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57 Christmas Crafts from Recycled Items


Updated July 12, 2016
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Yogurt Bottle SnowmenWith this list of 57 Christmas Crafts from Recycled Items, you'll save your hard-earned cash and the planet, one project at a time. Inspiration can strike at any moment and you never know when you'll find a plastic bottle, metal can, or piece of scrap paper you can turn into a Christmas crafts.

For instance, you can make Christmas trees out of old wine corks, coasters out of washers, and pieces of home decor out of Christmas cards.

If you need ideas for your next gift exchange, try creating recycled Christmas gifts. Many of these projects are kid-friendly, so gather your little ones and show them how much fun recycling can be.

All of these Christmas crafts from recycled items are incredibly unique. Your friends and family members will marvel at your creativity when they take a look at your holiday decorations. Repurposing items is such a joy and these free Christmas crafts take the cake. You will be amazed at what you create from items already laying around your house.


57 Christmas Crafts from Recycled Items

57 Christmas Crafts from Recycled Items

Table of Contents

Christmas Crafts from Recycled Materials
Upcycled Decor
Recycled Christmas Gifts
Christmas Card Crafts
How to Make Recycled Gift Card Christmas Earrings


4 Wreaths Made from Recycled Materials
Take a look at 4 Wreaths Made from Recycled Materials. You'll find easy Christmas crafts that look super festive too. There's never a bad time to make a wreath, so be sure to save this list of Christmas crafts ideas for a later date.


Christmas Crafts from Recycled Materials

Upcycled Copper Wreath

With enough know-how and a little imagination, you can create amazing Christmas crafts from recycled materials. If you're not convinced, check out these projects for some inspiration. From homemade Christmas ornaments to kids crafts to mini books and more, you'll love making these crafts from the contents of your recycling bin.

  1. Upcycled Copper Wreath

  2. Vintage Cork Wreath

  3. Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

  4. 50 Cent Ornament Art

  5. Tissue Box House Ornament

  6. Toilet Roll Yule Log Ornament - so unexpected!

  7. Recycled Penguins

  8. Coffee Filter Snowflakes

  9. Fun Filter Book

  10. Upcycled Plastic Cup Snowman Ornament

  11. Yogurt Bottle Snowmen

  12. Cardboard Cutout Snowman Ornaments

  13. Snowman Light Bulb Ornament

  14. Stunning DIY Lanterns

  15. Snowballs from Bedspreads

  16. Wire Christmas Tree - simple and chic!

  17. Cork and Paper Ball Ornament

  18. Sparkly Snowflake Recycled Christmas Ornament

  19. Recycled Bird Ornament


12 Toilet Paper Crafts for Christmas
When it comes to Christmas crafts from recycled materials, you really can't live without toilet paper rolls. Learn how to make everything from ornaments to wreaths with 12 Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Christmas. This collection features Christmas crafts that kids and parents can work on together.


Upcycled Decor

Winter Coffee Filter Wreath

Don't spend a fortune on brand new Christmas decorations. Instead, opt for DIY Christmas decorations like these upcycled decor projects. These Christmas crafts allow you to deck your halls without breaking the bank. Plus, these elegant upcycled crafts are sure to impress your guests this winter.

  1. Santa Candles Mason Jar Christmas Crafts
  2. Reclaimed Wood Card Display Board DIY Christmas Decor
  3. Recycled Round Placemat
  4. Refashioned Wine Bottle Candle Holders
  5. Winter Coffee Filter Wreath
  6. Wire Jingle Bell Door Hanger
  7. Snowflake Washer Coasters
  8. Anthro Inspired Snow Globes
  9. PRETTY! Faux Lighted Wine Bottle
  10. Super Simple Coffee Cardboard Wreath
  11. Wine Cork Mini Christmas Tree
  12. Brown Coffee Filters Wreath
  13. Giant Coffee Filters Snowball Light
  14. Fabric Napkin Rings from Cardboard Tubes
  15. Christmas in a Mason Jar Decoration - who doesn't love mason jar crafts?
  16. Way Easy Wine Bottle Light

5 Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Kids: Easy Christmas Ornament Crafts
For more Christmas craft ideas to do with the whole family, take a look at 5 Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Kids: Easy Christmas Ornament Crafts. Make your own recycled Christmas ornaments using everything from bottle caps to pine cones.


Recycled Christmas Gifts

Knit Night Caps

The holiday season can get expensive, especially when it comes to gift-giving. In the end, what you give isn't as important as the sentiment behind the gift itself. Instead of spending big bucks on a generic purchase, take a look at these Christmas craft ideas. Each project is fun to create and very inexpensive. Enjoy the spirit of the season without the financial stress, all you need is this list of Christmas crafts from recycled items.

  1. Quick and Easy Soda Can Earrings
  2. Candy Pick Hair Bows
  3. Paint Stick Soap Holder
  4. Thumbprint Reindeer Coffee Mug
  5. Christmas Candy Can
  6. Recycled Cereal Box Christmas Tote
  7. Stunning Lace DIY Necklace - truly S T U N N I N G!
  8. CUTE! Knit Night Caps
  9. Washi Tape Wrapping
  10. Decorative Painted Wine Bottle
  11. Stenciled T-Shirt Sleeve Pouches


Free Craft Video: How to Make Recycled Gift Card Christmas Earrings



Christmas Card Crafts

Christmas Card Letters

When Christmas is over, what do you do with all of your holiday cards? Instead of throwing them in the recycling bin, create easy Christmas crafts. This is a great option for the frugal crafter because you don't have to invest in paper or cardstock. Help the environment, cut clutter, and make a craft that's green–literally and figuratively.

  1. Christmas Card and Lid Ornament
  2. Christmas Card Letters - great gift idea!
  3. Classic Card Gift Box
  4. Homemade Photo Ornament
  5. Holiday Card Decor
  6. Recycled Cards Advent Calendar
  7. Recycled Christmas Card Folded Tags
  8. Recycled Greeting Card - LOVE!
  9. Recycled Card Ornament


You've Never Seen This Christmas Craft Project!

Recycled Newspaper Advent Calendar

Recycled Newspaper Advent Calendar

There's a reason to subscribe to your local newspaper, and it's not to get the latest news. Instead, use this material to create recycled Christmas crafts like this advent calendar. You won't believe how easy it is to throw this project together. Luckily, this DIY Christmas craft looks traditional and beautiful, so no one will know just how easy it was to complete.

What types of materials do you like to work with when creating recycled Christmas crafts?

Let us know in the comments below!


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The toilet paper roll is just too good. I can make so many cute things out of them. I thought I had made everything one could make but you proved me wrong. If I take gold or silver paper and wrap like the blue ones shown, they can be used on New Years Eve to look like fire works. They would look cute scattered around the punch bowl. I don't know who comes up with these ides but thank you and keep them coming!

For me, it's toilet paper rolls, old books, newspapers, and magazines. I really love paper crafts.

5 months until Christmas! I'll be referring to these creative ideas to make homemade Christmas presents very soon!

LOVE these ideas! They are great ways to save money and the environment just in time for everyone's favorite holiday.

Such fun and cute ideas for family decorating!

hard to do

love love love this craft site ) its sooo family friendly



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