Here are two of our favorite recycled craft projects, inspired by Earth Day! These crafts recycle common household items to create a lively penholder, desk organizer or beautiful vase. Below is a step-by-step guide for two of our favorite Recycled Crafts!

First let’s start with the Decorative Tin Can Organizer. Here are the supplies needed to get started:

  • Recycled Tin Cans – any size will work
  • RoseArt School Glue or Hot Glue Gun
  • RoseArt Paint Brushes
  • Decorative Paper or Fabric
  • Scissors

Materials for recycled craft projects

Clean out your recycled tin cans and allow it to dry completely.

Cut your decorative paper to fit the can.

Tins, paper and scissors

Begin to cover the can using RoseArt School Glue or Hot Glue Gun. Use your RoseArt Paint Brushes to spread the glue over the can.

Use RoseArt School Glue to stick decorative paper on tins

Repeat the process with different can sizes.

Recycled tins decorated with paper, School Glue and a brush

Now load up the cans with your favorite RoseArt Supplies! We like to use bigger cans to store larger supplies, such as RoseArt School Glue and Broadline Markers. The smaller cans fit the RoseArt Crayons and Glue Sticks perfectly.

Recycled Craft Project: Desk Holders

Now, let’s create the Twine Wrapped Penholder. This is another great way to upcycle tin cans and add a little flare to your desk.

Here are the supplies needed:

  • Recycled Tin Cans
  • RoseArt Hot Glue Gun
  • RoseArt Paint Brushes
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Twine or yarn
  • Scissors

Recycled Craft Project Materials including a glue gun, scissors, tines, colored glue strips and string

Start by painting two coats of white acrylic paint on the recycled tin cans.

Covering tins with paper and paint

Once dry, glue a piece of twine to the center of the can, and then start wrapping the twine around. You can easily swap out yarn instead of the twine.

Winding string around your can

When the twine is wrapped around to your liking, use your RoseArt Glue Gun to secure in place.

Glue gun and string on the can

Once completed, fill the can with your RoseArt supplies.

String can desk holders

Both recycled can craft ideas can be used as beautiful vases as well.

Finished recycled craft project: desk holders

As you can see, you can easily turn ordinary tin cans and recycle them into something functional and beautiful. We hope these recycled craft projects inspire you for Earth Day! Enjoy!

Finished desk holders on the desk