Recycled crafts

Repurpose a drawers
If you have an old dresser or chest of drawers that is no longer of any practical value, perhaps it is made out of veneered chipboard or is beyond repair, you will probably find that the drawers can still come in useful. Even though the frame of a cabinet might be veneered chipboard, the drawers are usually manufactured out of genuine wood. Here are a few ideas for repurposing old drawers...
Ideas for using an old door... or two!
When changing the doors in a home it seems such a waste to throw them away. Secondhand stores, antique shops and salvage yards, as well as online auctions and classifieds are full of wonderful old doors that can be given a new life in so many different ways. If you have an old door that you can't bear to throw out, take a look at some of the ways to repurpose doors.
Yoghurt cup drawer divider or organiser
Use yoghurt cups to make drawer dividers, craft and hobby storage containers, makeup or jewellery organisers. All you need is a tray of yoghurt cups, a glue gun and a can of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint to make nifty organisers that you can use for storage. Using yoghurt cups is an ideal way to recycle this plastic waste and put it to good use.
Mosaic frame with recycled CDs
Ha! I knew that old pile of CDs would come in handy one day. Use CDs and glass paint to make colourful mosaic picture frames, or decorate plain boxes with a mosaic pattern. Dig out your old CDs and get crafting this weekend.
Recycled plastic spoon Protea vases
Give me any opportunity to use recycled materials for projects and I will definitely take on the challenge. After a recent Valentine's dinner, I received a grocery bag full of plastic spoons. I have had the idea of using spoons to make decorative vases for quite a while but wanted to combine this with my collection of saved glass jars, tins, plastic tubs and bottles.
Make chicken wire storage baskets and containers
A bundle of chicken wire and you can go crazy with storage containers for a home that cost practically nothing. All you need is some wire, or an old lampshade frame and a pair of pliers. You can buy chicken wire by the metre in the garden section of your local Builders Warehouse.
Reclaimed plastic bottle petal lamp
I have seen so many gorgeous petal lamps and definitely wanted one for my TV room. Considering that you can pay anywhere from R800 upwards, once again I decided to make my own (!) and look at how to use plastic bottles to make it. I have done so many projects using recycled plastic bottles that I immediately thought about how to use the bottom part of the bottle for the petals.
Reclaimed and recycled wood linen drawers
Made using offcuts from pine shelves, reclaimed shipping crates, pine offcuts and a few pieces of PAR pine from your local Builders Warehouse, you can easily knock up this tall chest of drawers or set of linen drawers for a home. I think these would also be practical for storage in a small bathroom. As an alternative to shipping crates you can use 18mm pine plywood.
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Coffee table using reclaimed or made crates

For this easy crate coffee table you can use reclaimed crates, make your own crates using reclaimed wood, or use PAR pine (available at your local Builders Warehouse) to make your own crates. You can even add castor wheels onto the base of your crate coffee table to make it mobile.

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Plastic milk container MilkWave light

Like most households, I go through plenty of plastic containers of milk each week. Rather than throw these out and add to the already disastrous amounts of plastic on our dumps, you can turn plastic milk containers into amazing contemporary light fittings. The MilkWaves lampshade is designed as an easy DIY project. It’s a lampshade that can be used as a pendant or uplighting floor lamp. 

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Recycled can cutlery holder

Use recycled cans to make a cutlery holder that can be used for indoor and outdoor entertaining. You can use six cans for cutlery or seven cans if you want to add a serviette holder at one end. Pieces of leather recycled from an old handbag serve as a handle and labels for the cans.

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Best recycled can ideas

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ideas for recycling aluminium or tin cans into creations for a home. While many of the ideas shouldn't be seen on display in any home, there are plenty of creative ideas that are worthy to be put out on display.

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Make your own cookie cutters

It can be frustrating when catering for a special event or party and not being able to find nice cookie cutters. During December I made a variety of Christmas cookies - and couldn't find any nice cookie cutters and ended up making my own shapes. Recycled aluminium cans are perfect for making your own cookie cutters.

