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Recycled Arts and Crafts Ideas

Rave Uno Mar 14, 2019
Arts or crafts does not have to be only creating items from scratch. Transforming or converting anything from one form to another is also an art! Read more to know few simple arts and crafts techniques that involve transforming the materials that are no longer useful into an attractive art or craft piece.
It needs only a spark to ignite a fire! Creativity works in the same manner no matter if its a brainchild of your own or you have taken an inspiration from someone else. Once you have a basic idea, loads of inspiring thoughts flood your head.
Recycling or re-purposing things is an innovative and the best way of expressing creativity. Transforming things that are out of use into beautiful artworks is creditable also because it reduces the waste.
Turning a pile of newspapers into a figurine or using tin cans to make sculptures, follows the "reduce, reuse and recycle" motto. Plus salvaging household items for arts and crafts, is cheaper than buying expensive art supplies!

Recycled Craft Projects

Floppy Disk Photo Cube

Floppy disks are one of the most discarded electronic items but they are also very useful in DIY (do-it-yourself) projects. This craft idea turns a stack of floppy disks into a small and convenient photo cube, so you can display an array of photos in a very creative manner.
You will need:
  • 6, 3½ inch floppy disks
  • Glue gun
  • Double-sided tape
  • Photos
Instructions:

» The idea is to construct a cube out of floppy disks. So lay one disk, index face down, on a flat surface.

» Use a glue gun and attach one disk to each side and then one disk on top, to create a cube.

» Cut out your photos, such that they fit in the index space of the disk.
Affix a photo to the index space of each disk, using double-sided tape.

Bottle Cap Magnets

You will need:
  • Transparent packing tape
  • Bottle cap
  • Glitter, sequins, beads, googly eyes etc. any small art & craft decorations
  • Background paper
  • Tacky or white craft glue
  • Clear sealant
  • ½ inch-wide magnet
  • Hot glue to attach magnet
Instructions:

➾ Cover the background paper on both sides, with packing tape.

➾ Cut out a circle from the background paper, such that it will fit in the bottle cap's inside.

➾ Fix the circle to the bottom of the cap, using the tacky glue.
➾ Decorate the image with glitter, sequins, beads and fix them using tacky glue or clear glue.

➾ Let the glue dry, then apply a coat of clear sealant to glaze over the surface. Now the image and its decorations are sealed within the cap. Let the sealant dry.

➾ Fix the magnet to the bottle cap's back, using the hot glue.

Clothespins Wishing Well

This craft idea creates a very decorative and unique ornament for any table top or desk. The design is that of a wishing well, made around a baby jar.
You will need:
  • 20 wooden clothespins
  • Baby food jar, cleaned and completely dry
  • Glue gun
  • Tacky glue or white craft glue
  • Rubber band
  • Paint or markers to color the well
  • Plastic or silk flowers to decorate
Instructions:

✤ Remove the spring from each clothespin. You should have two halves of each pin.

✤ Using the glue gun, fix one half of a clothespin, smooth side out, to the outer lip of the jar (where the lid normally fits).

✤ The tip of the clothespin should be glued to the jar, it should extend upwards.
✤ Likewise fix another clothespin half across the other side. These pins act as support beams for the well's roof.

✤ Cover the jar with tacky glue. Fix the clothespin halves along the sides with smooth sides out.

✤ Ensure the jar and clothespins are aligned, for an even base.
Tie the rubber band around the jar, to keep the pins in place. Let the glue dry.
✤ To create a roof for the well, glue 5 clothespin halves lined up side-by-side together. This makes one half of the sloping roof edge.

✤ Glue another 5 halves to make the other edge of the roof.
✤ Once both edges are dry, attach the two pieces together, then fix the roof to the support beams.

✤ You can decorate the well with paint or by gluing stick-on decorations to the pins. Place plastic or silk flowers in the jar.
It is amazing how useful most household items are, yet we throw them out easily without a second thought. Here are some more recycled crafts to make, using some oft-discarded materials:
♠ Collect bottle caps and use your carpentry skills, to make a bottle cap tabletop.

♠ Newspapers can be cut up and used to make paper mache sculptures.

♠ When cut at the right angle, you can turn a cereal or detergent box into a magazine and document holder.

♠ Use stiff cardboard to make bookmarks, placemats and invitations.
❄ Old jars can be cleaned and decorated to form money boxes or potpourri jars.

❄ Just like floppy disks, CDs and DVDs can be made into photo frames or decorated ornaments.

❄ With an eyelet kit, you can turn an old shirt or dress into a cloth backpack.
The recycled art or craft pieces make it evident that items and materials you throw away without a having even a glance, can be reused to make useful tools or decorative art pieces.
Whether it's a clock made from an old dinner plate or a decorative frame made out of wood shavings, there are a lot of simple ways to recycle small household items.