Recycle 6 Pack Plastic Rings into Useful Tote

I am looking for directions how to make a bag out of 6 pack plastic rings like those on soda and beer. I know I have seen someone do this, but can’t remember what is used to hold the rings together and how to make the handle.

If you have a link or directions, I’d appreciate it…I will post here so my readers can use it too.

Don’t want have the creative flair to make a recycled craft from plastic soda rings? Then do be kind to animals, and cut through all the circles to prevent turtles and other animals from becoming caught in them or thinking they are food and choking them. See a video here about deformed turtles caught in plastic rings.

In the meantime, I came across a few helpful recycled craft links.

My suggestions for recycled crafts – recycle it, don’t trash it!

My Recycled Bags

Ways to Reuse Plastic Rings from eHow

6 Pack Ring Chandeliers and Snowflakes from Pakit Products

 

DIY #Recycling: Celebrate with Eco Games and Gifts from Upcycling Pioneer TerraCycle

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching.  Some are planning romantic dates with their longtime sweetheart.  Some are planning to finally ask out their crush at recess.  Regardless of your plans this Valentine’s Day, TerraCycle has sweet ways to celebrate that are good for the planet, good for the wallet and good for you.

While cleaning up trash doesn’t seem like a romantic way to spend the day, you can celebrate the holiday and effect real-world change with special Valentine’s Day items, products and decorations in Trash Tycoon, Facebook’s first upcycling game from Guerillapps and TerraCycle.  In the game, you can clean up trash and upcycle it to fun products like necklaces, Valentine’s Day cards and heart shaped wreaths to send to friends or to decorate your town.  Players’ hearts will swell because Trash Tycoon creates positive social impact by donating 10% of in-game dollars to environmental projects sponsored by CarbonFund.org.

Next, love Mother Earth and your Valentine by making an upcycled necklace out of Kraft Cheese wrappers or chocolate wrappers, just like the necklace in Trash Tycoon!  TerraCycle’s Design Junkies have brought the beaded necklace into the real world with simple, do-it-yourself instructions available for download here: bit.ly/ValentineBraceletDIY.   Whether you make one for that special Valentine or one for each of your friends, recipients will be touched that you took the time to give them a heartfelt, handmade gift.

Finally, Valentine’s Day and candy go together like peas and carrots, but the packaging can be a real heartbreaker.  All those red and pink wrappers left over from sweet treats can be sent to TerraCycle through Mars’ Candy Wrapper Brigade to be recycled and earn money for charity.  Signing up is free and easy at www.terracycle.com.

 

About TerraCycle

TerraCycle, Inc. is an international upcycling and recycling company that takes difficult-to recycle-packaging and turns it into affordable, innovative products.  Founded in 2001, TerraCycle (www.terracycle.com) is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. TerraCycle works with more than 30 major brands in the U.S. and around the world to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s Brigade programs, which are free fundraisers that pay for every piece of waste collected and returned. For information on how to join a TerraCycle Brigade and on purchasing TerraCycle products please visit www.terracycle.com.

Repurpose Old Household Items Into Usable Ones

Stop! Don’t throw out all those paper towel rolls, popsicle sticks, old broken crayons, unwanted towels, holey jeans and t-shirts and plastic shopping bags and household trash…did you know that they can be reused to make other fun things?

There’s been a very popular movement the last few years to reuse and repurpose items rather than just toss them in the trash. It’s gaining in popularity because crafters have embraced using household items in green crafts.

The idea behind reusing household items in craft projects is to reduce the amount of trash going to our landfills. I think it also encourages us to THINK how much we consume and the results of that consumption–more trash!

How Can You Reuse Or Repurpose Unwanted Household Items?

I came up with a plastic storage bin of worn towels, unused sheets (don’t fit my bed), old t-shirts and blue jeans that didn’t fit that I felt I couldn’t quite part with.

I’m finding all sorts of fun ways to reuse & repurpose lots of things! Just knowing I’ve kept something out of the landfill is rewarding, but I love seeing an item have new life as something else!

Old Towels: lining for potholders, re-hemmed to wash cloths, reusable Swiffer cloths, doggie pillows. You can also donate your old towels to animal shelters.

Old or unused sheets: curtains, pillows, clothing.

Old jeans: tote bags, purses, aprons, and tablecloths. I’m dying to make a gardening apron when my husband tosses some worn out jeans!

Ideas are from Green Crafts, check out more ideas to live a greener life.

Duct Tape Bags Debut in Columbus, Ohio

duct tape shoulder bag
Latest Duct Tape Fashion Acccessories

Have you seen these nifty and sometimes colorful pieces of duct tape art in your area recently? I first heard about this crafty phenonmenon about a year ago when my friend’s daughter bought a duct tape wallet from a craft show.

Hmm, I thought, it looks like it could be waterproof, which is something that I neeed. But the steel gray just didn’t match any one of my 10 purses I owned.

Then I attend Podcamp Ohio at OSU in Columbus, Ohio this summer, and lo and behold I see this large over-the-shoulder checkered bag – made from Duct tape! Wow! It’s actually fashionable, and no sticky strings hanging off of it either! Ohhh, I must track this woman done and get the 411 on where she got this functional bag. Wouldn’t that be the perfect bag to carry my lunch and other essentials for work everyday?

I did track her down using the technology of Tweetdeck while we kept passing each other in one building. This red and steel grey checkered bag was created by her 15 year old daughter! How fan-tabulous! I have the feeling that this teenage girl will be the next duct tape fashionista, at least with handbags. She only makes and sells them to her family and friends at a very modest price, but I could see her appearing at more craft shows during the holiday season.

Have you seen any of these fashionable and functional wallets, purses or shoulder bags? Might you even own one?

What do you think of this type of packaging tape art? I think more duct tape artists need to be recognized for the versatility of this accessory. What do you think?

Recycle Candy Boxes for Unique Gift Boxes

It’s always great when you can find new uses for old things. So why throw away old heart-shaped or rectangular candy boxes when you can get crafty and use them to create some unique jewelry boxes? Here are some ideas, courtesy of eHow:

First, clean out the box so that no chocolate bits remain. Using a hot glue gun, glue batting on the parts of the box that you wish to cover in fabric. Cut away any excess batting. Next, cover the batting with fabric of your choosing. Velvet, satin, silk, and brocade are all good choices for the heart-shaped boxes, sticking with the romantic theme. For rectangular boxes, any fabric will do. You can use white craft glue to attach the fabric. Cut away any excess material. Cover the bottom section of the box the same way, but make sure that the fabric isn’t so thick that you can’t close the box.

If you want different compartments in your box, you’ll have to create dividers. Figure out how many sections you want, and create dividers using heavy cardboard. Measure them so that they are 1/8 shorter to make a little room for the felt. Choose a color of felt that goes well with the fabric you chose for the top of the box. Using white craft glue, glue felt to the dividers and set them aside to dry. They will be added later.

Next you’ll want to line the inside of the box with felt. Use white craft glue, since hot glue will leave ridges or lumps in the inside of the box. Cut away the excess felt. When the glue is dry, add the divider sections you made earlier, and glue them into place.

You can trim the box using a variety of embellishments, like ribbon or lace. This is not just for decoration, but also to cover up the fabric and felt edges.

Use whatever you like to decorate the top. Buttons, lace, ribbons, silk flowers, charms, and appliques are all great options. Use your imagination! Whether the jewelry box is for you or for a friend, it will be something unique made to suit your own personal style.

Courtesy of PackagingSuppliesBlog.com, a great resource for all types of packing and shipping supplies as well as crafty projects made from these products.