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!

Eye Spy TP

After hanging up the aluminum can birdfeeder, why not make binoculars so your sidekick can take in all the action? Who knows where this simple craft we found at Lu Bird Baby will lead. From the wilds of your backyard habitat, to the jungles of the neighborhood park, your little explorer will see it all through these creatively colored glasses.

photo: Lu Bird Baby

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

—Allison Sutcliffe