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Recycle a Cup, and Make a Friend!

Super cute recycling project alert! We love the kind of recycling that makes you reach for some glue, scissors, and tape so we’re putting the spotlight on Waste-Not Animal kits. Each kit includes illustrated instructions on recycling plastic bottles and cups to create fun animal friends such as a hedgehog, fox, or chameleon. Each kit also comes with pre-cut felt, a plastic needle, thread, sewing holes, trims and notions. These kits are great for ages 8 and up, help you learn basic sewing and improve dexterity, and definitely make recycling cute.

The happy little Hedgehog Kit shown below requires only a 6oz plastic cup, such as a yogurt container:

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A handy kit helps you turn an old yogurt cup into this cute hedgehog. Measures 8×4 inches in size.

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All you need to add to the Waste-Not Fox Kit is a 20oz plastic bottle like the one from your soda.

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The Waste-Not Chameleon Kit featured above also helps you creatively transform an ordinary plastic bottle. Get crafty- Finished kits make great gifts! Available online.

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Driftwood Projects: Rustic Decor for Your Home & More

If you’re lucky enough to live close to a shore or beach of a sea, lake, or river, you’ve probably seen or collected driftwood. Driftwood is wood that has been washed ashore thanks to wind, tides or waves, and it makes a perfect material to salvage and use for tons of projects around the house. Along the coastline, driftwood may provide shelter for birds and fish, but for your home it will provide comfort and rustic decor.

It’s common to see driftwood in the scenery of fish and reptile tanks, and the natural, gnarled forms of this marine debris also make for fascinating art and sculpture pieces as well as decorative furniture.

A driftwood fence like the one featured below helps block out unsightly elements in your yard such as an above ground septic tank, or may be used generally to add some privacy.

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A fence made from salvaged driftwood could be a great idea for your yard.

A nice overview of how to design your driftwood fence is found here. The term “salvaged” is often used in the context of deconstruction projects like when materials are recovered from buildings are reused in a new project. Most types of wood are easily salvaged into things like flooring, doors, or cabinetry, and driftwood is no exception.

Any time you’re able to salvage materials, you’re practicing the first R for reducing consumption and the need for new resources.

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A driftwood sculpture adds to your garden.

Driftwood Sculptures

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Driftwood horse sculpture at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Michigan.

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Phil Manker works with found objects from the natural world to create unique works.

TIP: It’s possible to burn designs into driftwood using nothing but the sun, a magnifying glass, and your imagination. Etch your name or your loved one’s name into a piece of driftwood to keep or giveaway.

Driftwood in Your Home

Driftwood can also be decorative and super functional, like these driftwood coat hooks painted in fun colors.recycled driftwood coat hooks

Another simple way to bring driftwood indoors is to use it as a planter or add it to a decorative terrarium. Driftwood makes a great base for air plants, which are very low maintenance plants that do not require soil to thrive.

Recycled driftwood planter terrarium

For a gorgeous centerpiece on your table, view these stunning driftwood candelabras available online.

Now that you’ve seen some great driftwood projects, be sure to use them for inspiration for your own. If you’re visiting a coastline for a camping trip or otherwise, these ideas are a great way to use your driftwood souvenir. Bring a reusable bag down to the shore and start collecting!

Photos: bangli 1, fireflythegreat, Phil Manker, Vicburton
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7 Recycled Egg Carton Crafts for Kids

Egg cartons are easy enough to recycle by throwing them in with your paper, but we love to provide ideas that take you beyond the bin. First off, there are a ton of practical ways to reuse egg cartons, from handy homemade fire starters to recycled seed starters for your garden. Previously, we explored how to creatively recycle and reuse other everyday kitchen items such as milk jugs, so now it’s time to look at egg carton crafts. Egg carton crafts are inexpensive, easy to make, and turn out super cute.

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Egg carton crafts are easy, super cute, and inexpensive.

Recycled Crafts for Kids

Most of these egg carton crafts are intended for kids, but anyone can create them if they feel like it! All you need are some simple art supplies, such as acrylic or tempera paints, felt, pom poms, pipe cleaners, glue, and of course googly eyes. Egg carton crafts are fun to do around Easter, but feel free to work on them anytime.

The individual cups of the egg carton separate easily and form the basis for the body of many an imaginative animal. Here’s a great handpicked collection of egg carton crafts from around the web:

Whoever said you need to act your age? Spend your free time making a sailboat from an old egg carton.

Easy Recycled Egg Carton Crafts

This Chinese dragon from Museum Girl ROM also incorporates some tissue paper. Have a look around your house and see what you can find to decorate your creations.

