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Using Recycled Products for Craft Projects

There are numerous uses for products that may be deemed as trash. Before you throw that piece of empty box or plastic container away, think twice. You could bring them to life in more ways than one especially in your art or craft project.

There are numerous uses for products that may be deemed as trash. Before you throw that piece of empty box or plastic container away, think twice. You could bring them to life in more ways than one especially in your art or craft project.

Roll-on glue – You can use an empty roll-on deodorant bottle as a handy glue dispenser. Just pop off the ball top part, wash the bottle and ball thoroughly, let it dry and fill it with glue. Put the ball back in place and you now have a glue roll-on.

Potato chip canister – This can be transformed into a coin bank. After cleaning it dry, cut a slit, then decorate the outside with cut pictures from magazines or play money.

Earth-friendly gift bag – Make use of those empty seed packets or seed catalogs to decorate a paper gift bag. Cut out the flower pictures and glue them on a brown paper bag. You may use a flower picture as a centerpiece and surround it with paper roses, tulips, or daffodils. This is especially perfect when wrapping a gift for your green-thumb friends.

Reusing tissue boxes – Many tissue boxes have designs that are too pretty to be thrown away. Once emptied, you may cut them in small pieces to be used as gift tags or bookmarks.

Glove entertainment – Finger puppets make story time more exciting. Using old cotton gloves, permanent markers and some accessories such as buttons, you can create finger puppets. For added fun, let the kids make their own puppets and later stage a puppet show. This is also a good activity on a rainy day.

Disposable paint palette -- Use empty egg trays to mix colors when doing a painting project. The egg cups can hold the paint colors separately, while the attached lid can serve as a mixing palette for custom colors.

Candy dispensers as keepers – Reuse flip-top mint candy containers to store beads, small buttons, needles or screws, or even broken jewelry for repair. The clear plastic makes finding your small trinkets and knick knacks easy.

Soap scraps – Save your scraps of bath soap and wrap them in cloth to make a pin cushion. The lubricating properties of soap helps the needles and pins slide smoothly through the fabric.

Wallpaper re”cover” – Leftover wallpapers can be used as durable and pretty book and binder covers.

Photo jars – Jars and clear glass containers can serve as unique photo frames. Roll the picture slightly to achieve a curve and put it inside. Fill the jar with marbles, glass beads, shells or items that will hold the photograph against the glass without damaging it.

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Comments (9)

thanks for these tips, I like recycling things.

Ranked #27 in Arts & Crafts

Excellent craft ideas. I also like wallpaper as gift wrap. You can find it cheap and it is heavier duty than regular gift wrap.

nice craft ideas. good article athena

You can't beat recycling items for crafts. Loved the suggestions!

Very clever, I really liked the soap scraps idea.

Love it - we have SO MUCH SCRAP lying around - so your ideas are excellent Athena!

Ranked #3 in Arts & Crafts

Great ideas!

Truly excellent ideas.

Good ideas.

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