Do-It-Yourself Projects

Looking to put your waste to good use and start your own upcycling projects? Your favorite TerraCycle Design Junkies are here to show you how you can reuse your materials right at home. We’ve created simple step-by-step instructions to walk you through these easy projects. Pick your favourite and get ready to give your waste another go!

Want more do-it-yourself upcycling projects? Check out the new book ReMake It! loaded with nearly 100 projects written by our very own Chief Design Junkie, Tiffany Threadgould.

Please feel free to feature any of these projects on your blog or publication, just add the credited link to www.terracycle.co.uk.

McVities Gift Bow

McVities Gift Bow

Wrap your presents with this easy upcycled bow! This simpler version of the fancy gift bow is a great way to reuse your McVities biscuit wrapper packaging. Grab some biscuit wrappers and get going on this project.

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Easy Upcycled Wallet

Easy Upcycled Wallet

Use your empty Kenco Eco Refill coffee packaging to make an upcycled coin purse!

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Upcycled Collection Box

Upcycled Collection Box

Create a TerraCycle collection bin from materials you already have!

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Johnson's Mess Mat

Johnson's Mess Mat

Clean up with this crafty upcycling project!

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 Upcycled Fancy Gift Bow

Upcycled Fancy Gift Bow

This version of the gift bow is a great way to reuse your food packaging. Grab some food wrappers and get going on this project. It’s a wrap!

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 Upcycled Candy Wrapper Barrette

Upcycled Food Wrapper Hair Clip

This year’s best accessory is something you were about to throw away. In this project, you’ll learn how to make lovely hair clips by converting old food wrappers into stylish upcycled hair wear!

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Upcycled Napkin Ring

Upcycled Food Wrapper Napkin Ring

Create and serve up these flashy napkin rings at your next dinner party. Then, in the true spirit of recycling, you can reuse them again and again. It’s a sweet way to decorate your party without spending a dime.

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Upcycled Pen Plant Tags

Upcycled Pen Plant Tags

Recycle your non-working pens and yogurt pots into herb garden! It’s really easy to get growing on this project. Start with clean yogurt cups and empty pens, some plants or seeds and you’re almost there. You’ll have this project complete in no “thyme”.

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