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If all else fails, or you don’t feel like crafting today, we’re sure your cat will enjoy tearing up your old egg cartons.

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Photos: rmkoske, kellinahandbasket

So think twice the next time you put your egg cartons in the recycling bin- grab ‘em out and make something with them instead.

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8 Cute & Creative Ideas for What To Do with Old Picture Frames

If you’ve ever wondered what to do with old picture frames, we’ve got some great ideas for you. If you practice reduce reuse recycle, now’s the time to add in rework, renew, revamp, and remake to your repertoire. Both cute and creative, these project ideas help you get into a recycling frame of mind with 8 creative ways to reuse old picture frames. If you don’t have any lying around, it seems that old frames are a dime a dozen at thrift stores and very easy to find.

Jewelry Holder

No matter what size your frame, add wire, ribbon, fabric, window netting or screen material like the example in the photo below to turn an old picture frame into a jewelry holder. Not only is it a cool way to display your jewelry, but it also makes it super easy to grab the pair of earrings you want without having to untangle a big mess.

DIY Jewelry holder from old picture frame

Screen material is found easily at hardware stores and comes in a large roll and with many color choices to mix and match the colors found in your picture frame. Simply use a staple gun to stick the screen material onto the back of the frame.

Chalk Board

A little chalk board paint and some recycled chalk and you’ve turned an old photo frame into a beautifully framed message board.

Make photo frames into chalk boards

Hot Plate/Pot Trivet or Coasters

Corks are the key to turning old photo frames into decorative tableware. Corks and mini frames can also be used to make coasters. Class up your table while you protect it from heat and glass rings. Keep your creative binge going- Don’t forget to see the other ways to recycle cork.

Make a DIY cork trivet or hot plate from old photo frames

Message Board

Wire, clothes pins, or chicken wire all transform old picture frames into message boards, where you can easily pin and attach messages, photos, and trinkets you love.

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Accessory Holder

Repurposing an old frame into an accessory holder is a perfect recycling project idea for kids. Not only will your frame accessory holder keep bows, barrettes, and accessories easy to find, it is also great to look at. For a different feel, try tacking up Dad’s old, unwanted neckties instead of ribbons to make the holder base.

DIY Herb Dryer

Take your frames outside and reinvent them into an easy-to-make a simple, multilevel herb dryer.

Wall Organizer

These frames display how organized you are, cut down on cluttered drawer space and add a unique touch to any home office. DIY photo frame wall organizers are perfect for a sewing or craft room too. Now that you know what to do with old picture frames, get to it!

Photo credit: Foxtongue, SimiWriter, Stacie Stacie Stacie

 

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Simple & Easy Ideas for Recycled Birdhouses

More than 50 different North American birds will use a built birdhouse, and birdhouses made from recycled materials are simple and easy to make. You may see an old plastic coffee container, but we see a “new” home for our feathered friends. Recycled birdhouses are made from common everyday materials such as salvaged wood, plastic containers, a hollowed out gourd, or even old oil cans.

The birdhouse below is courtesy of Tobyotter, who screwed a coffee container to a fence after adding a few drainage holes in the handle. Remember that correct drainage will help keep the nest dry.

The perch is made from a roasting skewer. Brilliant!

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Recycled birdhouses can be as simple as you want them to be.

Gourd birdhouses are another attractive addition to your yard. Decorate your gourd birdhouse with acrylic paint and apply a sealant so it can withstand being outside in the elements. Photo: Urban Hippie Love

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This recycled birdhouse is made from a gourd.

Combine salvaged wood and metal with a recycled birdhouse that has old license plates for a roof. Photo: romp

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Old license plates form the roofs of these recycled birdhouses.

The recycled oil can birdhouse below is also pretty crafty!

TIP: When it comes to building bird houses, one size does not necessarily fit all. When trying to determine birdhouse hole size, keep in mind for example that Bluebirds and House Wrens have different size requirements. Check out these excellent size specifications from Wild Bird Watching.

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If DIY Is Not Your Thing

Buy a kit. If you don’t feel like making a recycled birdhouse yourself, there are good quality ones available online. The birdhouse kit below includes everything you need.

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Just like our article on recycled plastic outdoor furniture, the benefits of a recycled plastic birdhouse are that it will not crack, peel, chip, rot or warp. The birdhouse pictured below is approved by the North American Bluebird Society and made in the USA from over 90% recycled plastics. Available online.recycled birdhouses

Making a recycled birdhouse is a rewarding activity for kids and adults alike. Whichever recycled material you choose, it’s possible to get birds to nest in any bird house you build, and they make great gifts.

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