Recycle It: DIY projects with stuff you already own
Love to recycle, or just love to look stylish on the cheap like us? Either way its easy to breath new life into that old worthless junk. They can all be done in a few hours or less with pretty minimal resources. But the results can be outstanding with a little extra effort and the right tools. Try these ideas for stylish stuff for almost nothing & you’ve just reduced the landfill.
- Don’t toss your keys onto the table, try these key-rings from old network connectors. This unique DIY creation will make sure your keys remain where they’re meant to be, while you do your bit to prevent our landfills from bulging up ever slightly more. Label them so your keys are totally organized. How cleaver is this?
- Coffee tables look good and are easy to build with a few wood pallets. Stack 2 or three if you want it higher, screw them together, sand it and paint or stain any color you like. Lots of storage too. Top it with glass, marble or wood if you want it totally smooth or larger. We think this looks great painted or stained any color or the untreated one has a rustic look – just be sure it is nicely sanded, you don’t want to run your hand across any sharp, splintery wood.
- Need more counter space in your kitchen? A kitchen island is the perfect solution but they can cost thousands. Just use an old dresser. We know you have one, or can get one from a friend or just buy one at a yard sale or thrift store. You can use as is, but if you attach a good sturdy work top or even better a piece of marble or granite you can let the sides overhang so you have enough room for some stools. Make sure you choose a dresser that is the right height for your stools and about the same height as your counter tops. Add a paper towel rack or some hooks for towels, pans, etc. If you need storage, take out the drawers for cookbooks or pans.
- Of course you need a pan rack to hang over your new kitchen island. But you know we’re not forking over $200 bucks. Try this nifty rack made out of an old bike wheel. What could be easier? Get the S hooks at home depot or amazon.
- Need a towel rack, a key holder, a place to put your mail or a friend you can name Wilson to stave off loneliness-induced insanity? But only have a tennis ball? Well pal, you’re in luck. Try our Tennis-Ball Buddy. Cut the mouth carefully with a sharp box cutter (cut at your own risk, don’t come crying to me if you die), then with the mouth open drill or attach the ball to your surface. Add eyes as needed based on your sense of whimsy or level of loneliness.
- Take that old corrugated cardboard you get from shipping boxes, cut it into strips, roll it in a big circle, staple or tape it together and voila! Instant cat scratcher. Wrap an outer border of another type of cardboard or paper for a more finished look or go wild by adding some catnip — your cat will seriously go mad for it. (Please take a moment to nod in acknowledgement that we did not use a single pussy joke to this post.)
- Great for those recyclers trapped in a dusty solitary confinement cell with nothing but 5 soda bottles, scissors, and some fasteners, meet the Recycled broom from a plastic soda bottle. This is a great idea for the terminally cheap, but we must admit it’s nice to see those bottles getting some extra life. This idea is especially good for cleanups that are very messy — dirt you don’t even want touching your regular broom – because you can just throw it in the recycle bin when you’re done. The first one you make will take some time, after that you can make one in a few minutes. There should be a Boy Scout Badge for these.