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Cool Recycling and Salvage Crafts

Updated on August 19, 2014

Cool recycling turns trash into treasure

Today's focus on the environment means that more people are getting into recycling. But with a bit of imagination you can make beautiful and unique products out of your waste.

'Upcycle' bits and pieces of garbage into decorative items for your home, jewellery, new clothes or even items for the garden.

CD Greenhouse
CD Greenhouse

Mini Greenhouse

Protect your plants with old CD cases

If you've got a few empty CD cases sitting around the house then you can turn them into a mini-greenhouse to protect your plants! A very handy thing to have around, given the flaky weather we've been having recently. It even has a lid you can open on warm days :) There are instructions to follow at Curbly, but to be honest it's pretty straightforward.

Newspaper pots

Paper pots
Paper pots

Turn old newspapers into plant pots for seedlings or larger plants - get your garden growing this spring with free, plantable pots! Check out my lens Passionate About Paper Pots for more information and full instructions.

50 Practical Projects to Build and Design Productive Gardens - Lots of ideas for using recycled materials in the garden, and more!

In a garden setting, permaculture is all about building sustainable, organic and productive gardens using minimal inputs, so recycled materials have a huge role to play. This book has practical instructions on recycling tyres and plastic bottles, as well as information on building your own hothouses and shadehouses, and making compost.

Getting Started in Permaculture: 50 Practical Projects to Build and Design Productive Gardens, 2nd Edition (Simple Living Series)
Getting Started in Permaculture: 50 Practical Projects to Build and Design Productive Gardens, 2nd Edition (Simple Living Series)

This is a great book all about adding practical things to your garden using recycled materials :)


Do you like making things from newspaper? - It's a plentiful resource!

Pressing flowers
Pressing flowers

Lots of people have stacks of old newspaper hanging around, some send them straight off to be recycled. Could you turn yours into something more interesting?

Do you like turning your old newspapers into something new?

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More newspaper pots - Stylish planters for free

Newspaper pots
Newspaper pots

Over at Fennel & Fern they have been using newspaper papier maché to turn cheap plastic pots into stylish planters.

Simply use two layers of papier mache to cover the pot, and then add a third, decorative layer of eye-catching newspaper headlines or cartoons.

The Newspaper Bag Project
The Newspaper Bag Project

The newspaper bag project

Turn newspapers into a bag strong enough to hold your shopping or your lunch, and funky enough to use as a gift bag!

Check out The Newspaper Bag Project for full instructions - all you need is newspaper, a little bit of card, glue and string!

Newspaper basket

Recycle your newspapers into a stunning basket

I love this handmade basket from How About Orange, woven out of strips of newspaper. There's a beribboned version at Craft Stylish, too, which could be used as a cosy pet bed.

Newspaper furniture
Newspaper furniture

Newspaper Furniture

Chairs made from nothing but newspaper

Via Inhabitat, the very cool furniture that David Stovell is making out of carefully rolled newspaper - something that could be done at home if you have the patience!

Trash or Treasure?

Lightbulb moment
Lightbulb moment

Do you enjoy the challenge of reusing trash and turning it into treasure, or do you prefer to start with new craft materials so that you have a blank slate and free reign?

Reuse or buy new?

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Do you recycle items in the garden? - it's called 'Allotment Chic' in the UK :)

Label tidy
Label tidy

Recycling unwanted household items into garden sundries can be fun, and will save you money.

Do you turn your trash into garden treasures?

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Recycled plastic compost scoop and funnel
Recycled plastic compost scoop and funnel

Plant Module Filler

Fill your garden modules with ease

Over at Boots and Daisy Roots they've come up with a neat (and recycled) solution to filling your garden modules with soil or compost without making too much of a mess. They've turned a plastic milk bottle into a scoop and funnel that's just the right size for filling modules.

That's just one of the simple ways you can make use of a plastic bottle in the garden. Episode 37 of the Alternative Kitchen Garden Show has twenty more!

Wine box bug box
Wine box bug box

Wine box bug hotel

Turn an old wine crate into a wildlife habitat

Whenever I go into my local wine store I ask whether they have any wooden crates they don't need. So far I haven't been lucky - they either don't have any or they're keeping them for a special display. But if you can get your hands on some then they're endlessly useful around the house and in the garden. Check out this gorgeous bug box - a top notch wildlife habitat - that's been made from a wooden wine box, some lengths of bamboo canes and some wooden offcuts.

