Using recycles materials in arts and crafts projects saves money and reduces the amount of disposed waste, contributing to a healthier environment. Anyone can use recycled items to make new, inexpensive and creative objects. Use plastic bottles, egg cartons, wine corks, old cutlery and other recycled items to create something useful, stylish and exclusive.
Collect wine corks and cut them into four slices to make creative and rustic drink coasters. You can use a hard piece of cardboard or a slice of a fallen tree branch as a base to glue the cork slices. Use colorful paint, glue dry seeds or place another layer of cork slices to fill the empty spaces.
A plastic bottle can become a piggy bank if you have cardboard, glue, buttons, ribbons and paint. Draw the piggy's ears on cardboard, paint them and when dry, cut them off leaving tabs on the base to glue them on the bottle. Put the bottle on a horizontal position. Cut plastic lids for the legs and use buttons for the eyes. Use the bottle's lid as the nose. Cut an inch slit on the top, for the coins, and decorate with ribbon. Glue the ears. Use the spiral of an old notebook for the tail.
A strong, clean egg carton can become a portable sewing kit. Cut a piece of thick fabric or felt the same size of the lid. Hot glue it inside the lid for a safety-pin cushion. Cut a piece of elastic and cross-stitch it to the fabric to hold sewing scissors. Use the space inside the box to put your spools of thread and other materials.
Recycle old forks, spoons, thimbles and candle cups into stylish candle holders. You only have to fix the thimble or candle on the serving end of a spoon or fork with bonding glue. Let it dry for at least one hour. Do not forget to check the size of the thimble beforehand, as small ones are unlike to accommodate most candles.