Many craft things I do are actually recycling, as well.

A jam jar oil lamp. - This particular brand has an attractive jar with a red plaid top. I buy wicks with glass tubes at Hobby Lobby, and drill a hole in the lid to insert them. I buy the same oil people put in their tiki torches.
@GardenGerty (113528)
United States
April 19, 2008 10:38am CST
A friend of mine posted about other uses for jars and cans. I use certain jars to be handing glass lanterns for citronella candles, or I make little glass jar lamps with fiberglass wicks that I can put citronella oil in and have sitting on the porch. Do you recycle in crafty ways?
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• India
19 Apr 08
Yes I do! I have made flowers from- plastic kit, sponge, that stick in the middle of garlic bulb, soft corks from under coke caps, spoiled camera films etc. I have made a pic of a peacock with pistanut shells. I have pen holders with cans, cardboards, etc. Actually I don't let go of any junk. I try to make something out of them. Result- My room has become a Junkyard! If you want to see the peacock pic, go to my profile page and visit my blog.
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@GardenGerty (113528)
• United States
19 Apr 08
Very nice, I looked through your profile and ideas. I like your blog as well. Others may look at it from here.
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@weemam (13377)
19 Apr 08
I do it a lot with cards , I sift through all of the cards I get to see if I can recycle them , I love crafting xx
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@GardenGerty (113528)
• United States
19 Apr 08
There are lots of lovely things you can do with cards, and it lets you look at the memories.
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@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
20 Apr 08
Oh please do share some card ideas!
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@weemam (13377)
20 Apr 08
I do mine just for family and friends mostly pal , sometimes for the Church Fete , I write poems and decorate them according to the occasions , I really enjoy doing them , . I keep a lot of things of cards I have sent to me and stick them with little foam blocks so they stand out , some decoupage xx
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@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
20 Apr 08
I love to recycle when I craft. I have been collecting coffee canisters for a few months. I am going to get the girls to cover them so we can keep our craft supplies in them. We did it once for Contact's home bound client to receive their Christmas goodies in. We recently made tiny first aid kits with old film canisters. I once collected old broken crayons from the teachers at our school/ My DD and I sorted them, make new crayons in shapes for the head start classes in the area.We even got the molds from yard sales and thrift stores.melted them down and poured them in molds to make new crayons. We donated them to the local head start classes. We even got the molds from yard sales and thrift stores. I don't remember how many hours my daughter put in but I know I had 50 something. Our house smelled like melted wax for two months! It was fun though, and used 'trash' to make something new!
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@GardenGerty (113528)
• United States
20 Apr 08
The activities person at my work has lots of the plastic containers that the tubs of presweetened drinks come in. I think they would make nice first aid kits for the cars.
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@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
21 Apr 08
That would be great for first aid kits. We used film canisters so the girls could attach to their backpacksthem with a safety pin and use them when hiking, or at school. They only needed a small one. We use small diaper bags or coolers a lot for our troop first aid kit.
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• United States
20 Apr 08
I take boxes that have lids and decoupage them. They make lovely catch-all boxes. Using old coffee cans for cookie tins works quite well too. I rip off the paper and replace it with either contact paper or another decorative paper. They hold quite a bit of cookies or any other nummies you want to put inside.
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@GardenGerty (113528)
• United States
20 Apr 08
The brand I use has red or green plastic containers. I want to use a drill and punch designs on them and use them as luminaria.
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@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
21 Apr 08
Oh what a great idea! Your thread is really getting my crafter mind going!
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• United States
19 Apr 08
I put together native American crafts and reuse many different things. Lately I have been putting together dream catchers using sharks jaws. I also use porky pine quills in some of my crafts. I like to find uses for as many different things that i can. Being on a fixed income it is a good way to save money by recycling materials.
@GardenGerty (113528)
• United States
19 Apr 08
Doing creative things gives a lot of satisfaction and then you feel rich.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
That is a very nice idea, my friend. I used to go camping a lot and I do like that idea. I feel that many craft projects are recycling as well. Better than that it is recycling in a nice/pretty way LOL
@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
I've used jars and left over fabric to make "pancake" or "brownie" mix gift jars. Old jeans into jean blankets or bags, Jars decroated then place charcoal in through out the house (charcoal is an odour absorber) bits of fabric to decorate shabby looking hangers. Scraps of paper into cards. I've repainted dressers with left over paints to spruce them up after purchase at a garage sale.
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@GardenGerty (113528)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I love that creative feeling and the oohs and aahs I get about my projects.
@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
I love oohs and ahhs too. Its nice to feel appreciated when you make an effort to create.
@gabrielle47 (1221)
• Philippines
20 Apr 08
That is a nice lamp and good that it comes from recycled materials. I have not much done crafts like that for so long but I do have some crafts that I love to do. Years back I was also doing some candles on my own and giving them out as gift to friends and families. They are colored and scented gelatin candles and miss doing them too! Your work is great! Would love to know how to make those citronella candles as its good against mosquitoes. « Gab »
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@GardenGerty (113528)
• United States
20 Apr 08
I buy the wick set, it is a glass tube that has fiberglass wicking. The top is flared out so it is wider than the tube. I just drill a hole through the lid of the pretty jar, slide the tube in, fill the jar with citronella oil and there is the lamp. Because the wick is fiberglass it does not burn up.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
19 Apr 08
I love making things from trash into treasure, there's so much good stuff that goes to the dump that can be creatively used otherwise. I used to get a ton of those AOL freebie disks, I'd save the little box they came in and turned it into a small brag-book. The box held a cd and had a magnetic closure on the one edge. After spray painting the box, inside and out, I found if I fan-folded heavier paper (cut to size) that the box would hold about 20 photos. It's really cute and it cost me nothing except for a shot of spray paint! I also save those little glass jars that those scented candles come in. Once the candle is used up, I then reuse it and put in tea lights. I take the glass swirled little jar and use a strong glue to attatch a painted dowel rod to the end of it. Presto, instant tea lights for the patio, and you just stick them in the ground along the pathways...very pretty in the evening when friends are over!
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@GardenGerty (113528)
• United States
19 Apr 08
Those are some great thoughts. I will have to try that sometime. Maybe this summer if I am only working one job.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
21 Apr 08
No I just put mine in the recycling Bag as I am not a Crafts Person lol We have a separate Bag for the recycling
@winterose (39898)
• Canada
21 Apr 08
I wish I had a creative brain that way. I am creative when it comes to writing but I am not creative in artist ways like crafts. I envy people who are.