Recycled crate wormery

Make your own worm composter

Worm composters are expensive, but you can make your own out of recycled crates, or anything similar that stacks. Once you have your wormery all you need is composting worms (available mail order, or from bait shops, or dig them out of an existing compost heap) and you can easily recycle all your kitchen waste.

Homemade garden toolbelt - Make a garden toolbelt from an old satchel

A garden toolbelt is a really useful thing to have - it means you don't leave your tools lying around and lose them in the garden, or keep having to dash back to the shed to collect something you've forgotten.

I made this one myself by recycling a messenger bag which had fallen to bits. The pockets were still intact, so I cut off the back (it's vinyl, so no hemming required!), unpicked the strap and turned it into a belt - combining the two plastic strap holders made a lovely simple buckle and a spare scrap of strap made a chunky belt loop.

Minimal sewing, did the whole thing in an afternoon. It's wipe clean and even has a 'secret' zip pocket on the inside!

How to Make a Cardboard Toolbox - Funky cardboard fun

The act of constructing a cardboard toolbox instantly transforms you from a passive Cardboard Aficionado into an energized Cardboard Maker- be prepared for this dynamic life change!

You’ll need:

1 banana box

cutting tool



large binder clips or small clamps

white glue

Read more at the Cardboard Collective

Are you crafty? - Do you like making things from recycled materials?

Recycled sari silk
Recycled sari silk

The next set of ideas are aimed at indoor crafters :)

Do you want more ideas?

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Junk Mail Art
Junk Mail Art

Junk Mail Art

Unwanted direct mail becomes a work of art

November 15th is Junk Mail Revenge Day, when people all over the world are being encouraged to return their unwanted direct mail to the advertisers who sent it. Lets see how they like getting a lot of pointless post!

But if you'd rather do something more creative with your junk mail, try out this tutorial for making beautiful junk mail art.


From the Yarnbomb Consortium on Facebook.

Homemade scent diffuser
Homemade scent diffuser

DIY Scent Diffuser

Turn an old bottle and twigs into a natural scent diffuser

Mother Earth News have got a great weekend project that involves an old bottle and some plant material from the garden - you can turn them into a beautiful reed diffuser and use natural essential oils to gently scent your home.

Homemade chunky crayons
Homemade chunky crayons

Chunky Crayons

Waxing lyrical about waste

This is a lovely idea from Growing People, and a fun way to pass a couple of rainy hours with a little one - turning odds and ends of crayons into chunky new crayons that draw in multi-coloured sguiggles!

Spring Picnic Set
Spring Picnic Set

Recycled picnic set

Sit out in style

I'll have to wait a while before the right weather comes around, but I love this spring picnic set that Bron Marshall has constructed out of recycled cardboard :D

Envelope Accordion Book
Envelope Accordion Book

Envelope Accordion Book

Turn envelopes into a handy storage pouck

Here's an idea that might be useful in the New Year, to recycle all those envelopes your holiday cards came in! With a little bit of patience you can turn them into this cool Envelope Accordion Book, which has pockets to store all your stuff! Just follow the instructions over at Paper Source :)

Handmade notebooks

Love notebooks? Make your own

Make your own pretty pocket sized notebooks out of scraps of paper, card and paper fasteners, by following the instructions online at espirit cabane.

Recycled Craft Supply Organizers
Recycled Craft Supply Organizers

Crafty Organization

Recycled Craft Supply Organizers

Those crafty people over at have come up with a fabulous way to recycle plastic milk bottles into an organization system for your craft supplies. I reckon it would work well for toys and plant labels and all kinds of other things, as well!

Recycled Wall.E

Make your own Wall.E figure out of trash

Wall.E's environmental message about us making too much trash might have been a bit tarnished by the sheer amount of plastic Wall.E merchandise they made to go with the movie, but over at Filth Wizardry they've come up with the perfect solution - make your own Wall.E model out of recycled materials! A great project for the kids this summer.

Brilliant Book Marks

Turn old seed packets - or even junk mail envelopes - into bookmarks

The crafty folk over at Little House in the Suburbs have come up with an awesome way to make sure you never run out of bookmarks!

You can make your own out of seed packets (perfect for marking those useful pages in your favourite gardening books) or junk mail.

You'll never have to dog ear your page corners again....

