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12 Fall Crafts from Your Recycle Bin

Fall Crafts Straight from Your Recycle Bin

Fall Crafts Paper Wreath

Grab paper from your recycle bin to create this sweet fall-themed wreath!

1. Junk Mail Ornament – Create a flying paper crane ornament for your tree. I bet that you’ll have so much fun folding the first one that you’ll end up with a whole tree full of paper cranes!

2. Paper Acorn Banner – Transform reclaimed cardboard and paper (she uses book pages, but you could use junk mail, sheet music, etc) into a sweet length of bunting to add a little fall to your decor.

3. Canning Jar Lid Pumpkin – If you like to craft with old mason jars, chances are you have a bunch of lids that you’re thinking about tossing in the recycle bin. Turn them into a shabby chic pumpkin instead!

4. Recycled Paper Wreath – This tutorial uses sheet music, but junk mail envelopes or any other discarded paper would work just as well for this upcycled wreath.

5. Paper Tube Birdhouse Ornaments – This tutorial is not in English, but there are plenty of photos that you can follow. It’s worth it for the super adorable results!

Related Reading: 25 Paper Tube Crafts

6. Glass Mummy Votive – Clean out a glass jar and turn it into a spooooooky mummy for Halloweeen.

7. Paper Pumpkins – Twisted lengths of paper make a beautiful pumpkin decoration. You could use pretty much any paper in your recycle bin. Old newspaper would look really nice, I think.

8. Aluminum Can Wreath – Turn old soda and beer cans into a sweet wreath with this fall craft. This tutorial calls for alcohol inks, and you can make your own alcohol ink from upcycled markers, if you want to add even more recycled goodness to this craft project.

9. Owl Pendant or Ornament – This project uses reclaimed cereal boxes and plastic bottle caps to create a cute fall craft that your kids will love!

Related Reading: 15 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottle Caps

10. Twine and Chicken Wire Pumpkin – Got some chicken wire that you’ve been meaning to recycle? Turn it into a very cute pumpkin instead.

11. Soup Can Pumpkins – Dig out your stash of wine corks and transform an old soup can into a pumpkin. This is another craft that the kids can get involved in.

12. Coffee Filter Leaf Garland – Instead of tossing used coffee filters into your recycle bin, rinse them out, let them dry, and turn them into a beautiful fall leaf garland.

Do you have any fun fall crafts in the works? I’d love to hear about what you’re making in the comments!

Image Credits: Photos by Bonnie Getchell

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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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