Have you ever heard it said that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure? Well, with a little creativity, you can turn stuff other people don’t want into beautiful, useful, unique crafts ― for free.

It’s good to be green
By reusing items to create something new and useful, you’re being friendly to the environment, creating less garbage and reducing the amount of energy used to make new stuff.

You’ll be able to save your green, too, by using old materials rather than spending money on new craft supplies.

Need ideas?
Here are some great ways to reuse old items. Ask a parent to help you pick the best one for you.

  • Bird feeders. You can save almost any item from ending up in the garbage ― and help to feed birds. From paper plates and milk cartons to Legos and orange peels, this site has over 30 ideas.
  • Magazine beads. Many of us have magazines that we don’t want to read anymore. Instead of throwing them out, try making magazine beads to make bracelets, keychains, and more.
  • Stone coasters and trivets. These cool stone trivets make great gifts for parents, grandparents, and friends! All you need is felt, stones, and glue to make this simple craft that can be used every day.

Make it a family project
Your parents can work on fun trash-to-treasure projects, too! Here are a few the whole family can help with.

  • Tie-dye crayons. When crayons break and get too small to hold, it’s easy to toss them aside. But by keeping them, you can create new, rainbow crayons in fun shapes. Mix multiple colors for rainbow crayons or mix crayons in the same color family for a more subtle tie-dye effect.
  • Tire furniture. There are lots of ways to reuse tires, such as making swings, jungle gyms, ottomans, and ponds. Here’s an article showing 13 great ideas.
  • Furniture upgrades. If you’re looking for a bigger project, try to imagine what some lesser used furniture pieces could be turned into. A crib could be a loft, a bookshelf a homework station, and a nightstand a tool station — just look!