I’m not sure where this image is from originally, but this is a good idea: turn an old fridge into an ice chest for the backyard.
Check it out: a tutorial to make corn cobb holders out of plastic toy animals. Awesome.
Here’s a cool use for a vintage tennis racket: turn it into a mirror. From the site:
Take a racket to a glass shop and ask for a custom-cut beveled-edge mirror that fits inside the rim — this should cost $30 to $50. Then following the package instructions, squeeze Liquid Nails Mirror Adhesive onto the back of the looking glass and firmly press it onto the strings (be sure to protect your work surface with newspaper). Let the adhesive dry overnight before hanging this decorative ace from a nail.
Kind of a cool idea, especially if you’re into tennis.
A brilliant idea from Storage Geek: cut out the pour spout from creamer, orange juice, or salt container, and put it on the top of a mason jar. Use it to pour bulk food without having to fuss with a lid. Nice.
For an alternative to a regular window screen, use lace. Zandi from Radical Possibility bought a lace tablecloth from a thrift store for $2 and stapled it to the window frame, like so:
Then she used a rotary cutter to cut off the excess lace.
This is a clever way to add some grace and prettiness to the room without spending a lot of money. [Via The DIY Adventures]
Can You Dig It says you can turn a leaky hose into a DIY Soaker Hose. Using a drill and a small bit, drill holes into the hose. Lay in the garden and cover with mulch. When you turn on the water, it will distribute the water evenly around the plants.
I don’t see why this wouldn’t work. Have you tried it?
If you’re going to make your own chicken coop, but you don’t want to build it from scratch, here’s an idea: use a recycled playhouse for the coop.
Used playhouses are everywhere–it’s easy to find one on Craigslist for free, or maybe you have one in your backyard that the kids are done with. With the addition of reinforcements inside to keep raccoons and other critters out, and a run for the chickens to scratch around in, it looks like it makes a pretty cute little coop. Here are some examples:
Swing Set Turned Chicken Coop. This one is my favorite.
I like this Altered Thrift Store Painting. The idea is to put a phrase–song lyrics in this case–in vinyl letters over an old piece of art, paint over it, then remove the letters.
I am going to try this!
There’s something poetic about this project of turning an old TV into a bookshelf.
Take it apart, use recycled wood to make the divider, and you have a pretty cute bookshelf. And it was free, too.
Here’s one I’ve never thought of before: turn a gumball machine into a fish tank. Cute.