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Recycled Crafts That Look Anything But Trashy

If you like using what you have on hand to make craft projects, then you’ll love this roundup of Mod Podge recycled crafts. These are great budget ideas that are family friendly!

Recycled crafts that don't look trashy

Earth Day is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by diving into some amazing recycled crafts?

It’s a time to get creative, think green, and transform what some might call trash into beautiful, functional pieces.

Here at Mod Podge Rocks, we’re all about embracing the ‘crafts with trash’ concept – and it seems you love it as much as we do!

One of my absolute favorite recycled crafts is a DIY desk organizer, crafted ingeniously from cereal boxes and paper towel rolls. It’s not just a craft; it’s a testament to the potential of everyday items (#1 in the list below).

Since that project, my passion for turning ‘garbage’ into gorgeous has only grown. It’s not just crafting; it’s a creative obsession with a green twist.

Recycled crafts aren’t just about being eco-friendly; they’re also incredibly budget-friendly.

It’s amazing how a little imagination, coupled with some Mod Podge magic, can turn what you have at home into something spectacular – sometimes at no cost at all. It’s crafting that’s kind to both the planet and your wallet.

As we celebrate Earth Day, let’s challenge ourselves to look at our trash and recycling bins not as the end of the line, but as a treasure trove of crafting potential. What hidden gems can you find?

An old magazine, a tin can, or perhaps some paper scraps waiting for their moment to shine? The possibilities are endless, and with a dash of creativity, anything can be transformed.

So, let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into our craft stashes. With Mod Podge in hand, we’re ready to embark on a crafting adventure that’s both fulfilling and environmentally conscious.

From upcycled home decor to inventive playthings for the kids, these 35+ recycled crafts are more than just projects; they’re a celebration of creativity and sustainability.

Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or just starting out, these recycled crafts are perfect for anyone looking to add a touch of handmade charm to their life.

They’re proof that with a bit of creativity, even the most ordinary items can become extraordinary.

So, let’s get decoupaging and turn those everyday items into something truly special. Here are 40 great ideas to get you started on your recycled crafting journey.

Recycled Crafts

Here are some great ideas for crafts using recycled materials! Make unique projects with stuff that would normally be thrown away.

What are your favorite crafts made with recycling? Let me know in the comments! You can also check out some additional ideas by watching the video in this post.

Natasha @ Insidenatashashead

Thursday 30th of May 2013

This post is so full of great ideas!! I hope I get to make some of this stuff soon. I found you through Madigan Made, and I'm super glad I did!


Friday 26th of April 2013

Hi Amy, Love your site! Amazing Ideas - They're all simply superb. I'm a crafter too and love to experiment with stuff especially jars, bottles, tins etc. Do check out my blog at Thank you and Once again, Love your work :)


Sunday 21st of April 2013

Love the roundup! There are some really great ideas I'd never thought of before (like CD coasters!)


Friday 19th of April 2013

Thanks lovie for featuring me in your round up. Woo to the hoo!


Friday 19th of April 2013

Amy, I am SO glad I came across your website! I'm a cardmaker/paper crafter and I've been feeling limited in my project repertoire -- but the possibilities seem endless now that I know about Mod Podge! I'm excited to combine my stamping, punches and paper with Mod Podge to create wonderful, handmade things. Thank you!!!