Upcycled Craft Ideas

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There are so many creative ways to upcycle things that we throw away on a daily basis.   I thought it would be fun to celebrate Earth Day with a round up of craft projects made from items that would most likely end up in the trash.
Check out these fabulous upcycled craft ideas I found and make sure you link up your upcycled projects at the end.

Coasters from magazine pages by Saved by Love Creations 

Change purses from plastic bottles created by Zitta Schnitt.  These are the cutest things ever!!

Earrings from aluminum cans
Left: Crafty Soccer Mom, Right: Beading Gem

Use an oatmeal box as a ribbon holder shared by Modhomeecteacher on Curbly

Use soup cans to get organized.  HGTV shares this fun way to reuse soup cans.  I would also have to paint the cans.

Notebooks from cereal boxes created by Making Memories
Pencil cases from a cereal box by Quiver Full of Blessings.  She even shares a printable template.

Wine Bottle Tiki Torches created Gerardot & Co.

Create bangles from plastic bags.  These beauties are handmade by Garbage of Eden.
Gooseflesh teaches you how to make yarn from plastic bags so you can make all kinds of things.
I love saving coffee cans to use for craft projects.  Last summer Connor and I had fun making this bird feeder from a coffee can.   Just cut the lid in half and glue one to each side of the coffee can.  Then we painted it.  Very easy which means it is my kind of project!!
What’s your favorite upcycled craft project?

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  1. Those are some great ideas! I actually recycled an old oatmeal canister into a toilet paper roll holder for our bathroom, but I haven’t written a post about that project yet. It’s super useful though because we have a pedestal sink, so no storage underneath…

  2. Hi, I’m a new follower and love your ideas. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  3. Great ideas! I’m also saving all sorts of cans – soup, spaghetti, vege, – for a different project, but I love the use of them on the wallboard!
    Thanks for finding these upcycled projects!

  4. Such a great idea! Just about the only crafting I do anymore is upcycling or repurposing. I think it’s easier for me because it’s not quite a blank canvas!

  5. Really great ideas you collected! I love your bird feeder! I got about 5 coffee containers, the bigger ones though, and made of cardboard, that I’ve collected from work; wondering how I could weather proof it to make this… I’ve also got a recycling project on my to-do list! I’m converting a really big styrofoam box into…. well you’ll just have to wait and see! (Hope that wasn’t too much of a tease lol) Hopefully I can remember about this post and link up.

  6. These are great ideas! I wanted to join but couldn’t find anything that I upcycled so I’ll be thinking… Have a great weekend. Linda

  7. We are making 2 different bird feeders this weekend. I may have to add this to the list. Thanks so much for linking up again:)

  8. What great idea!! I even linked up two of my own. Thanks for sharing at my party! Have a great weekend 🙂

  9. These are really clever; especially the change purses! I like the wine bottle one too.

  10. What a fun link party. Can’t wait to see the endless possibilities of upcycling. I;ve been meaning to make some of those bracelets and coasters. I have WAY TOO MANY magazines.

  11. So many fun ideas! Love the bird feeder! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  12. What great ideas! I found you through Get Your Brag On at Gluesticks. Thanks so much for sharing! I’ll be back with recycled crafts to share. Thanks!

  13. When I saw your name well, I just had to stop by for a visit. Keep up the good work. I’m on Pinterest as well so you’re “Happy” to look me up..

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