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Don’t Trash It – Re-purpose It!



We always try to reduce, re-use and recycle. A fun way to re-use items is to change them just enough to create something new. Learn how to transform common recyclable items for new uses.

Empty Jug? Make a Watering Can

Materials needed:

Empty plastic bottle or jug with cap (gallon containers work well)

Fine-pointed permanent markers in black and colors of choice

Hammer and nail

Nail polish remover or goo-gone

How to make it:

Wash out the bottle thoroughly to remove bleach, soap, food, or other contents.

Peel off any labels and remove sticky residue with nail polish remover, goo-gone or a similar product. (Thinner/lighter plastic may be damaged by these products)

With the bottle clean and dry, outline the design of your choice on the plastic with a black fine-pointed marker. If you wish, you can pencil in your design before inking it.

Let the ink dry at least a half hour before adding colors.

Place the bottle cap on a scrap piece of wood, old plastic cutting board, or other protective surface.

Using a medium-sized household nail and hammer, tap a pattern of holes in the cap to allow water to sprinkle out.

Fill your new watering can and give your plants a drink!

Frosting Gone? Make a Pencil Cup

Materials needed:

Empty plastic frosting tub or other cylindrical can-shaped plastic container

Fine-pointed permanent markers in black and colors of choice

Nail polish remover or goo-gone

How to make it:

Wash out the container thoroughly to remove food or other contents. For best results, use hot water and soap to remove any greasy residue.

Peel off any labels and remove sticky residue with nail polish remover, goo-gone or a similar product. (Thinner/lighter plastic may be damaged by these products)

With the container clean and dry, outline the design of your choice on the plastic with a black fine-pointed marker. If you wish, you can pencil in your design before inking it.

Let the ink dry at least a half hour before adding colors.

Fill with all those stray pens and pencils scattered around your home, office, or hobby room.

No More Mints? Store Your Ear Buds

Materials needed:

Empty plastic round, flat mint or candy container

Fine-pointed permanent markers in black and colors of choice

Nail polish remover or goo-gone

How to make it:

Peel off labels and remove sticky residue with nail polish remover, goo-gone or a similar product. (Thinner/lighter plastic may be damaged by these products)

Wash out the container and let dry.

With the container clean and dry, outline the design of your choice on the container with a black fine-pointed marker. If you wish, you can pencil in your design before inking it.

Let the ink dry at least a half hour before adding colors.

Tuck your ear buds into the box to keep cords tangle-free!




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