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!

Cereal City

Learn how to turn this breakfast staple into a bright-lights, big-city playscape with paint and a little imagination, thanks to Dinner: A Love Story. Add a few mini figs or other plastic people and the door to a whole new world of play just opened up.

photo: Dinner: A Love Story

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

—Allison Sutcliffe