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5 Most Useful Things Made From Waste Material

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: February 25, 2021
5 Most Useful Things Made From Waste Material

Creative hands know no limits, especially if you have waste material at home. If you love to make beautiful things and seek pleasure from doing so, then there are many things that you can create from waste material around you. Using waste material to make new objects is friendly for the environment too, so don't underestimate the importance of recycling. If you are on the lookout for good ideas to use waste material, then here are some great out of the box ideas, check out our list of 5 most useful things made from waste material.

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  1. Lampshade
  2. Furniture
  3. Flower pot
  4. Coasters
  5. Christmas decorations


Lampshades are a necessity, and they look great in different environments and surroundings. They are such a versatile and useful objects you can use waste material to make a variety of lampshades with objects you can easily find at home such as wool or yarn, photo negatives, glass bottles, plastic bottles, wine bottles ... At oneHOWTO we show you how to make lampshades with waste material, so you can choose the option that looks best in your house!

Yarn lampshade

Pictured below, making a lampshade with leftover yarn is a perfect idea that you can even make with children, as it only involves blowing up a balloon and tying the yarn around it. The result will actually look amazing and professional too!

Plastic bottle lampshade

There are as many ways as you can think of to make a plastic bottle lampshade, though one of our favorites involves cutting the top of a 5 liter water bottle and covering it with the top part of disposable plastic spoons. You can even paint them in your favorite shades beforehand to have a colored lamp!

Glass bottle lampshade

This is also an all-time favorite, though it involves cutting glass and can be a bit more dangerous. Making a mason jar candelabra for your kitchen or an elegant wine bottle lampshade or chandelier will look gorgeous, though you will need to be careful!

Clothes pegs lampshade

If you have a load of wooden clothes pegs you don't use, a great idea to upcycle lots of them is to make a lampshade with them. It is pretty easy and will give the room a very Scandinavian and Hygge touch.

5 Most Useful Things Made From Waste Material - Lampshade


On this list of 5 most useful things made from waste material, we couldn't leave out furniture which is highly useful for obvious reasons. If you want to decorate your home for free, making furniture out of waste material is the best solution.

Cardboard shelf stacks

You can use cardboard boxes to make decorative shelf stacks that only support small objects such as picture frames or a vase. You'll just have to line the box with some nice pieces of fabric or paint it in your favorite color and it's ready to be hung up!

Pallet versatility

Pallets are the quintessential waste material object used to create furniture. They are so versatile they can make an amazing coffee table, dining table, sofa structure or even a spice rack for your kitchen. Let your imagination run wild or find out how to make furniture with pallets.

Ladder shelf

How about creating a bookshelf with a ladder hung on the wall? It's a really original idea and will give your home a vintage and industrial style look. If you love having plants, then using the ladder as a plant stand is another good care-free and useful craft to make.

Crate table

No matter if they're wooden or plastic, fruit crates can easily be turned into shelf stacks, but also into a multi-colored coffee table too! These are also great to use as storage space for kids to put their toys in.

5 Most Useful Things Made From Waste Material - Furniture

Flower pot

Flower pots are attractive decorations that make your room fresh, lively and full of nature. When you go to the market, you will be surprised to see how expensive some of these flower pots are. Here, we will tell you how to make a flower pot from waste material with as many objects as you can imagine!

Plastic bottle flower pot

One of the most basic and easy way to make a flower pot with waste material is with an old plastic bottle and a CD you no longer use. Cut out the bottle and stick the narrow part to the CD. You have your flower pot ready!

Old log flower pot

If you have an old log that's rotting and is no use for you, why not turn it into an outdoor flower pot? Take a look at our tutorial and follow these simple steps. out of a log.

Paper flower pot

There are other options such as making it out of paper. Though you may think it's not as resistant, our technique will ensure you can plant and water your preferred flower without a worry.

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You can be as innovative as you can while creating coasters from waste material. Having coasters in hand is always useful and they can be as simple as a waste CD or a piece of cardboard, the options are many!

Coasters from buttons

Here at oneHOWTO, we will tell you how to make button coasters, a more sophisticated craft that will take some time but will look fantastic. Use the buttons and threads of your favorite colors and designs, and see how they can complement the entire look of your table.

Coasters from CDs

Use your old CDs to line them with a fabric of your choice to make some patchwork type coasters. You can actually line them with whichever material you prefer, just make sure they are waterproof. Take a look at our tutorial on how to make coasters from CDs for a step by step guide.

Coasters from Magazines

Another idea is to get magazine pages and twirl them as thinly as possible. Create rings with them, one smaller than the other and glue them with white craft glue to each other to create a coaster of magazine circles.

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Christmas decorations

Christmas is the time for decorations, lighting and partying. You obviously want your home to look its best during this season. So here, we are going to give you some really good ideas to create your own Christmas decorations from waste material, including Christmas tree baubles, nativity scene inside a bottle, a Christmas tree itself, patchwork with textiles, Christmas wreath, and even a Santa Claus.

Felt Christmas cushion

If you have an old cushion you no longer use you can give it a new lease of life by creating a Christmas pattern and turn it into a decorative felt cushion. If you're good at sewing this is a great idea. Add a Christmasy motif such as a Christmas tree or a reindeer.

Mason jar snow globe

We all have many glass or mason jars hanging around home. So making your very own DIY snow globe as a personalized Christmas decor can be a great activity to do during the festive season with small kids. Give it a try!

Waste material Christmas tree

One of the centers of attention during this season has to be the Christmas tree. There are many options to use waste materials to make your Christmas tree: from plastic bottles, green glass bottles or even toilet paper rolls! Find the one you like the most!

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  • You can make as many things with waste materials as you can imagine, remember to use safe tools and make your imagination run wild!
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it is nice and useful things
gc sharma
very bad ideas

what is the bad?????????????????????????????????????????????????????At least Nidhi made it
anjali singh
thank you so much for it
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