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  • Repurpose glass jars with metal lids into fabulous coin banks, tip jars, and donation jars. In this tutorial you will learn how to punch a rectangle slot into a metal lid using basic hand tools. No power tools required!

    How to Punch Slots in Metal Lids of Glass Jars

    How to Punch Slots in Metal Lids of Glass Jars

    by Marla0

  • Crafting gum wrappers to make folded chains has been around since the 1960s. They're still fun to put together, so learn how to do so with these easy step-by-step instructions.

    How to Make a Gum Wrapper Chain

    How to Make a Gum Wrapper Chain

    by Alex Rose4

  • Upcycling worn t-shirts into beautiful rugs satisfies my penny-pinching nature. You'll find the instructions to make "yarn" from tees and how to crochet a throw rug similar to the braided rugs grandma used to make.

    How to Crochet a T-Shirt Rug

    How to Crochet a T-Shirt Rug

    by Stephanie Henkel173

  • DIY wood pallet craft project ideas. Craft ideas for repurposing old wood pallets: wine rack, coffee table, wall art, bed, couch, signs, and more.

    45 DIY Wood Pallet Crafts

    45 DIY Wood Pallet Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer4

  • Have you ever wondered how to make a cute bottle cap pendant? Not only are they adorable, but they are also very easy to make. Let's get started!

    How to Make a Bottle Cap Pendant

    How to Make a Bottle Cap Pendant

    by Jamie Brock26

  • Learn how to make this super cute bling-covered contact lens case with this easy, step-by-step tutorial. I have also included some clever ideas for alternate uses for your new sparkly case.

    DIY Blinged-Out Contact Lens Case

    DIY Blinged-Out Contact Lens Case

    by Jamie Brock38

  • These wine cork projects are easy. Really, really easy. Not only do they require little skill, but also very few materials— other than wine corks. Even I can do them!

    Really, really easy wine cork crafts

    Really, really easy wine cork crafts

    by Jill Spencer29

  • 30+ outstanding ideas at making bandana crafts. Bandana craft ideas for kids and adults. No-sew and sew bandana crafts ideas include headbands, bibs, napkin holders, bags, wreaths, table runners, more

    28 Remarkable Bandana Craft Ideas

    28 Remarkable Bandana Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer0

  • The old books that you have hidden away somewhere, forgotten and unloved, could be a source of cash as some, particularly old children's books, might be collectables. Here's how you should treat them to secure a sale.

    Selling Unwanted Books Successfully

    Selling Unwanted Books Successfully

    by GlenR22

  • Whether you're looking to stretch your holiday dollars, want to do something good for the planet, or need some ideas for handmade gifts and decor, this list will get you started!

    Recycled Christmas Crafts

    Recycled Christmas Crafts

    by Lisa Vollrath12

  • Upcycle your oatmeal box by incorporating it into fun craft ideas! They make great craft supplies for kids and teenagers and adults.

    37 Excellent Oatmeal Box Craft Ideas

    37 Excellent Oatmeal Box Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer4

  • Tie-dyeing is a fun way to become a fabric designer! Choose colors from subtle pastels to shouting vivids. Experiment with different typing combinations and colors! Learn how to do it on a budget!

    How to Tie-Dye on the Cheap

    How to Tie-Dye on the Cheap

    by Dawn7

  • Add a touch of homespun whimsy to your holidays with these recycled denim ornaments. They are easy to make using this tutorial that includes step by step instructions and photos.

    How to Make Ornaments out of Recycled Jeans

    How to Make Ornaments out of Recycled Jeans

    by Claudia Mitchell114

  • A free template, tips, and techniques are freely shared in this Wet Felting Tutorial. Recycled Crivit Beach shoes are used in the place of shoe lasts and recycled Soles are attached on completion.

    How to Make Wet Felted Boots for Children

    How to Make Wet Felted Boots for Children

    by Sally Gulbrandsen18

  • Have you got a box of old cassette tapes from the 1970s and 1980s? They hold fond memories from your student days, but now you're unable to find a machine on which to play them? Here are some whacky and unusual ideas to upcycle your old audio tapes.

    Upcycle and Repurpose Old Audio Compact Cassettes and VHS Tapes

    Upcycle and Repurpose Old Audio Compact Cassettes and VHS Tapes

    by Beth Eaglescliffe1

  • Recycle plastic grocery bags to make useful and interesting crocheted tote bags in varying sizes. Basic step-by-step instructions with photographs are included. Learn how to cut continuous strips of "yarn" from the bags and try this easy crochet pattern. Make something from nothing!

    Crochet Fun Beach Bags from Recycled Plastic Bags

    Crochet Fun Beach Bags from Recycled Plastic Bags

    by Stephanie Henkel36

  • Mason jar crafts are becoming increasingly popular. There are so many things you can do with these simple glass jars. Here's a collection of my favorite Mason jar crafts.

