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14 Recycle & Reuse Decor Ideas That Are Eco-Friendly

Do you want to decorate your home in an eco-friendly way? If so, you’re in luck! There are many ways to recycle and reuse old items to create beautiful and unique DIY eco-friendly decor. Today, I will share 14 of our favorite eco-friendly decor ideas. This includes a flower arrangement, saving packing materials, recycled wine corks, and my favorite recycled tin can projects.

As I have shared many times, I am a waste not kind of girl. I get an idea for a project and often don’t wait for a trip to town to purchase the proper supplies. Therefore, I make do with what I can find around the house.

Recycle Tin Cans for sustainable eco-friendly craft projects.  Use to make a flower arrangement.  DIY Eco-Friendly Decorating.

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Recycle Ideas For Eco-Friendly Decorating

This post idea began because I wanted to arrange some new flowers I had received.

I realized I had no styrofoam to hold the stems and quickly searched for alternative supplies.

Recycle Tin Cans for sustainable eco-friendly craft projects.  Use to make a flower arrangement.

Tin cans rarely make it to my recycle bin. I have a million uses for them.

Recycle Tin Can Projects

Here are a few of my favorite ways to recycle tin cans.

Rusted Tin Cans Recycled Decor Ideas for eco-friendly projects.

How To Rust Metal Fast With These 3 Household Ingredients

You can quickly rust tin cans to use for fall decorating. See more about the DIY Eco-Friendly Decor idea.


Rusty tin can wreath for DIY Eco-Friendly Decor project.  Recycled Decor Ideas for Fall

DIY Fall Wreath Made with Rusted Tin Cans – Easy Tutorial

Welcome to making a DIY fall wreath with rusted tin cans. You can make this easy and inexpensive recycled tin can craft also includes cheap Dollar Tree materials.


Recycled Decor Ideas for Fall decorating. DIY Eco-friendly decor ideas.

How To Cover Tin Cans With Twigs

How To Cover Tin Cans with Twigs for a Free Recycle Craft. They can be used for a beautiful fall centerpiece or alone with fall stems. This easy tutorial will be a fall favorite.


DIY Star Wreath

This fun wreath is made from recycled aluminum cans. It’s a fun and super easy project and can be customized for your decor style.


More Aluminum Can Recycling Ideas

Patriotic Star Garland / Tin & Aluminum Can Plant Pockets / Aluminum Can Flower Wreath

Recycled Materials Flower Arrangement

Here is a step-by-step tutorial for using recycled materials for a flower arrangement.

First, there is always a supply of tin cans for any project and some grocery store plastic bags.

Recycle plastic grocery bags for eco-friendly filler for flower arrangements.

In addition, I had a bag of leftover shredded filler that I had saved from Christmas. You may see that I’m a waste not kind of girl.

Recycle plastic grocery bags for DIY eco-friendly decor filler for flower arrangements.

Eco-friendly Decorating with a Flower Arrangement

The tin can was perfect for the center stem, and the grocery store plastic bags held the stems straight when firmly packed into the containers.

The shredded paper was reused to hold the containers steady, and then new Spanish moss was added to cover the filler. A step-by-step video for arranging the flowers can be seen here.

This video shows how to make these recycled Wine Cork Hearts.

Upcycle wine corks to make fun seasonal craft ideas like this heart trio.

You can also see details about this Faith Print in my Store.

Fall Decor From Recycled Materials

There are many ways to use recycled materials for stylish Fall decorating, and here are a few more favorites.

More Tin Can Recycle Projects

Recycle tin cans for eco-friendly candle holders.  Tuna cans upcycled for decorative and stylish home decor.

Ten FREE Fall Decorating Ideas

No tin can is safe from a can of spray paint or some other fun project. These tuna cans made fun candle holders for my Fall Tables. This this eco-friendly free decorating ideas and more.


Paint or stencil tin cans for handy pencil holders or paint brush holders.

Eco-Friendly Tin Can Recycle Ideas

Use tin cans for pencil holders and use toilet paper cardboard rolls as dividers for your pen, pencils, and markers.

Upcycle Old Book Pages Pumpkin Craft for DIY Eco-Friendly Decor Ideas

Upcycle Old Book Pages Pumpkin Craft

Looking for a unique pumpkin craft idea for fall decorating? You can make these DIY pumpkins using upcycled old book craft ideas for cheap. 


Use packing materials to make plate chargers for tablescape ideas.

Recycle Packing Materials Plate Chargers

Make your fall tables look amazing with this clever and free DIY tutorial. Recycling packing materials is a DIY, eco-friendly way to create stunning table decor.


Additional DIY Eco-Friendly Seasonal Decor Ideas

Another seasonal favorite was adding napkins to tin cans and creating this fun centerpiece. See all the details here in this Spring Tablescape Post.

Upcycle tin Cans with napkin decoupage ideas.  Make centerpiece and candle holders for DIY Eco-Friendly Decor

Recycled Faux Tree

Even this worn-out ficus tree was allowed a new life when fresh blossoms saved it. Here is How to Save a Faux Ficus Tree!

Recycle a ficus tree by replacing the leaves with cherry blossom stems.

Recycle Wine Corks – Sustainable Decor Idea

There are so many ways to recycle wine corks that are sustainable and eco-friendly. I’ve used wine corks for coasters and trivets and so much more.

Here is a video tutorial to make this triple heart made from wine corks, and you can see how to make flowers from corks in this post.

Sustainable Home decor with DIY Recycled Wine Cork Triple Heart home decor. DIY Eco-FRiendly Decor

See this easy DIY Wine Cork Christmas Tree Tutorial.

And you can see how to make wine cork flowers on this Instagram video.

Paper Garland by UpCycling Coffee Filters

This is a favorite holiday project. However, it would be a beautiful project for a summer brunch, a wedding table, a shower table, etc. See How to Make a Table Garland from Coffee Filters Here.

Make a table garland using coffee filters.

Recycled Scrap Fabrics for Sustainable Pillow Covers

Another way to recycle and reuse is to save your scrap fabrics. This could be favored baby clothes, sports clothing, or other fabrics from previous projects.

You can make unique one-of-a-kind pillow covers using these fabrics. There are so many options, and here are a few sustainable DIY eco-friendly pillow cover ideas.

Bonus Recycle Reuse Projects

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DIY Eco-Friendly Decor Recycle Projects for upcycle and reuse ideas.


Sunday 31st of January 2021

Rachel, these are all such beautiful and great ideas! I love reusing things and wasting nothing.

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Monday 1st of February 2021

Shawn, I really appreciate this. Thanks so much.


Saturday 30th of January 2021

Wow! So many great ideas! I've never thought of re-using my cans before but that all changes now. Thanks for always being inspiring!

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Saturday 30th of January 2021

Anne, Thanks so much. I appreciate you for stopping by. Rachel


Friday 29th of January 2021

You have so many great ideas for recycling. Cans are so handy and you shared some great ways to repurpose them.

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Saturday 30th of January 2021

Paula, Thanks so much. I appreciate your support.


Friday 29th of January 2021

My soul, you are quite the recycler! I made a "vase" out of a ginormous Bush's Baked Bean can and was not only proud of my not-so-crafty self but kinda hooked on mod podging cans. Looking forward to making more this spring. Happy Fri-hi-hi-day!

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Saturday 30th of January 2021

Cindy, Thanks for stopping by.

Jennifer Howard

Friday 29th of January 2021

Super clever idea with the shredded paper...I never thought of that!!

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Saturday 30th of January 2021

Jennifer, Thanks so much.