As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I've been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don't need in my life anymore. I'm pretty good about recycling what I can - cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. If you don't have access to a plastic bag recycling bin, you can reuse your plastic bags by fusing them together to create a waterproof, flexible fabric!
These teacup planters would look absolutely adorable on a kitchen windowsill or even on your desk in a sunny office!
Curbly reader Chrissann sent me a link to her awesome DIY pillow idea recently and I am SO glad she did! It is the single most creative (and cute) repurposing project I have ever seen. Also? Her "before and after" photos totally cracked me up:
Can you guess what the maker used to create these art pieces? Here's a hint: not paint chips.
Scraphaker's roundup of umbrellas used as lampshades has made me pea-green with envy...because I wish I had thought of it first. Be damned bad luck, you'll want to
My mom and dad--and grandma and grandpa--all shared the same obsession with empty coffee cans. They didn't meet one with which they could part. It's rubbed off on me, I'm afraid. Conversations surrounding the topic in my house go something like this:
Him, while holding up an old coffee can stashed in some corner
After under-ordering the wallpaper for our little half bath a few years ago, I was super paranoid about not having enough when we put up this bold, colorful pattern in our guest room. Turns out, I completely over-ordered and now we have practically a whole roll sitting unused in a closet somewhere. I've been itching to put it to use in a fun and creative way--and I think I may have hit the jackpot with these five DIY ideas!
After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, chances are your cardboard box collection has grown exponentially. Before you start tossing boxes out (or recycling them, hopefully), consider this clever reuse project: colorful DIY shelves!
Just when you thought you'd seen everything in the way of bathroom vanities come this creation from artist Benjamin Bullins. Taking his inspiration from a single object--in this case a discarded bicycle--Benjamin then
Oh ,how we loved the genius idea of using bread clips for power cord labels. However, there are a few problems with running with this hint. First, not every loaf of bread sold has this kind of clip, and, second, if we want to label all our power cords in such a fashion our carb intake will skyrocket. To circumvent these hiccups, we're going to make our own "bread clips," and get those cables organized!
Groddy wire hanging baskets. I had a rusted white one. I think my boo tossed it during a 'purge' earlier this year. Now I wish I had it. (Isn't that the way it always goes?) Of course, for this project I'd need two. Other than that, the supplies are minimal and include some small zip ties (got 'em), a can of silver spray paint (got it), a strand of fairy/Christmas lights (got those too) and some
Serious props to Stephanie for thinking waaay outside the box in turning this papasan chair into a pendant light. Makes me wanna take a look around the house to see what other objects
Vanessa had a $5 replacement light fixture shade on hand and an air plant that needed a new home. She couple them up for an interesting effect. The added weight of the pea gravel makes it Weeble-like, which means it can't roll off the table.
Get the full how-to at Bluet and Clover: Air Flair
Think back to all those goofy candlesticks you saw the last time you were at the thrift store. Now think of all that ugly art you also saw. Now think about how they'd look turned into a pedestal table. Now think....oh forget it. Just look at this:
Stylist Michael Walters used old pant hangers to display art back in the summer '08 edition of O at Home. As genius now as it was then. (I see a thrift store visit in my future.)
It's time to cozy up for fall! Turn wool blankets into repurposed window shades in a few easy steps--then sit back and bask in the warmth of your handiwork!
Trash Design Manufaktur turns washing machine drums into furniture. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to create some tacky, doesn't it? The outcome, however, is nothing less than spectacular. Take the bistro table picture above for example. It makes washing machine drums LOOK like they were meant to be a bistro table. Or how about this
A standing 'O' to Diane for finding a clever way to reuse tuna cans and thrift store finds to create stylish outdoor lighting. Pictured above are the basic materials she used to create the lamps. As for the outcome, here's one traditional version, but....