10 crafts you can make with the stuff in your recycling bin

Happy Earth Week! As part of our weeklong celebration leading up to Earth Day, we're sharing some of our favorite upcycled crafts and activities from around the web. All this stuff was made from materials you probably have in your recycling bin right now: plastic bottles, milk jugs, egg cartons, fruit trays, yogurt containers, and tissue paper. Check them out—then collect your supplies and go make something spectacular.


Plastic Bottle Crafts

Plastic Bottle Bracelets
Make your own bracelets using just an empty plastic bottle, scissors and colored string! Add them to your child’s costume bin or give them as gifts to friends

 Get the  tutorial  from krokotak.com.

Get the tutorial from krokotak.com.

Animal Planters
With just scissors, paint, and your plastic bottles, you can create the most adorable indoor planters. 

 Get the  tutorial  from The RossBear Post.

Get the tutorial from The RossBear Post.


Milk Jug Crafts

Milk Jug Window Art
Transform an old milk jug into art by free drawing or tracing your favorite characters and objects and hanging them on a window. This unique way of reusing your milk jugs will add pizzazz to any room.

 Get the  tutorial  from alphamom.com.

Get the tutorial from alphamom.com.

Toy Cars
Turn your leftover milk jugs (or other plastic containers ready to be recycled) into your own fleet of cars using just the bottles, bottle caps and your imagination!

 See  more photos  at martinecamillieri.com.

See more photos at martinecamillieri.com.


Egg Carton Crafts

Flower Wreath
Add colorful flair to your home, indoors or out! These egg carton wreaths can be customized for the time of year by using the colors and prints of the season.

 Get the  tutorial  at kiwimagonline.com.

Get the tutorial at kiwimagonline.com.

Sea Creatures
Get creative and see how many ocean creatures you and your kids can create using one egg carton.

 Get the  tutorial  at aboutfamilycrafts.com.

Get the tutorial at aboutfamilycrafts.com.


Yogurt Container Crafts

Crayon or Pen Sorter
By decorating your yogurt containers with scrap paper, you can reuse them to sort art supplies like crayons or markers, and make them easier to grab when you need them. 

 Get the  tutorial  at paletteetribambellemyblog.wordpress.com.

Get the tutorial at paletteetribambellemyblog.wordpress.com.

Flower Baskets
This activity is perfect for May Day! With just a few simple decorations, you can turn your yogurt containers into the perfect gift to leave for your neighbors or give your teachers.

 Get the  tutorial  at howdoesshe.com.

Get the tutorial at howdoesshe.com.


Tissue Paper Crafts

Tissue Paper Canvas Art
Whether it’s after a birthday or another holiday, we always have tissue to recycle. This craft could not be easier! Cut out simple shapes from the tissue paper, wet with water, and voila! 

 Get the  tutorial  at skiptomylou.org.

Get the tutorial at skiptomylou.org.

“Stained Glass” Candle Holder
By applying scraps of tissue to a mason jar or vase, your kids can create a beautiful place for you to set a tea light.

 Get the  tutorial  at dreamalittlebigger.com.

Get the tutorial at dreamalittlebigger.com.