With depleting natural resources combined with tough economic times, (poor Twinkies) finding ways to save and “repurpose” is becoming an art form and a true necessity. The once “uncrafty” are finding ways to use unwanted items in other ways – ultimately saving money and embracing the true meaning of recycling.
I’ve scoured the internet to bring you some of the best of the best in fresh and funky ways people have found to recycle household items. From light bulb planters to Play-Doh lid bird feeders, (who knew?) use these ideas as your stepping stones towards greener cheaper living.
Yogurt and Play-Doh lids can save the birds. Who knew?
This one will make a fun project for the kiddies. Have some old plastic lids from Play-Doh or yogurt? Smear them in peanut butter, cover with bird seed, then tape a loop of string to the back. Instant bird feeder!
Empty coffee cans? Make some stilts...
Everyone has empty coffee cans at some point or another. Turn them into something for the kids. All you need is a nail, a hammer, two coffee cans, and some string. You'll have the perfect stilts.
Morning cup of... Fish?
This one was new to me, but right up my alley given the funky vibe. Have an old coffee maker that you're not sure what to do with? Turn it into a unique fish tank. This makes for an awesome conversation piece. Just make sure to tie or remove the plug to avoid any tragic mix ups.
Need some unique gift packaging? Grab those water bottles!
You'll love this one.
Chop off the necks to two water bottles then place cookies, a pretty scarf, or any other small gift that will fit. Use pretty tape to close the pieces together then finish it off with a nice bow.
Light bulbs apparently make great vases...
This one has been floating around the web for a bit, and I'm still impressed at some of the unique spins "do-it-yourselfers" have put on this project. Follow the steps in order to turn your old blown out light bulbs into pretty vases.
Cup full of wine corks? Instant garden markers! Who knew?
For some reason I save my wine corks. Now I can put them to good use. Turn wine corks into garden markers by simply inserting bamboo skewers, trimming the ends, and labeling the corks.
Mason jars can do anything...
If you have a bunch of mason jars you can make the perfect wall planters. (Just attach them to planks.) Or what about a mini terrarium? Simply add stones, sticks, and greenery. The possibilities are endless.
Have old jeans that you don't wear anymore? Find some glue...
These are super cute and will truly be a conversation starter. Simply cut the seam from your old jeans and then coil it. Use fabric glue as you go to secure it in place. Voilà!... Super sturdy coasters.
More wine corks?... Make a bath mat...
Here's yet another fantastic idea for those wine bottle corks. Your friends will be so jealous of your custom design. They'll want one of their own.
Save those Starbucks drink cups!
This one has been floating around the web for awhile and I think it's a brilliant idea. Save all of those Starbucks Frappuccino cups (lids included) and use them as instant mess-free paint pots.
Vintage suitcase?... That's a new table!
I can see this one fitting perfectly into a retro themed home. Still have that old suitcase that your Nana gave you? Add a set of salvaged legs to make it into an awesome conversation piece. Top it with a retro lamp and a turntable to complete the look.
For more funky fresh household repurposing ideas, check out Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures