Recycling crafts are great because: they’re cheap, easy to get a hold of and you’re doing something good for the environment! In this post, you’ll find 4 easy and simple crafts that you can make from the things you usually throw into the recycling bin.

Recycled Cardboard Vase

I love this craft because you can incorporate it with a sunny walk out in nature. Create your cardboard vase and take to the outdoors to find flowers and other flora to put into your cardboard vase!

Cardboard Vase craft with fresh mint, lavender and hydrangea
That’s mint by the way, not a stinging nettle!
What you need:
  • Cardboard (A4 size or bigger)
  • Pens/pencils
  • Scissors
Image displaying what you need to make this recycled craft
  1. On the bottom half of the cardboard, draw your vase. You can make it as simple or elaborate as you like!
  2. Mark out, above your vase, where you would like flowers to sit.
  3. Create holes in the cardboard where you put your marks. This is where you can poke flowers through and have them sit on top of the cardboard and look like they’re in your vase!

Recycling Egg Cartons into Flowers

If the weather’s rubbish or you’re in the middle of winter, you could create these egg carton flowers to put into your cardboard vase.

Picture showing flowers made out of recycling.

Note: You can use empty yoghurt pots instead of an egg carton.

What you will need:
  • Egg carton
  • Coloured tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  1. Cut out the individual separators of the egg carton.
  2. Paint them yellow (or any colour you like) and leave to dry.
  3. Once dry, poke a hole in the bottom and thread a green pipe cleaner through. Bend the end over so it can’t fall out.
  4. Put glue around the bottom and on the lower sides.
  5. Cut out large circles of coloured tissue paper and thread them onto the pipe cleaner until it wraps around the bottom of your flower.
  6. Thread the pipe cleaner through the holes in your cardboard and secure with tape on the back. Alternatively, you could put them in a tin can or other decorative pot.

Recycled Bee Hotel

How cute is he? Not only is it an adorable addition to any garden, you’ll also be giving little creatures a home!

A bee hotel made out of recycling
What you will need:
  • Tin can
  • Yellow and Black paint
  • 2 x bottle caps
  • Sharpie
  • Plastic bottle
  • Superglue
  • String
  • 2 x screws
  1. First, clean your tin with warm soapy water and remove the label around it. Paint the outside of the tin yellow. Leave to dry (you may need to apply multiple coats).
  2. Paint black stripes around the tin. Leave to dry.
  3. Glue bottle caps to the bottom of the tin. Draw in eyes with a sharpie or glue in black buttons or googley eyes.
  4. Cut wings out of a plastic bottle.
  5. Place superglue onto the bee’s back and lay string in the glue. Then secure your wings on top.
  6. Glue on or screw in screws for antennae.
  7. Fill the tin with twigs of varying size and length for bugs to live in.
  8. Hang somewhere in the garden that’s easily accessible to little critters or hang somewhere that you think would make it a decorative piece.

Carton Planters

Nearly anything can be used as a planter! I used my old almond milk carton to plant my budding lettuce and spring onions!
Note: Shortly after these photos were taken, Cody destroyed it.

What you need:
  • Empty carton
  • Knife
  • Soil
  • A plant (could be pretty potting flowers or seeds etc)
  1. Clean your empty carton.
  2. Cut out the back panel of the carton using a sharp knife (adult’s job).
  3. Fill the carton with potting soil and water it.
  4. Plant your seeds or plant and water well. The spout of the carton should be facing down so can be used as a draining tap!
  5. You could go one step further and decorate your carton before putting soil in it!

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