Keyboard jewellery

Wear an old keyboard with style

Got a tired old keyboard? Turn it into a funky necklace, or some rings. Or maybe you could glue on some little magnets and have some fun with the fridge. Either way, you'll probably have to give those keys a good clean first!

Semiprecious Salvage - Creating Found Art Jewelry

Semiprecious Salvage: Creating Found-Art Jewelry
Semiprecious Salvage: Creating Found-Art Jewelry

"Semiprecious Salvage shows readers how to think beyond the techniques taught in traditional beading and jewelry books in order to create found art jewelry. Mixed-media applications like sewing, plasterwork and altering found objects tie together to create jewelry pieces such as brooches, pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and belts. In addition to thought-provoking stories on the origination of some of the found items, Stephanie provides the reader with practical jewelry-making techniques that they can incorporate into their own inspired pieces. A simple, organic approach gives the reader limitless ideas for crafting their own jewelry as well as ideas for locating found items whether it be on a nature walk, one's travels or in the comforts of home."


How to make plarn - Knit or crochet with yarn made from plastic bags

Are you a homebody? - Recycle materials into lovely home decor

Sitting room
Sitting room

Do you craft things for your home?

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Milk Jug Shade
Milk Jug Shade

Milk Jug Shade

Easy weekend project

If you're looking for a stylish blind then why not try making your own this weekend? This lovely project from Mother Earth News turns empty milk jugs into a surprisingly pretty window dressing.

Cardboard Ottoman

A portable ottoman or side table

I could really use one of these cardboard ottomans in my tv room, so I'll be making one as soon as I can source some suitable tubes!

DIY Snow Globe

Make your own snowy scene

Very topical, considering the weather here in the UK, and something that will only take a few minutes to make and give hours of pleasure - turn an old glass jar into a snow globe! It's a lovely personalized gift, because you choose the scene.

Over at they're making their glitter globes with Star Wars figurines.

Salvaged Serving Tray - Serve up a storm on this gorgeous recycled cupboard door

I love this beautiful serving tray, made from a salvaged cupboard door by Craftynest. Follow the link for a detailed tutorial, and you could have your own special serving trays before Christmas!

One of these would make an awesome gift for someone who loves breakfast in bed, don't you think?

Recycled chandelier
Recycled chandelier

DIY: Recycled Glass Chandelier

Glass jars make a beautiful lighting arrangement

Turn recycled glass jars into a holiday chandelier with these instructions from Casa Sugar.

Bottlecap Lampshade

Cap off your recycling efforts with this funky lampshade!

Collect 128 plastic bottle caps to make this ultra-fashionable lampshade for your home. You'll also need some brass wire and a hammer and nail.

Use a low energy lightbulb to protect your creation and also help save the planet!

Recycled jeans rug

Give your cast-offs a new life as a rug

Another easy idea, from This Recycled Life, is to turn your old jeans into a fantastic rug for your home. There's lots of great ideas on this blog, too, including turning your junk mail into envelopes and using recycled fabric to make everlasting flowers.

Recycled cork board

A good excuse to open a bottle of wine

Wine bottles with corks are increasingly hard to find these days, but buying bottles with corks supports the cork growing industry - and the environmentally friendly environment in which cork is grown.

This recycled cork board is a nice way to reuse corks that you've collected. If you're not a big wine drinker then you might need some help collecting enough! It's easy enough to make - simply stick corks to a suitable backing board.

Michelle Brand strings together the flower-like bottoms of plastic bottles and turns them into designer interior decorations!

Her pieces start at £65, but if you collect enough plastic bottles there's no reason why you can't make your own!

Emma Cooper
Emma Cooper

About Me

Hello, I'm Emma and I have been on Squidoo since 2007! I hope that you've enjoyed this lens. If you have a look at my Squidoo profile then I'm sure you'll find another one you'll enjoy :)

I am the author of several gardening books, including 'The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z', 'The Allotment Pocket Bible' and 'The Peat-Free Diet'.

Check out my gardening blog, more gardening articles and the AKG podcast on my website, or visit my Google profile :)

Sign my guestbook! - If you've seen a cool recycling idea, let us know :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Cool lens! I love making things out of trash.

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      24speedracer 8 years ago

      Very nice lens!

      Would love to see more ideas!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Really cool lens with great stuffs and more additional knowledge. Rewarded 5 stars!

