ZipSeal or Ziploc bags are just another plastic item to pollute our planet but they are useful and there are plenty of ways to repurpose or reuse these in the home.
Decorative cardboard shelves are easy to make and a great way of using any cardboard boxes you have at home.
It doesn't take much to transform an ugly chest of drawers into a modern and stylish piece for a home.
Plastic food containers are just one of the hundreds of plastic items that end up on the dump but with a little creativity, you can turn them into something practical for the home.
There are so many ways that you can give dated or old-fashioned and affordable pine furniture and new look and we show you a few tricks.
Bubble wrap is an overlooked yet practical for so many uses in the home, from insulating a home in several ways to helping you be comfortable. Read on for some great ideas.
Recycling items that you no longer use is a wonderful way to try something new and these decorative holders can be used indoors or outdoors and are easy to make in an hour or so.
Repurposing old furniture is good for the environment and this no longer used bookcase turns into a fun produce cart for a little girl.
Colour themes, brightly coloured balloons and embellished drinks go hand in hand with any celebration, but how sustainable are they?
Wallpaper doesn't have to be just for walls and textured, paintable wallpaper brings detail when applied to plain furniture.
Take an old table or two and cover with graphic white or black mosaic tiles for an eye-catching feature for the home.
Gilders paste is a mixture of wax and metallic or organic pigments that can be applied to metal, wood, glass, ceramics, leather, and more.
These days it is all about upcycling and we offer some crafty ways to give an old coffee table a makeover.
Way back in 2013, I ran a few articles on various arts and crafts that used Nespresso capsules and since then this craze has exploded even further with ideas for arts and crafts.
Still busy turning the DIY Divas workshop space into a lounge, now I am going to show you how I upcycled my two workshop and tool storage cabinets into display cabinets for the living room.
There are plenty of ways to give old furniture a new look and in this article, we explain how to install new doors for a more modern piece.
If there are two things you will see plenty of at this time of the year, it is wrapping paper and Christmas cards and we have a few ideas on how you can save and use these.
With the trend for recycling, what better way to put this into action that to make your Christmas decor using items you already have in the home.
Upcycling is all about taking something old or useless and giving it a new purpose, like using a lampshade frame and using natural twine or wood to craft an organic lampshade.
Anyone handy with a sewing machine will enjoy this post that looks at upcycling old shirts into kiddies clothing.
To make rope storage baskets all you need is a recycled plastic bottle or container, a large piece of cardboard and fabric and some rope.
These days it is all about upcycling, taking something old and perhaps unwanted and turning it into a feature piece for your home, like this old coffee table given a new life with a tile top.
Everyone purchases grocery items that come in glass food jars and there are so many ways to re-purpose these into pretty storage containers for the home.
Here's how you can re-purpose an old piece of furniture, in this case, a piano seat, into a modern stool that is also a hairdressing station for all your hair stuff.
When sorting through old sweaters and deciding which are still good enough to wear, don't throw old ones out - try one of these great ways to repurpose old sweaters.
Don't throw out those ice cream tubs when there are so many ways to recycle or upcycle these for use in the home.
The cost of ready-made gift boxes makes it an expensive purchase for many, but rather save the money and make gift boxes recycling boxes you probably already have at home.
When you have vintage tins or biscuit tins, making a wooden lid for these means you can use them after the biscuits are gone!
It's so easy to recycle a tree stump into a stylish side table for a rustic yet sophisticated piece for your living room.
If you regularly buy an HTH bucket or have some paint buckets leftover, check underneath to ensure they have a recycle #5 stamped on the base and you can use these to store or grow plants.
Recycling continues to be a lifestyle for many, with ideas for using plastic bags at home just one of the ways you can be involved in saving the environment.
There may come a time when you buy a piece of secondhand furniture only to be blown away by what is hidden underneath coats of stain or varnish.
Who knew you could turn old tyres and materials into unique outdoor seating.
I'm all for the fact that reclaimed pallet wood is great for making furniture, but at least make sure it looks good too!
