16 Great Gifts made from Garbage

If you've delayed your gift shopping a little too long this holiday season, check out these 16 great gifts that are made out of things you were just going to throw away anyway.  Some are quick, some are easy, and some don't take much effort at all.  Don't make up any excuses this year; it's so easy to find the supplies, there is no reason to not make these projects!
Repurposed Etched Glass Spice Jars... style
As an avid recycler, I often find myself admiring the numerous boxes of glass bottles in our garage, awaiting their fate. When I noticed more than a dozen empty bottles from one particular product, I ...
Drinking Glasses from Wine Bottles style
Making drinking glasses from wine bottles has been around for years, and while it is relatively easy to cut a bottle, making a nice useful drinking glass is a little more difficult. Yeah, I can go to...
Recycled Magazine Gift Bag style
Have lots of magazines (or newspapers) laying around.. and not sure what to do with them? Make a weaved gift bag! This was a fairly easy project that cost me zero dollars, but a few hours in time.  M...
The plastic bag hoodie: How to fuse plastic bags and sew them into a hoodie style
I was inspired to make this Instructable by two things. 1. my lack of a rain jacket and 2. a project by maker bre who use to do weekend project for MAKE: magazine So one rainy Saturday night I was ru...
Designer vases from used coffee cups style
Styrofoam cups are light, cheap, and insulating, but flimsy and rarely recycled. Here's a way of transforming a used styrofoam cup into a similarly-sized vase of your own design. It costs nothing, onl...
Duct Tape Tie style
I always have a hard time buying gifts for my Dad as he has few hobbies, and I hate getting him the same old stuff. But he does have a sense of humor and he likes duct tape. And in trying to come up w...
Turn a gift card into a hand-made gift style
The problem with gift cards is that they are very boring to open. No matter how welcome the money is, it's hard to get excited by a piece of plastic. This super easy pop-up card solves the problem: th...
Wallet made from a computer keyboard style
In all likelihood there is a keyboard within a few feet of you. Inside that keyboard there probably is a circuit sheet that makes for a surprisingly durable and thin material for making a wallet.Any ...
Japanese lamp from recycled materials style
A cheap but attractive paper "shoji" style lamp that uses mostly recycled parts and is easy to put together.DISCLAIMER 1: The overall design (and possibly the whole idea) of this lamp was influenced b...
Shag Bag From Recycled T-Shirts style
I made this shaggy shoulder bag for Very Interesting in the summer 2010 gift exchange.  She requested something made from reused old clothes.  I don't know her size (and since I was a last-minute fil...
Recycle Denim: Floor mat from Waistbands and inseams style
This comfy floor mat is made from recycled waistbands, hem cuffs, and inseams from old jeans. These are often the wasted scraps left after other projects with recycled denim. To see how to efficiently...
Rainbow clock style
I totally believe in recycling....and while doing it i like to make gifts and teach my kids how you can make really nice things with things you throw the environment....and save money by m...
Recycled Laminate Floor Planks style
We recently had our floors re-done in laminate flooring.. There were several left-over planks of various sizes... Here is what I've been doing with them.. They have been well received by family and fr...
bottle cap pins style
Let's face it, button pins make everything more awesome. I've seen street vendors and trendy hipster stores sell custom pins for a few dollars each. I figured I could make my own easily enough and wou...
Weld a Spoon Flower! style
Create an attractive trash-to-treasure flower to put in your flower bed or urban garden! This is a neat little metal sculpture project that you can complete in just a few hours, but will add some perm...
Make a Soda Can Ring style
After seeing how much useful material was put into aluminum cans, I was inspired to make something out of them, instead of trashing them. These are fairly easy to make, can be made quite quickly with...