15 Coolest Retro and Grunge Recycling Craft DIY Tutorials


If you’re always hanging on to things hoping that you can one day use them to create something new, then DIY recycling can be a great way of killing two birds with one stone- getting rid of things you no longer need by making them into something beautiful or useful. A great way of getting into DIY recycling is by following tutorials which can inspire you to try your hand at something new.

Retro and grunge styles are not only fashionable but also work well for recycling crafting ideas because the items you want to recycle may not be perfect in themselves, and these styles often work to a vintage or worn effect which makes them a perfect accompaniment for each other. Retro and grunge DIY recycling craft tutorials can show you how to make all sorts of new items from candles to jewellery, so you’ll be able to learn new skills at the same time. When you’re ready, take a look below at the 15 coolest retro and grunge recycling DIY tutorials in order to get some new ideas.

Primitive Grunge Candle From a Tin Can

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This great tutorial will teach you how to recycle a tin can into a grungy candle holder. The process is simple and you can add any words you like on the front to give it a personalised feel.

Follow the tutorial here

DIY Bottle Cap Picture Frame

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If you’re looking for a cool retro tutorial to recycle your bottle caps then look no further. This super simple DIY shows you how to make a bottle cap picture frame and you’ll be wondering why you hadn’t tried this sooner!

Follow the tutorial here

Recycled Button Bracelets

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This wonderful recycling tutorial uses buttons to create a boho style button bracelet that shines and jangles. You could use any type of buttons for this- ones that you’ve collected in a certain style or even one that you have sitting in your sewing box at home.

Follow the tutorial here

DIY Vinyl Record Bowl

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This cool retro recycling DIY shows you to how make a bowl from old vinyl records which updates them into something useful instead of them sitting in a drawer. It takes a bit of time to get the exact shape you want but this is a simple process that anyone with a record can do.

Follow the tutorial here

Recycled Toilet Roll Bird Feeder

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This simple tutorial is great for kids and is also a great way to use up old cardboard toilet roll tubes. It’ll only take a few minutes to make this recycled DIY and the birds will definitely thank you for it.

Follow the tutorial here

DIY Recycled Boot Bird House

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This retro bird house tutorial will teach you how to recycle your old boots! You’ll also need some rope and lengths of wood to make the full bird house with roof, so this is a wonderful way to recycle any scrap wood you have too.

Follow the tutorial here

Grunge Flower Tutorial

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This grunge video tutorial shows you how to make grunge flowers from scrap paper that you can use for crafting or embellishing.

Follow the tutorial here

Making Twine from Scrap Fabric

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If you’re prone to saving scraps of fabric in the hope that you’ll one day find something to do with them, then this twine is the perfect thing. This cool recycling tutorial uses the scraps to create simple and grungy twine that can be created in any colour.

Follow the tutorial here

Recycled Coin Purse

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This tutorial shows you how to make a coin purse out of a plastic shopping bag, very cheap and simple! It’s an easy technique to follow that won’t take too long so you can start using the new purse in no time.

Follow the tutorial here

Grunge Candle Tutorial

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This grunge candle tutorial uses spices to create a recycled wax candle that looks grungy and smells great. The instructions are easy to follow and it won’t be long until you’ll have a new DIY grunge candle!

Follow the tutorial here

Vintage Camera Vase

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If you have a cool vintage camera that you’d like to recycle into something new then why not take a look at this vase idea. It will only take you a few minutes to do and will look like a cool retro ornament that you’ve bought from a shop.

Follow the tutorial here

Recycled Soda Can Bracelets Cool and Grunge DIY Recyled Tutorials- spda can bracelets

For a cool and retro looking way to recycle soda cans, why not try these bracelets and bangles. This tutorial gives helpful advice on techniques to try and this is a great way to DIY some new jewellery.

Follow the tutorial here

Bottle Cap Magnets

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Do you have lots of bottle caps lying around that you want to make into something new? This DIY recycling tutorial will teach you how to easily turn them into grunge looking magnets that you can display on your fridge.

Follow the tutorial here

Cracked Metal Pendants

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You can make these cool grunge pendants by using alcohol inks and recycling aluminium from a drinks can. You can see how the aluminium was used to make the rectangular pendant here and the link below will show you how to get the cool effect with alcohol inks.

Follow the tutorial here

Colour Tinted Glass Jars

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This grunge recycling tutorial will show you how to easily re-use old glass jars by tinting them with a colour so that you can use them for home décor or storage.

Follow the tutorial here

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