View All Posts

Apr 20

Upcycle Activities to do at Home

Posted on April 20, 2020 at 8:02 AM by Natalie Nebilak

Are you ready to have fun and get creative at home? Here are three upcycling projects you can do with the whole family, using items you probably already have. 

Pocket Soap
Here's a fun at-home craft project for the whole family that encourages personal hygiene! We call it, Pocket Soap; it's your own personal supply of hand soap that you can take with you wherever you go. And a bonus is that it is near-zero waste and can be made from items you probably already have around the house.


Here are the items you need:
  1. A small container (we used an empty Altoids container)
  2. Paints, fabric, or construction paper (whichever you prefer)
  3. Bar of soap
  1. Get crafty! Whichever container you chose to use, make it your own. Let the kids choose how they want to decorate their pocket soap, whether it's superheros, dinosaurs, ...etc. If it is special to them, they will be more inclined to use it more often. 
  2. While the paint is drying, carefully cut a bar of soap into little cubes/pieces. You can also use a grater to grate a piece of soap into shreds. 
  3. Put your soap pieces into your newly decorated/painted container and voila! Pocket soap for on-the-go! 
PocketSoap2 PocketSoap5 PocketSoap7
You can slip these into your purse, gym bag, the kids backpacks, and keep one in the car. Clean hands are healthy hands!


Leftover Candle
Do you ever burn a candle until it reaches the bottom of the wick but there is still some leftover wax in there? Now is the time to gather up those leftover candle bits and turn them all into one new candle! 


Here are the items you need:
  1. Leftover candle wax
  2. Empty jar/container (vintage tea cups also make adorable candles!)
  3. Pot for boiling water
  4. New wick (available for purchase online at most craft stores)
  1. Carefully remove candle wax from your leftover candles. If they are candles in jars, you can melt the wax and pour it into your new container by using the double boiler method (pictured below). If they are not in jars, carefully cut/brake the wax into smaller pieces and place them in the jar or container you want your new candle to be in. 
  2. Once your wax pieces are in your new jar, place the jar into a pot that is half filled with water. Turn the burner on to Medium so the water in the pot slowly warms up. The heat from the water will slowly melt the candle wax. 
  3. Once all the wax is melted, carefully remove the jar from the pot of water using a kitchen towel or oven mit. THE JAR WILL BE HOT. Set the jar on the counter and insert the new wick. It might not sit perfectly straight, but that's not a big deal. Your candle will cool, then you can trim the wick and enjoy a new candle from your leftovers!
Candle2 Candle3 Candle4


Jar Lantern
A fun way to add a little ambiance to the patio or porch is to add some mood lighting. Now is time to bust out all those jars and tins you been saving! 


Here are the items you need:
  1. Empty jar or tin can
  2. Paint
  3. Twine
  4. Candle
  1. Clean out your empty containers
  2. Wrap them with twine or string in any way you like
  3. Paint over the twine and the entire outside of the jar using as many colors as you like and allow to dry
  4. Remove the twine to reveal your new lanterns
Lantern2 Lantern3 Lantern4
lantern5 lantern
We hope you love these upcycling activities! Remember to always use caution when using sharp objects and the stove.