For centuries art has been at the center of culture around the world. From cave drawings and renaissance paintings to abstract and modern art, you can’t really group art into one specific category. And the same goes for sustainable and recycled art! We’ve gathered up some of the most unique art from around the world (and internet) that aligns with our values of sustainability, upcycling, and reducing our landfill footprint.

Cereal boxes, moss, recycled plastic, string, and cork are just a few of the many mediums that artists have used to create wonderful works of art that are entirely sustainable!

Recent Art Posts

  • pressed flowers

    How To Press Flowers For All Your DIY Needs

    Who doesn’t love to admire a gorgeous bunch of flowers in bloom? I’m lucky enough to have a patch of zinnias still going strong in my garden — despite the chilly weather of late. If I could enjoy those flowers all year round, I would jump at the opportunity. Unfortunately, a freeze will soon kill […] More

  • Gardening Gifts

    ‘Tis the season of gift-giving. Since colder weather has many of us stuck inside instead of in the dirt, we figured this holiday season is the perfect time to find the best in gardening gifts including gear, decor, reading – and of course, don’t forget some of those extra homesteading specialties. We’ve compiled over 70 of […] More

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    20 DIY Wall Art Ideas To Give Your Home Some Personality

    Wall art provides the finishing touch to a room and can pull an entire space together. The addition of wall art creates a focal point, adds texture, offers a splash of color, and shows the unique personality that makes your space feel like home. Here are 20 amazing DIY wall art projects to spruce up […] More

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    DIY Pokeberry Ink

    I love experimenting and creating things! The very first time I made pokeberry ink I was just playing around and had no real instructions. I suppose you could say I was just going with the flow. I had so many poke plants in my yard, and I didn’t want to see them just shrivel up […] More

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    Microscopic Images Of Butterfly Wings

    If you’ve ever taken a look at our microscopic images of seeds, you already know just how breathtaking tiny parts of nature can be. Especially when they’re placed under a microscope. Chris Perani has used his photography skills to create microscopic images of butterfly wings that are absolutely stunning. To create these works of art, Chris has […] More

  • How To Make A Succulent Terrarium

    You’ve seen them on Instagram, Etsy, and in the windows of boutique plant shops. A succulent terrarium can be as small as a necklace pendant or as large as an upcycled fish tank. Similar to putting together a hanging basket or a flower arrangement, terrariums are an art project in their own right, making them a […] More

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    How To Dye Fabric Naturally

    If you are a homesteader or just a do-it-yourselfer you are going to love this. Natural dyes! I once dyed my curtains using turmeric. They turned out a beautiful golden yellow that complimented the room beautifully. Natural dyes, dyes, or ants, as they are called, are derived from plants, invertebrates or minerals. Most natural dyes […] More

  • Flowers From Garden To Canvas

    I love my garden, but sadly, it’s only a seasonal thing. The remainder of the year, I look out at the bleak leaf and snow-covered earth surrounded by barren trees and shrubs. Even the fungus, which creates artistic designs during the summer and early autumn, is hidden. I can sit inside and dream about the […] More

  • Tree Cookies

    It may be difficult to find something to do with debris from a storm, but this simple project for creating art out of pine branches can help. Recently, a wet and blustery storm swept across the landscape near my home. The result of all this commotion led to a wet dog, several branches laden on the […] More

  • a complete vintage book succulent planter

    How To Make Succulent Planters From Vintage Books

    It’s hard not to love succulents—so much that they deserve a beautiful planter. Succulents are low maintenance, hardy, and look gorgeous. But they are also an incredibly odd bunch, coming in more shapes, colors and sizes than the cars on our roads. It’s for this reason that they deserve a pot that matches our love for […] More

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    Edison Bulbs

    Edison light bulbs refer to those wound filament bulbs made popular by the Edison Electric Light Company. Marked by twisty and almost decorative-looking filaments of tungsten and carbonized bamboo, these light bulbs have mostly fallen out of favor due to high energy consumption. Most homes are illuminated through compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) or light emitting […] More

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    Growing Furniture

    Train and graft a tree for half a dozen years or so and you have strong, local, one piece (tree) furniture. One piece wood chairs, no joints. Partially planed. The first chairs are expected to be in galleries mid-2017. by FullGrown, UK. One piece tree chair. The trees are harvested in winter and then allowed to […] More

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    Angelo Musco

    Mimics nature’s structures with the human form…hundreds of models, multiplied millions of times. Angelo was born in Naples, Italy and moved to New York City in 1997. Ovum, 2011. The human body (2 million of them in this image) is the artist’s medium. “He melds bodies like hundreds of brush strokes, creating large compositions that […] More

  • Fruit And Seed Art

    Carve and then glue together some gourds, seed pods and leaves… Don’t forget a final coat of polyurethane… Pumpkin, twigs, leaves and seed pod carriage. by Applied Imagination Gypsy seed pod wagon. by Applied Imagination Pumpkin, twig & acorn house. by Applied Imagination Gourd and seed pod train. by Applied Imagination Twig and leaf motorcycle. by Applied Imagination A farmer […] More

  • Dewdrops On Dragonflies

    Dewdrops on Dragonflies, all photos captured by Martin Amm  Red Veined Darter covered in dew – Martin Amm Dragonfly Portrait with Dew- Martin Amm Emerald Damselfly – Martin Amm Red Veined Darter covered in dew – Martin Amm Dragonfly Birth – Martin Amm Free – wings still shrivelled, colors undeveloped – Martin Amm The larva lives for several weeks (or […] More

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    Vik Muniz Junk Art

    Vik Muniz was born in 1961 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He currently lives in NY. Mr. Muniz uses classical master’s works as inspiration for his ‘junk’ arrangements. After he creates the composition he then photographs the work and then destroys the original collage. Mr. Muniz spends time in the slums of Brazil creating junk art […] More

