Awesome Recycling

Making a Mini Karambit

Making a Mini Karambit

Karambits are known for their distinctive claw shape. Metalsmith Koss took advantage of the circular shape of a miniature saw blade and transformed it into a tiny, razor-sharp version of the unusual Indonesian weapon.

Leaf Spring into Tanto Blade

Leaf Spring into Tanto Blade

Leaf springs from cars and trucks might not offer the best ride quality, but they make some pretty awesome weapons when recycled by a skilled bladesmith. Faraway Forge crafted a beautiful Japanese tanto-style knife from one such rusty piece of metal. We love how he kept the pitted texture as part of the finished piece.

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Hollow Core Door Drum Kit

Hollow Core Door Drum Kit

Builder Tim Sway dusted off an old drum kit he found in the trash and gave it a whole new life. What makes these drums really special is that he crafted their bodies by recycling hollow core closet doors. He then reused the old hardware and added new Remo drumheads. Tim has previously made guitars from a similar material.

Forging a Knife from a Crowbar

Forging a Knife from a Crowbar

We always enjoy seeing craftspeople turn one kind of object into another. Maker Jimmy Diresta shows off his blacksmithing skills by melting down a steel crowbar in his forge, hammering it into the shape of a bowie knife, and crafting a wood and brass handle. He only used about a third of the metal, so he could probably make another.

Forging a Katana from Chain

Forging a Katana from Chain

We love how metal can be used over and over again. After one object has served out its life, it can often be melted down and turned into something new. In this clip by metalsmith Random Hands, he shows us how he took a rusty link from an old piece of ship’s chain and hand-forged it into a beautiful new samurai sword.

Recycling Face Masks Into a Park Bench

Recycling Face Masks Into a Park Bench

Since the start of the pandemic, the world has been using huge amounts of personal protective equipment. The Brothers Make teamed up with recycler ReWorked to see what they could do with the plastic found in disposable face masks. They melted and extruded the resulting polypropylene granules into the parts for a park bench.

Making an Octopus from Tires

Making an Octopus from Tires

Artist Blake McFarland previously showed off his sculpting skills by making a lion and a tiger out of tires. This time, he created an awesome-looking octopus by creating a steel, foam, and fiberglass form, then wrapping it in old bike tires. The glass eyes by artist Becca Barnet help bring it to life.

Rusty Spike into Mini Knife

Rusty Spike into Mini Knife

After turning himself into an ostrich, Bobby Duke took a rusty railroad spike and transformed it into an mini fighting knife inspired by a design by Kyle Royer. Towards the end of the video, the normally ebullient Duke opens up about his struggles with depression, reminding us that mental health issues can affect anyone.

Making a Shredded CD Bracelet

Making a Shredded CD Bracelet

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from makers is that you can create all kinds of things from items bathed in resin and cut into shape. In this video, Peter Brown takes a bunch of shredded CDs and turns the shards into a large iridescent bracelet.

Turning Plastic Pill Bottles Into Robots

Turning Plastic Pill Bottles Into Robots

TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin starts off this video with a lesson on injection molding and the different kinds of plastics which can be recycled. He then proceeds to show us how to melt down some polypropylene pill bottles, then molds them into a bunch of adorable little orange robots.

DIY Soda Bottle Raft

DIY Soda Bottle Raft

2-liter bottles are pretty good at holding air, so they work well as floatation devices. Maker Chris Notap took this idea to the next level by gluing together 280 of plastic soda bottles with silicone sealer, transforming them into a totally legitimate raft. We wonder if there’s a limit to how large a raft you could make this way.

Alien King Tire Sculpture

Alien King Tire Sculpture

After seeing Sideshow’s Alien King Maquette, artist Cao Shengge was inspired to make his own version of the terrifying (but non-canon) creature. After making a clay miniature, he got to work building the life-size monster from steel, bicycle innertubes, and over 200 recycled tires.

Recycling Cardboard Into 3D Objects

Recycling Cardboard Into 3D Objects

There are lots of tutorials how to recycle paper to create handmade paper. XYZAidan shows how the pulp extracted from cardboard can also be molded into sturdy 3D objects. The resulting pieces are reminiscent of egg crates or Starbucks drink trays. You can download his 3D printable mold designs on Thingiverse.

