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Making Things From Junk: How to Make Things Out of Recycled Materials

This month, we are celebrating sustainability! We want to encourage our readers to think outside the box when it comes to being eco-friendly. One great way to go green is through making things from junk: reusing trash and making it into something beautiful. This can serve several purposes. It reduces waste, makes beautiful decorations and gifts, and can be a fun family activity! Next time you are looking for a DIY project, take a look at this list we made and you can see the beautiful things that come from making things from junk.

Making Things from Junk

  1. Make a beautiful vase with pennies.

This idea comes from Have an old vase you don’t love anymore? Spice it up and renew it! You can add pennies to the outside using glue and it will shine like new and look great on your mantle.

Making things from junk

  1. Turn your teacup into a succulent container

This idea comes from The Inspired Room and shows that making things from junk can be really simple. If you have old teacups, don’t throw them out! There are many cute things you can do with them, including making a home for your succulents.DIYBlogPost2

  1. Turn an old tire into a planter.

This idea comes from DIY Showoff. This one is super fun and customizable! You can pick the color you paint the tire and the flowers and plants to fill it with. Just be sure you give the tire a good clean before you start!recycle old junk

  1. Make a Dog Bed out of an old drawer.

This comes from DIY Network. Making things from scratch can be good for pets, too! This can come from an old dresser drawer you are giving away, or even one that you see on the street. Your dog will love this cozy, custom bed, and you will feel good about not throwing away a perfectly good drawer.DIYBlogPost4

  1. Turn an old trampoline into a hanging bed swing

This ambitious project comes from Tiny House on the Prairie. This one is is a big project but can have great results. If you are getting rid of an old trampoline or know someone who is, this is a fantastic way to upcycle it into a place where you can relax and unwind from the day. And, it’s beautiful! This would make a fun weekend project for the family. DIYBlogPost5

  1. Wind Chimes Made From Flower Pots

Spice up your porch, yard, or garden with these DIY wind chimes from My Home My Style. All you need is an old flower pot you are not using anymore, some string, some colorful shells, and some tools. It’s a quick project that can add beauty to your outdoor space!


We hope these projects showed you that making things from junk can be fun and easier than you might have thought. These DIY ideas are good for the environment, will beautify your home, and will provide fun projects to enjoy as a family. Try them out and let us know what you think!

Aubrey is a yogini that wears many hats: yoga instructor and yoga director at Life Yoga in New Orleans, a marketing assistant, a lover of chocolate, and a blogger. To see her teaching schedule and find out more about her, check out her personal page.

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