Before you throw anything away, really think about it. For example, if you’ve finished burning a candle that comes in a big glass jar, don’t waste it. Instead, drain out the leftover wax and use it as storage. This is called “upcycling.” Upcycling is “the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.”
And it’s not just for people who love arts and crafts. These ideas are worth trying (and will make your home a whole lot cooler).
1.) Using an old ladder as a bookshelf.
If you don’t have a spare ladder handy and would like this piece for yourself, visit the Naturally Cre8tive store on Etsy.
2.) Convert folding chairs into a shelf and closet.
3.) Turning an old 2 liter bottle into a broom.
4.) Using old bottles as shades for pendant lamps.
5.) Make a lamp with hot glue and disposable spoons.
6.) Using old skateboard decks to make a child’s picnic table.
7.) Turning a glove into an adorable chipmunk.
8.) Making shelves out of old books.
9.) Turn old bottle caps into cool tea lights.
10.) Convert a discarded piano into a very cool shelf.
11.) Transforming wrenches into wall hooks.
12.) Organizing your cords with used toilet paper tubes.
13.) This sink you can make out of a bicycle.
14.) A portable bagel holder made out of CD/DVD tower case.
15.) Make your wooden fence a little more private with glass marbles.
16.) Put your old computer towers to good use as a mailbox.
17.) Buy packs of cheap hangers to create a room divider.
18.) Create guitar pics out of credit cards (or anything else).
19.) Found another old piano? Turn it into a planter/outdoor fountain.
20.) Convert used light bulbs into oil lamps.
21.) Create a clock out of a bike wheel.
22.) Transform that old drum set into a chandelier.
23.) Use your favorite, old cassette tape as a coin purse.
24.) Cut a bath tub in half to make one of the coolest couches ever.
25.) Use that old, vintage suitcase for a cool chair.
26.) Recycle used wine bottles as a classy chandelier.
27.) If that old TV doesn’t work, transform it into an aquarium.
28.) Make a purse (and many, many other things) out of woven pop tabs.
29.) If you don’t like wearing hats, make them into lamps.
30.) Transform classic tennis rackets into mirrors.
Now, I don’t feel so silly for refusing to throw away every wine bottle I’ve ever purchased. If I had any talent or time, I could be making chandeliers out of them. Upcycling is good for the environment and good for design.
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No time to hit the gym? No worries! These no equipment workouts are perfect for you.
Don’t have time to hit the gym? Well, that’s not a valid excuse if you really want to be fit and healthy. As the old saying goes, there is always a way if you have the will. Besides, in addition to traditional means of exercising, there are actually other fun, inexpensive ways of getting your muscles moving and finally losing those much-dreaded body fats.
Couples, for example, can take advantage of intimate time and do the so-called sexercise positions. That way, both partners can workout (and literally sweat it out) at the same time.
For those who are single or at least for those who are unwilling to spend money on home gym equipment, listen up....
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Not only do they make your room beautiful, they also help maintain cleaner air.
There are plenty of ways to decorate a home without having to spend thousands of dollars. Pot plants, in particular, are capable of turning your house into a cozier and more beautiful haven. But since there are plenty of flowers and/or plants to choose from, finding the right one is no easy task.
Elite Readers has this sorted out for you, though. We have compiled a list of plants – which are basically 3 for every 5 rooms – that are perfect in any room of your house. Scroll down below and let us know which one is your favorite!
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The tubes can be fitted and stacked in narrow alleyways between buildings.
To say that Hong Kong has a housing problem is an understatement. Real estate has become so expensive in the city that high-rise buildings crammed full of tenants have become the norm.
Architect James Law may have a solution to this problem in the form of concrete water pipes converted into tiny homes. Law, who is from James Law Cybertecture, designed the OPod Tube Housing system, which repurposes concrete tubes that are just eight feet in diameter.