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      beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

      I always practice the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Very helpful lens!

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      kilwar lm 8 years ago

      Great lens! I never realized there could be so many cool recycling ideas and places. Well done!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Cool lens :)

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      totalhealth 8 years ago

      really cool. its amazing to know what you can do to your trash.

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      BethErickson 8 years ago

      Definitely cool! I love the book lamp idea. I never thought of anything about that. :) 5 stars for a a very neat job.

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      Belindance 8 years ago

      Somebodies got too much time on their hands, just kidding!! Really neat ideas, I think it will inspire others to look at trash differently.

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      How creative! I love the recycled cork board. Keep up the great work!

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      MerryChicky 8 years ago

      What a great lens! Being a knitter and crocheter, I loved the video on how to make plarn. :)

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      Terrific lens. I wrote an article on how teachers can create a green classroom. One idea was to reuse trash for art projects. Nothing new about that, but I did reiterate that one must make art out of trash that will be kept! If you toss it away, it defeats the purpose. Love this lens!

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      Debbie Hawkins 8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Love your page - you've got some great ideas here and looks like you put a lot of work into it! I included a link to it on my page coming up tomorrow "13 ways I saved the world" which is about recycling. I thought your page would be a nice addition!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      You collected some cool ideas here! Love it! You're invited to submit this lens to Reuse it all! group! And leaving you an angel blessing for promoting great thing - reusing! :)

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      What a wonderful collection of crafts; I'm definitely going to try that coin purse! Very nicely done :o)

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      momof7 8 years ago

      Seeing the recycled blue jean rug reminds me of a blue jean quilt a friend made for daughter. Delightfully heavy and rugged, it's her favorite bedspread. Good job on the lens. Lots of thoughtful ideas.

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      MikesWorld 8 years ago

      This has been one of my topics of interest for a few years now. What’s great about this lens is that there is info here that is completely new to me! I’ll keep watching this lens with interest, looking forward to further updates. In my opinion a 5*lens.

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      Clairwil LM 8 years ago

      So many amazing ideas on this lens. I love the serving tray and the woven basket at the top would look really great painted. Brilliant lens*****

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      strive4impact 8 years ago


      The plarn video was great! I'd never seen that before.

      Thanks for your great lens!



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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Very nice collection of crafts. The Salvaged Serving Tray is very attractive. 5*s

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      ChloeComfort 7 years ago

      What a great lens. So many creative ways to recycle. Love the tray and garden lantern ideas. Must try them out! Kudos!

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      TalesTrailsAndT 7 years ago

      Love this lens. It has so many great ideas. I've lens rolled it with my lens.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice! There are really so many things that we can recycle. We just have to be imaginative and creative in order to come up with a good result. You have enlisted great recycle ideas here. Good job!

      Hope you could visit my lenses as well. Thanks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is an excellent recycling lens. I love the ideas you have come up with and there's some great links.

      SquidAngel Blessings to you and lensrolled to some of my green lenses.

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      safewell 7 years ago

      Great job on the lens! I love crafts and recycled things.

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      Surreymagic 7 years ago

      Re-using things that would normally go to landfill is fantastic- everybody wins and it really get the creativity going- great lens!

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      JollyvilleChick 7 years ago

      I love that you start the lens with composting - the ultimate recycler! 5*

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      wfi 7 years ago

      I like the worm composting idea. Good way to consume wastes and an excellent source of protein.

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      Earth_Friend 7 years ago

      Cool lens! Thanks for sharing your good ideas. I'm into green living too. Take a look at my lens, Green Tips For Kids and let me know what you think. Once again, great lens.


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It's really cool lens. thanks for your sharing info

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      NoelWright 7 years ago

      thanks for this one!

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      StephanieB-Writer 7 years ago

      Great lens! I so want to make some of this stuff!

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      dorotheajames 7 years ago

      You have some really good ideas here. I love the idea of making textiles out of old newspapers or plastic bags. Thanks for all of the great information.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Very cool ideas in this lens.

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      Wow, some of those projects look quite professional. Furniture is something I would not have thought of. The tray is beautiful. The robot reminds me of projects I've had kids make out of junk -- except that they didn't turn out so well.

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      davis66 7 years ago

      The woven newspaper basket is a really neat Idea. So many decorative uses. Nice lens.

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      JMc62377 7 years ago

      Love this lens! Very great ideas, thank you! 5 stars!