    Easy Mason Jar Craft Project Ideas

    Easy Mason Jar Craft Project Ideas

    by alisharenee19

  • Use antique ceiling tin to make an attractive wall hanging. Using salvaged material is a sustainable practice and can add a unique decorative touch to your home. This simple project is easy to do.

    Create a Wall Hanging With Antique Ceiling Tin

    Create a Wall Hanging With Antique Ceiling Tin

    by Dolores Monet3

  • With a few supplies, you can turn an old rubber boot that was headed for the dumpster into a cute and practical flower planter. Add a little whimsy to your garden with this recycled boot flower pot.

    How to Make a Flower Pot out of a Recycled Rubber Boot

    How to Make a Flower Pot out of a Recycled Rubber Boot

    by Claudia Mitchell71

  • Scarecrows are awesome decorations, and they make a fun project for the whole family. You can easily make a scarecrow out of scraps to scare up some fun in your own front yard.

    How to Make a Homemade Scarecrow

    How to Make a Homemade Scarecrow

    by Chen2

  • I'm a fan of making things from recycled materials. This article includes many crafty DIY ideas for recycling, up cycling, and reusing old clothes to make something new!

    Make your Own Homemade Bag From Old Clothes

    Make your Own Homemade Bag From Old Clothes

    by Hearty Cindy Penaranda10

  • DIY garden plant container makes a great spice garden for your kitchen or used in a child’s room to grow a sweet potatoe vine. The uses for this cork DIY plant container are endless. Fun, easy craft!

    Wine Cork Plant Container

    Wine Cork Plant Container

    by Susan Britton17

  • Upcycling, or giving old items new life, is becoming increasingly popular as a way to keep items out of landfills. Learn how to turn crop jeans into a tote to get started!

    How to Upcycle Crop Jeans Into a Tote

    How to Upcycle Crop Jeans Into a Tote

    by Eileen Kersey11

  • Those poor leftover and lonely socks without a purpose after the dryer eats its mate! Here are 5 genius life hacks and ideas that actually work to give purpose to those socks!

    5 Genius Ideas for Leftover and Lost Socks

    5 Genius Ideas for Leftover and Lost Socks

    by Coach Kevin0

  • Turn a thrift-store find into a jewelry case using some paint, stencils, scrapbook paper, and vintage postcards! This tutorial is simple to follow and easy to customize to fit your style!

    How to Turn a Thrifted Box Into a Jewelry Case

    How to Turn a Thrifted Box Into a Jewelry Case

    by Donna Herron10

  • Design a handbag for holidays or everyday! Customize your purse with these directions and photos using basic sewing skills by repurposing a denim skirt.

    Denim Skirt Handbag: Project #2

    Denim Skirt Handbag: Project #2

    by RTalloni42

  • Map crafts and map craft ideas for kids, preschoolers and kindergarten. Crafts using maps for adults. DIY map projects for use by teachers and home school teachers. Easy to make crafts using old maps.

    39 Creative Old Map Craft Ideas

    39 Creative Old Map Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer8

  • Do you want to try bringing new life to old calendar pages? Find over 30 fun craft ideas below that are great for kids and adults alike. Make bows, stars, gift bags, ornaments, and more!

    36 Genius Ideas to Upcycle Old Calendar Pages

    36 Genius Ideas to Upcycle Old Calendar Pages

    by Loraine Brummer18

  • Crafts, for kids and adults, using paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Ideas for wall decor, seasonal and holiday items or adults. Easy and inexpensive projects for kids.

    56 Amazing Paper Roll Crafts Ideas

    56 Amazing Paper Roll Crafts Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer19

  • Duct tape art is a creative form that uses tape to put different items together. It is practical at home and requires a few basic skills. Tape art is fun, unique, and easy to execute!

    The Basics of Duct Tape Art

    The Basics of Duct Tape Art

    by femi2

  • Do you ever have problems getting a fire started in the fireplace or wood stove? Why not try making pinecone fire starters? You can use them for yourself or make wonderful handmade gifts with them.

    How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters - Fun Crafts

    How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters - Fun Crafts

    by Cynthia Calhoun44

  • Unless you do your own canning, you probably don't have mason jars lying around. This is a semi-quick way to add rustic elegance to jars you already own.

    Cheap Rustic "Mason" Jars

    Cheap Rustic "Mason" Jars

    by Amber Courtney0

  • I've noticed that many different projects can be made with wire hangers. Inexpensive and fun, these hanger crafts are perfect for the classroom!

