There are always new ways to upcycle. Items we think of as disposable, don’t necessarily have to be thrown away.
Sometimes one tosses empty containers, plastic lids, and plastic bags in the bin. It always leaves us feeling a little bit guilty doing that, because we do know that not all of these things are biodegradable. If we just look around, we can find many uses for them–saving money and at the same time helping to save mother earth.
There are so many great ideas to choose from, it’s quite inspiring. It is difficult to decide which one to choose first. It’s good to know there are so many creative folks out there willing to share their ideas with the rest of us!
Have a look and let us know if we did not include any of your favorite up-cycling ideas for everyday items that most people choose to throw away.
1. Paint can lids–create a funky clock
Lids of paint cans make a whimsical clock. By Instructables user sherry.clodfelter.39. Gather paint lids, paint, glue, a grid, and a battery clock device and assemble them according to Sherry’s instructions.
2.Toilet paper roll flowers
So natural looking, empty toilet rolls, scissors and glue, follow the pattern for this decoration
3. Bottle caps create a chic clock
4. With left-over colored paper make a paper rose–because you’re worth it!
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With colored paper and elastic, make a rose for the perfect romantic gesture.
5. A cardboard cat igloo
http://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-Cat-Igloo-House/ in Cardboard
Cats love playing in cardboard boxes. Now they can have their own customized cardboard box igloos. Cardboard, glue and strong scissors are what you need.
6. Milk jug wrapping paper
7. Baby food jar salt and pepper shakers
This keeps salt and pepper safe and dry. Using clean baby food jars, and a little paint, this is a simple and easy item to make.
8. Wine corks for playful jewelry
This embroidered necklace from Maya Little Treasures is charming. You’ll need embroidery cotton, needle, thread chain and wine corks to create a lovely hand made necklace.
9. Egg cartons lights
Pretty lights from instructables user mcco4371. Egg boxes, electrical wire, paint, and scissors are all you need to make a homely atmosphere.