I will be the first to admit that I love to collect things. I’m far from being a hoarder, but again and again, I find myself collecting things that most people would not bother with. Over the years, I have collected my own share of jars and colorful wine bottles as well as sea glass, shells and driftwood. Perhaps it’s a good thing that I love crafting items, mostly decorative ones, out of my collection. Thanks to social media, like Pinterest and Youtube, I was able to get more ideas on how to recycle some everyday items and these are the ideas that I share with you in this article.
- Mason Jar Organizers – Being a HUGE fan of jars, this is probably one of the very first ideas that come to mind when I think of its other uses. Ideally, I’d say this would suit well for bathrooms. Clean the jars well. If you’re using the jars from sandwich spread and the likes, make sure you get the glue residue from the label. Attach the jars well to the wood plank using clamps, bolt the plank to the wall and you have your own mason jar organizer – perfect for storing toothbrushes, combs and other bathroom items. Another good thing about this? You get rid of some of the clutter on your countertop and get some space back.
- Driftwood and Sea Glass Art – I love the beach. Lucky for me, I get some time off to enjoy an occasional weekend getaway where I can get into the water. Aside from swimming, I find myself occupied with the task of picking up sea shells, sea glass and pieces of driftwood from the shore. All I need is glue gun, some glue stick and inspiration and I have my own beach-themed wall art. Framing the artwork in white makes it really pretty, but you can use a wood plank as canvass and it looks good as well.
- Mason Jar Centerpiece – This one is rather dear to me as it combines two of my favorite things: jars and the beach. You will need some white sand (or find salt if you don’t have any), three mason jars of different sizes (and shapes if you have them), some decorative shells and three candles. The first thing you do is choose your jars, preferably the ones with a wider opening. Make sure it’s clean with no glue residue. Fill it up with white sand or fine salt, place the candle at the center and decorate the sides with shells. Make sure the bottom part of the candle is buried well into the sand so it doesn’t move around much. You can also use fake pearls to replace shells if you prefer. This is perfect as centerpiece on your table or on top of your hallway table.
There you have it, folks – three great ways to recycle your items and add a touch to your homes. As someone who does DIY projects on a regular basis, I encourage you to channel your inner artist and help the environment by recycling.