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70+ Ways to Reuse Materials for Crafting

By: Caley Walsh, Editor,

Do you know the three words starting with R that will make the biggest environmental impact? They are reduce, reuse and recycle, in that order of importance. Though we cannot directly reduce waste in how products are produced, we can make re-using a more cherished part of our lives and thus reduce the amount of trash we produce.

Before environmental concerns became the reason for these tenants, our grandparents and great-grandparents re-used and re-purposed everything from clothing to food packaging to stretch every dollar. In our present economy, such frugal practices are once again becoming standard.

Crafting is the perfect way to re-use instead of tossing materials, especially un-recyclable plastics and other trash. In addition, you can enjoy your favorite hobbies and entertain family and friends, while saving money on crafting materials. Here are our favorite ideas for craft projects that re-use:


Soup Can Bowling

No matter what kind of metal supply you have on hand, there's a way you can turn it into something beautiful.  From aluminum cans to cookie tins, these metal crafts are sure to inpire you to look at that old soup can in a whole new light.


Soda Bottle Chandelier

We all know how bad plastic is for the the next time you find yourself with an abundance of plastic containers, gather them up for craft time!  In this section, you'll learn how to craft with plastic bottles, old CD jewel cases, plastic cups, and other plastic containers.


Wine Bottle Herb Garden

Did you know you can turn glass bottles into lovely home decor pieces?  From vases to stunning home accents, these glass bottles and wine bottles are great for decorating any room in your home.


Denim Apron and Basket for Mom

Upcycle old sweaters, belts, jeans, and more with these clothing crafts.  You can turn old clothes into new clothes or use older clothes to make other accessories for you and your home.  Work your way through your closet with these great clothing crafting ideas.


Recycled CD Coasters

Finally, here's the best of the rest!  If you have leftover CD's, records, tooth brushes, light fixtures, or other odds and ends, check out this section for crafty ideas on how to reuse those old things around your home.

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