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
With just scissors, paint, and your plastic bottles, you can create the most adorable indoor planters.
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.
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!
Egg Carton Crafts
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 creative and see how many ocean creatures you and your kids can create using one egg carton.
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.
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.
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!
“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.