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.


I think this is a great way to use old spoons that have bent - they make great brackets for hanging baskets. Do you have any unique upcycling projects to share with Home-Dzine. If you do, we'll put you in our draw to win one of two Dremel 940 Glue Guns.

Over on Copy & Paste they show how easy it is to use stainless steel spoons as unique basket hangers. All you need to do is use a drill/driver and 6mm HSS (that stands for high-speed steel) drill bit to drill a hole in the spoon so that you can screw onto the wall. A pair of pliers and a bench vice will come in handy for bending the spoon to shape.



Another idea I really like is to use old spoons to create a tealight candle display for mounting onto a wall. A piece of reclaimed timber would look very rustic.

This is one unique project. Who could believe that a cheese grater could be the perfect way to store all those whacky earrings! A can of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint in your choice of colour, some cup hooks and a few dabs of epoxy glue and there you have it. Our thanks to Irit Cohen for this idea.

Spray your glass ornaments or bottles with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray, or Rust-Oleum Gloss Protective Enamel. You can spray them in flat, satin or gloss in a multitude of colours. And you will find Rust-Oleum on the shelf at your local Builders Warehouse.

If you prefer a more Shabby Chic look, why not use Rust-Oleum 2X blossom white to spray empty cans to create a stationary holder for your desk. For this project a variety of materials have been glued to the cans with ModPodge (clear acrylic sealer) and includes: wrapping paper, sheet music and twine - anything goes, so use your imagination.  


While DVDs have pretty much taken over from video cassettes, I guarantee that more than a few people still have videos or cases lying around in a cupboard somewhere. Here's a way to make stylish art that doubles as a secret compartment from Divaani. Insert an image or photograph in the cover and screw the video case to the wall. Presto!