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16 Creative Ideas for Recycling Common Household Items

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16 Creative Ideas for Recycling Common Household Items! 

I think recycling household items is an awesome and creative way to reuse the resources we already own! I’ve been really trying hard to do this with my “stuff” as well.

And aside from giving things away to folks that need them, recycling items in your home is productive and fun! Check out our 16 Creative Ideas for Recycling Common Household Items! 

16 Creative Ways for Recycling Common Household Items

I put together some googled images of a few of my favorite recycling projects that I thought were fun and a great way to get started. Be sure to check out our crafting and DIY posts too. There are so many inspiring and creative projects you can make. 

Got a spare bathtub lying around? Wow-what a great idea for patio furniture!

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I love this idea – why spend money on a bird feeder – create your own out of an old pop bottle!

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Bookmark paint swatch – This idea rocks! You can get tons of these for free in any color! Just tie a pretty ribbon at the end and you can have a wide array of DIY bookmarks! 

Auto pet feeder – This looks so easy to make. I see these for sale for over $20! Reuse plastics! Here’s the video to the tutorial

Shabby chic and adorable recycled cheese grater!  What an easy and fun way to store earnings!

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I had to LOL when I saw this – how creative for sure! You have to admit, it’s pretty clever! 


I love ideas involving milk containers – we go through tons of them! Recycling your old plastics is a super way to keep our planet clean. 


Why buy a sprinkler when you can just make one? 

I think this looks fab! You can really turn anything into a bookcase, can’t you? lol


This would look great in your kitchen or bathroom! Don’t forget to check out all the awesome household hacks too! 

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Recycle an old boot – the birds will love you for it!

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I adore the person that thought of this – they are probably so much fun to hang out with! lol



And here are – Top 10 Reasons Recycling Matters

1. Good for our economy 
American companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.

2. Creates jobs 
Recycling in the U.S. is a $236 billion a year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises use 1.1 million workers nationwide.

3. Reduces waste 
The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into to landfills, where it’s compacted and buried.

4. Good for the environment 
Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.

5. Saves energy 
Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. Manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy.

6. Preserves Landfill space 
No one wants to live next door to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.

7. Prevents global warming 
In 2000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent (MMTCE, the unit of measure for greenhouse gases) into the air.

8. Reduces water pollution 
Making goods from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials.

9. Protects wildlife 
Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife.

10. Creates new demand 
Recycling and buying recycled products create demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.

Source: The National Recycling Coalition

Be sure to check out other ways to recycle your common household items. 

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  1. These are all such cute and creative ideas! I wish my mind worked that way!

  2. Hi JoAnn – thanks so much for stopping by! Yes it’s fab isn’t it? I would love on in my living room lol. Have a great weekend. Hope to see you again soon!
    Carolann XO

  3. Hi Susan, Thanks so much for stopping over to comment and say hi! I had a great SITS day and met so many wonderful bloggers such as yourself! I am really looking forward to reading your blog – I have a lot of catching up to do, but you will see for sure! Have a great weekend! Carolann XO

  4. I love creative ideas applied on the plastic bottles, especially the one where it was turned into some kind of a sprinkling system for watering the garden. That for me is purely and simply genius.

    Turning them into feeding bottles for pets are also a great idea.

    Great post and share. Thanks for this one. Really enjoyed it.

  5. I love the hanger idea. The amount of times I have tried to balance sheet music against something for lack of a music stand and it could have been avoided by a simple hanger.

  6. Hi Kathy, thanks much for stopping by! I do too. There are so many creative ideas out there. I really enjoy sharing them too when I find good ones! Have a great rest of the week and thanks again. Hope to see you again soon!

  7. These are all really great ideas for recycling! I especially like the idea of making a bird feeder out of plastic bottles. I am sure that my kids would love this, because then we would probably have more birds come to the yard. It would be good for us to keep looking for other ways that we can recycle besides all these great ideas. Then we can help reduce waste and be sure that we are making a good impact on the environment. Thanks for the great post!

  8. Hi Skylar, love your name! Thanks much for your lovely comment. I just adore repurposing things. So glad you enjoyed this post. Please do stop back. I’d love to hear from you again soon. Have a great weekend!

  9. The hanger idea is so clever! And that’s really awesome. And also, loved the cheese grater. Never thought it could be more than just a grater. These are all great stuffs. Really creative and is a great way to save Mother Earth. Thanks for sharing.

  10. These are all brilliant ideas! There are so many ways to reuse materials and it very wonderful ways too! I love these ideas because they show in how many original ways you can reuse random waste materials! I don’t like that we live in a society of mass production the we don’t have the knowledge and necessity of reusing the waste materials! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi Marcella, I’m so glad you liked the post. I love those ideas too and have had fun with many of them. Reusing and repurposing is definitely the way to go! Thanks much for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!

  12. Amazing! All the ideas are really well. And the career opportunity in recycling is shine. My uncle does a job in a recycling company and he gets a good payment. That’s why I’m trying to do some recycling. Thank you for sharing this important post because I get some ideas for recycling.

  13. Hi Alexson, I’m so happy you liked the post! I love getting creative ideas for repurposing things. It makes you feel so good too. You have perfect access to everything with your uncle’s company! Thanks so much for stopping by and hope to see you around again soon!

  14. Awesome post.
    Recycling is one of the easiest, most tangible ways of taking action for the planet. It’s a visible demonstration of caring and conservation, and it sets a positive example for children, families and communities.

  15. Love these frugal ideas you shared. With so many people struggling just to have a little penny, we are fortunate enough to be living comfortably. We should not abuse what we have and think of the situation who hardly have anything.

  16. Thanks Michelle, transforming and recycling household items is always fun and I love repurposing things I would have thrown out! Yes, you are so right. I always feel so much better recycling. It’s good for the soul as well as the earth! xo

  17. Hey!!
    These are just amazing things that we found..I must appiciate your blog and just love your ideas..

    I want to add one thing that is you can use old tires as raised beds for flower or vegetable gardening.

    For plants that require deep soil, such as carrots, try stacking two tires on top of each other.

    Tires are great for growing potatoes because you can throw another tire on top as the potato plants grow and fill it up with more soil.

    Also, by recycling we can save the earth and a whole bunch of money too by recycling common household items to use in your garden..
    Thank you so much for your great ideas..
    Keep doing good work..
    God Bless U!!

  18. You’re so creative! I love what you did with your old things that should have gone to the trash bin. I have a few items for disposal here and I now know exactly what to do with them. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Hi Antoine, I love the tire idea. I’ve always wanted to try that. I think that will be my next project! I agree, recycling is so very important. I am very dedicated to it in my home. It does save the earth and saves us money. It’s a win-win! thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. You made my day! I hope to see you back again soon! God bless and have a very wonderful rest of the week.
    Carolann XO

  20. Hi, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I love recycling household items. It’s good for the earth and for our wallets. Thanks much for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!

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