Upcycle It! Susan’s Bag Bags

Grab Those Plastic Shopping Bags!

Hi, everyone! Not to take anything away from Litter Bit, but how often do you get the chance to upcycle plastic bags instead of recycle them?

Here’s what you need:

  • Plastic bags
  • Scissors
  • Crochet hook

They’re cute, durable, and every single one is completely unique. And that’s even before you add your own personal touches, like woven yarn art or yarn tassels!

While it isn’t a live-action tutorial, this video will give you an idea about making BAG BAGS:

Used Hotel Soap: Where Does It Go?

If you’re concerned about recycling, then you’ve no doubt worried—at one time or another—about items that don’t seem to be recyclable. For example, soaps; especially those little complementary bars (and the bottles of shampoo and conditioner, for that matter) you get at motels and hotels. Especially if you’ve only stayed one night at a motel, you may have agonized about what will happen to that unfinished bar or bottle you opened. At some places, the answer is yes—unfortunately, many hotels simply throw away those used products and they end up in landfills in the millions (an estimate of five million worldwide are tossed daily, with one million generated by the United States alone). But some hotels recycle their used soaps and shampoos.

Read moreUsed Hotel Soap: Where Does It Go?

Upcycle It! T-Shirt Headband

Get Out Those Old T-Shirts!

Hey guys! This week I thought I’d share another video tutorial for upcycling an old t-shirt into a headband. This makes an easy craft project or a great gift for friends!

Here’s what you need:

    • 1 Old t-shirt
    • Hot glue gun
    • Sharp scissors
    • A ruler

Once you’ve made your headband, you can decorate it with fabric flowers (or use green felt to make a leaf like my headband!) You can even bedazzle it with rhinestones and sequins if you want something that sparkles.

Tutorial for turning an OLD T-SHIRT INTO A HEADBAND:

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The “Three Rs” Plus Two

Meet “Repair” And “Refuse”

These two are the newest members of the ‘R’ family and just like reduce, reuse, and recycle, “repair” and “refuse” are ready to start fighting against the creation of unnecessary waste.

You probably already have the mantra of “reduce, reuse and recycle” down, but there are more Rs you can add to your routine. The Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB) of Minnesota has created a great list of more ways that you can make sure less stuff ends up in the garbage.

Click to read more from “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Refuse.”

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Upcycle It! Zippered Plastic Bottle

It’s Time To Upcycle!

Calling all parents and teachers! Are you looking for a fun, kid-friendly upcycling opportunity? Below are two easy-to-follow video tutorials showing how to upcycle plastic bottles. These are great opportunities for classrooms, summer projects, or just an easy way to keep creative little hands busy.

Here’s what you need:

    • 2 Plastic bottles of equal size and shape
    • 1 Zipper
    • Scissors
    • A needle and thread (or strong glue)

Once you’ve made your bottle, you can decorate with paints, googly eyes, fabric, washi tape, glitter, and more!

Tutorial for a SMALL COIN PURSE:

Tutorial for a TALL PENCIL CASE:

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