Easter is over. Eggs have been located, brunch consumed, Easter dresses and suits polished, pressed, and hung in the closet. So what now? If you’re like many of us, you’ve inherited a bunch of plastic, now empty, candy-bearing vessels. You could throw them in a drawer or a corner of the closet for next year. You could toss them in the trash. Or, here are some of our favorite uses for those non-traditionally-recyclable shells of humanity.
If you’re of the green variety (and green-thumbed), Terrariums are one of our favorite ways (as city folk) to give back to the environment in bite-sized doses. With the rise in popularity of tiny geek terrariums, we feel like we could easily combine two of our favorite things.
2. Light Flight
This classy, beautiful and useful candle design feature barely resembles its roots (florescent plastic eggy goodness). And the best part is that most of the ingredients can be found around the house, or are at least very easy to locate. We would actually consider buying eggs for the purpose of making one of these. Just make sure the plastic doesn’t catch on fire because that would probably be fairly toxic.
3. Plastic Egg MaracasThese are an easy and fun project for the kids. Decorate some eggs with cute stickers, find some colorful tape and spoons, fill these babies with some rice, and hope your kids have some rhythm. These are totally customizable and pretty darned hard to mess up.
What do you absolutely need for your garden? Why, Easter egg toadstools, naturally! For these adorable miniature toadstools, you don’t even need to paint the eggs a different color. The festive holiday colors work just fine for the celebratory spring decorations. Also, they’re plastic, so they can handle the elements. They’ll probably live longer than we will.
5. Bird Feeders
These DIY bird feeders are simple and adorable, and are a great way to feel good about yourself and recycling hard plastic shells that would otherwise end up in a landfill. This is also a great learning experience, as kids can keep an eye on the types of birds visiting their new snack palaces and try to identify and learn about them.
6. Mini Flower Pots
All you need is some hot glue, small flower plants, and your plastic Easter eggs and you have a unique and cute decoration for your window sill. It’s easy, difficult to mess up (that’s important to us), bright and fun! These would also make a very cute house warming gift.
7. Decoupage decorations
Making Easter decorations for next year is a no-brainer. Of all the cute egg creations, decoupaged vintage looking holiday decorations are some of the prettiest that we found. They can be used in centerpieces, wall hangings and holiday wreaths for indoor or outdoor use.
8. Cactus Decorations
These Easter egg cactuses are so stinking cute. They do take some minimal artistic skill, some supplies and a bit of time and dedication. But, they’re so worth it. Lucy Akins, the creator of Craftberry Bush is a crafting genius.
What’s the most creative thing you’ve done with recycled holiday leavings? Let us know in the comments!