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20+ Crafts To Make From Recycled Items
Posted By Tipnut On May 23, 2012 @ 7:37 am In Crafty Ideas | 6 Comments
Here’s a bunch of crafty projects you can make using items you might normally toss (plastic milk jugs, ripped sheets, tin cans and more).
You’ll also find a bunch of ideas for repurposing old shower curtains at the bottom of the page along with links to larger collections for recycling old towels, t-shirts, sweaters and old jeans.
I’m just getting started with this collection and there is surely more to come, enjoy!
Plastic Bag Tote : (knitting) You’ll need a couple dozen plastic shopping bags, webbing and dungaree or bachelor buttons to whip this up.
Leather Journal Cover : Cut leather from old purses or jackets to transform an old journal.
Pretty Cans : These are covered with scraps of wallpaper and hook & loop tape.
Phone Case : An empty liquid soap tube that is large enough to hold your phone is cut and assembled into a case with elastic to close.
Woven Baskets : Made with strips cut from newspaper, magazine pages and junk mail.
Plant Hanger : Raid your fabric scraps stash or rip strips of old sheets to make this, you’ll just need 4 strips of fabric (2 yards long, 1″ wide) and a metal ring.
Clock Magnets : Salvage old watch parts to make these for your refrigerator or magnetic memo board.
Dryer Sheet Envelopes : Used dryer sheets are ironed (low setting) then stitched together to make a little envelope, velcro & button closure.
Chic Catch-All : Reclaim an old frame with printed fabric, beads and a little paint (if needed).
Kitschy String Holders : Vintage-inspired cuties that can put a glass jar or two to good use.
Also see these ideas for Seed Starting Pots  (made with newspapers, plastic milk jugs, toilet paper rolls, etc.).
Ideas for old shower curtains: (first published January 19, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization) Before reusing these, first clean and de-grime in a tub filled with vinegar and water or bleach and water–soak for an hour or so then rinse well and hang to dry. If it can be laundered–just toss it in the washing machine.
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URLs in this post:
 Scalloped Cloths: http://themaryfrancesproject.blogspot.ca/2011/11/simple-scalloped-cloths.html
 Plastic Bag Tote: http://store.cocoknits.com/products/re%252dbag.html
 Yarn Wrapped Shoebox: http://craftandcreativity.com/blog/2012/02/10/shoebox/
 Leather Journal Cover: http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2011/03/transform_old_leather_handbags.html
 Tin Can Caddy: http://cynthiashaffer.typepad.com/blog/2011/01/tin-can-caddy-tutorial.html
 Pretty Cans: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/storage/projects/diy-simple-storage-weekend-projects/#page=6
 Sunglasses Holder: http://www.lovebugliving.com/2011/11/crystal-light-container-to-sunglasses.html
 Phone Case: http://bywilma.com/2012/04/28/diy-recycled-tube-phone-case/
 Furniture Socks: http://hawadaere.blogspot.ca/2009/08/lame-but-awesome.html
 Woven Baskets: http://www.niftythriftythings.com/2011/02/its-in-news.html
 Piggy Bank: http://www.marthastewart.com/268631/piggy-bank
 Plant Hanger: http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=3940
 Cozy Throw: http://www.womansday.com/home/craft-ideas/make-a-cozy-throw
 found here: http://tipnut.com/make-sweaters/
 Clock Magnets: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/easy-upcycling-craft-projects#slide-8
 Make Slippers From Old Jeans: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/may/18/how-to-make-slippers-from-jeans
 on this page: http://tipnut.com/things-to-do-with-old-jeans/
 Unpaper Towels (Reusable): http://cottontailbabies.org/2011/01/unpaper-towel-tutorial/
 found here: http://tipnut.com/10-ideas-for-recycling-old-towels/
 Reusable Lunch Containers: http://spoonful.com/crafts/reusable-lunch-containers
 Macrame Throw: http://www.relevedesign.com/how-to-make-a-macrame-t-shirt-throw/
 found here: http://tipnut.com/repurpose-tshirts/
 Redneck Wine Glasses: http://kraftingwithk.blogspot.com/2011/04/redneck-wine-glasses.html
 Dryer Sheet Envelopes: http://sunnyvanilla.blogspot.ca/2012/01/used-dryer-sheet-envelopes.html
 Cutest Plarn Tote: http://thecrochetfoyer.blogspot.ca/2012/04/cutest-plarn-grocerybeach-bag.html
 Chic Catch-All: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/gift-ideas/diy-stocking-stuffers#slide-7
 Vanity Vessels: https://www.onekingslane.com/live-love-home/2012/04/easy-updatevanity-vessels/
 Kitschy String Holders: http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-vintage-inspired-string-holders/
 Seed Starting Pots: http://tipnut.com/make-seed-starting-pots-from-newspaper/
 bedwetting accidents: http://tipnut.com/how-to-clean-bedwetting-stains-from-mattresses/
 pattern & instructions found here (pdf): http://www.pfaffusa.com/media/Projects/CraftsGarmentBag.pdf
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