DIY – recycle and reuse bottles

Now I know this isn’t a new idea. But the example I found is so fun I thought you’d like to see it :-)

recycle and reuse bottles idea

You can tell how to do it just seeing the pic. Make a design using tape (or anything that would resist paint – hmm, maybe Vaseline-ish stuff that you’ve fingerpainted?) – then spray paint the bottle. Voila! Instant design. Use salvaged / recycled bottles, or tin cans, or plastic canisters.

Use containers with lids and you’ve got storage. Use several small bottles and you’ve got a collection. Use your own colors. This is a totally customizeable, do-able idea, it will only cost a smidge for paint – and it’s fun!

DIY the way it ought to be – cheap, fun, and even useful. Win!

Eco friendly, recycled, Colored Pencils

Is this not a fabulous idea, a terrific product, and just a great all round present for the artist in your life?

eco friendly handmade recycled colored pencils

This is recycled artistry at its best. These pencils are made with recycled paper (yay!) They are fun, they are functional. They are just a GREAT idea and beautifully made. I found them at Moxie Makery which has the tagline “A shop full of awesome” and it IS.

Handmade journals. Pantone dipped pencils. Recycled eco friendly wonderfulness – this is just the sort of shop we need to support and love to find. Put some art back in the art of writing! Check these out: you’ll thank me!

DIY storage – the next part

Whichever one that is. The next one. And this is basically an inspiration pic.

silver painted baskets - do it yourself storage

For one thing, these are pretty. But more importantly – well, sort of importantly – you can adapt this idea in a zillion ways, most of which have already occurred to you because you are a smart cookie :-)

Go to your fave thrift store. Buy the cheapest baskets that can be stacked, or have handles, or fit whatever nook you’re going to put them in. Stop at the hardware store on the way home and buy some spray paint – or raid your craft closet. Spray the baskets (outside if you can, because fumes).

Voila: storage that can hide clutter – and organize stuff. That can be tailored to any spot in your house, to hold whatever you need to stash.

And hey, you can adapt this idea – of course – to cardboard boxes. See, now we’re even talking about recycling and adapting paper because, you know, Paper Jewels ;-)

DIY Recycled Storage – part, well, next

Recycled storage is kind of an ongoing thing with me so I don’t really know if this is Part Four or maybe Twelve. You understand. And this is basic recycled-coffee-can stuff, Recycling 101 to most of us. But it’s so cute, I wanted to share:

recycled coffee can storage

Now that would look great on any shelf. They’re using it here to hold plastic bags, and that’s a fine idea (though we are hopefully using way fewer plastic bags these days). But it would work for any kitchen, craft room, or kid’s room storage. Or to hold cotton balls (okay, a lot of them) in the bathroom.

The point is, it looks good. Cover the can with some great fabric or paper (reycled of course) – make one or save them up and do 10 of them to line your craft shelves – or, well, you name it. It works, it’s cheap or free, and it saves some stuff from the landfill!

Gisele Bundchen in sustainable hemp gown!

Now this is fashion at its finest. A beautiful woman, and a gorgeous gown:

Gisele Bundchen in sustainable hemp gown

I spotted this gorgeous creation (I meant the dress but hey, Gisele too) on Yahoo’s weekly “Too Hot to Handle” photo feature spotlighting celebrities who look great, or who are promoting something Yahoo’s invested in, or whatever. But this one is totally on the mark. Gisele looks great. The dress is fab. And according to the text, the gown is a “100% sustainable Prophetik hemp gown”.

We need to see more from Prophetik, and more of these gorgeous dresses, and does anybody want to guess why we haven’t seen more hemp products in, like, ever? Oh? because the right wing doesn’t want us to grow pot…er, hemp (no, it is not always the same thing) because they can’t make any money off it, if we do? You don’t suppose that’s it, do you?

Pfft. Hemp is sustainable. The dress is beautiful. What’s not to love?

Tip of the Day

I don’t know if I even have a “tip of the day” section but if I don’t, I ought to. I recently found this one over at Apartment Therapy which you know is one of my favorite sites, anyway. And this! so useful.

If you use dryer sheets – well, I’ve said it before – really, don’t. Now I have an alternative to suggest:

crumpled aluminum foil dryer sheet

Voila! I tried it and it works. Crumple a piece of aluminum foil, toss it in the dryer. Instant de-staticer. And you can reuse it for months. MUCH better than buying a new chemical-impregnated sheet for every load of wash.

