Here Are 18 Ways To Get Crafty With Your Trash. #15 Is Perfect For Back To School

Did you know that the average American throws away over four pounds of trash each day? That’s more than 1,500 pounds per year. As you can imagine, this magnitude of waste results in many ecological and environmental concerns for our planet. While recycling is a great way to combat the problem, it doesn’t solve everything. In fact, you’re probably tossing many items that have a lot of life left … if only there was some way to upcycle them ... 

These 18 projects will help you get the most out of your hard-earned money and hopefully reduce that nasty four pounds a day. To see craft instructions, simply click on the link below each image. 

1. Melt down the ends of old candles to make new ones. 

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2. Save pineapple skins to make a tasty sun tea. 

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3. Combine lip balm leftovers in a clean tin.  


4. Keep your trash bags handy with a plastic container. 

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5. Bake a cake in an orange peel. Bonus points for making it over a camp fire! 

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6. A button-down shirt makes for a stylish pillowcase. Who wore it better, the couch or you?

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7. Wind up old garden hoses and fasten with zip ties to create this funky, outdoor rug. 

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8. Clean out food containers and use them to dress up your pantry. 

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9. Turn an old board game into a unique tote bag. 

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10. Make a fish-scale light out of a paper lantern. 

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11. Have flowers year round with these adorable mason jars. 

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12. Convert a cereal box into a storage space for magazines. 

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13. Why throw out a milk jug when you can make a planter? 

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14. Actually, pretty much anything can be turned into a planter. Get creative! 

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15. Stand out in school by turning a box of your favorite soft drink into a pencil case. 

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16. Collect empty water bottles for a one-of-a-kind chandelier. 

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17. Tin cans provide a cool, dry place for succulents to thrive. 


18. Use coffee ground to make a candle that smells like a freshly brewed pot of joe. 


What upcycle projects have you done? Be sure to share them in the comments below. Happy crafting everyone! 

Via: Aunty Acid

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