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      I love all your recommendations! Great gifts plus earth friendly at the same time!

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      Jmel37 7 years ago

      There are a lot of really great ideas in this lens. I like how the recycled projects didn't necessarily have a recycled look to them. I thought the serving tray and the chandelier were both really classy looking.

      I make reusable bags from plarn and sell them on etsy, and they are also featured in my lens:

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      HomeGardenUK 7 years ago

      Some excellent ideas for recycling here. I'll be giving that wormery a go sometime this year once my garden is finished.

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      Rose4u 7 years ago

      Great ideas, cool lens :)

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      schwisky 7 years ago

      Great ideas! I wish I had an idea to contribute, but you seem to have cornered the market!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Great ideas! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      lyallii 6 years ago

      Love it!

      Thoughtful craft + less shopping : )

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      So much trash saved from the heap. Great collection of recycle/upcycle resources! *Blessed

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      EmmaCooper LM 6 years ago

      @Lee Hansen: Ooh, thank you SquidAngel :)

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      orinel 6 years ago

      Thanks for writing such a great lens! I'm definitely going to make myself a plastic plarn bag now! Great ideas! Perhaps you'd be interested in this green lens

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      Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This is one of the best green lenses I have ever come across. Fantastic!

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      KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

      Some of these ideas are just amazing. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      EmmaCooper LM 6 years ago

      @KarenTBTEN: Thank you, SquidAngel :D

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I saw someone once crocheting with plastic bags; I was very impressed!

      Great ideas here. I want to try the envelope accordion book.

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      EmmaCooper LM 6 years ago

      @joanhall: I want to try that one, too :)

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      remanon 6 years ago

      I love this lens!!

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      jasminesphotogr 6 years ago

      Lots of awesome ideas!

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      some great ideas to help the planet

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      devilsworkshopc 6 years ago

      Some great ideas here!

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      chrissuard lm 6 years ago

      thanks, very useful information.

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      Making cool things from Salvage is a great way to be creative. It's something I wholly condone for robot building too - you'd be amazed what you can do with an old walkman or VHS player.

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      gamesngames 6 years ago

      good lens

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      manndtp 6 years ago

      So many wonderful ideas. Thanks for the lens.

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      BodiEko 6 years ago

      Nise advices for reusing stuff - people often forget that there are a lot of things you can actually use 2 or even more times.

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      Brilliant lens! I'll spread the word!

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      j_lanee 6 years ago

      totally cool stuff

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      artgoodman lm 6 years ago

      I've been looking into composting for my home. I like the recycled crate idea for composting. It makes sense right after you read it. Why didn't I think of it before? Great lens

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      Great ideas.. thanks!

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      ezpostcard 6 years ago

      Brilliant ideas and cool lens!

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      leathersleepersofa 6 years ago

      thanks,Nice lens

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      bluestonesolar 6 years ago

      Thanks for your wonderful information! We ought to all be doing our bit, whether it be recycling our debris, walking or using public transport more repeatedly or trying to be more resourceful with the electrical energy we use.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Lots of great ideas, thank you.

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      John Norman Stewart 6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      This is a great and much needed lens. Nice work - it gets us thinking in new directions.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Some great ideas. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice to see like to write on stuff like this and sharring useful info

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      miriamjimenez 6 years ago

      great ideas!

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      EcoWarriorJeweller 6 years ago

      Lots of creative and practical ideas.

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      lawrenchalter 6 years ago

      Good to see people who are enjoying the practice of recycling. Since the climate issue is still spreading around the world, they're more aware in saving the Earth. There are times when we have lots of materials which are only stored in our garage. Instead of throwing them, make a creative art out of them. There are some materials that we want to stay longer in our home, like furniture, glasses, and window rods. If you want to make your things stay longer, better buy quality products like in buying brass. It is better that you buy them from one of the reputable brass manufacturers.

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great ideas! Nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love your lens. Thanks for making it! Happy Valentine's Day :)

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I love your ideas, congrats on the purple star.

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      sugunalinus 6 years ago

      Recycling is very essential in today's life where Global warming is squeezing our necks. Good lens. Would use these ideas.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Amazing Emma!! absolutely brilliant!!