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Practical recycled pallet wine rack ideas

With your pallets in hand, before you start crafting your wine rack, put on your thinking cap and design a wine rack that will look good on a wall in your home. There are some weird and tacky wine racks out there that I would be embarassed to have on display. And while you might be using reclaimed timber, it's still nice to put that timber to good use.

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Recycled plastic bottle flower holder
Make attractive wire hanging flower holders with empty plastic bottles and some wire. You can fill them with fresh cut flowers and hang them above an outdoor garden table, on a patio or balcony, or bend the wire at the base to allow them to stand upright for an attractive display of fresh flowers for a home.
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Don't forget to recycle
The holiday season is a time of over indulgence and excess. We eat more food, we consume more drinks and we pack our dustbins and trash cans with waste. This season, think before you throw and look for ways to repurpose and recycle plastic waste rather than throwing it away. Here's a roundup of some of our more popular recycling craft projects.

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recycling egg carton boxes into beautiful flowers roses
Egg carton roses
Having previously featured an article on using egg cartons to make roses, I just had to share this project as well. Normal egg cartons are cut to petal shapes, painted and formed into exquisite roses that you can put on display, or use to embellish projects.
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Dining table topper for rectangular table
While a lazy susan turntable is perfect for a square or circular dining table, you can add a simple table topper to make add height and space to a rectangular table. This table topper is rustic, but you can add more detail for a traditional table setting.
recycling old towels into bath mats rugs
Upcycle old towels into a super-soft bath mat
Although it isn't time for spring cleaning, getting your home sorted for the holidays is a project you will be tackling very soon. With this is mind, gather together old towels... those that are so thin they are more like tissue paper than towels, and turn them into super-soft mats for a bathroom or bedroom.
recycling wood crates into storage wall shelves
Box shelves from recycled crates
If you buy your veggies in bulk, chances are you get to take home a wood crate now and then. Here's a wonderful way to put those crates to good use... as box shelves for a wall display.
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Serviette rings from cardboard tubes
I know this project has been around and around, but with the holidays so close I thought it might be nice to refresh the idea of using cardboard tubes to make decorative serviette holders for the festive table.

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recycle light bulbs with concrete into knobs or hangers
Make your own concrete knobs
When times are tough - the tough get DIYing! Here's a way to put those incandescent light bulbs still sitting in a cupboard to good use, since we have now swapped over the more energy efficient lighting options. Use the bulbs to make concrete knobs.
recycle rags scrap fabric into rugs and mats
From rags to riches... or at least beautiful rugs!
Rag rugs have been around for ages, but I haven't previously been very impressed with what I have seen. Lately, however, there are some really adorable designs that are popping up for a nursery or children's bedroom. Here are two charming pink-hued rag rugs.
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Decorative cushion cover with t-shirt scraps
Still hoarding last year's t-shirts, despite the fact that they are full of holes? Time to cut them up and make this decorative cushion cover. You can use a single t-shirt, or combine coloured t-shirts for an even more decorative effect.
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Repurpose an old tyre into a comfortable seat
Today is my day for recycling projects. I have come across so many great ways to recycle and upcycle and here's another one to add to the list. Using old tyres isn't a new idea and I have seen quite a few recycling projects using tyres, but I do like these quick and easy chairs for the garden.
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Get creative with plastic crates
Upcycling plastic crates is the new fad in recycling. They are strong and tough and you can use them in various ways for storage, but I love the new craze for turning plastic crates into upholstered stools.

