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Sustainable crafts: fun things to make with recycled materials

Family Activities 19 June 2019 | 12:26pm

Getting crafty at home can be a fun pastime, as well as a good way to add a personal touch to gifts and items around your home. However, crafting often involves buying materials you’ll never use up and extra plastic bits and pieces you’ll end up having to throw away. Read on to discover sustainable crafts you can try out alone or with your kids to make the most of our resources.

 

Three reasons to create art using recycled materials

 

Before we share top ideas for recycled crafts, there are three top reasons we believe you should start recycling projects at home:

 

  1. Using recycled materials is a great way to reduce your waste, and in turn, your carbon footprint.
  2. Gifts and decorations made as recycling projects is not only a great way to add a personal touch but will also save you money.
  3. Sustainable crafts are a great way to educate your kids about being kind to the environment and protecting our natural resources.

 

Five environmentally friendly crafts to try at home

 

Read on to find our top picks for things to make with recycled materials. These sustainable crafts are both environmentally friendly and easy to do on your own or with your kids.

 

  1. Make a homemade make-up brush holder. Old jam or mason jars make the perfect containers for organising your make-up brushes. Decorate them with material from old clothes which you no longer wear, scrap pieces of fabric, ribbon or string.
  2. Grow a windowsill herb garden. Use old Flora spread tubs or other empty containers to grow your own herbs. Not only can this add the perfect flavour to a delicious goulash or stuffed red peppers but it can also save you money.
  3. Use toilet roll cardboard for sculptures. The inside cardboard of toilet and kitchen rolls can be used to make a variety of recycled crafts from rockets to fairy houses, all perfect for creating with your kids.
  4. Bottle lid clocks. Create a unique and colourful clock by sticking a variety of bottle lids around an old clock dial. You could stick them in a traditional circle or do a more extravagant and exciting pattern.
  5. Create art using recycled materials on canvas or paper and frame it. Use old newspapers, cards and more to cut out shapes such as flowers and animals to create one-of-a-kind art work that can be hung around your home or given as gifts.

 

Now you have some great ideas for things to make with recycled materials, you can get started on your own recycling projects at home. Now you can have fun on your own or with your family whilst helping protect the environment and saving yourself some money too.

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