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12 Fall Crafts from Your Recycle Bin

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12 Fall Crafts from Your Recycle Bin

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!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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7:43AM PDT on May 27, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

4:24PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

LOVE some of these!

8:24AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

thanku! i love to do thibgs like that :D

1:34AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Very nice

11:08PM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

4:33AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Thanks for sharing this information.

4:00AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

What goes in the bin... STAYS in the bin.

6:44AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Thanks 4 these useful tips!

10:59PM PDT on Sep 29, 2013


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I don't have any scented cosmetic, and I am not tossing my perfume, though I don't wear it much.

Thanks for this useful information.

Cute thanks for sharing


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