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reclaimed timber wood garden swing seat
Reclaimed timber garden swing chair
The ideas for using reclaimed timber just keep on coming. These reclaimed timber garden swing chair is made from timber pallets and is just the place to relax in the shade of some trees on a hot summer day.
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Crafts using bottle caps
There are so many amazing craft ideas that make use of bottle caps, both plastic and metal, and it's a fun and affordable way to revamp or dress up an old piece of furniture or craft something new. If you are looking for a rainy day project, or a way to keep the kids occupied during school holidays, start collecting plastic and metal bottle caps for a variety of craft projects.
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Plastic bottles make favour boxes
One of the ladies attending a workshop mentioned how to make party favours using the base of a plastic bottle. Not quite understanding what she meant, I experimented with different ways and lo and behold, you can make fantastic party favour containers with a plastic bottle. Here's how...
restore vintage steamer trunk
Restore vintage steamer trunk
If you are lucky enough to discover a vintage steamer trunk you have the choice of revamping or restoring the piece. Restoring a steamer trunk involves a bit of woodworking, metal and leather work and is extremely rewarding once you see the finished result.
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Upcycle washing machine drum into firepit
Here's how to turn a washing machine drum into a firepit. It’s a super-easy project and the design of the stainless steel drum is perfect for a fire. The small holes around the drum not only allow for oxygen flow to the fire but also make for a pretty light show. Although this one has welded feet, you can leave these off.
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Mason jar or glass jar outdoor pendant lights
Although you use mason jars - or pickling jars - to make these gorgeous outdoor pendant lamps, you can also use empty glass jars that you would normally throw away. With summer around the corner, this is a quick and easy way to add style and soft lighting to your patio or deck.

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new pine look like old aged timber wood
Make new pine like reclaimed timber or old wood
Not everyone is able to find reclaimed timber but wants the look of reclaimed timber furniture. I discovered a way to make ordinary laminated pine shelving look like the reclaimed timber furniture you find in many home decor stores. The trick is to use Woodoc Gel Stain and some common household products to age new timber and make it look authentic.
Branch out with ideas for windows
This idea is not a new one, but it's definitely a great idea if you are a looking for an affordable way to hang curtains and add interest to country, cottage or rustic room decor. Using a branch as a curtain rod definitely catches attention and you don't need to spend any money for this project.
Not your average DIY lighting designs
The imagination knows no bounds when you take a look at some of these unusual, yet handmade lighting designs. Who would believe that you could make a chandelier out of paperclips, or ballpoint pens!
Our favourite sunburst mirror designs
Over the past couple of years I have seen hundreds of ideas for sunburst mirrors and they continue to pop up. When you look at how much it costs to buy a sunburst mirror, looking a inexpensive ways to make your own is the way to go.
Make a garden swing bed
Summer is almost here, and what better way to spend time outdoors than relaxing in a swing bed. This swing bed is made from reclaimed timber pallets, but you can make out of any reclaimed timber - or even make one from scratch using PAR pine from your local Builders Warehouse.
Turn an old tyre into a rope covered ottoman
This rope tyre ottoman project has been round the block a few times but the end results are definitely improving. When I first saw this tyre wrapped with rope to make an ottoman, it definitely didn't look as good as some of the finished projects below. But these rope tyre ottomans, or even the rope tyre table would definitely look good in a lounge.
A fresh welcome for spring
Add a fresh welcome to your home and brighten up for spring with this aromatic lemon wreath made from recycled toilet roll tubes.

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Windchime from recycled tins
Here's a great way to make a unique windchime using recycled cans and spoons and painting in your favourite colour. Hang them on the patio or in your garden.
One-of-a-kind coffee tables for reclaimed timber
These coffee tables can be considered as one-of-a-kind, as no two pieces of timber look exactly the same. All the coffee table designs below are made using salvaged or reclaimed timber.
Beautiful home accents from junk
Sometimes the most innocuous piece of junk can be transormed into a beautiful decor piece for a home. Anything from old shutters and doors, to parquet flooring blocks, gets used in practical ways to create unique home decor and accent pieces.
Cardboard furniture is here to stay
Cardboard furniture has been around for many years, but has recently gained a lot of popularity due to the focus the world is putting on sustainable living. Cardboard is of course fully recyclable, so can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way even after the furniture has served its purpose.
Use leftover tiles to make a chalkboard
I like the idea of using leftover tiles from a project to make these easy chalkboards. The kids can use them for drawing, you can mount onto the wall as mini notice boards or as decor accessories. Grab a can of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray paint and let's get started...
Repurpose cardboard boxes
Decorate cardboard boxes with fabric, wrapping paper or faux leather to create an attractive display that's also useful for storage. I like to collect shoe boxes and packing boxes and then re-use them, and covering them up means you can put them on display.
Reclaimed timber kitchen island
There are plenty of projects where you can use reclaimed timber in useful ways, and there are many sources of reclaimed timber. In this project you can make a kitchen island or convenient table for the kitchen.