When buying certain ready-made foods, they are presented in plastic salad containers that are great for turning into bird feeders.
It's amazing how clever people are becoming with recycling, and this project to turn a tin can into a cheese grater is simply creative brilliance.
Everyone on the planet needs to recycle plastic more than we do to keep plastic off our landfills and out of our oceans, so here are some colourful crafts that use plastic bottles and bottle caps.
Aluminium cans are something used every day in most households, so it's nice to find a way to recycle these at home rather than toss them into the dustbin. Why not make a wind spinner using cans and lids?
With a week to go of lockdown, and who knows how much longer until the kids go back to school, here's a selection of clever recycling projects the kids can do with plastic bottles.
When a family shares a bathroom, you always need extra storage for everyone's bathroom essentials, like this recycled plastic bottle turned into a family toothbrush holder.
One of our most popular posts ever was that of recycling egg cartons to make beautiful roses that can be used to embellish decor accessories or be painted to look good on their own.
Recycling - or upcycling - is all about repurposing items in new ways rather than throwing them out, so we compiled a list of all our favourite projects.
A bookcase is one of those essential furniture pieces that every home should have, and we have some easy way to turn a plain bookcase into a standout feature you will love.
Rag rugs are a very easy way to make use of any leftover fabric scraps or put old clothes to good use, and rag rugs are very easy to make.
Made using recycled plastic milk containers and cardboard boxes, this craft centre has plenty of storage compartments for all your craft supplies and is easily carried around.
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.
See how an old pine hutch is transformed into an amazing fireplace feature at very little cost and with readily available materials.
If you've got an old bicycle that you want to toss out - see how you can transform this into a unique wall clock for your home.
Here's a comfortable twist on the pallet chair - this reclaimed pallet wood lounger is a great place to relax on weekends.
If you love to recycle, try one of these unusual yet practical ideas to recycle glass wine bottles.
If you still have some old CDs lying around that you don't use anymore, here are some great ways to turn them into unique and interesting wall art.
Before you chuck out that old washing machine, see how you can use the stainless steel drum to make a braai for your patio or deck.
Don't throw out an old piece of furniture when you can upcycle with a new look to transform it into a statement piece for your home.
While I'm not a fan of finished pallet wood, I do like the idea of using pallet wood for projects where you can save some money and this upholstered ottoman is one of those projects.
Find out how to make your own stylish bags using recycled waste plastic - a project you can easily do at home.
Got some leftover bricks from a project and not sure what to do with them? Take a look at some great ideas for using leftover bricks.
Use recycled materials to make your own clutch bag for a special occasion.
If you are looking for ways to recycle cardboard and cardboard boxes, check out some of these crazy cool crafts for kids.
Here's a wonderful way to recycle plastic bottles and make a handy tool caddy for your home workshop.
Recycle a plastic bottle into a no-mess pour nozzle and forget about cleaning up.
Recycle plastic shampoo or cleaning bottles to make this handy organiser for your home office, craft or hobby room.
Recycle cardboard boxes into practical storage baskets with rope or twine for affordable home storage.
Here's a fun way to recycle plastic bottles to make attractive storage caddies for a bathroom.
Make a stylish clothing rail using a tree branch to hang all your clothes and add a unique touch to your bedroom or dressing room.
Upcycling, particularly if you have found a secondhand bargain, is a great way to add new pieces of furniture to your home.
Do you have a pine dresser or chest of drawers at home in desperate need of a makeover? Try this paint and paper method and completely transform a plain piece of furniture!
I'm all for recycling in any way that I can and enjoy projects using cardboard boxes, like this cardboard box turned into a handy beauty product holder.
This quick and easy 10-minute project shows how to make a nail polish carousel using a fidget spinner and a few items you probably already have.
While sorting out my current kitchen storage, I came across some plastic crates that I want to recycle and found some great ideas for recycling plastic crates.
Christmas is done and dusted, so here are some projects to make use of all those left over cardboard boxes.
Grab some colourful wool and give your tired bathmat a fluffy, luxurious makeover!