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      SylviaRolfe 6 years ago

      What an innovative lens. Thanks for sharing all the cool recycling ideas.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      BlaisePeter 6 years ago

      We have a big problem here in Goa(India) with scrap since this is a tourist destination.This is a very profitable niche for any enterprising person with the means here.I think writing a small article in the newspaper with this link will be nice.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      You got my creative juices flowing for sure. Great ideas some I had thought of but a lot never dreamed of. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love that luminaries made out of tin cans! I would love to give them a try, they would look great on the trees outside my patio! Great stuff!

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Whoa these are great stuff! I have to try some of them :)

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      karenhi 6 years ago

      I make my own journals to write in and give as gifts. They are rustic and made from recycled cardboards and materials. I have saved your link and will view it shortly. A useful and practical lens.

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      RubyRavn LM 6 years ago

      GREAT ideas here - can't wait to try some of them!

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      FunkyJewelleryUK 6 years ago

      Brilliant lens! Added to my favourites! Great work :)

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      Wow, great ideas. I love the one with the plastic milk bottles. Nice lens. Thank you.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      You've got a ton of great recycled projects here! I wish we could still "favorite" lenses! Great job! I recently wrote a lens on Recycle Kids Projects and love the toilet paper roll binoculars I made for my grandkids.

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      Bercton1 6 years ago

      Great lens and Brilliant innovation!

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      AigulErali 6 years ago

      Love these ideas! Thumbs up

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      AigulErali 6 years ago

      Love these ideas! Thumbs up

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      TopTenLists 6 years ago

      love the wine box bug house and hedgehog house! Really great ideas here. Well done.

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      kingsrookie lm 5 years ago

      Great stuff!! want to try out the lampshade bottle cap one. Also seeing as the girlfriend and I love wine, Might try the corkboard one!!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I like the envelope accordion book idea. Lots of good ideas.

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      EndeavourToys 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the cool ideas! We share a common mission!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      remarkable recycling ideas. ~blessed~

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      ecycler 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Nice list! Always can appreciate reusing materials (over plain recycling)!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Some of these ideas I've never heard of before. Great resource. Blessed! :)

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I love all these create and green recycling craft ideas. I've seen or done several, others are new to me and wonderfully inspiring. Blessed by a bus-tripping angel from another neighborhood ...

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      AngelDey 5 years ago

      These are all very good ideas! Some I've seen but others look like my next projects! Thanks for sharing.

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      grifith 5 years ago

      Very Nice Lens

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      oldflip 5 years ago

      Some good ideas here, Nice Work!!

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      LadyJasmine LM 5 years ago

      Just so you know I enjoyed your lens, so I blessed it and featured it here:

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      Love this! Fabulous ideas!

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      Michelle77 LM 5 years ago

      I LUV these recycling ideas!!! Super Lens :) One of the best ones i've bumped into ;)

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      EmmaCooper LM 5 years ago

      @LadyJasmine LM: Thank you :)

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Great ideas here.

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      lkoelbel 5 years ago

      Cool site with a lot of great ideas and links... may try the blinds with milk jugs... =}

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Especially love the milk jug shade. What an awesoem lens, full of so many creative ideas! LOVE IT! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      GottaGreenBuzz 5 years ago

      Loving some of these ideas....Im digging the bug box!

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Great ideas. I like the recycled denim rug. My grandmother made us all denim quilts out of recycled jeans. Talk about heavy and warm!

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      writer_villa 5 years ago

      Like this Lens

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      writer_villa 5 years ago

      A great lens!

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      Formosangirl LM 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great resource! I'm thinking about trying the envelope accordion book. It looks so cool.

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      ledouxrt 5 years ago

      Wall-E was cool. I'll pass on the others.

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      aussieremovals 5 years ago

      Wow it's really cool lens.

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      BillSimmons 5 years ago

      Great idea! I'm going to try a couple of those!

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      AmyTK9 5 years ago

      Love these ideas!!! Thanks for sharing! Bookmarking for further reference.

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      greenlife17 5 years ago

      all of those are cool really, thanks!

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      Steve Jones 5 years ago from Birmingham UK

      Some really cool items here... Good lens

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      I have held on to these oak twigs that I have wanted to do something with, your diffuser is a great idea! Thank you for your writing and work.

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      I have held on to these oak twigs that I have wanted to do something with, your diffuser is a great idea! Thank you for your writing and work.