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Reclaimed timber for contemporary design
Relaimed timber and wood has become one of the most easily recycled and eco friendly materials on the planet. Reclaimed timber can be repurposed into fencing and furniture, and timber pallets provide the perfect opportunity for even those unskilled at DIY to give it a try. But Sascha Akkermann takes it one step further... creating contemporary furniture using timber pallets.
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What can you make with nespresso foil cups?
I'm sure you've all seen - and drooled over - the Nespresso ads on TV featuring George Clooney, and recycling nespresso foil containers is the latest craze to appear for recycling crafts. Those little containers can be used in so many wonderful ways. Here are just a few...
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From whisks into pendant lights
We recently featured an article that showed how to use a kitchen colander as a pendant light, but this design definitely takes the cake...! Seks design recently featured whisk-y lights as part of a London display - and these pendant lights are made using whisks.
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Recycle CD's into closet clothes dividers
I have seen quite a few projects where CDs and stiff cardboard have been upcycled into clothes dividers for closet for a little girl or boy, or for separating clothes in an adult closet by days of the week, or seasons of the year. This is such an simple project that makes it easier to find clothes and is a great idea since we don't have these closet dividers available locally.
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Things to make with old sweaters and jumpers
So, you were digging out all your old sweaters and jerseys and discovered that fishmoths had feasted on them, leaving them looking like fishnet rather than cable knit. Don't throw them out just yet...
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New and unique ways to recycle tins and cans
There are hundreds of ideas for using aluminium or tin cans, but I wanted to put together a collection of recycling projects that are unique, yet still practical and can easily be done. After scouring literally hundreds of sites, I came across these wonderful ideas...

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Repurpose cigarette boxes
So you haven't yet kicked the habit. Well, you might as well make use of empty cigarette boxes. This project shows how to repurpose cigarette boxes into nifty parking slots for toy cars.
Reclaimed pallets for bedside table
Here's the first entry for this year's Bosch Home Improvement Competition submitted by Joanne Thompson. This is another project that uses reclaimed timber pallets, this time to make two bedside tables.
Recycled cardboard tubes for serviette rings
These serviette rings are perfect for your dining table, or if you have a special event coming up. They are made from cardboard tubes wrapped in fabric. Recycle cardboard tubes from wrapping paper, tin foil or kitchen towel rolls and dress them up in colourful or patterned fabrics to match your decor.
Amazing candle holder with recycled tins
I found this project on a Hungarian website and immediately loved the look of this unique way of hanging tea candles - and recycling small cat food cans as well. You could hang your candles just for a wonderful effect or for a special occasion. This candleholder would be perfect for Valentine's Day.
Dress up glass jars and containers
Empty container jars looking wonderful as storage containers when dressed up with decorative lids. Glue fancy buttons onto jar lids and then spray with Rust-Oleum Universal metallics spray paints.
WINNER: Craft Challenge
Samantha Klein recycled wooden pallets into a practical and much needed outdoor patio area for her home. We think that Samantha deserves the prize of a Dremel Tool Hamper, which I am sure will be put to good use. Thank you to all those readers who submitted a project for the Craft Challenge.

