How many times have you thrown away (or recycled) something that could be reused? Since the holidays are just around the corner here are some ideas how to turn your trash in to treasures you can share this holiday season.
1. Etched Glass Spice Jars
Look through the glass bottles we recycle every week. How many cool bottles could be reused for great holiday gifts; like this etched spice jar tutorial out of Starbucks Frappuccino jars on instructables
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2. Crochet those Plastic Bags
Do you, or someone you know, have a bunch of plastic bags lying around? Check out MyRecycledBags.com
for free crochet patterns to turn your plastic bags into handbags, hats,scarves and so much more.
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3. Jean Hot Pads
Do you have some ripped jeans that you or your kids no longer wear. Make some cute jean hot pads. Check out this great idea from Owlhaven.com
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4. Reinvent your wine bottles
With all the family get togethers around the holidays there are always an excess of empty wine bottles lying around. Turn them in candle holders, vases, cups, ect. Check out Green Upgraders
post for a video tutorial on glass cutting.
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5. Christmas Ornaments
Get creative and recycle your trash in to decorative Christmas ornaments like this light bulb hot air balloon (since we should be switching all our light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs ……right?). With a light bulb and a few scraps you could make this cute hot air balloon ornament. Check out the tutorial at Rook No 17.
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6. Plastic Bag wallet
Grab those extra plastic bags and make a plastic bag wallet with this great video tutorial put together by thecraftygemini.com.
7. Bottle Cap Thumbtacks & Magnets
Create these cute picture thumbtacks and magnets with old bottle caps with a tutorial at Marthastewart.com
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8. CD Mosaic Picture Frame
Take those scratched beyond repair CD’s and make a beautiful CD mosaic picture frame. Check out this tutorial at makeiteasycrafts.com
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9. Scrap paper notebooks
Gather all your scrap paper together and make some cute notebooks. Check out deignsponge.com
for a tutorial on making these adorable bound scrap paper notebooks.
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10. Homemade Wine Rack
With all those cans we tend to use with our fast cooking tendencies, reuse your cans to make your own homemade wine rack. Full instructions can be found on recyclart.com
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