    49 Super Wire-Hanger Crafts

    49 Super Wire-Hanger Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer70

  • This wine cork birdhouse can be used indoors or outdoors. This birdhouse adds decoration on an apartment balcony or in a tree at your cottage. Easy wine cork craft, your kids can have fun building.

    Wine Cork Birdhouse Tutorial

    Wine Cork Birdhouse Tutorial

    by Susan Britton14

  • Here are a few step-by-step instructions turn tank tops, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and hoodies into cute upcycled bags.

    How to Make a Bag From an Old T-shirt

    How to Make a Bag From an Old T-shirt

    by Samantha Harris7

  • Recycled thick Woolen Jumpers are used to create hanging basket liners. Follow these simple steps to create a hanging garden of your own. Fill it with herbs or flowers to create a riot of color.

    How to Make Hanging Basket Liners With Wool Sweaters

    How to Make Hanging Basket Liners With Wool Sweaters

    by Sally Gulbrandsen76

  • Make this upcycled patriotic wreath by repurposing a pool noodle, a blouse, old jeans, some buttons, and a plastic bowl. Beautiful on any door, it's easy to do with this step-by-step tutorial.

    Make a Patriotic Wreath Using Upcycled Items

    Make a Patriotic Wreath Using Upcycled Items

    by Claudia Mitchell62

  • It's cheap to make matching file storage boxes using patterned paper and some old cereal boxes. I used wallpaper, but gift wrap can work as well!

    How to Make Matching File Storage Boxes

    How to Make Matching File Storage Boxes

    by Diana Grant14

  • A step-by-step guide on how to decorate your headphone case to create a marble design using nail polish. The instructions are easy to follow, but this craft takes a while to perfect. Practice makes progress!

    DIY Decorative Headphone Case

    DIY Decorative Headphone Case

    by Monique K-G1

  • I had a great time making these pumps and I've gotten tons of compliments and positive feedback wearing them. I'll detail my experience and methods in this Hub for anyone who may want to make a pair.

    Geek Crafts: DIY Comic Book Heels

    Geek Crafts: DIY Comic Book Heels

    by Christy Kirwan24

  • If you love making things and experimenting with different materials, this article provides some basic tips for working with old DVDs and will give you some ideas on craft items to make or decorate.

    Tips and Ideas for Crafting With Recycled DVDs

    Tips and Ideas for Crafting With Recycled DVDs

    by Heidi Smulders3

  • Learn how to make a fancy 3D chandelier from a frozen pizza box. Three dimensional chandeliers are a popular choice for party decorations. In fact, we are using several of them for my daughters high school graduation party this year. I have made...

    How to Make a 3D Chandelier from a Frozen Pizza Box

    How to Make a 3D Chandelier from a Frozen Pizza Box

    by Jamie Brock50

  • A great way to use old newspapers is to craft with them. In this article, you'll find ideas, pictures and links to great tutorials. There are some easy and fun crafts for kids too.

    59 Amazing Crafts Using Newspaper

    59 Amazing Crafts Using Newspaper

    by Loraine Brummer118

  • Make 50+ creative projects using old CDs! Even though you may not listen to the music on them anymore, the CDs can still be used for something practical and beautiful that you will enjoy.

    52 Beautiful  CD Craft Ideas

    52 Beautiful CD Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer10

  • Try these fun and easy egg carton craft ideas for kids and preschoolers! It's a great way to upcycle an item you can accumulate easily.

    58 Wonderful Egg Carton Craft Ideas

    58 Wonderful Egg Carton Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer7

  • New ways to look at the everyday items in our lives are all around us. Art can be made out of virtually anything. My avocado seed ladybug brooches are just one example!

    Jewelry Made From Avocado Seeds: Brooches

    Jewelry Made From Avocado Seeds: Brooches

    by thoughtfulgirl28

  • I show you how to make a mosaic table top with ceramic tiles for outdoors in your garden. What are the best mosaic techniques for beginners. How do I grout a mosaic? Ceramic Tiles make an awesome garden table.

    How to Create a Mosaic Design for a Garden Table

    How to Create a Mosaic Design for a Garden Table

    by L M Reid14

  • Celebrate Earth Day with kids by making unique upcycled crafts that make their imaginations run wild. Learn how to make a pair of toilet paper roll binoculars for your kid's toys! It's a fun activity that you can use as a teaching lesson as well.

    Make Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars for an Earth Day Craft!

    Make Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars for an Earth Day Craft!

    by peachy37

  • Learn how to make easy tin can crafts, use tin cans to organize and lots more with this tin can craft and decor round-up with 20 different tin can craft and decor tutorials.

    20 Cute and Clever Tin Can Crafts

    20 Cute and Clever Tin Can Crafts

    by Jamie Brock87

  • Love beaded curtains and want to make your own? Here are some fun ways to make your own beaded curtains from things you may have laying around the house. You won't believe what some of these things are.

