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Crafting: Recycled Materials

Craft on the cheap when you use primarily recycled materials.

how to make dragon wings from an umbrella

Dragon Wing out of an Umbrella - Tutorial by Aliuh on deviantART

Make a book out of playing cards.

52 Reasons I Love You

Bare Branch Blooming: Make Your Own Stencils from Playing Cards

Bare Branch Blooming: Tools- Playing Card Stencils

beer coasters- tiles, felt for bottom, modge podge on cut 6-pack holders, and coat with hi-gloss laquer

Post-Grad Crafting: DIY Beer Coasters

I LOVE this BINGO game card spiral-bound book.

baskets sewn from a felted wool exterior and a linen skirt interior

marble run made out of paper towel tubes, toilet paper tubes, recycled packing materials, popsicle sticks, and hot glue

how to make your Mason jar into a travel cup using a giant juice/milk carton

  • Kristina Steffen

    We tried this, but I couldn't get the seal well enough to use with wet ingredients. We do like this for dry ingredients though.

  • Julie Finn

    Oh, darn! The kids LOVE the Cuppow travel attachments for the Mason jar, but those things are pricey, and my kids' favorite activity is losing pricey things.

wind chimes made from kid's toy xylophone

Spiraled Windchine from a Xylophone - HOME SWEET HOME

Make your own shopping tote out of seed or feed bags (hello 50lb bags of chicken food I buy every month!)