Think Outside the Junk

The wonderful folks over at Your Daily Thread came up with a great compilation of ideas for repurposing items into fresh new products that are useful and beautiful. The ideas are so good, we're reprinting them here:

Clever reuse designs can transform old, seemingly useless items into unique pieces that add custom flair and charm. Eco-friendly and fresh, impress friends with your crafty side by trying these do-it-yourself projects. These personal creations will leave you beaming with pride and your wallet unscathed.

Written by Christi Thompson

For Home
  • Lighten up. Talk about budget-friendly! All you need are beach balls, string, and glue to light your home in style with these stunning hemp pendant lamps. 
  • From trash to treasure. Wood pallets are often found piled outside of commercial buildings. More than 150 million are thrown out annually so they’re a great material for reuse. There are dozens of ways to makeover wood pallets, but here is a favorite.
For Yard
  • Garden building blocks. Who knew stacked cinder blocks could serve as a charming little modern urban garden structure? Succulents work well if you’re a desert-dweller, and you can paint the cinder blocks to give your yard a splash of color. 
  • Eaves drop. This may take some scavenging, but if you can find them, eaves troughs can become hanging wall planters for limited space gardens.
For You
  • From top to tote. Dig those old tank tops out from the bottom of your dresser drawers and transform them into a variety of casual, cute, one-of-a kind tank top totes. 
  • Picture this. It’s a shame to let old picture and mirror frames go to waste or hide in storage. Reinvent them and hang in your kitchen or bedroom. These unique chalkboards are perfect for grocery & to-do lists or your little Picasso’s chalk masterpiece.
Images via Design*Sponge.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.