Instead of Throwing Away, Recycle with DIY Craft Projects
Guest posts by Eugene
The United States of America has been undergoing a craft uprising over the past decade. As time passes, more and more people have been becoming more knowledgeable of green practices and recycling, as well as upcycling, which is a form of recycling household products to make them useful in the home again. What was traditionally known as trash or junk has had a spin put on it of late, in which junk and trash has been turned into something useful and/ or artistic, like crafts and things like that. The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to recycling and turning trash and junk into do it yourself craft projects. All you really need is an open mind, some creativity, a can do attitude and some good, old fashioned elbow grease. The Summer especially is a great time to take up a new hobby or craft, and very few things are as good for the environment as getting garbage, and instead of throwing it away, to recycle it with do it yourself projects.
Idea #1. Things you can do with paperbags
Now that more and more cities are starting to ban the use of plastic bags in grocery stores, you may be seeing a lot more paper bags in your house. Of course, there are a ton of things that can be done with paper bags, but here are a few nifty little suggestions:
● Turn it into a fan: Paper bags can be cut apart, painted or decorated, folded and then turned into a nice little hand fan that can keep you cool during those warm Summer days and nights.
● Turn it into an envelope: Indeed, with a little glue, some scissors, and maybe some tape- you can turn a paper bag into many customized envelopes.
● Turn it into gift wrap: Paper wrapping is a great way to go, as it is better for the environment and can even be re-used after it has been torn apart.
Idea #2. Things you can do with plastic bottles
Like plastic bags, plastic bottles have also come under scrutiny from cities coast to coast. The problem with plastic bottles is that they do not decompose, are not recycled often enough and are one of the largest pollution items found in dumps around the world. Here are a few things you can do with plastic bottles to keep them out of the dumps and oceans:
● Turn them into a bracelet: Plastic bottles are made out of plastic, after all. So, they make great fashion accessories, such as bracelets and necklaces among other things.
● Turn it into a bird feeder: plastic bottles can be turned into bird feeders by cutting them in half, and using the larger part of the plastic bottle as a holder for the bird feed.
Eugene is a freelance writer and craft enthusiast. He writes for many sites on various topics, including home security costs.