50 easy DIY projects made from items in your recycling bin

50 easy diy projects

We have been talking all about recycling this week for our Summer Learning Series. We have shared art projects for kids using recycled materials, but now it’s time for the grown ups. Here is a round up of my favorite useful DIY projects using recycled materials.

In a world that’s increasingly conscious of its environmental impact, recycling has become a crucial part of our daily lives. But what if we told you that your recycling bin isn’t just a destination for used bottles and newspapers? It’s a treasure trove of materials waiting to be transformed into something new and exciting! In this blog post, we’ll explore 50 easy DIY projects that you can create using items you already have in your recycling bin. Get ready to unleash your creativity and give a second life to those discarded materials.

I love all of these ideas for reusing old items to make something useful. There are so many more ideas out there too! Of course, you can’t hold onto every plastic container or tin can from your home, so if you have the resources nearby, please consider recycling!

Instead of throwing out a stained shirt turn it into an art smock.

easy no sew art smock for kids

Plastic Lid Popsicle Holders from A Spotted Pony

recycled lids

Plastic Jar Birdhouse from Runner Duck

Plastic Jar Bird Feeder
recycled yogurt cups

Yogurt Paint Cups from The Vintage Mom 

Pretty Bathroom Jars from Eighteen 25

recylced pretty bathroom jars

Craft Jars from Craft and Creativity

recycled craft jars

No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag from Mommypotamus

recycled shirt

Tin Can Cutlery Holder from Home-Dzine

recycled can cutlery holder

Soda Box Pencil Cases from The Creative Itch Boutique

recycled pencil case

Baby Wipes Holder First Aid Kit from Disney Baby

recycled wipe box to first aid kit

Art Supplies Containers from Sweet Shoppe Designs

recycled wipe storage boxe
recycle baby jars

Baby Jar Spice Containers from Money Saving Mom

Play Cards Storage Boxes from Jazzie and Tahlia

recycle baby wipes containers for games
recycled desk organizer

Cereal Box Desk Organizer from Top Inspired

Bottle Cap Magnets from Life Hack

recycle bottle caps

Tuna Can Planter from Life Hack

recycled can planter
recycled cell phone holder

Lotion Bottle Cell Phone Holder from Make It – Love It

Upcycled Diaper Box from Designs By MKE

recycled diaper box

Beautiful Tin Can Centerpiece from By Stephanie Lynn

recycled can centerpiece

Milk Jug Scoop from Recycle Eh

recycled milk jug scoop

Cool Way To Keep a Bag Closed from Buzzfeed

recycled bottle top
recycled coke bottles

Coke Bottles from Naunnaarpoq

recycled cereal boxes

Cereal Box Notebooks from Creme De La Craft

Cereal Box Drawer Dividers from I Heart Organizing


Milk Jug Votives from Bliss Bloom Blog

recycled milk jug votives

Halloween Skeleton Decoration from Make Zine

recycled skeleton
recycled piggy bank

Milk Jug Piggy Bank from Club House Magazine

Soda Bottle and CDs from Love This Pic

recycled vases
recycled lid

Mason Jar Dispenser from One Good Thing by Jillee

Soda Can Lantern from Morusan

recycled pepsi can lantern
recycled honey bear

Honey Bear Vases from A Beautiful Mess

Painted Berry Baskets from Lovely Indeed

recycled berry baskets

Paper Towel Roll Jewelry Holder from Blah to Tada

recycled paper towel tubes

Plastic Bottle Zipper Container from Pop Sugar

recycled plastic bottle zipper case

Tin Can Pencil Holder from View From The Fridge

recycled gold desk organizer

Soda Lid Lip Balm Container from Guide Central

recycled lid to lip balm

Berry Container Gift Box from Pinterest

recycled berry container gift box

Berry Container Ribbon Storage from Organized 31

recycled berry container

Car Trash Can from Calico and Cupcakes

recycled car garbage can

Yogurt Container Popsicle Molds from This Old House

recycled popsicle molds

This is a great Yogurt Cup Funnel from This Old House

Yogurt up Funnell

Yogurt Cup Bracelets from Turning the Clock Back

recycle bracelets

Collection Jars from Thrifter In Disguise

recycle collection jars

Baby Food Containers turned into Single Serving Syrup Containers from Come Together Kids

recycle syrup

Cute cat plant pot from Brudiy

cat plant container 2 liter bottle

Plastic bottle planter from Maikonagao

plant container 2 liter bottle

Cookie sheet turned into a magnet board from Sadie Seasongoods

cookie sheet magnet board

Farmhouse kitchen canister made from peanut butter jars from Houseful of Handmade

farmhouse canister pb jar

Phew, that was a lot of DIY projects! I hope you find some good use from all of these ideas, I know I did. With a little creativity and a commitment to reducing waste, you can turn your recycling bin into a treasure chest of DIY possibilities. These 50 easy projects are just the beginning – let your imagination run wild and discover the endless potential hidden in your everyday recyclables. Not only will you be reducing your environmental footprint, but you’ll also be adding a personal touch to your home with these unique and sustainable creations. Happy crafting!

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