I get asked all the time if I can use things people find, and that’s good it means they are thinking before tossing something in their trash. It may be furniture, or even a piece of wood (which is what I made this coat rack from), and let’s not forget the shot glasses that I finally removed the lettering from.
I soaked them in hot water overnight then carefully scrubbed with a damp cloth and baking soda. It took a little time but it worked! I know I haven’t shown you what I have done with them and that’s because I haven’t been able to get out and pick up what I need. But these will be filled and repurposed as candles.
It’s always better to repurpose something and continue its life before recycling an item. It saves resources to both recycle and to make something new you might need.
With such a variety of things coming my way to repurpose I have turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. Today I would like to share a few examples of what I have found. If you have an idea of how to re-purpose some of these items I’d love to hear about them.
With plastic only able to be recycled once if I come across plastic bottles I would like to use them and not toss them in the recycling bin. Did you know you can grow tomato plants in them?
Another use for plastic bottles outside.
Here’s another idea for water bottles that you may find. Pretty nice idea for packing cookies for gifts.
Bottle caps around here aren’t recyclable. We are asked to remove the caps before tossing our bottles into the bins. So what can we do with those leftover caps? Why not make a stamps from them?
Or a matching game for toddlers all you need extra is a shoe box lid?
My grandfather was the king of repurposing items. I still vividly recall him going to the auto junk yard asking to buy seat belts. They had no idea what to charge him for seat belts as no one ever asked for them before. He came home with the belts he had gotten for free and re-webbed an outdoor lawn chair, like the one pictured next. You could also use belts like this one.
Here’s another belt project that would be very simple to do.
What about an old hose that is no longer useful? Of course you could add holes every few inches for a soaker in the garden, but here an old hose was re-purposed into a doormat.
Remodeling a kitchen and don’t know what to do with the cabinets you no longer want? Or better yet, with yard sale time fast approaching I’m sure you could pick up a kitchen cabinet rather cheaply. It wouldn’t take much to upcycle one or two into toy boxes. Isn’t this cute? Best of all it would be plenty sturdy to allow the little ones to be able to sit on it too making it storage and seating area in one.