Once you start noticing how much material is about to be thrown away and is still usefull, you will find all kinds of purposes for them. In my eBook 100+ ideas for crafting with waste I have made a list to give you inspiration. And in this blogpost I have 7 more that you could follow.
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In the Netherlands, where I used to live, they use pallets for transportation. If you order a lot of stuff at the hardware store they deliver it on a pallet, that can be thrown away when you are ready.
Why not build furniture out of it. You notice clearly on the picture how they constructed these beach chairs. They are painted with leftovers from a maintenance job.
On the other picture you see how they used some as a flower box.
#2 Alternative hay box
A hay box is a cooker that utilizes the heat of the food being cooked to complete the cooking process. It is a way to save gas or electricity during the cooking process. Cook the food on an ordinary stove for a couple of minutes and then put the pan in the box.
A friend of mine made these retained-heat bags out of old blankets and fleece jumpers. His tip: make sure the end of the zipper is at the bottom side and not on the top. That way you can put a steelpan in with the handle peeking out.
#3 Toilet paper holder
PVC sewer pipes are sawed in halves, glued together and painted in a nice color. Just the glue would be to weak to hold it in shape, so the outer halves are both fixed to the wall.
#4 Spool knitting
My mother sewed all my clothes when I was young. In those days the coils were made of wood. I remember vividly how we turned them into tools for spool knitting.
I am on the lookout for things to do with my grandkids this summer. So I rumbled through my own sewing things, only to realize that nowadays the coils are of plastic or cardboard. But I am lucky enough to have a friend who collects everything. 🙂
My tip: the best nails have just a slight thickening on the head. Don’t hammer them in too deep, because then the thread will come off too easily.
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#5 Decorating stones
Last spring I painted stones with my grandson. He is 3 years old and like most 3 years old he tends to add too much water to the paint. Add a bit of wallpaper glue to the water when your (grand)child does that as well.
Another tip: if the stone is too porous, paint it first with some left over latex paint.
You can demount cheap jewellery that you do not use any more and glue them onto a stone. The stone Hans used has an exceptional symmetry which made it obvious to turn it into a face.
#6 A greenhouse of €10
In Holland are a lot of glass greenhouses and whenever there has been a storm the damage is huge. With this greenhouse you don’t have to worry about broken glass. Rein bought some electricity pipe, connector pieces, transparant plastic and nets (for extra support) and was all set for growing his vegetables and herbs.
And as you can see it grows and flourishes as the best.
In winter you can store it until the next growing season.
#7 Always short on photo frames?
Pictures of the grandchildren; cards I receive and want to keep for a while; magazine clippings – I am always short on space to keep them.
I sawed a cork in halves and sawed these halfway in the middle. If the card or picture is not too thin or thick and not too heavy this works like a charm. When the pictures topple over you can glue a couple of them on a cardboard. That way you have a nice group and it will stay steady.
Another alternative is you cut it across in stead of in the length.
What is the best discovery for reuse you have made? Tell me in the commentbox below.