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Create a miniature terrarium
I think these light bulb terrariums are really cute. They don't take up a lot of room and don't require a lot of care... perfect for me! It's also a great way to recycle incandescent light bulbs. Here's how to make your own light bulb terrarium.
Aluminium can tab bracelet
Popping up everywhere, aluminium can tab bracelets sell at prices ranging from R50 upwards to R200 depending on the design. Aluminium can tab bracelets are easy to make and it's a great idea for starting a home-based business if you are looking to bring in a bit of extra cash.
20 uses for Mason jars
Who knew that Mason jars could be so useful. We know they are perfect for canning fuits, but here are some great ideas for repuposing Mason jars in other ways.
Paper cup Christmas star
These water-cooler paper cups are great for making a Christmas star and you can leave them white, as below, or spray them with Rust-Oleum Universal metallic spray in pure gold or titanium silver.
Old headboards become a daybed
What to do with a pair of headboards picked up at a bargain price? These solid Imbuia headboards are to valuable to ignore and it's amazing to see what can actually be done with a pair of old headboards.
DIY small table for garden or patio
I love this small whitewashed table. It would be nice for in the garden or on the deck for relaxing on cushions or a blanket. The table is made using an old pallet, but these days pallets are becoming hard to come by due to the demand (see Recycling Crafts), but you can always use PAR pine from your local Builders Warehouse, or offcuts that you have lying around.
Make beautiful flowers with an egg carton
Recycling egg cartons is a fun project that mom or kids can do. If the kids are bored during the school holidays, stock pile some egg cartons to keep them busy. There are also plenty of projects in our Kids Craft section. There are some amazing projects below, all using egg cartons to create beautiful flowers that can be used for gifts and cards, to decorate picture frames, or just to have.
Recycle polystyrene trays and egg cartons
Make these flowers out of polystyrene trays or egg cartons and then use them to decorate gifts, or add to a decorative border around a frame. If you come up with any original or unique ways to reuse polystyrene containers, drop us a line and send us some images of your project.

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Re-purpose an old cot or crib
No need to pack away or toss out that old cot or crib, the Internet is full of ways to transform an old cot or crib into practical furniture. We have stumbled upon a cot or crib that becomes a desk, a cot that is transformed into a day bed, and a crib that easily converts into a bench.
Uses for old or reclaimed window frames
I love discovering old and reclaimed window frames. Here are some DIY projects that use reclaimed window frames. My favourite is how to make a beautiful wall hanging with colourful watering cans filled with Portulaca in jewel colours. Hang it on the wall or fence, or close to your patio, for a brilliant splash of fun colour.
Toilet roll holders make great gift boxes
Start collecting... Repurpose toilet roll holders and cardboard tubes into gift containers for Christmas presents, birthdays or special occasions. Embellished with trim, ribbons and bows, cardboard toilet roll holders cost nothing and look gorgeous once finished.
How to make continuous t-shirt yarn
An easy way to cut a continuous length of t-shirt yarn and then join together long lengths of t-shirt yarn in an almost invisible way. You can use this technique when making rag rugs or mats with crochet, a knitting fork, or with a handmade loom - see the November 12 issue of Home-Dzine Online.
Salvage repurposed
Whether you get your salvaged goods from a salvage yard, or out of someone else's skip -- yes, I have done that! -- you will find amazing ways to repurpose salvaged building materials on the Internet.
Reuse or repurpose plastic milk bottles
There are so many creative ideas on the Internet on how to repurpose or reuse plastic milk bottles. While some go beyond ridiculous, there are a few that I would definitely make use of in my own home.
Reuse or repurpose old with a new coat of paint
Sometimes all you need is a can of paint and you can transform dated or mismatched decor accessories easily and quickly.