These decorative cardboard vases are easy to make and will add colour and interest to a windowsill or shelf.
This handy tool caddy is made using food cans and a scrap of plywood and we show you how easy it is to make your own.
If you're replacing your old washing machine we show you a way to turn a stainless steel drum into a luminous coffee table.
In this article we show you how to upcycle aluminium tins into attractive storage containers.
This gorgeous, rustic wall clock is made using blocks of wood cut from reclaimed pallets. That means it doesn't cost anything to make apart from the mechanism and hands.
If you have clothes dry cleaned, chances are you have a collection of wire coat hangers. We found some great ways to upcycle wire coat hangers.
Here's a quick and easy project to repurpose an old door into a practical shelf unit.
Recycling glass containers and jars for storage is still a wonderful way to keep your kitchen, bathroom and home office neat and organised.
Anyone who has a fan knows they don't last long these days - so turn that broken fan into a colourful planter for your patio or balcony.
Rag rugs are fun to make and you can use old clothes to weave your own colourful rag rug for the home.
Before you toss out any old t-shirts, take a look at some great ideas to repurpose old t-shirts.
Every year we throw away clothes and textiles that could be used in other ways. In fact, there are now companies that recycle old clothes into fashionable items for the home.
Designed for show at the Milan Furniture Fair, this rag rug is made from old clothes.
When you get given a piece of furniture, or find a decent bargain, it's nice to know that you can repurpose or upcycle the piece to make it more relevant to your home.
Kitchen towels, wrapping paper, or anything else on a cardboard tube - use the tubes to make a makeup holder.
In this project we show you how easy it can be to upcycle a cheap lamp into your own quirky creation. We're using acrylic craft paint for the scrap wood battens for our upcycled lamp.
Here's a way to keep a desktop neat and tidy, and to recycle aluminium coffee cans - turn them into practical storage for a desk shelf.
Making this reclaimed pallet coffee table has to be the easiest project ever and should only take about 15-minutes.
Recycle yoghurt cartons into a cute, colourful bird feeder to hang on tree branches.
Make your own wooden lids for when recycling glass jars and containers, or anything else that needs an attractive lid.
There's always some leftover wrapping paper after the holiday season, so here's how to use leftover wrapping paper to make party decorations for your New Year celebrations.
Using the French Tufting method and a wooden pallet, you can easily make a comfortable chair for a casual indoor or outdoor space, and it's ideal for a children's bedroom or playroom.
If you enjoy being creative with items that normally get thrown out, you'll love this lamp made using the drum from a washing machine.
As winter slowly draws to a close, before you toss out those holey woollens, take a look at how you can repurpose or reuse them.
Once again trending, macramé has taken a new twist (excuse the pun!) and you can use t-shirt yarn or plarn to make macramé hangers.
If you've got some pallet wood - make this easy dog bed with galvanised pipe fittings.
If you love taking something old and turning it into a beautiful, practical piece of furniture, then this reclaimed wood dining table is a project you will enjoy.
Secondhand furniture is a great way to start off if you're moving into your first apartment or flat. You'd be surprised at how easily you can transform these fabulous finds into furniture for a home.
Using pallet wood is a great way to practice your skills without spending a fortune on timber. Ask around, or browse the Internet, for local suppliers of pallets.
Here's a way to buy a secondhand, steel filing cabinet and put this stylish storage unit to good use in your home office, or even for storage in the home.
Use reclaimed pallets or scaffolding planks to make a stylish industrial shelf.
A few years back I featured an article on recycling oil drums into cabinets. Now, there are so many additional options to recycle old oil drums.
Use the plastic tops from cold drinks and food containers to make a unique timepiece for your home. This is a great craft idea for the kids too!
Use reclaimed wood pallets to make this stylish garden bench in an hour or two, and provide easy and inexpensive seating for a garden or entertainment area.
Reclaimed wood pallets provide an inexpensive DIY option for festive decor. Make wood pallet Christmas trees or Christmas card displays.