    Crafty Handmade Beaded Curtain Ideas

    Crafty Handmade Beaded Curtain Ideas

    by Rosana Modugno10

  • An introduction to the unusual and rewarding hobby of painting rocks. Make the most of freely available stones and pebbles to create fascinating 3-D paintings.

    How to Paint Realistic Animals on Rocks

    How to Paint Realistic Animals on Rocks

    by Bev G142

  • Only wine bottle crafts which include tutorials for making the craft are included in this article. There are simple, fun and easy projects, and also unique and elegant ideas great for decor or gifts.

    36 DIY Super Creative Wine Bottle Craft Ideas

    36 DIY Super Creative Wine Bottle Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer3

  • How to upcycle and repurpose an old wooden tool chest to a sewing box; adding wheels and seat, for easier storage under a table when not in use and to be multi-functional by doubling up as a stool.

    Upcycling Old Wooden Tool Chest to Sewing Box

    Upcycling Old Wooden Tool Chest to Sewing Box

    by Arthur Russ0

  • How-to Guide on making a sofa tables on a low budget by repurposing an old oak valet stand, and by recycling wood from solid teak French doors to make a second one to the same design.

    Upcycling Solid Oak Valet Stand to Sofa Table

    Upcycling Solid Oak Valet Stand to Sofa Table

    by Arthur Russ0

  • This article is a big round up of coaster tutorials. It includes coaster tutorials for fabric, tile, and more. There are links and photos for all of these tutorials with additional resources for some of them.

    How to Make Coasters From Fabric, Tile, and More!

    How to Make Coasters From Fabric, Tile, and More!

    by Rose Clearfield83

  • Each year, 58 billion disposable coffee cup sleeves are tossed out. Learn how to save your fingers and the environment by taking the time to make your own reusable coffee sleeve. Easy to make and customize, a reusable coffee sleeve also makes a great homemade gift.

    How to Make a Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve Cozy with Sewing Pattern

    How to Make a Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve Cozy with Sewing Pattern

    by Natasha37

  • After all your day trips to the beach there seems to be a collection of shells lying around. These 10 easy shell crafts will turn your beach treasures into works of art!

    Super Simple DIY Seashell Crafts

    Super Simple DIY Seashell Crafts

    by Alyssa S.10

  • The next time your garden hose wears out, don't throw it away! Instead recycle or repurpose it into something useful or decorative. From sprinklers to vases to wreaths, the possibilities are endless.

    How to Recycle or Reuse an Old Garden Hose

    How to Recycle or Reuse an Old Garden Hose

    by Rose Clearfield24

  • Make a beautiful keepsake bouquet using upcycled items found at home. It's easy with these instructions and step by step photos. This is a special gift that anyone will cherish.

    Upcycled Crafts for Kids — Keepsake Bouquet

    Upcycled Crafts for Kids — Keepsake Bouquet

    by Claudia Mitchell61

  • Making a book sculpture is a fun, easy process, and you probably already have almost everything you need sitting around your house!

    How to Make a Book Sculpture

    How to Make a Book Sculpture

    by Rachel0

  • Are you ready to work your way through your stash of unused craft supplies? Here's the first project in my attempt to use up all my art supplies before I buy more materials: ladybug fridge magnets.

    How to Make a Ladybug Fridge Magnet

    How to Make a Ladybug Fridge Magnet

    by Sadie Holloway0

  • 40+ coffee filter crafts for kids and adults. Ideas for making: flowers, butterflies, wreaths, roses, snowflakes, Christmas, Halloween, fall. Coffee filter art projects using food coloring, markers

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer30

  • Piñatas are a fun way to celebrate festivities, and graduations are one of the milestones that should be celebrated to honor a student's hard work. Follow these steps to make a DIY graduation-themed piñata!

    DIY Graduation Cap Piñata

    DIY Graduation Cap Piñata

    by Bernadyn10

  • Many great ideas for making crafts using milk jugs. Included are pictures and the site names to the tutorials. Crafts for kids and crafts for every holiday.

    40 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs

    40 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs

    by Loraine Brummer12

  • These portfolios are very easy to make with brown paper bags, staples, and duct tape. Get creative and have your kids decorate them! I use them in the classroom to keep art organized and to give the children to take their art home in at the end of the quarter.

    How to Make Portfolios From Brown Paper Bags

    How to Make Portfolios From Brown Paper Bags

    by Amber Dahnke9

  • If you have kids, you probably end up with lots of crayon bits that are messy and too small to be useful. Don't throw them out! There are tons of fun and beautiful crafts you can make with them.

    Upcycle Old Crayons: 4 DIY Project Ideas

    Upcycle Old Crayons: 4 DIY Project Ideas

    by Christy Kirwan9

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