We often tend to throw away things we no longer require, not knowing that most of these items would end up in landfills and contribute to pollution on a global scale. There are plenty of other alternatives to throwing away these items, including repurposing them to be used in the house again. Here are five such items that you can recycle to be used in your home again.
There’s no use to throw out all those old, used up milk crates you have been storing in the basement for ages. Bring them out of hiding, clean them up nicely, spray paint them in attractive colors and voila! You would have some very nice, creative and functional storage bins for your books, toys and gadgets. You can cover the top of the crate with fabric, foam or a piece of wood and the crate would become another functional piece of furniture, a stool for you to sit or rest your legs on.
Old books usually come with hardcovers that can be transformed into small boxes. All you need to do is remove the pages and keep the hardcover of the book intact. Take two books for the top, bottom and sides. Glue the covers of the books together to form a box. Spray paint the outer covers in colors that you like and wait for some time for the glue to set in. By the end of a few hours, you would have a wonderful looking box to store your personal belongings in.
If you have scraps of old wallpaper lying around in the house, don’t throw them out. Rather, cut out interesting designs and patterns from them to form murals which you can stick on the walls to create your very own work of art.
Old Tea Tins
Another way to use old tea tin boxes would be to make beautiful candles out of them. These boxes would already contain beautiful designs and colors on them. So just pour some scented candle wax into the boxes. Make a hole at the top of the tin and insert the wick in through this hole. Your beautiful, homemade candle is ready.
Old Window Shutters
Do not toss out old window shutters. Repaint and hang them in your bedroom as letter and card holders. Using clothespins, you can attach papers, letters and cards into the individual slats of the shutter. Using small S hooks, you can also hang small knick knacks like keys from the shutter.