Do you have some old silverware you don’t know what to do with? Want to create new items out of clothes you no longer wear? Or perhaps you need a unique gift for someone? Trash to Treasure will help you turn old or unwanted items into new ones, extending their life and giving them new purpose!

This project is the result of work from three 4-H organizations: 4-H Ontario, 4-H Saskatchewan and 4-H Jamaica.

In this project, you’ll:

  • Gain experience working with a large variety of materials
  • Make crafts by reusing or recycling old items
  • Learn a variety of techniques to turn old materials into practical or attractive items
  • Stretch your creativity by finding beauty or usefulness in “trash”

Reference Manual

Record Book

Additional resources for this 4-H project can be obtained by contacting the 4-H Ontario programming team at


4-H Project Disclaimer 

4-H Ontario is pleased to be able to provide 4-H project resources for use by volunteers in 4-H clubs. With so many topics to choose from, 4-H volunteers are trusted to use these resources to provide safe, respectful and quality programming while using their judgement to assess the appropriateness of activities for their particular group of youth. 

By downloading any 4-H resource you agree not to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such resources (in whole or in part) for any purpose other than delivering the 4-H program. You also agree to give credit to the original creators. Your provincial or national 4-H organization may have restrictions on the types of 4-H projects or activities which can be completed in your area. 

4-H Ontario grants permission to 4-H volunteers to photocopy these 4-H project resources for use in their local 4-H program. 

All information presented in these project resources was accurate and appropriate at the time of development. 

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