When cutting timber or board to size, you usually end up with assorted offcuts. We put together a collection of creative ways to use offcuts for quick and easy DIY projects for a home.
We will be making this tyre ottoman as part of our December DIY Kids workshop. Using an old tyre, and recycling a pair of jeans for the fabric, this fun ottoman offers the perfect seating for a kid's bedroom or playroom.
This weekend I was looking for ideas for using aluminium cans that I collected. The final result was to make these recycled aluminium can succulents.
Don't toss out those shoeboxes, use them to make attractive storage boxes for your home office or craft room.
This beautiful, vintage cutting board can be made from reclaimed wood, hardwood offcuts, or pine from your local Builders.
I like to recycle plastic as much as possible, and love this idea for using plastic cold drink bottles to make a bird feeder for the local bird life.
Builders have a great idea for using those old, worn out tyres, which have been sitting in your garage for ages. Using a few, easy steps, a couple of old tyres, supawood offcuts and some castors, you can build your very own braai storage unit.
Before you toss out those old aluminium, vertical, bamboo or wood blinds, take a look at ways to recycle these into unique light fittings and furniture for a home.
It is becoming increasingly easy to refinish furniture, no matter how banged up and scratched it is. Pieces that look almost beyond repair can be given a new lease on life using a variety of products that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.
When working with reclaimed timber pallets you have to not only inspect and select the right pallets, you have to exercise caution when breaking these down. Here are some tips to keep you safe and make the job easier.
There was a time when play was simple. Children had hours of fun playing with nothing more than a cardboard box. We put together some creative ways to encourage kids to use their imagination with just a couple of cardboard boxes. Have fun!
If you are doing any painting projects this year, here's a great way to recycle plastic paint containers into comfortable stools. I made stools for outdoors, but you can make them for any room and particularly for a child's bedroom or playroom.
When you work in an office there are guaranteed to be plenty of plastic pens tossed out. Here are some unique ways to recycle old pens into very useful items.
Got some wood left over from a previous project? Use scrap wood into decorative placemats for your dining table.
We braved the chill and had a braai this weekend. While carting herbs and spices around I realised I could make a holder using reclaimed pallet scraps. You can use this reclaimed wood holder for herbs and spices, for serviettes, or anything else you can think of.
Following on from the article on working with pallets, we used a reclaimed pallet to make a rustic wheelbarrow that can be planted up with colourful annuals, or filled with herbs and veggies for a small kitchen garden.
Here's a way to repurpose aluminium cans into an attractive plant holder to add a touch of greenery to any room in a home.
One of my neighbours had their garage door replaced. The workmen were tossing out the old door, which was made of Meranti. I couldn't see all the wood going to waste, so I asked for some of the panels to use for projects.
Put old tyres to good use as seating for a home. With a few tools, supplies and some DIY savvy you can transform disused tyres into extraordinary high-profile seating. Painted in vibrant colours, these original seats create a unique effect in an apartment or on a balcony.
I am unfortunately one of those people who attracts ladders in my pantyhose, so looking for new ways to use old pantyhose was a great idea.
Get friendly with your local supermarket and recycle corrugated cardboard boxes into practical storage boxes and containers for your home.
If the kids have grown out of playing with their Lego blocks, here are just a few of the crafty ways to use Lego blocks for home projects.
If, like me, you enjoy browsing secondhand stores you'll know that you can pick up lampshades for practically nothing. This project shows how to use old lampshade wire frames to make trendy plant stands.
There are times when a high pressure washer - even a small one - comes in handy. We show you how to make a homemade pressure washer.
Ideas for using pallets go around and around, but it's nice to come across new and unique ways to use reclaimed pallets for projects in and around the home.
Using reclaimed or pallets is still trending and in this article you will find out how easy it is to add your own stencil wording to whitewashed planks.
We offer a selection of handmade wooden lamps and lights that you can make as a weekend project using basic tools and materials you can find at your nearest Builders, or source locally.
Riddling racks were used for aiding the fermenting process when making champagne. The simple design for a riddling rack makes them ideal as wine racks, and you can easily make your own riddling rack.
