Reduce, reuse, UPcycle: how to create beautiful new things you’ll love to use from the things you already have

I have a kid who loves pickles. I cannot keep pickles in the house.

As I’m sure you can imagine, I regularly have these.

They’re remarkably easy to reuse and upcycle. Just soak them in hot water and remove the label. If a sticky residue remains, use a little Goo Gone or some acetone (but be sure to use either of these in a well-ventilated area due to the harsh fumes).

Then, remove the lids and use your choice of spray paint to give them a nice coat of paint. I chose a metallic silver and I had to do three coats to cover the Mt Olive green.

Then, I let them dry.

These are pretty cute all on their own, but they needed a little something more. I added a crystal cabinet pull knob to the top. You can glue them, but they work so much better when you drill a little hole in the lid and screw them on.

And then you end up with this adorable little canister. You can fill them with candy for a cute little candy dish, use them in the bathroom to hold cotton balls and q-tips, or just display them. It’s really up to you.

Have a wonderful week!

Reduce.Reuse.Repurpose: new uses for old coffee containers

I know a lot of people who have some of these empty coffee containers lying around.

Did you know you can make some super neat things from them?

I liked their shape and decided to spray paint them blue. I spray painted the lids a metallic silver to make them look like metal.

Then, I attached an adhesive chalkboard labels to the cans to complete the look. I’m going to use them as “kitchen canisters” in my kids’ playhouse or as craft storage in my craft studio.

I have also seen some people repurpose these containers into flower pots.

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How do you reuse your empty coffee containers?

Reuse and repurpose: Five new uses for cardboard

We seem to always have a lot of cardboard around here. When our kids were younger we had diaper boxes. Now we have boxes from Amazon purchases and Christmas gifts. And with two daughters and a shoe fetish of my own, we have tons of shoe boxes. Whether it is a big box or a shoe box, there are so many creative and useful ways to reuse a shoebox.

1. Stylish storage container from a shoebox

From shoeBox to storage box

Take a shoebox and paint it or wrap it in pretty paper. Add a name plate and you have a cute and useful storage box. It’ll look great on your desk.

2. Diaper box closet storage bin

These cute bins are made from wrapping diaper boxes in fabric and decorating them with ribbon.

These super cute matching bins were made from diaper boxes, spray adhesive and fabric. They’re sturdy and roomy, and best of all, FREE! Don’t they look cute?

3. Make a hamper from a y’all box

This donation hamper was made from a tall skinny box…using the same fabric and ribbon as the diaper box bins

This one is just like the diaper box bins. With just fabric, spray adhesive, some ribbon to hide the seams and a cute label, you can have a cute new hamper. This is not for wet clothes, though. Only for dry items.

4. Cute notebooks or scrapbooks from cardboard

These are made from cardboard, card stock, pretty patterned paper and scrapbook binding posts.

I have made these many times to sell but also to give as gifts. Just take cardboard and cut it to your desired size. Use pretty patterned paper to cover it and spray adhesive to make it stick. Then, secure the paper to the cardboard. Create pages from card stock and a hole punch. Then, attach the cover and secure the binding posts through the covers and the pages. These make great journals, notebooks, photo albums or scrapbooks.

5. As a weed mat for your garden.

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Raise your hand if you hate pulling weeds. I know I do! Save yourself some time by lining your flowerbed or raised bed with flattened cardboard. It’s biodegradable and it will not hurt your plants.

I hope you have enjoyed these ideas! What do you do with your cardboard?

What can you make with pool noodles?

What can you make with pool noodles?

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Pool noodles are ridiculously cheap, and you can find them almost anywhere. And while most of us use them to float in a pool, there are many other ways you can use them as well. In today’s Pinterest roundup, I’d like to share some creative ideas for repurposing pool noodles.

You can use them to make a cheap wreath form for a lot cheaper than a foam wreath form.

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You can use them to make a footstool for your house, or a faux stone column, or pool noodle luminaries.

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Make an obstacle course, a sprinkler, or a track for marble racing.

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A pool noodle obstacle course would be a great, easy and cheap fun activity for your kids.

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You can cut the pool noodles to create stamps and paint a pattern.

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Next week, I’ll share how to organize your home with pool noodles. Have a wonderful weekend, and visit us here tomorrow for a GIVEAWAY!