I still don’t use them very often. But when I do – hey, this works!

DIY Storage and gift wrap – reuse and recycle!

You’re going to recognize this the moment you see the pic: yes, I have found yet another use for Pringles Cans. They’ve got to be one of the most loved packages to recycle. I’m sure that’s why people buy Pringles. Yeah.

But cool DIY storage? Totally. Or, as demonstrated in this pic, gift packaging!

recycle and reuse Pringles can for gift wrap cookie package

In this example, the can is a terrific container for a gift of cookies! Take them to your overnight sleepover (even if your mom made the cookies), or take them TO your mom! or anytime you want to do a little something special for someone. Cookies are fun and you get to sample the product as you create them :-)

I had this pic saved to my hard drive and didn’t save the link – so please, original poster, if this is your idea send me a note – I totally want to give you credit!

Because cookies + recycling + plus a cute container you can reuse (again) – this is all of the good!

P.S. By the way – if you’re a jewelry maker who does craft shows – Pringles cans also make terrific bracelet displays. Just sayin’ :-)

DIY Paper Flowers – easy, pretty, and recycled!

Recycle – reuse – rethink. That’s what we want to remember. And when I saw these adorable paper flowers, that combined all those ideas – and they’re easy, and fun, and cute? I figure this is an Academy Award worthy great idea!

recycled paper flowers DIY how to from Billie Monster blog

I found these wonderfulicious flowers on the Billie Monster blog which is full of wonderful how-to ideas (including jewelry, you’ll love it!) For the flowers, Billie even included a template and how-to instructions – though I have to say, with her wonderful pics you almost don’t need the instructions – you can adapt the idea to any recycled paper.

These flowers? Just think how you could customize these for your house. Make a bouquet scattered on the focal wall above your couch, or in a nook above the baby’s crib. Or in the bathroom. Or, well, anywhere you want a pretty accent that can be in exactly the colors and dimension you want.

This is the best of DIY, and pretty cool recycling too. Think about it: Recycle the paper. Reuse the pages. Rethink how they’re used. And create a really cool decoration for your house at the same time.


Easy DIY – Paper Petal Wall Art – Gorgeous!

I honestly thought I had already written about this one, it’s so wonderful and memorable and EASY and you can tailor it exactly for wherever you need Wall Art in your home. But I can’t find where I wrote it, so it’s another one of those I *thought* it but somehow it didn’t magically get into the computer. Hmm.

However, it’s so wonderful I don’t even care if I repeat it! I found it on Pinterest – such a terrific DIY resource ;-)

DIY Wall Art - customizable wall art

All you need is something to use for a backing – foam core, posterboard, you name it – and some petal-shaped paper cutouts. Recycled paper would be best, of course. Play with the arrangement, try out ideas, and create a wonderful montage that’s just the size, shape, and color range that you need in your room.

It’s Do It Yourself, it’s pretty, it’s cheap-or-free, and you can DO it. This is a win!

P.S. Yes you could use fabrics instead of paper – recycled fabrics would be lovely. Hint: if you decide to create with fabrics, use pinking shears to cut out your petals – it’ll save you having to finish the edges, or watch them ravel away on you.

Or just glue them to your backing so completely that they can’t possibly ravel…!

Recycling, DIY, and Wall Art all in one

I saw this recently over on Pinterest . It’s one of those “Why on earth didn’t I think of that” ideas. Brilliant, useful, fun, inexpensive or cheap. I mean – really Brilliant!

Magazines on Wire Hangers - DIY wall art and storage

Now tell the truth, once you saw it, didn’t you smack yourself upside the head (mentally anyway) and say, Well YEAH, I could do that! Personally I’d use a lot more hangers, spaced closer together, so there really would be a library of magazines – and colors – and the wall would truly be a collage. But these are just details.

The idea’s originally from Unconsumption.tumbler where there are so many good and fun and useful and original ideas on how to use less, reuse what you’ve got, and, well, UNconsume – that you will find endless inspiration there. It’s a fabulous resource.

Of which this DIY wall art / storage is just one super idea. Super-quick to achieve. Low or zero cost – what, you haven’t got some old wire hangers around? Of course you do. Colorful as you want – and changeable, as often as you want.