7 groovy handmade recycled gifts to make and give

Here you are folks, a random assortment of things you can make for people you love. Things that are better than things you can get in shops because: a) they’ve been made locally, b) they’ve not cost you much, and c) they’re made with love. If you’ve taken the pledge to buy handmade this xmas, you can take it a step further by making handmade yourself.

Recycled tyre pony swing

Recycled tyre pony swing

1. Pony Tyre Swing

What child wouldn’t love one of these? Instead of spending a fortune on a swing from a shop, just recycle an old tyre off your car, add a few nuts and bolts, a bit of elbow grease, and Bob’s your uncle. A pony fit for a prince or princess, whichever applies. Here’s the pattern and details on how to make it.
Photo credit: Karagines / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

2. Blooming Recycled-Tyre Planter

Here’s one that the moms, girlfriends and wives will love, I know I would, and another way to recycle one of your old car tyres. Again a bit of elbow grease is required, but the results are worth it.

Recycled tyre planters

Recycled tyre planters

The instructions mention it being easier to do out in the warm sunshine. At this time of year you may need to warm the tyre up next to a radiator (make sure you don’t make dirty marks on the carpet). Pictures and instructions here.

Handmade recycled blanket slippers

Recycled blanket slippers

3. Recycled Blanket Slippers

Who doesn’t like a comfy, warm pair of slippers?
An old woollen blanket will make these cute slippers for your granny, husband or mum. Sewing skills required.
Full tutorial for these handmade slippers from Sew Green.

Recycled cardboard photo frame

Recycled cardboard photo frame

4. Frame it

There’s no better gift for a grandparent than a photograph of a beloved grandchild. Take a picture, and frame it in a fancy frame made from recycled corrugated cardboard. Here’s how to make this great handmade frame.

Market bag made from recycled plastic bags

Market bag made from recycled plastic bags

5. I am a plastic bag

Get rid of all the plastic bags cluttering up your under-sink cupboard in the kitchen and give your best friend, sister or mom a really cool shopping bag all at the same time. Eat your heart out Anja Hindmarch! Crochet this large plastic shopping bag.

6. I am a plastic bag too

A bag with dads and brothers in mind. This messenger bag is made by ironing plastic bags together to make them thicker, and then sewing them together to make a bag with style.

Recycled socks pet bed

Recycled socks pet bed

7. Have we forgotten anyone?

Here’s a special something for man’s best friend, or your feline friend too. And a way of getting rid of all the odd socks that build up after the washing machine eats one of the pair. Make your pet a comfy, warm bed out of old socks.

If you haven’t got a crafty bone in your body, here is a selection of recycled gifts available available online:

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  1. These are awesome craft projects! They also really get the creative juices flowing on how you can make other things from unwanted items laying around the house. Thanks!

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  5. I love the ideas for turning old plastic bags into a whole new material for making new plastic bags 😛 I have to admit though, I’m not sure how I feel about using an old car tire (or tyre i guess) as a kids toy. It would have to be in decent shape, I’ve seen quite a few old tires where pieces of metal start to stick out where the tread is especially worn down (yikes!).

    I think I like the idea of the tire planter better. In my mind there are some things that are acceptable as a child’s toy but I don’t think an old tire is necessarily one of them. If I ever do make a tire swing I’d probably go out and buy a new tire for it, I guess that defeats the purpose of recycling one but if my kids going to be swinging and hanging on it I’d prefer to know the quality that its in.

  6. I love the pony swing. i think that i’ll make it for my neices. Even if i didn’t have neices i would still make it because i think that it will look pretty cool hanging in the garden.

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