“What can I do with…?” is a question we get asked a lot.
Here are some ideas and inspiration from across the internet for simple crafts using waste materials. Many of these crafts are suitable for children, but please take care if you are cutting metal and hard plastics as the edges can be very sharp.
Aluminium or steel drinks can
Tip: Steel is stronger and does not break as easily as aluminium when folded.
Is my can aluminium or steel? Steel is magnetic, aluminium is not.
Make a trinket box: https://www.instructables.com/id/Drink-Can-Tinwork/
Make a stove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvvdLVUJXZc
Make a toy aeroplane: http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys/cokeaeroplane.html
Make a bowl or ashtray: http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys/Aluminumcanbowl.html
PET plastic bottles
Make a broom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFrIsUqKUUM
Make very strong string with a plastic bottle cutter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE3FOWHFEr4
Make decorative flowers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7EPwoiMhtE
Use bottles for gardening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnR9eGiGm-s
Make a solar cooker: http://solarcooking.org/newsletters/scrjul03.htm
Make a flapping butterfly toy: http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys/tetrabutterfly.html
Make a purse with a lock: http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys/Tetrapursewithlock.html