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Candy stand from repurposed plastic bottles
I have no idea where the inspiration for this candy stand came from... I have a pile of cut plastic bottles that I regularly play with to think up ideas to use them, and this one just popped into my head. I think it would be perfect for a party table or special occasion, and could be used to display sweets or snacks.
Reclaimed timber flower boxes
There are so many ways to use reclaimed timber, whether from old fencing, pallets or scrap that is lying around. Old timber has an aged look and texture that is perfect for making a flower box or flower container. Here are a few examples of flower boxes that use reclaimed timber - or new wood scraps that are aged to look old.
Amazing ways to reuse, repurpose and recycle
Here are just a few ideas that I have stumbled upon on the Internet. So many ways to reuse, repurpose and recycle everyday household waste in crafty and unique ways. Makes you want to stop and think before you throw something away!
Use plastic spoons for decorative mirror frame
Here's another wonderful idea for repurposing plastic spoons... into a funky mirror frame. You can have mirror circles cut to any size and then glue cut plastic spoons around the mirror. For this project don't buy plastic spoons, rather reuse spoons after an event or celebration.
Preserve jars as unique pendant lamps
Recycling again...! I truly believe it’s possible to get custom lighting without breaking the bank. The key is designing your own shade using canning or preserve jars. If you're lucky enough to stumble across vintage canning or preserve jars, you’ll find that its bubbles and inconsistencies only add to the character of the light fixture.
Repurpose plastic spoons into decorative clock
I am still always on the lookout for ways to repurpose or reuse plastic and this chrysanthemum clock is such a funky way to put plastic spoons to use as a decorative clock. The clock itself is a cheapie that you can buy at almost any home decor store.
Timber pallets become practical garden furniture
One crafty reader transforms timber pallets into attractive patio furniture. Samantha Klein was lucky enough to stumble upon plenty of timber pallets for her repurposed patio furniture. Definitely a worthy project for our Craft Challenge.

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The art of recycling
Eric Barclay likes to create fun, whimsical illustrations and designs. His style is heavily influenced by the graphic design and modern-style cartoons from the 1950s through the late 1960s.
Craft Challenge: Pallet garden chair
Just to show you how easy it is to make basic garden furniture using a timber pallet, here is how Paola made her chairs for entry into our Craft Challenge.
A mini greenhouse using cd cases
You know I love projects that repurpose household waste in new ways, and I was blown away by Mega Crafty's unique way of using CD cases to make a mini greenhouse. I think it's awesome that we are being inspired to recycle and repurpose in such amazing ways!
Make jute, sisal, twine or cotton rope mats and rugs
Instead of buying rugs or mats, here's a way to make your own rugs or mats using natural, affordable materials that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse. These gorgeous mats are made of jute, twine, sisal or cotton and are easy to make.
More ideas for recycling plastic bottles
And the fun just keeps on comin'... When I came up with the idea of using plastic cold drink bottles for tea, coffee and sugar cannisters, so many other ideas popped into my head that I just had to give them all a try. This one repurposes plastic bottles into piggy or cow saving banks.
Plastic bottles for tea, coffee & sugar cannisters
Don't know if I am the first the come up with this idea, but I thought of another great way to recycle and repurpose plastic bottles... into tea, coffee and sugar containers. If you cut them just right, they are also airtight as well.
Repurpose an old cabinet
Here is a perfect example of how you can so easily repurpose ugly furniture into a beautiful piece at very little cost. A roll of wood grain self-adhesive vinyl is cut out to a flower design and applied to the painted unit.

