frame with either real comic pages or color copies! It’s a fun, budget friendly project that any comic book lover will enjoy.
Use old cereal boxes and toilet paper rolls to create a unique DIY desk organizer! This craft organizer is perfect if you’re on a budget.
Create DIY Oscars using Ken dolls – it’s easy to make them with spray paint and wood plaques. Perfect for Oscar parties or photo booths. Learn how to make Oscar statues below!
Change it up this holiday season with some cool, spray paint silverware in your favorite colors. It’s so cheap and takes minutes to do!
Learn how to make a “pug life” bag with Duck Tape. This DIY bag is so easy to make – gift it to yourself or a pug loving friend!
This newspaper craft is so easy and budget friendly – make poms that would be perfect for parties or in your home decorating!
This DIY pin cushion trendy and inexpensive to make – in this tutorial, Amy shows you how to create this simple craft using wine corks.
Make these cute duct tape cats for a fun Halloween crafts! They’re black and spooky but you can use any tape colors you like for this idea. It’s very easy and fun to make for any age!
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