I have become a fan of KFC's kream balls and the plastic containers can easily be upcycled into plant holders for small herbs or succulents.
Recycle glass wine bottles into glasses and chandeliers by making your own wine bottle cutter. This solid wine bottle cutter can be made using a few supplies available at your local Builders.
Here's a fun and practical way to combine reclaimed wood and concrete. Use incandescent light bulbs to cast concrete knobs for a handy coat rack.
The idea behind Divinus was to design a product made using everyday waste material that would allow the user to take part in its construction, and invite them to simply and creatively experience the concepts of sustainability.
I love featuring projects that upcycle plastic waste in new ways and this project shows how I turned a plastic paint container into a colourful, trendy pendant lamp.
There are so many ways to upcycle tyres in fun and practical ways. In this article we look at recycling tyres for the garden, whether using tyres for planters or furniture.
Authors Angie Franke and Monique Day-Wilde show you how to upcycle plastic milk containers into a wonderful outdoor ornament filled with white butterflies.
Use 2 litre coke, diet coke or coke zero plastic bottles and turn them into cupcake holders. When cut properly the containers are airtight and can be sealed with a strip of ribbon.
Mom and kids can spend some quality time crafting these cute pencil and pen holders, and re-purpose plastic bottles at the same time. They’re easy to make and you can design your own monsters and then fill them with pencils and crayons.
I am revisiting a previous project using plastic cold drink bottles as party favour containers. In this project they are sprayed in vibrant colours with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.
Cardboard furniture hovers on the fringe of design, but recycled cardboard furniture is definitely popular. This cardboard seat or stool is made using recycled cardboard boxes and tubes.
Give old glassware and accessories a
new life and add something quirky and
colourful to your dining table.
If you like browsing for secondhand bargains, here's how to turn an old coffee table into a stylish bench that can be upholstered in your choice of fabric.
Use reclaimed pallets or wood to make up a stylish coffee table, stained and painted to match your decor. Fit caster wheels and you have a mobile coffee table.
Quite a few smaller tools comes in tins these days, and it seems a waste to throw these away. I turned my empty Bosch Tacker tin into a handy tool kit.
This kitty tent is made using an old (or new) t-shirt, a couple of coat hangers and a few inexpensive supplies. You can make in an hour tops and use colourful or printed t-shirts for a custom kitty tent design.
Have a little fun with Rust-Oleum 2X UltraCover spray paint and turn plain white baskets into colourful storage containers for a child's bedroom.
In the summer we go through bottles and bottles or orange and guava juice and I decided to save all the plastic bottles to make self-watering plant holders for colourful annuals, succulents, and even cacti
After collecting a few coffee cans I made up a plant holder for outside the front door. Since the front door is red I painted the cans with Rust-Oleum 2X satin poppy red to match the door.
You can use glass stain to dress up inexpensive glassware or recycle glass food jars into colourful containers.
After making a figurine lamp using a few broken action figures, here's another way to re-purpose old toys in new ways - to make a fun bowl.
If you still have some old CDs lying around, here's a unique way to use these to create a shimmering bathroom or kitchen backsplash.
I love the idea of using a plywood or pine cable spool and turning this into furniture for a deck, garden or patio. At a cost of around R350, it's an affordable and fun way to make your own outdoor furniture.
You know me... I don't like to throw anything away until I have exhausted all my ideas for recycling or re-purposing. This time it's a way to recycle plastic pool chlorine floaters into hanging plant holders.
Coming up with ideas for Mother's Day is a good excuse to take out my Dremel Micro to engrave on glass and turn a recycled glass food jar into a gift filled with home-baked cookies.
Dremel asked me to come up with a project idea for Mother's Day using the Dremel Micro Multitool. This wind chime has delicate feathers cut from an old aluminium coffee can using the Dremel Micro Multitool and accessories included as part of the complete kit.
This weekend it was time to shop for clothes for the cooler weather. It was also time to sort out my drawers to make space for new clothes, which brought to mind a fun way to re-purpose old t-shirts into rugs for the home.
