Can you believe that it’s fall already? This is one of my favorite times of year here in Atlanta, and I love to celebrate the turning leaves and cooler weather with fun fall crafts.
Whether you have a crafternoon with your friends or do fall crafts with your kids, an often overlooked resource for free, eco-friendly craft supplies is your recycle bin. From junk mail and old canning jar lids to old cans, you can reap lots of free craft supplies that would have otherwise ended up at the recycle center.
Related Reading: 25 Ways to Reuse Glass Jars
Wait, but recycling is good, right? Of course it is! Recycling is definitely better than tossing those recyclables into the trash, but it still takes energy to recycle paper, metal, and plastic. When you reuse recyclables in your fall crafts, you’re conserving energy by giving that material a new life. It’s really a win-win.
Gathering Recyclables for Fall Crafts
Does the thought of digging through your recycling for craft supplies give you a case of the icks? Here are a few tips to help make your recycled fall crafts easy:
- Set things aside. Did you get some really pretty junk mail or finish a roll of paper towels? Instead of tossing them in the recycle bin, put them straight into your stash of craft supplies.
- Clean things well. Materials like cans and glass bottles that held food can also hold onto smells. You also probably want to remove any sticky labels. Check out this tutorial on prepping glass jars for crafting and this one on with an additional top for removing sticky labels without harsh chemicals. These tutes are for glass, but they will work just as well with empty cans.
OK, got your supplies ready? Check out these recycled fall crafts to use them!