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47 Ways to Craft with Recycled Materials

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Updated January 09, 2017
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Ways to Craft with Recycled Materials

Have a bunch of empty plastic bottles or stacks of magazines lying around? Don't let them go to waste! Find 47 Ways to Craft with Recycled Materials in this collection of DIY projects. From aluminum to cardboard to paper, when it comes to crafts made from recycled items, there are plenty of cool and unique ideas to choose from.

If you love the thought of transforming one thing into something completely different, then you'll love these ideas for recycled craft projects. Whether you want to turn a bunch of discarded water bottles into cute decorations for your front lawn or you're interested in creating pretty napkin rings using the cardboard tube inside a box of Saran Wrap, you'll find some great tutorials here for how to craft with recycled materials.

These recycled craft ideas are a great way to celebrate Earth Day, but they're also plenty useful for just about any time of year.  So what are you waiting for?  Dive on into this roundup of green recycled crafts and learn how to turn your discarded paper, plastic and aluminum into something useful.

Recycled Paper Crafts

Fabulous Newspaper Roses

Paper is probably one of the easiest materials to work with when it comes to recycled crafts. It's so simple to transform old newspaper, magazine pages, phone pages and junk mail into something totally different and unique.  Discover all of the different ways you can make use of your unused paper with this collection of recycled paper crafts!

Recycled Crafts from Plastic

Plastic Bottle Flowers for the Yard

Have you ever wondered what happens to your discarded soda pop bottles once you put them in the recycle bin? Wonder no longer with these unique recycled crafts made from plastic!  See how you can take matters into your own hands and make use of your plastic waste with these easy DIY ideas. From creative accessories to interesting decorations for outside your home, there are a wide variety of projects to choose from in this collection of recycled craft projects.

Recycled Can Crafts

Soda Can Wind Chimes

If you're looking for ways to craft with recycled materials beyond just paper and plastic, consider one of these recycled can craft ideas. Learn how to mold and reshape aluminum cans into interesting homemade decorations, greeting cards, refrigerator magnets and more with these recycled craft tutorials.

Crafts with Cardboard

Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art

Storage boxes, cereal boxes, even cardboard toilet paper tubes; there is certainly not a lack of material when it comes to making crafts with cardboard. Look around your house for any of these supplies and then follow one of the recycled craft tutorials below to turn your junk into something cute, useful, or maybe just a little bit of both!  You'll be amazed by how a boring piece of brown packaging can turn into an amazing wall art display, fun and festive storage containers, or even a journal for you to jot down more recycled craft ideas!  Keep reading to discover some of our favorite recycled crafts with cardboard.

More Recycled Crafts Projects

Recycled Happy Meal Toy Wreath

It's easy to get hooked on making crafts with recycled materials. There's something addictive about transforming trash into treasure, and we understand that!  That's why we've gathered even more fun DIY recycled crafts for you to try your hand at.  From milk cartons to candy wrappers to old CDs (yes, those circular things you used to play music on!), there are plenty of old and discarded materials that can be easily transformed into something useful, pretty to look at, and fun to make!  Discover what other ways you can craft with recycled materials by checking out the tutorials below.

What do you love making out of recycled materials? Let us know in the comments!

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