Things You Shouldn’t Throw Away + What to Do With Them

recycled crafts

Baby Food Jars
Transform those sweet little glass jars into handy storage for small items like push pins, ponytail holders and more. Unscrew the lid from the jar, then glue a small wooden drawer knob in the center of the lid. Spray paint the lid and knob your favorite color and let dry before placing back on the jar. Use these cute containers as storage or to gift small items like candy or nail polish.

Plastic Straws
Don’t let those plastic straws end up in a landfill! When you’re done slurping up your iced coffee, save the straws to make a few of these gorgeous faux copper air planters. P.S. – they make great gifts.

Glass Bottles
Light up those long nights of porch sitting (and rid your deck of pesky bugs) with DIY citronella torches made from last weekend’s emptied wine bottles

Coffee Canisters
Stylishly store plastic bags by turning an empty coffee canister into a handy bag dispenser. Using a utility knife, cut an X-shaped slit in the center of the lid. Cover the canister with brightly-colored cardstock and decorate with stick-on letters. Roll plastic bags together in a tight circle (like a sleeping bag) and place them in the canister, threading the first bag through the slit. Each time you pull out a bag, a new one should take its place.

Egg Crates
Is your embroidery thread stash in desperate need of organization? What about your bobby pins, nuts and bolts, or batteries? Keep small items easily corralled with the help of a leftover egg carton. You can even use the open lid to store larger items like scissors, straws, small tools and more.

Soup Cans
Give your porch or patio a summer refresh with sparkling outdoor luminaries you can make out of empty tin cans.

K-Cups
Grab the kiddos for this clever upcycle. With just a little glue, paint and a few basic craft supplies, unrecyclable coffee pods are easily transformed into adorable finger puppet critters. Bonus: this craft will keep little hands occupied indoors on hot summer days.

Kid’s Art
We feel you: you don’t want to put your child’s artwork in the trash, but you also can’t hang onto it all. Instead of cluttering the refrigerator door, create a beautiful, rotating art display wall that won’t clash with your design style. Snag our most stylish ideas below.