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Repurpose louvre doors or pine shutters
Louvre pine doors and old shutters can be repurposed into a variety of decor accessories, but my favourite by far is to repurpose louvre pine doors or shutters into a feature headboard. You can leave them rustic, or paint shutters or louvre doors in any colour to match your room decor.
Handmade rag rugs
For these rag rugs, the design focus blends modern lines and colour with a child safe, eco-conscious, family friendly sensibility. My goal? Rather than tromping through our planet in clunky archaic boots, let’s lighten our carbon footprint for this generation and that of our children by gliding in feather light stilettos.
Chandelier made of plastic bottles
Inspired by Michelle Brand, I have been wanting to make this chandelier from plastic bottles for quite a while. Michelle repurposes plastic in ways you would never believe, but this is my favourite by far. Making this chandelier from plastic bottles is extremely easy and the end result is stunning.
Floor lamp made from plastic bottles
Every time I hold a piece of plastic household waste in my hands, I first check the plastics code on the base and then try to think up ways to use it, or repurpose it into something else. There are so many ways to repurpose plastic 2-litre bottles and this floor lamp is just one example out of many.
A plastic shopping bag from plastic shopping bags !
Just finished my new plastic shopping bag made from old plastic shopping bags! I recently posted a project using my DIY super-large crochet hook and the whole idea behind designing the hook was to be able to make a shopping bag with plastic bags. Well, it's done and it only took me 3 days of occasional crochet in front of the TV to finish it.
Make safety glasses from plastic bottles
I came across this idea on Make. It's another great way to repurpose and recycle plastic bottles into a safety shield or safety glasses for when using an angle grinder or cutting metal and tile, etc.
Recycle and repurpose wine crates
We have done quite a few projects using recycled pallets and it got me to thinking about... Hey, we're South African, so what about recycling wine crates! After all, we are a wine-loving country that produces the best wines in the world.

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More ways to use wine corks
As a wine loving nation, the main South African pastime is, of course, drinking wine, but with a little effort and creativity, you can get a lot of enjoyment from reusing the wine corks and transforming them into useful items for around your home. 
Reclaimed timber coat rack
With all the projects floating around that use reclaimed timber pallets, I'm thinking that these are going to be very hard to come by. So, instead of using timber pallets you can also use any reclaimed wood that you can get your hands on.
Timber pallet garden day bed
Who doesn't enjoy finding a shady spot in the garden to read a good book. This garden day bed is made up entirely from relaimed timber pallets, joined together and topped off with a covered foam cushion
Furniture ideas using reclaimed timber
You know I love to reuse, recycle and repurpose because I mention it so often. In our modern times when everything is plastic, being able to discover beautiful wood and timber pieces is a joy.
Unique way to use plastic spoons
We are getting more and more inventive with ideas for repurposing plastic waste. Found on the Internet, this is a fun way to use plastic spoons to create a pendant light.
Autumn home decor picture frame
As the trees start to shed their leaves you can pick up or break off a few small branches from trees in the garden to create a live picture for hanging on the wall.
Fun home recycling projects
There are so many ways to reuse, recycle and repurpose and have fun at the same time. I have selected a couple of great recycling projects that use a variety of household items that normally get thrown out.

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Yoghurt container becomes vintage flower pot
Before throwing anything away these days, I try to think of ways items can be upcycled, reused and repurposed. This time it's a yoghurt container that is upcycled into a vintage flower pot.
Upcycle bamboo blind into modern lamp shade
Don't throw out your old bamboo blinds - take them apart and use them to makeover a dated lamp or pendant shade for a contemporary look. Isabella and Max Rooms shows you how easy it is to do this project easily and quickly.
Use twigs and branches for furniture and decor
Having previously cut some large branches off a Silver Birch, I am always looking for ways to use these in and around the home. It seems such a pity to let the wood go to waste when it could be used for something else.
Recycle plastic tubs and containers
What a great way to recycle ice cream containers or plastic tubs - cover them with old patterns and add bright bows for storing all your patterns.
Decor in a can
As you know, I'm always looking for great ways to recycle, and this project puts tin cans to use as attractive plant holders for a kitchen windowsill or side table.
How to make plastic roses
I have seen roses made from plastic spoons on the Internet and often wondered how easy they would be to make, and how good they would actually looked. Well, I can tell you now that they are super easy and look absolutely gorgeous. The picture doesn't do the finished flower justice!
Keepsake or trinket box from tin can
I have been promising myself to try some metal working for ages, but just never seemed to find the time to get round to it. The opportunity finally presented itself today when wondering what I could make with an empty coffee can.

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So many ways to use fabric scraps
If you have odds and scraps of fabric at home, we've come across so many unique and wonderful ways to use fabric scraps.
Transform junk into furniture
I recently stumbled upon Funky Junk Interiors during one of my many forays on the Internet. Anyone interested in serious recycling will be amazed at some of the great projects they have on their website.
Makeover an old coffee table

I love making over an old piece. It gives it new life, new potential and in doing so, can totally change the look of a space.

