“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, this saying is apt when we think about recycled craft, also called ‘trash art’. In today’s world, where we are totally trapped in the clutches of global warming, we want to contribute our little bit by using more and more eco friendly products. A very simple way of doing this is by converting garbage into something creative and useful. By recycling products, we are not only contributing our bit towards nature, but we are also saving our money. Let’s see we can change trash into something really interesting and beautiful. Here are 10 crafts created using recycled materials.
1. T-Shirt pillow
An old T-shirt, some foam chunks or old rage for fillers, a needle and thread or craft glue, this is all you need to modify that worn-out T-shirt of yours into an attractive pillow which will add an aesthetic beauty and give a new look to your kid’s room. The armholes of the t-shirt can be glued or stitched, the foam be filled through the opening of the neck and some badges can be added on the top for that beautiful pillow to adorn your empty space.
2. Bottle cap magnets
The bottle caps of cold drink bottles can be used to form decorative magnets for your fridge, and if you have those iron-based Godrej almirahs, they can also be adorned by these magnetic badges giving them a new look altogether.
3. Door mats with old sarees
Used sarees can be made into useful door mats and all you have to do is make plaits taking three sarees at a time and then encircle them around on an old jute cloth, taken for the base of the mat. It not only gives a new face to an old saree but is also fun to work on.
4. Sewn wedding cards and envelopes
Old invitation cards can be transformed into beautiful wedding cards or envelopes by just adding that creative touch to your ideas. All you have to do is cut the invitation card and use the written face of it to make the inside folds of the envelope or the wedding card and ornament it by using beads and other surface ornamentation.
5. Paper bags from old newspapers
The most useful and simple way of showing your concern towards nature is by saying good bye to plastic bags and using paper bags instead. This can be made by all of us using our old newspapers which are available in abundance in all homes. The handle, rather, can be made of jute twine to give it a finished appeal.
6. Making photo frames
Beautiful photo frames can be made by making proper use of sea-shells and sand gathered from your vacations. A thick card-board taken from old textbooks can form the base of the frame, giving it a memory to hold, which you would cherish for your lifetime.
7. Tin candles
Tea tins, olive oil jugs and sardine cans can be given the shape of a beautiful candle which would adorn and decorate your drawing area making it more lively and colorful, without burning a hole in your pocket.
8. Wax crayons
Broken crayons can be collected and assorted on the basis of color themes and then melted to form molded wax crayons. Mini muffin tins or mini tart pan can be used to give the molded look and fine finish.
9. Milk carton bird feeder
An emptied milk carton can be converted into a bird feeder which would withstand rain, snow and shine. During winters, when most of the feeding platforms of birds are snow-covered, this milk carton bird feeder can be a boon for those birds who visit your backyard as it would prevent bird seeds from becoming inedible.
10. Beautiful bangles from shower curtain rings
For all those pretty women who love to experiment with funky accessories, here’s an easy and simple way out to give a concrete definition to your demanding needs without losing a single penny. Old shower curtain rings can be wrapped with beautiful floral and abstract designed milti-colored cloth pieces to give it a new and innovative look of a beautiful bangle.