Here’s another idea for what to do with wine corks: use them as spools for thread.
There are lots of things you can do with an old sweater, and apparently one of them is to turn them into boots. By exploiting the ribbing and warmth of the sweater, you can turn it into cozy boots to get you through these cold winter months. Here are three how-tos to consider:
UPCYCLED SWEATER BOOTS. In this how-to, the instructions tell you to cover a cheap pair of flat with the sweater, like so:
I like this version of the project, because using the flats gives you a sturdy sole for the bottom of the boot. As a bonus, you can upcycle old flats this way too.
UPCYCLED SWEATER SLIPPER BOOTS. These boots don’t have much of a sole, but the photo looks good. With some tweaking, you could make some decent boots out of this how-to.
UPCYCLED SWEATER SLIPPERS. These are slippers, not boots, but the project clearly show how to make a sole out of felt.
Combine the last two how-tos, and you could end up with pretty cool boots made from one old sweater.
Here’s a great idea from Flickr: when your patio umbrella gets worn out from exposure, as they are wont to do, don’t throw it out. Instead, strip off the material and use the frame as a trellis for beans, cucumbers, or other climbing vines.
I like this idea from Design Sponge. It’s a dresser with milk crates instead of drawers. It’s kind of edgy and cool, plus a good way to reuse a dresser with broken/missing drawers.
I am tempted to make these Natural Branch Coasters. All you do is cut a log to coaster-sized wood slives and paint with varnish. These wood look great on the backyard patio set. Great idea.
Milk jugs are surprisingly useful things to have around. Here are 10 ways to recycle a milk jug:
2. Or a scoop.
10. Turn into an awesome Storm Trooper Helmet, just in time for Halloween.
Now that fall is upon us, seedlings may need protection from frost. A way to do this is to turn a plastic milk jug into a mini-greenhouse for the plant.
Simply cut the bottom off the jug and place over the plant. It protects from frost and insects while still letting sun and air in on the plant, thus giving them a chance to get established.
Sarah broke a wine glass, so instead of throwing it out, she turned it into this cute little bell jar. I love projects like this, where people turn trash into something interesting or useful. Have a good weekend!
I’m on a hot air balloon kick right now. If I were so inclined–and I kind of am–I might turn a light bulb into a hot air balloon to hang as a mobile or to put on the Christmas tree. They are the perfect shape for it, and it’s a cool thing to do with old light bulbs (when you aren’t turning them into vases, that is).
Looking around the Internet, it looks like there are several ways to make hot air balloons from light bulbs. One way is to draw on the balloon to get steampunk-like balloons, like so:
Or you can decoupage fabric on the balloon:
Lots of creative possibilities here. Hmmm…
Here’s a cool addition to my list of What To Do With An Altoids Tin: turn it into an all-purpose card holder for your purse.
Apparently, you get that cool bumpy texture on the top by mixing together Modge Podge and table salt, which you then paint. And the cool little clasp? The heads of paper fasteners! Clever.
The finished product doesn’t even look like an Altoids tin.