Fantastic Recycled Gift Ideas

Gifting handmade things can be exciting as well as eco-friendly with recycled gift ideas. Put your imagination and creativity to work for crafting many useful products made of recycled material. It could be hard to choose gifts for small occasions, so it’s best to come up with your own designs. Handmade gifts add a personal touch and value. You don’t have to look for fancy stuff to prepare one. By making use of simple household things, you can design wonderful gifts. Here are some tips on creating impressive recycled gifts.

Beeswax candles

Beeswax candles

Beeswax, unlike paraffin wax is a renewable, eco-friendly material. Beeswax candles produce little soot compared to paraffin candles and burn cleaner and longer. They contain no toxic materials. Beeswax candles with natural scent of honey smell wonderful. They make a perfect gift for people who have allergies or are sensitive to deodorants and perfumes.

Soda pop cans jewelry

Soda pop cans jewelry

There are many cool cans available that can be cut with scissors easily and modeled as bracelets and necklaces. The sharp edges can be rolled inward. Fine rubber tubing can be used to carefully insert both the edgy sides of bracelet and glued. You can get heat shrinks that are available in various colors to give a nice effect for the bracelet. Using recycled soda cans makes a trendy gift.

Felt magnets

Felt magnets

Felt magnets made with woolen or other material make a simple, yet sweet gift. Choose a collection of felt and embroidery floss in your favorite colors. Business card magnets can be purchased from a local craft store. Peel off its back liner and stick the felt on it, so that it works as a background. Cut felt into rectangular shapes and stitch something creative using the floss on it. Stick this carefully on the magnet and you get a pretty gift.

Shell frame

Shell frame

If you’ve been to a beach and have a collection of shells, then you can put them to good use by making a shell frame. You need a big frame with flat surfaces. Find shells of similar sizes and line them up on the surface, placing them evenly. Use a glue gun to stick the shells to the frame. If you want to, you can add more shells of different shapes and sizes to fill in the gaps. Finally fit the glass and you get a cool shell frame.

Paper bowl

Paper bowl

You can use magazine papers to make recycled coiled bowls. Start by cutting vertical strips of about 1inch size. Coat a strip with glue using a paintbrush. Stick another strip over the first, to make it thicker. Paint glue over this and fold it in to a third strip. Apply a final glue coating and roll the strip into a spiral coil. This forms the core of your bowl. Similarly, wrap more coils around the core, increasing gradually. Once it forms the base, place a thick parchment paper or cardboard in it. Place this base on a bowl for support and continue wrapping the strips around to complete your basket.