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      mjoneson 5 years ago

      Hi, I like the ideas you have on your blog. The milk jug window shade is cool. I run bolg with ideas about making things from recycled and natural materials too. Its called Our concepts tend to be similar. Your content is very extensive and very creative. Im fairly new at the blog thing and want people to check out my stuff too! Any way nice work! Im going to join your blog as a follower!

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      Didijudy 5 years ago from Canada

      What a great lens. I love your ideas. Thanks for sharing and let's all do our part.

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      NicholasBW 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love the ideas, and it's presented is such a good way. I think I'll be trying some of them. Maybe check out my own upcycling lens?

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Fascinating ideas! Blessed.

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      markettrol 5 years ago

      Some Great Ideas....Thank You

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      sustainableartist 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, with some really original ideas. Thank you!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There are a lot of great ideas here. I especially like the ottoman; it reminded me of a site I came across once that was all about cardboard furniture that was surprisingly strong. I'll have to find that link... Thanks for posting this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey I have reviewed your squidoo lens and I really liked it. Because of this I went ahead and âlikeâ you on squidoo. Giving your lens another like.

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      If you like my lens, please add a like to my lens as well. I am new to squidoo and I would appreciate any comments at all.

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      trickster43 5 years ago

      great ideas

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      Mark_Montoya 5 years ago

      That's awesome, those are great ideas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome! Super love it. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      would you be ok with me sharing your lens on facebook with my sister? she is into crafty stuff and i think she would love your lens.

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      Leilani-m 5 years ago

      Loved this lens, it is full of great ideas :)

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      phoenix3423 5 years ago

      Many wonderful ideas I love the milk jug one.

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

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      laurenrose lm 5 years ago

      Great lens, very interesting

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      alycat1777 5 years ago

      anyone have any ideas on how to make a box out of plastic hotel key cards? I have gathered a bunch from being on tour with a band and now would like to make small boxes out of them for gifts. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on ways to fuse each key card together. Thanks!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      This is something I just never would have thought of, but I like the idea of recycling/re-gifting as a way to help the planet a bit.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Fantastic! We need more people thinking like this. Thank you for this lens.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Awesome! I love to do recycling crafts. Featuring this lens on my "Beyond the Bottles and Cans - Recycling at Home" .

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      Very interesting ideas. Great lens.

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      Shana rios Chavez 5 years ago

      wow really cool stuff here thanks

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      OMG... I LOVE these ideas!!!!!! Especially the crayon jugs.. although it's really hard to choose! Blessed!

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Fabulous ideas...i'm gonna work on recycling the old newspapers into craft work. Awesome lens.

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      PCCFiberglass 5 years ago

      Some great ideas.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Fun ideas! I'd like to try some of these!

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      TheHealthCabin 5 years ago

      I love the bug hotel, great lens, Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      so many ideas I got from this article, had to write them down.

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      Visiting again. I love the milk jug idea.

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Really cool ideas. Creative lens!

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Really cool ideas. Creative lens!

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Fabulous survey of upcycle ideas with lots of good resources. Fun lens to read and lots of good ideas, here!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I love the serving tray! What a terrific idea!

      Congratulations on being featured on the front page!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What a great list of ideas and how-tos! I especially like the morsbags, tin can lanterns, newspaper basket and cupboard door come serving tray. Blessed.

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      Loved the bug hotel and the re-purposing of the soda bottle bottoms is pretty cool too! Some great ideas here! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      Cool lens -- lots of really great ideas here!

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      cwmktgserv 5 years ago

      lots of great ideas

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      ara-bella 5 years ago

      l love all of these great recycling ideas! My boys like to make recycling crafts and you've shared some cool ideas to try. Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow! Cool lens.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Really nice lens - I came to this lens as part of the "find green quest". Angel Blessed for nice organization, inventive ideas that are actually usable: I often skim through lens, but not this one I read every word so that I would not miss any idea.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      Great lens. I use recycled silver shard to create fine silver jewelry. Great fun and I feel good about what I make. Thanks for the great lens.

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      gengonow 5 years ago

      Love this lens!

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      June Nash 5 years ago

      Pleanty of great ideas! Thanks!

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      Prescriptiondrugrehab 5 years ago

      Great ideas. I would never think of some of this!

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      Kathryn Wallace 5 years ago from Greenbank, WA, USA

      What a fantastic lens! I have sent your lens link to my daughter-n-law and my grandson, they love doing things like this.