Re-purpose an old and worn beanbag into a practical pouff finishing in the fabric of your choice. From a single beanbag you can easily make 4 to 5 comfortable pouffs for the home.
Recycling is still not a countrywide priority and in my area I prefer to recycle or upcycle as much household waste as possible. For this project I recycled glass food jars into colourful vases with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.
Turn aluminium cans into beautiful everlasting roses. This is a fun and creative way to recycle aluminium cans into something different.
If you're looking for something different to relieve your stress, what about combining recycling and crafts by making these beautiful birds from cardboard boxes.
This handy ironing table is made using from a fold-up table and perfect when you need to iron in a cramped space. Great for a small craft room, or to have close at hand when doing sewing projects.
Here's an easy way to keep your kitchen countertops clean by recycling an old saucepan or pot into a organic waste bin.
Don't throw out an old, scratched mirror when you can touch it up with Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect spray and then add a dash of glam with glass mosaic pebbles.
German designers Lockengeloet have taken the idea of recycling oil barrels to a new level, with a range of oil barrels that can be used as a storage cabinet, a mini bar, and even a media centre.
Recycling is a trend that is more than a passing fad. Around the world people are looking at ways to re-purpose and re-use household items to create recycled home decor that is beautiful and practical.
Using a tree feller can cost anywhere from R2000 - and that's just to cut the tree down. That means you are left with a stump, unless you plan on digging up the entire garden to remove the stump and its roots.
Recycle a pringles container into a decorative gift box that can be embellished for any occasion.
Having just demolished my old garden shed to make way for a veggie garden, this project that turns an old shed or garden hut into a children's playhouse struck me as a wonderful way to re-purpose a hut or shed rather than throw away.
I'm sure there are many homeowners out there who will appreciate this feature showing ideas on how to clad a fireplace with reclaimed wood. There are more than a few dated and old fashioned fireplaces that could do with covering up, and why not make use of reclaimed wood.
Here are some fun ideas for re-purposing woolens and socks. I know I always end up with more than a few mismatched socks and kids very quickly grow out of their winter woollies. Rather than throw these away, try your hand at one or two of these fun projects.
Glass bottles are one of my favourite and I have a cupboard full of bottles, containers and jars waiting to become projects. This time I dug out some old tequila bottles that have been lying around for 20 odd years!
Having recently relocated all my spices into my new spice rack I needed salt and pepper shakers for the countertop. My kitchen has red accents and the dining room teal, so I recycled baking powder tins into large salt and pepper shakers.
Turn a plain biscuit tin into a wonderful decor accessory or sewing kit using a few bits from your sewing box. This simple project shows how easily you can transform everyday items that would normally be thrown away into something useful.
This ladder towel rack is a quick and very easy project to make and I have added some tips and tricks for finishing the reclaimed wood towel ladder at the bottom.
There are plenty of ways to use a reclaimed wood pallet for furniture. In this project you can make a couple of bedside cabinets using a wood pallet - or you can pop into your local Builders Warehouse and grab some PAR pine to make one.
I still have a few pieces of reclaimed wood leftover from some pallets an, I thought it might be nice to make a herb of plant stand using the leftover bits of reclaimed wood and some old drawers that I have been wanting to use.
The other day I was cleaning out old drawers and stumbled upon a jar of one and two cent pieces... remember those! Since this old currency is now useless, I didn't want to throw it away but had no idea what to do with it.
We have looked at ways to re-purpose a reclaimed door, or how to re-purpose old drawers, so how about even more ideas for repurposing a window frame. Take a Sunday drive out into the country and pop into vintage dealers, pawn shops and secondhand stores and be creative...
There are still many areas around the country that haven't yet implemented recycling procedures for household waste. This project shows how you can use aluminium cans to make trinket boxes, decorative walls tiles and other items that cost nothing and look great.
Artist Jill Helms creates the most beautiful mosaic pieces using bits and pieces of aluminium cans that she collection. Lots of tiny pieces of aluminum cans are scattered about her studio workspace when creating a new piece of mosaic art.
