As a designer and blogger, I have a bit of an obsession with color. So naturally, I love PANTONE swatches. One day I looked over at my sad little white trash can and I realized that it would be the perfect blank slate to use for a project. Thus, my PANTONE trash can was born. Read on to check out the final product.
See this gift? See how it's all pretty and shiny? Would you believe me if I told you it was made from... trash?! That's right! You won't believe what this package is wrapped in!
Buddy, if we'd had one of these on the playground when I was a kid, "King of the Hill" would have been a whole different experience.
This ziggurat of zaniness was created by Salzig Design, a graphic and industrial design firm. It was built in Heijplaat, an old neighborhood in Rotterdam, and made from 100 tons of plastic bottle bales.
Check this out...some of the Crafty Daisies thought it would be a grand idea if they popped out the decorative wooden piece above the cupboard under the sink where they keep their garbage can and install a 'flap'. Yup, just like in fast food restaurants.
The flap itself is made of a sandwich of thick fabric, which is Velcro-ed in. A scrap of drywall glued onto the back of the flap gives it body and makes it close 'automatically'. Check out the...
Bryan, the obviously clever boyfriend of Molly Dash, created this beautiful lighting fixture from everyone's favorite inspiration...trash. Made of a bit more than packing peanuts and some glue, it's truly elegant example of very, very upcycling.
1. Large box of packing peanuts
2. Half gallon of wood glue
3. Large clear trash bag (leaf bag)
4. Medium-heavy gauge copper wire for hanging (18 ga.)
5. Needle nose pliers for hanging
Look into your garbage can: see anything that might still have some life left to it? Here's fourteen suggestions from the Simple Dollar to use your refuse in new and creative ways.
Use covers from issues of The New Yorker as gift wrapping.
Add used dryer sheets to your stored clothes.
Make kitchen scrubbers with rubber bands from the Sunday paper and the mesh wrapping from fruit.
Use orange and lemon peels as air fresheners.
Use empty Kleenex...
You have things that you haven't used in years. Stuff that doesn't fit. Stuff that's ugly. BeingParent offers 8 tips to help you Let Go of Clutter.
1. Throw it away.
2. Get storage containers.
3. Free Stuff is not always good.
4. Give it away.
5. Sell it.
6. Shred it.
7. Get professional help.
8. Create and Stick to a schedule.
My college roommate learned this technique in an art class, after which we used to "borrow" garbage bags from the maitenance closet and make rain covers for our bikes and portable hampers/laundry baskets.
I saw an article in a book that recommended using newspaper bags, but that produces a small piece after folding, which means ALOT of sewing to piece it together. Plastic bags from the grocery store would work as well.
Check out Scandinavian Design Center’s Bin Bin wastebasket, which looks very much like the contents it holds. The John Brauer creation is clever, but I’ll leave it up to you to determine if the 331 x 330 mm receptacle is worth its 60 dollar price tag. As for me, a trip to my local fabric/craft store this weekend turned up a 250 x 220 mm plastic ice bucket, on sale for $2.50, which I’m now using in my craft room as a trash can. Sweet!
Ever feel like your house is filling up with crap? Do you have trouble getting rid of things? Well, things could be worse:
And while the images of compulsive hoarders' homes can strike us as humorous by their sheer absurdity, this is a serious pyschological condition with dramatic consequences: