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!

Musical Maze

Although your sidekick may not know what these are, that doesn’t mean he can’t claim them for (re)creative purposes. Just add Wikki Stix, creative planning and a few other items you can read about at The Journals of Giddy Giddy to make these ah-maze-ing labyrinths, perfect for on-the-go play. The box filled with empty cases at the back of your closet thanks you (really, it's okay to dump them), and so will your littlest puzzlers!

photo: The Journals of Giddy Giddy

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

—Allison Sutcliffe