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Anvil Into Mjolnir

Anvil Into Mjolnir

Thor’s mighty hammer can only be lifted by those who are worthy. Random Hands qualified for the feat by building their own Mjolnir, cutting apart an old bench anvil, attaching laser-cut decorations, lathing a metal handle, then covering it with wood and metal rings. Watching the grinder remove the old surface is so satisfying.

Recycling Bottle Caps into a Cutting Board

Recycling Bottle Caps into a Cutting Board

We throw out a whole lot of plastic, and very little of it gets recycled. Brothers Make shows us how they used ordinary kitchen appliances to melt milk bottle caps and other plastic bits to create a colorful and functional cutting board. They say the HDPE plastic they used is food-safe.

Skateboard of Skateboards

Skateboard of Skateboards

Ben Paik of Woby Designs previously showed us how he turns old skateboard decks into usable lumber. Now the builder has gone completely meta by building colorful new skateboard decks out of wood gathered from 100 broken decks. That custom deck tape heater is a clever hack.

Broken Bottle Jewelry

Broken Bottle Jewelry

Costume jewelry pieces are sometimes made out of glass, but those fakes are usually made by casting molten glass. In this video, an artist from China shows us how they make imitation sapphires and emeralds from broken bottles, reshaping and faceting the shattered bits using a rotary tool.

Carving a Batmobile from a Speaker Cabinet

Carving a Batmobile from a Speaker Cabinet

Ank Creative makes miniature cars out of plastic. We’ve seen the DeLorean they made from a cigarette lighter, now here’s another movie-inspired ride. This time we’ve got a recreation of the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman, carved from black plastic scrounged from a speaker cabinet and a few other bits and bobs.

Closet Door Guitar

Closet Door Guitar

Have some old closet doors lying around? Guitar builder Tim Sway shows us how he took the thin wood used to make hollow-core doors and used it to build a totally serviceable acoustic guitar. He laminated together strips from the edges of the door with epoxy to create the guitar’s neck and used the main panels for its body.

World’s Largest Chef’s Knife

World’s Largest Chef’s Knife

Kitchen knives are the right size for chopping veggies and butchering meats. But that didn’t stop Faraway Forge from making this impractical chef’s knife just to prove that it could be done. Its blade started as a rusty piece of scrap metal, and the finished piece looks more appropriate for combat than for cooking.

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Railroad Track Viking Hatchet

Railroad Track Viking Hatchet

Blacksmith Black Beard Projects shows off a really sweet build – a replica of a Viking-style bearded hatchet. Its sweeping axe head started off life as a section of a railroad track, and its handle was hand-carved from elm wood. Also, we’re suckers for anything with a Damascus pattern.

Making an Axe from Rebar

Making an Axe from Rebar

YouTuber Mr. Inventor shows us how he made a unique axe-shaped tool by bending, cutting, and welding together lengths of rusty old steel rebar. It might not be the most practical tool, but it would make a neat decorative piece.

Fixing a Public Park Bench with Trash

Fixing a Public Park Bench with Trash

While walking along the riverfront in Cologne, Germany, maker Laura Kampf spotted a park bench that was in really bad shape. Rather than ignore it, she headed back to her shop and fabricated a new seat using scrap pallet wood from her neighbor’s trash. We love Laura’s idea of “guerilla making” to improve public spaces.

Making a Bike Chain Octopus

Making a Bike Chain Octopus

WorksByaHurst asks his followers to send in random items for him to build things from. When he received a box full of old bicycle parts, the idea that struck him was to turn the chains into the tentacles and body of an octopus. While he was working on it, all we could think of was those creepy Sentinels from The Matrix.

Bolt Into Combo Lock

Bolt Into Combo Lock

We always enjoy watching craftspeople turn objects intended for one thing into something entirely different. In this clip from My Mechanics, offers up one off the more impressive transformations we’ve seen, reworking an ordinary stainless steel bolt and a brass rod into a working combination lock.

Scrap Metal Bugatti

Scrap Metal Bugatti

If you want a real Bugatti Chiron, you’re looking at about $3 million bucks. Or if you’re handy with cutting metal and welding, you could make one out of old car parts. CB Media visited Thailand’s Ban Hun Lek for a look at an incredible Chiron replica parked between an army of junkyard mechs and monsters.

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