This month we’re focusing on recycling and reusing in the name of crafts and crochet. Consider it an early spring cleaning! We’re attempting to repurpose or revamp items around the house, use up fabric or yarn scraps, rescue things from the giveaway pile, and shop our local second hand stores. My first project entails items that we all have in the house–jars and cans! Before putting them in the recycling bin (hopefully), consider repurposing them as containers around the house.
I have a fancy new craftroom and was in need of a container to hold my fabric scissors and other supplies to keep handy. Instead of buying something, it makes much more sense to use what I had on hand: an empty can of diced tomatoes, and twine left over from my wedding. Using a hot glue gun, I glued the twine around and around the can, and found myself wishing that a) I had thicker twine or b) had chosen a smaller can. Regardless of how long it felt, it wasn’t long before I had a free, twine-wrapped container sitting on my sewing desk. It goes well with my superglued broken mug that holds all my pens.
Don’t have twine lying around? No problem. Use up that leftover ribbon from the holidays. Yarn will work just as well. Or try out my latest addiction: making bias tape from fabric scraps! It’s oddly soothing to make clean edges from any fabric you want.
We made an amazing discovery in our new area this past month. While dropping of loads of cardboard leftover from our move at our local recycling center, we realized our amazing, amazing recycling center has an entire building that is a Reuse Center. What does this mean? Volunteers take and organize donations into a “store” for residents to shop. Think of it as a very well stocked Goodwill (minus the clothes). The main difference is, everything in this store is free of charge. Free of charge! Their main purpose is to keep these items out of landfills by offering them up to others for free. And it’s amazing. When you’ve just bought a first house and are expecting your first baby, you sure can use things secondhand for free! The best part (aside from the gently used baby items)? They have an entire aisle for crafts! Batting! Half used yarn balls! Leftover fabric and buttons! It’s no wonder my husband lives in fear of what “crap” I might bring home with me (don’t worry, I only show him half of it).
My first Reuse Center project is a quick and easy one. I saw these little dinosaurs at the center and snagged them, getting a” WTF do you need tiny dinosaurs for” look from my husband. But I had plans. I was going to make storage containers for our guest bath/soon to be little boy’s bathroom and I felt dinosaurs were perfect. I found 3 appropriate sized jars for the task and glued one dinosaur to each lid.
A note on lids: if they are metal, you’ll want to scruff them up a bit with sandpaper. Hot glue worked well for the plastic lids, but superglue worked better for metal. Play around and see what works best for your surface. Once set, spray paint them in the color of your choice. Spray paint was the only thing I bought for these projects, however, I’ve already used the paint to revamp a lamp I got from the Reuse center, so I feel that makes my purchase ok.
The end result is a totally chic way to store cotton balls for guests.