Mountain Dew Christmas Tree
Now that's what I call recycling.
David Barshow started with 400 empty cans of Mountain Dew, a pipe, and a dream. Actually, after consuming that much sugar, it was probably more of a psychedelic vision of dancing mimes and baby pandas than a "dream." But hey, why judge? (See also: Garbage Into Gold: Great Ways to Recycle Old Containers)
His website, mdewtree.com, appears to no longer be live, but this guy has reproduced instructions, in case you have 400 cans, heavy gauge wire, and a PVC pipe lying around.
While you may not be jumping with excitement to make your own soda can Christmas tree this holiday season, there are surprising ways you can recycle (and even sell!) some of your household disposables. Kids love popsicles? Save the sticks! Eat up all the eggs? Re-purpose the carboard egg crates! Heck, you can even make gifts out of spare scraps of paper. If you aren't feeling the craft bug bite, then turn your trash for a profit. That's right — everything from toilet paper tubes to old magazines can sell like hotcakes on eBay! One person's trash truly is another person's treasure.