craft ideas for recycling plastic lids?

I have been asked to come up with some ideas for recycling several plastic lids. They are about 3.5" wide and 1/2" deep. Any art project ideas? Please help. Serious suggestions only please. Thanks!


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  • 1 decade ago
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    I am teaching an Enrichment Class at my son's school called Funcycle. We make crafts using items that would normally be thrown away and add to landfills. Sounds like you are talking about the hard plastic lids like on jars of peanut butter. One of the crafts I am doing in my class is a photo ornament with these lids. Clean the lid. Cut a photo into a circle just smaller than the lid. Glue the photo inside the lid. Adhesive photo squares work good for this. Glue ribbon around the outside rim for decoration. Then attach a narrow ribbon for hanging. You can do that by gluing it to the outside (back) of the lid or drill two small holes and loop it through. Also, instead of a photo you could use a child's drawing or artwork. Makes a great gift for Mother's Day or a grandparent.

    My kids were using these type of lids for bowls when eating snacks and candy. But I quit doing that because of issues with food touching plastic (chemicals in plastic).


  • 4 years ago

    Craft Containers With Lids

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They can be used as coasters to put things on in cupboards to help protect the surface.

    You could dangle them on bits of string to scare birds away from your garden. Or taking it a bit further internet them with string to form an outdoor screen/wall - this will provide some privacy and shade and help block out some wind -although the plastic will need to be the UV treated type to last long.

    As an art project, maybe paint the lids different bright colours with outdoor paint to provide UV protection and then make the screen wall. - actually I haven't tried that so I am not sure how that might turn out because it might be flimsy.

    For a safer route, paste the painted lids onto a canvas which has been painted. The lids will make the canvas raised and 3-D and each lid will look like a painted tile.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    How about after washing and drying the larger containers thoroughly, removing or sticking a new label over the top of the existing label/s, and use them for things like art and crafts; glitter, or paint samples perhaps? Or what about as storage for small tiny beads, sequins/buttons, tailor's pins/needles, or maybe even as a container for a game dice! With a little imagination and creativity the possibilities are endless. Hope this is useful for you. Enjoy! Regards - Chrissie

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Many municipal recycling programs throughout the United States still do not accept plastic lids, tops and caps, even though they take the containers that accompany them. The reason is that lids typically are not made from the same kind of plastic as their containers, and therefore should not be mixed together with them.

    Plastic Lids and Plastic Containers Don’t Mix

    “Just about any plastic can be recycled,” says Signe Gilson, Waste Diversion Manager for Seattle-based CleanScapes, one of the West Coast’s leading “green” solid waste and recycling collectors, “but when two types are mixed, one contaminates the other, reducing the value of the material or requiring resources to separate them before processing.”

    Recycling Plastic Lids and Caps May Pose Dangers to Workers

    Also, plastic caps and lids can jam processing equipment at recycling facilities, and the plastic containers with tops still on them may not compact properly during the recycling process. They can also present a safety risk for recycling workers.

    “Most plastic bottles are baled for transport, and if they don’t crack when baled the ones with tightly fastened lids can explode when the temperature increases,” Gilson says.

    Most Communities Ask Consumers to Discard Plastic Lids and Caps

    Some recycling programs do accept plastic caps and lids, but usually only if they are off their containers completely and batched separately. Given the many potential issues, however, most recyclers would rather avoid taking them altogether. Thus, it is hard to believe but true: In most locales, the responsible consumers are the ones who throw their plastic caps and lids into the trash instead of the recycling bin.

    Metal Lids and Caps Can Sometimes Be Recycled

    As for metal caps and lids, they, too, can jam processing machines, but many municipalities accept them for recycling anyway because they do not cause any batch contamination issues. To deal with the potentially sharp lid of any can you are recycling (such as a tuna, soup or pet food can), carefully sink it down into the can, rinse it all clean, and put it in your recycling bin.

    Buying in Bulk Means Fewer Plastic Lids and Caps to Process

    Of course, the best way to reduce all kinds of container and cap recycling is to buy in large rather than single-serving containers. Does the event you’re holding really require dozens and dozens of 8- to 16-ounce soda and water bottles, many of which will get left behind only partly consumed anyway? Why not buy large soda bottles, provide pitchers of (tap) water, and let people pour into reusable cups?

    The same kind of approach can be taken with many if not all of the bottled and canned grocery items we buy routinely for our homes. If more people bought in bulk, apportioning out of fewer, larger containers, we could take a huge bite out of what goes into the waste stream.

    Keep saving your lids for the next time you need to buy some more shampoo or lotion at Aveda. The company accepts all polypropylene (plastic #5) lids for recycling at its stores, which you can quickly search for using

    Did you know that bottle caps are generally a different type of plastic than the bottles themselves? Put down your water bottle for a second and flip it over. On the bottom, you’ll probably see a triangle with chasing arrows and a “1″ on the inside. That means that the bottle is polyethylene, a plastic generally accepted for recycling in most curbside and drop-off programs. But have you checked out the lid yet?

    More than likely, the lid doesn’t have a number on it. Or, if it does, it’s a different number than the bottle itself. The problem with this is that, sometimes, your recycler may not accept this different plastic, and the lids end up getting sent to landfills in the recycling process.

    You can determine if you have the right kind of plastic by checking to see if the lid is:


    A twist top, or a cap with a threaded neck (think: shampoo, water, soda, milk)

    * A flip-top cap from a tube or food product bottle (think: ketchup, mayonnaise)

    * A laundry detergent or peanut butter lid

    * Rigid and resistant to tears (think: can you bend or break the lid with your hands?)

    The program doesn’t accept lids like yogurt lids, pharmaceutical lids, tub lids (like margarine or cottage cheese) and non-screw top lids.

    Once collected, the caps are recycled and turned into new packaging for Aveda products, like hair color and shampoo.

    Just think: by the simple act of saving your bottle caps and jar lids for your next trip to the mall, you’ll also end up saving valuable plastic from getting trashed and possibly prevent a marine animal from attempting to eat these colorful caps.

    Source(s): Can You Recycle Plastic Lids and Bottle Caps? Recycling Lids and Caps Can Contaminate Recycled Plastic and Endanger Workers // Want to Know Where to Recycle Your Bottle Caps? by Jennifer Berry Published on January 7th, 2009
  • 1 decade ago

    make a fire

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