Instead of tossing out the can or bottle, bypass the bin and opt for creative upcyling with your little tree hugger instead. From a DIY water wall made with plastic bottles to K-cup planters, we’ve found unbelievable projects that give your recyclables a second wind. Flip through to find your favorite way to reuse, reuse and have fun!

Carton Construction

Help your little mover and shaker tinker her way through the construction of a functional dump truck, made from a dairy carton, straws, bamboo skewers and plastic caps, configured by Origami Mommy. Use this bad boy to haul loads of dirt around the backyard or LEGOs around the playroom. Multipurpose repurpose is the name of this game!

photo: Origami Mommy

Do you have a favorite upcycle project for household items? Tell us about it in a Comment. 

—Allison Sutcliffe