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      Natalie W Schorr 5 years ago

      Super cool ideas!

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      jejoju 5 years ago

      great ideas and thank you for sharing.

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      Like the recycle platic bottle curtains

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      penance76 5 years ago

      Glad I found this lens! Here's a cool display I stumbled upon made out of foam plates and scrap Styrofoam

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      TheMummyNextDoor 5 years ago

      I am really impressed, not at all the usual list of reuse items at all, some really unusual and useful stuff here. Thanks so much for really great lens x

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      ILoveNature 5 years ago

      This is a lovely and inspiring Lens. And I can't wait to get started reusing what I once considered trash.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      I've been trying to find some of these. Thanks for this wonderful collection. Bookmarked it.

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      gardendesignsan 5 years ago

      Your local smoke shop will sell empty cigar boxes for cheap. They come in all sorts of sizes and shape. Cardboard or wooden and some already have designs carved into them. Great to use for craft projects

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      tjustleft 5 years ago

      Great recycling crafts! Can't wait to make some of these with my family :)

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks!

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      MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

      Too Awesome. So Many GREAT ideas

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What fun, awesome ideas! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      These are really great recycling ideas. They're fun projects to make on your own or with the whole family. Wonderful lens.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      Fun and practical - thank you for all of the ideas!

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      judithmurphy 4 years ago

      some wonderful ideas here - thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Lots of good ideas - I especially liked the newspaper basket.

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      MayaIxchel 4 years ago

      Fantastic!! What a great lens with super links to great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing these, it was just what I was looking for. Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Wonderful ideas! I am bookmarking this page.

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      garagerob 4 years ago

      This is so wonderful. Nice ideas! Thank you.

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      Very cool - my favorites were the "Remember the good stuff", the "DIY diffuser" and the "recycled corkboard" neat. Thanks for the ideas!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So many cool ideas!

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      anitabreeze 4 years ago

      So many interesting projects here, I can't decide what to do first! But you sure have me thinking!

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      Great ideas for recycling projects.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This is a great lens. I love recycling. Thanks for sharing.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This is a great lens. I love recycling. Thanks for sharing.

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      One thing I love about this lens is that there's a truly eclectic mix of ideas and materials. And that's just one thing! Thank you!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      This is an excellent lens with amazing and thought provoking information, thank you for sharing.

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      So many cool and new ideas! I love looking at lenses like this because they spark even more ideas than are on the page. Thanks!

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      Amazing projects here! This is a really great lens! I now have a few more ideas for creating great stuff. Thanks!

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Cool...interesting content...

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      roseambrose 4 years ago

      Some really great ideas. Looking forward to adapting them for my own future projects. Thanks for sharing these ideas with us.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great ideas for recycling

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      RebaC 4 years ago

      A lot of good ideas, I'm going to try a few of these projects.

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      donnaelder 4 years ago

      Your ideas are so cool. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      You have some great ideas, I especially like the jean rug.

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      clouda9 lm 4 years ago

      You have provided me with lots of inspiration...thank you!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Oh my god, soooo many great ideas here I do not know where to start. Excellent lens, you should be proud of what you have achieved here.

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      RANADEEP 3 years ago

      Very Nice ideas combined here,thanks for sharing it with us,great value lense,I appreciate your efforts!!

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      Wow! I loved the chunky crayons and may just have to do that one! The old jeans rug was too cute, as well!

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      Demaw 3 years ago

      You have many great ideas. Recycling for some is a lifestyle change, it does not look the same as mass produced but that's what also adds to its charm

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      mariahudges 3 years ago

      Did i just saw someone's creativity explode? Wow.You're a genius. Great recycled crafts and arts idea.

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      grrbtn 3 years ago

      Hi, I just wanted to say what a fantastic idea for a blog. I am a keen Gardner and often recycle different object to get further use out of them, but you have really opened my eyes to what you can do with plain old newspapers.

      My favourite recycle item is wooden pallets. I have made compost bins, shed floors and used them to make garden seating.

      Great site Emma, keep up the good work

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Another EXCELLENT lens about recycling. Great stuff!

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      That is a well written post on recycling, The ideas are aesthetic and environmentally friendly.

      One additional idea I can think of is to make a bird home out of used letter box and tying it in tree branches.

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great post. I love repurposing ideas that really are practical.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      So m any neat ideas. There are always new things to learn. Appreciate all the info and likes.

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