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Recycled Art For the Home - Give the Gift of Green

Updated on February 18, 2013

Recycled Art is the Newest Home Decorating Trend

Recycled Art is one of the favorite home decor designs today. Not only is it inexpensive and green, you can add your own touch of originality. What better gift to give to that person who may be environmental, frugal or just with a limited income.

Included in this website are many gift ideas for the person who enjoys recycled art. Whether the gift is for a friend and you are tired of just making that homemade card, or as a reference for yourself, to fashion that gift for others.

Creative Commons Photo Credit - Hand Jewelry Made From Recycled Aluminum Cans

Recycled and Upcycled Art and Gifts

The Newest Trend in Re-Gifting

Who knew that recycling would become so popular? Being green and using recycled materials is the "in" thing, especially for home décor. It fringes on Outsider Fold Art but it is very original and cool. Another trend is called "upcycling." In my own words, upcycling is taking something that you have and making it more original by adding your own designs.

Household art, goods and crafts will see a huge turn in 2012 and beyond with recycled and upcycled goods. Keep you eyes out for simple things like plastic grocery bags that have been turned into bowls and recycled bike parts into modern clocks.

In addition, you will see more of your standard household goods like countertops and flooring made from recycled materials.

We hope you enjoy this journey and find that fantastic gift to give to others or just gift to yourself.

Recycling and Upcycling are other forms of re-gifting and these types can be so fun!.

A Recycled Gecko? - Not only for the home of the Geico Gecko

Recycled Metal Gecko Wall Plaque (Pink)
Recycled Metal Gecko Wall Plaque (Pink)

Whether it be for your Southwestern decor, or just because you like lizards, this cute little guy is not tacky at all and would tastefully grace any wall. Put one in each room.

 

Recycled Japanese Koi Fish Art - Recycled From Old Magazines

Recycled Fish Art
Recycled Fish Art

"Solid wastes" are the discarded leftovers of our advanced consumer society. This growing mountain of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude of indifference toward valuable natural resources, but also a serious economic and public health problem."

-- Jimmy Carter

One of the Most Popular Books on Recycled Art

Big Green Book of Recycled Crafts ( Leisure Arts #4802)
Big Green Book of Recycled Crafts ( Leisure Arts #4802)

If you are into recycling or upcycling, you'll absolutely love this one. It is a very small investment and will not only give you many ideas, you can use these ideas to spark ideas of your own.

Every item in this book is an item rescued before it hits the landfill. Who knew there were so many things to do with recycled materials? A must-have!

 

Sea Anemone Made from Recycled Cardboard Tubes - Instead of pitching out the old paper towel or toilet paper tubes, try this one out

Anemone
Anemone

Remember This Commercial From the 1970's? - We know it is only symbolism, but it is still heart-wrenching

Most Popular Book on Recyled Art

Recycled Crafts Box
Recycled Crafts Box

From mobiles to bangles to flower pots to coasters to castles, this one is for the crafty at heart. These crafts are considered art in themselves and you can't be without it, especially if you are the kind of person that saves "scraps" of anything.

Have fun with this one; Highly recommended! This one is also fun with the kids and their creativity.

 

Chocolate Cans Recycled With Stone Texture - A Quick Fix to Easily Recycle Many Items

Recycled Cans
Recycled Cans

Wonderful Books on Creating Your Own Recycled Art - Wonderful gifts or ideas to create the gifts yourself!

"We are not to throw away those things which can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good: they are instruments for good, in the hands of those who use them properly."

-- Clement of Alexandria (c.150 - c. 215AD)

Recycled Art Poll - You will be tested later, so take notes.

Do you like Recycled Art?

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A Bottle Cap Opener from a Bicycle Chain

Resource Revival Recycled Bike Chain Bottle Opener - Green
Resource Revival Recycled Bike Chain Bottle Opener - Green

This one is truly unique and I had to put this here because of it's appeal. Good for a bicycle fan or anyone who loves to watch the big game. Pass this around, it is a true conversation piece and a gift for that person who has everything.

 

Recycled Papier Mache Flowery Art Vase - Don't You Just Love it?

Recycled Art Vase
Recycled Art Vase

Recycled (Upcycled) Cook Books - Upcycling is taking an existing item and putting your own personal touch on it

recycled cookbook
recycled cookbook

Recycled Jewelry is Artsy and is a HUGE Trend!

Jewelry Upcycled!: Techniques and Projects for Reusing Metal, Plastic, Glass, Fiber, and Found Objects
Jewelry Upcycled!: Techniques and Projects for Reusing Metal, Plastic, Glass, Fiber, and Found Objects

Before you throw away those scraps, make something totally unique. Did you know you could make jewelry out of things that you have laying around? Old buttons, pieces of glass, plastic and many other materials.

If you love jewelry, this is the chance to make your own art that can adorn your body or someone elses! Have fun with this one, it is something totally unique.

 

Recycled Jewelry Poll

Would you wear recycled jewelry?

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Recylcled Jewelry For Your Dog? - Got Your Attention, Didn't I? Haha!

Recycled Creatures - Reminds me of Gumby and Pokey

Recycled Creatures
Recycled Creatures

"Listen up, you couch potatoes: each recycled beer can saves enough electricity to run a television for three hours."

~ Denis Hayes

Most Popular Book on Recycled Clothing

The Sweater Chop Shop: Sewing One-of-a-Kind Creations from Recycled Sweaters
The Sweater Chop Shop: Sewing One-of-a-Kind Creations from Recycled Sweaters

This one is cool for that person who loves sweaters and sweater material. You can take old sweaters and make pillows, dolls and other fun junk (quote from Wally Cleaver).

Even if you don't have old sweaters, that's what thrift stores are for. During the Summer months, you can find them stuffed with old sweaters. And no, you don't need to be a seamstress, no experience necessary. I have even seen old guys and kittens making these...well, maybe not.

 

Ideas for Recycled Clothing - Really cool stuff here to wear!

Recyled Bottle Poll

What is the most creative thing you've made out of a recycled 2 liter bottle?

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African Recycled Art - A Huge Trend in Recyled Art

African Recycled Art
African Recycled Art

These Record Bowls are the Coolest Thing!

I don't have one of these but this is a truly exceptional idea. I have seen thousands of old records at yard sales. What an interesting and very unique gift.

If you know a music lover, this is a must-have.

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."

--Old New England proverb

Recycled Art Items and Ideas - Mostly for those that don't want to make it themselves!

"I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use."

-- Mother Teresa

Recycled Flowers - It can be this simple and yes, anyone can do it!

Recycled Flowers
Recycled Flowers

Do you plan on giving this a try? If so, please leave the TP on the roll until it is all gone!

I'm Recycling the Guestbook Again - But it won't be artsy until you comment

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @markmatthews311: I appreciate the visit and the nice comment. I agree with you.

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      markmatthews311 5 years ago

      This is great, I think some people are stuck on recycled products being for primary schools and apocalyptic living rooms, we need more lenses like this :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Recycling is always good. Great ideas. God bless!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Any excuse or opportunity to recycle is great by me! Great article. :)

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      pencilonpaper 5 years ago

      There are many artists using recycling materials for their artworks. I think is a great idea!