Architectural elements as art
Add a one-of-a-kind decoration to your bedroom: Hang an interesting, salvaged object on the wall as art in just a few simple steps. Search architectural salvage, flea markets and thrift stores for an interesting item.
Uses for buttons
Many of us have piles of buttons that have been collected over the years. Here are some projects that I have come across that use buttons in unique and wonderful ways.
Jewellery hanger
Recycle wooden coat hangers into practical jewellery hangers - and never have to untangle again!
Recycled tin cans for potted plant display
Recycle old paint or coffee tins into attractive plant holders that can be hung in the garden to decorate a plain wall.

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Colourful containers
Grow your own wheatgrass in colourful recycled cans on the kitchen counter or other sunny spot. Wheatgrass likes plenty of light, but not direct sunlight.
Recycle old LP's
I saw this idea on the Internet some time ago and thought that it was a great way to recycle all my old LP's stacked in huge piles at the bottom of a cupboard. OK, so LP's might not be what they are called these days... so let's recycle old vinyls!
Pallet shoe rack
Love this project ! How easy to make a quick and easy storage rack for next to the kitchen door for muddy shoes, or painted in bright colours for a bedroom.
Cardboard chandelier
Here's a way to use cardboard boxes to make chandeliers for your home - affordable too!
Simple recycling projects
Take time out to try some of these simple recycling projects with items you'll find in and around the home.

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Recycle newspaper
You can make these adorable flowers with newspaper and buttons.
Recycle wine holder
Use tins cans of different sizes to create a nifty recycle wine rack for a bar counter or kitchen countertop.
Revamp an old door into a message centre
After hesitating over painting the wood, I bit the bullet. The wood grain was so beautiful … but somehow it wasn’t old enough to be “cool.” So, black it is!
Recycled tin can lamp shades
I came across these wonderful light shades made by recycling aluminium tin cans and thought that this was a great idea for a DIY craft project. Out came my Dremel MultiTool to see how easy it would be.
Crafty projects
Transform everyday home items to serve as unique and fun lighting.
Tin can luminaries
These punched-tin lanterns add a folk-art touch to the garden and are fun and easy to create.
Wine cork trivet
Recycle your wine corks into a trivet for your dining room table - for all your hot dishes.
Delicate plant holders
To help preserve the environment, we can equip our homes with energy-saving light bulbs. Here is an opportunity to recycle old light bulbs into trendy hanging vases.
Recycled fairy lights
These recycled cardboard cups offer an unusual texture and soft colours that, with minimal skills, can be turned into a vine of light-emitting morning glory. For this project, use LED lights only.
Can lights
I always enjoy my cup of joe in the morning, but when it comes to recycling the coffee cans, I had to figure out something new to do with them. They have such a great look and are built so well, I was determined to find them another purpose.

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Repupose a stepladder
There are many unique ways to repurpose old ladders. If you have an old ladder at the bottom of the garden, tacking up space in a garage, or tucked out of sight at the back of hut, here are some ways to turn this part-time helper into a full-time organizer.
Pizza box wall art
The other day I was looking at the pizza box and thought to myself, "What a waste, I wonder what I could make with a pizza box?" So here they are, some unique projects that you can make using pizza boxes...
Recycled candle holders
I have a real affinity for trash-to-treasure projects, especially recycling projects. This project shows how to make decorative votive containers from plastic bottles and aluminium cans.
Recycle a shoe box
Dress up a cardboard box to hide all your cellphone charger cables
Recycled flower caddy
Instead of throwing out empty cans - use them to create our flower caddy
Recycled crafts
From time to time, whilst endlessly browsing the Internet, I come across some truly genuine ideas for recycling items in the home. These are just some of the projects that I have stumbled across, and I will be adding many more.

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