How to Make Items Made From Recycled Materials


Recycling is not a new concept; it has been around for years. However, a renewed focus on living greener has us looking for ways to reduce waste and conserve energy. One way to keep things from ending up in the garbage dumps is to repurpose items. Many items can be repurposed into something useful.

Things You'll Need

  • Old dresser
  • Saw
  • Plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill
  • Package of 3-inch wood screws
  • Hardware
  • Paint or stain
  • Old sweaters
  • Scissors
  • Cotton
  • Buttons
  • Felt
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Tote bags
  • Turn an old clothes dresser into a TV armoire by removing the top two drawers. Cut out the wood slats using a saw. Measure and cut a piece of plywood for the inside and attach it to the frame with a drill and 3-inch wood screws.

  • Cut two pieces of plywood for the doors and add molding. Attach them with wood screws to the front of the piece. Add new or recycled hardware to the front. Sand and stain or paint the entire piece and you have a whole new piece of furniture.

  • Turn old sweaters into soft toys for your kids. Don't spend money on new baby toys that eventually end up in the garbage dump. Repurpose an old sweater into soft stuffed toys for your kids. Cut out animal shapes and sew the pieces together. Stuff them with cotton and add big buttons for the eyes. Sew on colored felt for the mouth and ears. You can make a whole zoo of animals. You and your kids will enjoy doing the project together.

  • Turn old tote bags into reusable shopping bags. You don't have to buy those green bags from the grocery store. Repurpose your old tote bags that are sitting in your closet into resusable shopping bags. Keep a few in your car and take them with you when you grocery shop. You will have the most fashionable grocery bags in the store.

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