  • Praying Mantis

    The word “mantis” is from the Greek word μάντις for prophet. Praying Mantis Photography By Tustel Ico Praying Mantis ‘Rate my Bike’ by Tustel Ico. Please ‘like’ Tustel’s image on above link! Praying Mantis on two spores by Tustel Ico. Praying Mantis ‘Staring at the Sun’ by Tustel Ico Praying Mantis Photography […] More

  • Cereal Box Art

    Cap n Crunch by Michael Albert. Lost in my Life (boxes), by Rachel Perry Welty, 2009, Pigment Print, available: 30 x 20 inches, Edition of 6; 56 x 35 inches, Edition of 6; 90 x 60 inches, Edition of 3. Hayes Trotter paints on recycled cereal and snack boxes. The Pledge of […] More

  • Ant Photography By Andrey Pavlov

    Mr. Pavlov sets up the props, the ants gladly raise them. According to Mr Pavlov, “I used to work in theatre which was a big help when it came to making props, and I chose ants because I respect them and their way of life.” Mr. Pavlov says that having children changed the way […] More

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    Andy Goldsworthy creates both temporary and permanent sculptures, but photographs each piece right after he makes it. “Each work grows, stays, decays –-” Ice on Ice, 1980. Source Cracked Earth. St. Louis, Missouri, 1986. Source Tree Serpent. Source Carefully broken pebbles scratched white with another stone, 1985. Source Balanced river stones, 1982. Source Bird’s Nest […] More

  • Tim Pugh

    Summer Arrangement by Tim Pugh. Sand Blooms, 2004. Mussel shells on sand. Scallop Clusters. Woodland Floor Rearrangement, 2005. “Beech Weave” Beech Leaves,, 2005. Mid-summer Portrait. Beech Stars, beech leaves. “Seren” Braken Leaves, 2005. Beech Leaves, 2005. Snowball Composition, 2006. “Oak Fall” Charcoal, 2005. “There Short Respite” […] More

  • Wood Fired Pottery

    Humans have been enamoured of wood fired ceramics for thousands of years. Yet since the invention of electric and gas kilns, wood firing was pushed aside by many. Fortunately the unique beauty of wood fired pottery is again becoming a highly appreciated art form throughout the world. (The Japanese have always held wood fired ceramics […] More

  • Upcycled Maps

    Tear em, decoupage them, fold them, paint on them. Many Rivers, 2009 Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel, 48 x 78 inches. By Matthew Cusick, Bonnie, 2004. Maps on wood panel. By Matthew Cusick, Matthew Cusick Rachael’s Wave, 2011. Inlaid maps on wood panel. Geronimo, 2007 Inlaid maps on panel, 30 x 24 […] More

  • Telephone Wire Art

    Telephone wire as an art medium. Telephone cord sheep by Jean Luc Cornec. Telephone cord sheep at the Communication Museum, Frankfort, Germany. Telephone wire Guinea Fowl by Celia Smith. Walking Puffin. Telephone cabling and copper wire. Telephone wire robin. Telephone wire Peacock. Telephone Wire Head by Hilary J. Baker. […] More

  • The Art Of Henrique Oliveira

    The artist Henrique Oliveira uses old plywood, fencing and PVC as his medium. Recycled from dumpsters and landfills from his home city, São Paulo, Oliveira shapes plywood around PVC forms. Casa dos Leoes, 2009 Biennial, Porto Allegre, Brazil. Turning a house into a sculpture. Casa dos Leoes, 2009, detail. Brazil in Portuguese is Brasil. […] More

  • Nuts And Bolts Sculpture

    This sculpture is constructed of thousands of steel nuts. By Park Chan-girl, South Korea. Steel Nut Sculpture By Park Chan-girl, South Korea. Park Chan-girl, South Korea. Park Chan-girl received his BFA in Sculpture from Chungnam National University and his MFA in Fine Arts from KyungHee University. “OTOÑO” by Manuel Marti Mareno […] More

  • Firewood As Art

    Firewood Sculpture By Jaehyo Lee Wood ring. By Jaehyo Lee. Wood chair. By Jaehyo Lee. Wood chair. By Jaehyo Lee. Wood Stool. By Jaehyo Lee. Wood sculpture, 2009. By Jaehyo Lee. Incredible Firewood Sculpture From Around The World Woodpile by Michael Buck. michael-buck.blogspot Hu Qingyan, “Firewood”, 2012; © Hu Qingyan […] More

  • Egg Shell Art

    The ancient Vietnamese technique of crushing and then applying egg shell with lacquer to a surface is beginning to find favor with some contempoarary artisans. Mother of Pearl, Egg Shell & Lacquer on Panel. By Sook ja Kong of South Korea. ‘Back’ Mother of Pearl, Egg Shell, Gold plate, Lacquer on Panel. By Sook […] More

  • VHS Tape Art

    VHS, Cassette Tape & Video Tape Art Zilvinas Kempinas – ’02’ Video tape loop, electric fan. Installation Spencer Brownstone Gallery 2007. Zilvinas Kempinas – ‘Tube’ Venice Biennial – 2009, magnetic tape, plywood. One walks through the center of the installation. Zilvinas Kempinas – ‘Columns’ Vertically streched video tape, plywood, nails. Installation Spencer Brownstone […] More

  • The Art Of Bernard Pras

    The 3-D portraits of Bernard Pras – Look Closely! Tom Murphy – Limited Edition of 8. Pras sets up his camera at a well-defined angle so that the objects themselves merge and a portrait appears from his amalgamation. The photograph is the only remaining trace of his temporary setup. Note the lightbulbs. The Black Christ […] More