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Everyone is more conscious about recycling, or as we now say “going green”. In fact, some people now engage in a DIY activity called “upcycling” - reusing and re-purposing common (and often broken) household items without just shipping them off to a recycling center. You can make useful items out of these materials we would normally throw away. Let us take a look at these various DIY craft projects we can easily complete with a bit of effort and ingenuity.
For those who like to knit or crochet, making purses out of those plastic grocery bags that you have stashed in a cabinet somewhere can be a fun craft project. You can also upcycle plastic bags to make coasters and wallets. Use your imagination and see what ideas you can come up to use the plastic bags. Click on the link below for directions on how to make this item and other useful ways to upcycle those plastic grocery bags - http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/05/18/recycled-plastic-grocery-tote-bag/
The next upcycling idea involves 2-liter bottles. If you are like most people, you acquire a lot of 2-liter bottles and don’t know what to do with the empty ones. Instead of just disposing of them or putting them out for the recycling truck, how about making a bird house out of them? This project will also help recycle those CD’s that are of no use to you anymore. Use the link for instructions on making your own bird house. Not only does this project help save the environment, it gives birds a place to live and provides you and your family hours of watchable enjoyment.
Other ideas for upcycling 2-liter bottles would include the creation of decorative pumpkins, bird feeders, planters, vases, lamp shades, etc. There are so many different craft projects that can be made out of all this plastic that you will no longer be throwing them away. For instructions on how to make your own 2-liter bottle bird house, click on the link. http://www.favecrafts.com/Green-Crafting/Plastic-Bottle-Birdhouse
If you don’t have any 2-liter bottles but have a horde of 20-oz water bottles, you can have the kids help in making a lot of different jewelry, home décor, and banks from bottles and caps. Most kids enjoy making crafts, and DIY projects where you can recycle and upcycle can help teach them that you don’t have to throw everything away. Use the link for more fun and ideas - http://www.favecrafts.com/Green-Crafting/14-Easy-to-Make-Water-Bottle-Crafts
Even as major news organizations move online, we still seem to generate lots of newsprint. What to do with all of that paper, besides send it to the recycling center? Some ideas include creating your own Christmas ornaments, bridal bouquet, or a small woven basket. Directions on how to weave the basket above can be found at http://www.craftstylish.com/item/47658/the-times-they-are-a-changing-how-to-make-a-basket-from-a-newspaper/page/all
Many other fun things can be made out of newspaper as well. If you are into knitting or crocheting, you can make yarn to create mats or whatever else you choose. Directions for spinning your own yarn from newspaper can be found here: http://greenupgrader.com/2138/handspun-recycled-newspaper-yarn/
Instead of spending lots of money for business cards, how about making some DIY cards from that newspaper you just got done reading? For more ideas on how to upcycle old unwanted newspapers, click the following link: http://pinterest.com/theprovince/newspaper-crafts/
Glass jars are frequently tossed into the trash or sent to the recycling center on a regular basis. Glass jars can be used to hold household items such as buttons, cotton balls, pens, etc. They also can hold flowers, or with a little paint or material of your choice, you can upcycle it into a vase. Whether it’s painted on, etched, and cut, or wrapped it in paper, yarn, or cloth, glass jars can be used for any number of DIY craft projects.
Kids can fill up a glass container with colored sand and have a decorative piece to put on display in your home. Since glass comes in all shapes and sizes, you can choose exactly the container that best fits your décor and style. For more ideas use the link. http://savedbylovecreations.com/2012/06/50-recycled-glass-bottle-projects-to-make.html
In general, upcycling your unwanted items can be fun for the whole family, since these easy craft projects encourage and foster creativity. By moving beyond recycling (which is great) to “reusing,” learning to upcycle also teaches the next generation that we shouldn’t waste more than we actually use or need to use.
Have any upcycling projects that you’d like to share with us?
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