Make sure any items you recycle into crafts are clean and dry - most can be washed in hot soapy water. You should also make sure there are no sharp edges or small parts which may pose a choking hazard for younger kids. Simply make sure you use common sense before you use your imagination.
Please enjoy this ever-growing list of great ideas for crafting green (recycling items you might normally throw away to create great craft projects, games, and more). Click on the desired item below to find a collection of great craft ideas.
Crafts using paper bags and plastic bags
Crafts using aluminum cans, tin cans, cardboard juice cans, coffee cans, oatmeal containers, potato chip containers, and nut cans
Cardboard and Box Crafts
Crafts using cardboard pieces, corrugated boxes, household boxes, and show boxes
Cardboard Tube Crafts
Crafts using toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and wrapping paper rolls
Compact Disk and Case Crafts
Crafts using old CDs and cd cases
Film Container and Pill Bottle Crafts
Crafts using film containers and pill bottles
Greeting Card Crafts
Crafts using cards from all occasions
Jar and Bottle Crafts
Crafts using baby food jars, drink bottles, quart-sized jars
Kitchen Item and Tableware Crafts
Crafts using bowls, cups, straws, eating utensils, egg cartons, milk cartons, paper plates, plastic jugs, strawberry baskets, and styrofoam trays
Laundry Room Finds
Crafts using laundry scoops and laundry soap jugs
Lid and Cap Crafts
Crafts using bottle caps, frozen juice can lids, jar lids, and plastic tub lids
Light Bulb Crafts
Crafts using different sized light bulbs
Crafts using beads, flowers, ice and snow, leaves, pine cones, sand, sea shells, sticks, and rocks
Puzzle and Game Piece Crafts
Crafts using puxxle pieces and game pieces
Crafts using magazines, catalogs, newspaper, and books
Crafts using bowls, cups, egg cartons, packing peanuts, plates, styrofoam tray
Crafts using blue jeans, gloves, hangers, and socks
If you are interested in learning even more creative ways you can recycle, sign up for my fun and educational weekly Creative Recycling newsletter. Each week, you will receive a special newsletter featuring craft projects, activities, and tips for recycling specific items. You will, in total, receive 15 informative issues which will hopefully help and encourage you to do more with your garbage than just throw it away.
Finally, I have a couple of recycling craft collections you can explore. If you are hoping to add a few new craft books to your book shelf, I have a list of Creative Recycling Books to help get you started. I have also compiled a list of the current Top Creative Recycling Projects on my site. This list will change as more crafts are added. If you have a favorite craft, take a moment to submit it and maybe it will make the top list.
If you want to be one of the first to know when new craft projects are posted, take a few moments to sign up for the Family Crafts Newsletter and you can also chat about recycling crafts with others in the Family Crafts Forum.