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!

Blast-off Bottles

Dive into this recycle project that transforms 2-liter bottles into scuba tanks for your little mariner. Put your own tinker skills (and some duct tape) to the test like we did, or follow these easy steps for a more polished look. Don’t forget the leftover sippy cup top that doubles as a respirator. It’s a two birds-one-stone upcycle!

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

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

—Allison Sutcliffe