I have seen some amazing ways to recycle plastic bottle caps, but I do love this idea that uses recycled plastic bottle caps to make a curtain. The colourful plastic bottle caps are arranged to form a wave design that look stunning against the red and yellow background.
After breaking a glass shade on my kitchen pendant, trying to find a replacement shade proved impossible. Time to take a look through my collection of plastic bottles to see if I can come up with an alternative to recycle plastic bottles into replacement lampshades!
This wine rack for two is perfect for those that only drink the occasional bottle of wine. It's also a great project to make if you are looking for gift ideas. Made using reclaimed wood, the wine rack accommodates one bottle of wine and two glasses, and takes up very little space.
Winter is almost upon us and I thought this might be a nice time to put some reclaimed wood pallets to good use. Making a bird feeder using reclaimed wood pallets seems like a good idea and I will be able to feed our local wildlife at the same time!
Having just completed an easy DIY project for making coasters and place mats using jute or rope, I still had some rope left over and decided to use this in another way. Upcycle the lids from plastic tubs or containers into coasters - just another easy way to recycle plastic in a home.
With so much emphasis being placed on recycling and repurposing old stuff into practical piece, what some may throw away as junk might be just what you are looking for! Turning one man's junk into treasured pieces for a home is fun and you get to create one-of-a-kind decor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
For this easy crate coffee table you can use reclaimed crates, make your own crates using reclaimed wood, or use PAR pine to make your own crates. You can even add castor wheels onto the base of your crate coffee table to make it mobile.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 embarrassed to have on display.
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.
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 away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although you use mason 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This rope tyre ottoman project has been round the block a few times but the end results are definitely improving. This rope tyre ottoman, or even the rope tyre table, would definitely look good in a lounge.
Add a fresh welcome to your home and brighten up for spring with this aromatic lemon wreath made from recycled toilet roll tubes.
Here's a great way to make a unique wind chime using recycled cans and spoons and painting in your favourite colour. Hang them on the patio or in your garden.
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.
Sometimes the most innocuous piece of junk can be transformed 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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who knew that Mason jars could be so useful. We know they are perfect for canning fruits, but here are some great ideas for repurposing Mason jars in other ways.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes all you need is a can of paint and you can transform dated or mismatched decor accessories easily and quickly.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
When I came up with the idea of using plastic cold drink bottles for tea, coffee and sugar canisters, 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.
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.
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.
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.
For these rag rugs, the design focus blends modern lines and colour with a child safe, eco-conscious, family friendly sensibility.
Michelle Brand 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 reclaimed timber pallets, joined together and topped off with a covered foam cushion
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have seen roses made from plastic spoons on the Internet and often wondered how easy they would be to make. Well, I can tell you now that they are super easy and look absolutely gorgeous. The picture doesn't do the finished flower justice!
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.
If you have odds and scraps of fabric at home, we've come across so many unique and wonderful ways to use fabric scraps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recycle wooden coat hangers into practical jewellery hangers - and never have to untangle again!
Recycle old paint or coffee tins into attractive plant holders that can be hung in the garden to decorate a plain wall.
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.
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 vinyl's!
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.
Here's a way to use cardboard boxes to make chandeliers for your home - affordable too!
Take time out to try some of these simple recycling projects with items you'll find in and around the home.
You can make these adorable flowers with newspaper and buttons.
Use tins cans of different sizes to create a nifty recycle wine rack for a bar counter or kitchen counter top.
After hesitating over painting the wood, I bit the bullet. The wood grain was so beautiful but somehow it wasn't t old enough to be cool. So, black it is!
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.
Transform everyday home items to serve as unique and fun lighting.
These punched-tin lanterns add a folk-art touch to the garden and are fun and easy to create.
Recycle your wine corks into a trivet for your dining room table - for all your hot dishes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dress up a cardboard box to hide all your cellphone charger cables
Instead of throwing out empty cans - use them to create our flower caddy
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.