12 Surprising & Simple Crafts with Household Items

Find cool things to make with household items on this creative list of craft ideas.

By: Kaylee Pope, Editor,
Updated July 28, 2023
12 Surprising  Simple Crafts with Household Items

Crafting is a thrilling stress-reliever that keeps you busy, creative, and productive! Learning how to make DIY home decor or other fun projects is an excellent way to pass the time. Unfortunately, crafting can actually be pretty expensive! Skip the wallet-robbing crafts that require a long list of materials from the store and learn how to craft with household items and recyclables.

Crafts with common household items are always cheap, always creative, and a thrifty way to add some creativity to your day! Plus, saving recyclables helps reduce the waste in your home.

This list of DIY crafts with common household items has something for every skill level. Whether you want to spend 20 minutes on something quick and cute or you have a whole afternoon to devote to creativity, there is sure to be a thrifty idea that you'll love below.

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DIY Duct Tape Bead Bracelet

Turn boring old duct tape into stunning and funky homemade jewelry with this easy DIY Duct Tape Bead Bracelet. Perfect for kids or whimsical adults, this cheap idea is fun and wearable!

DIY Duct Tape Bead Bracelet

DIY Garden Apron from Old Jeans

Reuse aged denim with this DIY Garden Apron from Old Jeans. We all have old jeans that just do not fit anymore. Don't throw them away! Remake them into something brand new. Crafts with old jeans are popular for a reason. Save your favorite pair of old jeans and make something brand new. This DIY apron is perfect for your garden or craft room.

DIY Garden Apron from Old Jeans

Origami Newspaper Pots

Make these Origami Newspaper Pots store to plants. This easy paper craft shows you how to fold trash into something useful. These cuties are perfect for gifting plants.

Origami Newspaper Pots

Recycled Egg Carton Bowl

Store small pieces of jewelry or change in these Recycled Egg Carton Bowl crafts. Cute and simple, these are great crafts to complete with the kids or grandkids on a rainy afternoon.

Recycled Egg Carton Bowl

Water Bottle Supply Organizer

Get your pens and pencils in order with this Water Bottle Supply Organizer. Unlike other simple crafts ideas with household items, this craft is crazy useful! You'll love how it looks on your desk.

Water Bottle Supply Organizer

Flip Flop Crochet Slippers

If you've ever owned a pair of cheap flip-flops, you have probably broken a pair of cheap flip-flops. Transform old sandals into new shoes with these Flip Flop Crochet Slippers.

Flip Flop Crochet Slippers

Spoon Roses DIY Recycled Craft

Turn plasticware into art with these Plastic Spoon Roses DIY Recycled Craft. Watch the video below to learn how to melt leftover spoons into art! It's amazing to watch and actually pretty easy.

iPhone Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Prop up your cell phone at your workstation or in the kitchen with this crazy quick and unique craft made from household items. All you need to make yourself a new phone stand is toilet paper rolls, thumbtacks, and washi tape. Decorate the iPhone Toilet Paper Roll Craft however you would like!

iPhone Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Recycled Tic Tac Toe Game

Combine crafting with things around the house with an always-popular game when you make this charming little board game. The Recycled Tic Tac Toe Game is easy to make and sure to keep the kids busy for hours after the crafting stops.

Recycled Tic Tac Toe Game

Recycled Bottle Lamps

Wine bottle and liquor bottle crafts are a staple of any DIY home decor enthusiast. These charming and eye-catching glass bottles are just too lovely to toss out with the trash or recycling. Make your very own lamp with this Recycled Bottle Lamp.

Recycled Bottle Lamp

Stunning Toothbrush Bracelet

Reusing an old toothbrush to make jewelry may sound like a crazy idea but the results are actually charming. Transform old toothbrushes into brightly colored bangles with this Stunning Toothbrush Bracelet.

Stunning Toothbrush Bracelet

Plastic Bottle Hanging Planters

If you hate how many plastic bottles you have around the house, learn how to transform them. These Plastic Bottle Hanging Planters are perfect for indoor home decor or outdoor spaces. Simple to cut and even easier to paint, these cutes can be bright or subdued.

Plastic Bottle Hanging Planters
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Upcycled is the easiest way to reuse something with an artistic and practical touch to it. You can use anything, from old tees and even toothbrushes in this list. Plastic bottles can turn into planters and even lamp shade add one.

Great ideas! I love upcycling rather throwing away whenever possible.

Oh my gosh, I love that bottle lamp idea!!!


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