25 Creative DIY Brainstorms! Part 1
Whatever you do don’t throw that away; It can be made into something useful and amazing! You would be surprised at what you can create out of things you normally pitch to the wind. From useless old lightbulbs to that old broken ladder, your possessions are very recyclable. Here we will briefly cover 25 things you can use your old items and supposed trash to create; these will stun and shock, so pick a project, gather what you need, and read on! If you find something you would like then give it a go…full speed ahead. Make the most of those rainy and snowy days! For further instructions on each simply click on the appropriate linked heading.
25 Easy DIY Ideas to do at Home
The Woven Pop-Tab Container
You can easily make little clutch purses, satchels, or other totes to carry things around in. You’ll need as many pop tabs as you can possibly get your hands on, and they need to be in good shape. Make sure they are not damaged or mangled too badly; they need to have maintained as much of their integrity as possible. Have your friends and loved-ones gather them for you as well. You will also need a pair of cutters (tin snips), an old key, and a staple-remover.
Now you want to clean them off and go through them; one at a time bend the sharp little ‘collar’ so it is not going to cut something or someone, and then proceed to cut a small snip in the thin band on the end. This would be considered the ‘top’ of the tab. Make sure the top crimps a bit when you cut it; this will make the weaving easier. Now use your staple remover to bend the top at about a 35 degree angle (just slightly) toward its rear. When done simply hook them together, focusing on the large holes as the points of entry. Voila!
Colored Glass Gate
This is so easy, and works great on wood fencing as well. Simply take a bag of marbles and put them tightly into any knotholes you find on your fence or gate. Fill each hole and enjoy the show when the sun hits the fence in the light of the day!
2-liter Bottle Broom
Another easy one, this will get the kids helping with the housework! Just was out a two liter bottle well and then cut the bottom of it off, maybe the bottom 4 or 5 inches. Now dry out the inside and flatten the bottle until it fans a bit and cut strips in the bottom which are about 1” apart and 1: deep. Next, place a handle or similar stick into the neck of the bottle; fasten securely with duct tape or zip ties. In no time you have a colorful and effective broom!
Old Bottle Hanging Lamps
Any glass bottles will do, as will Mason jars; you will need between 5 and 8, but you can do as many as you like. Make sure the bottles or jars are clean and dry so you can cut the bottoms from them, maybe the bottom 3 inches. Next you will run your lighting wire through the neck of the bottle and reattach the bulb fixture. Make sure everything is safe and sound by use of electrical tape, or make sure your pro seals things off. Now flip the switch and you are off! Feel free to use colored glass to make things more interesting.
Tennis Racket Hanging Wall Mirrors
Have mirrors cut to fit the oval racket shape or simply purchase inexpensive mirrored tiling. Remove the threads from the racket and refinish the racket’s frame and handle if desired. Fit your mirroring into the hole and Presto! You have attractive mirrors which will prove to be attention grabbers.
Plastic Spoon Lamp Shade
This creative idea is a lot of fun! Get a bunch of white plastic spoons and a clean, dry 2 liter bottle. Cut the bottom off. Starting at the bottom begin to glue the spoons to the bottle in a circle. Make sure the spoon itself is facing inward; in other words face the outward curve of the spoon on the outside. Also, do not let the spoon itself overlap either of those next to it. Once you have completed a circle move up and begin another, lining up the next row’s spoon tips to the bottom of the spoons on the prior row. When you get to the top you will simply begin to glue only the spoon cups on, one overlapping another until a complete circle is formed (make sure to neatly break the handles off prior to gluing. Your end result will resemble a giant lighted pineapple; very cool!
Old Hat Lamp Covers
Easy! Gather some old hats from your local thrift store; gather as many as you will use. Run the light cord through, reassemble, and there you have it: A very inspired idea for off-the-beaten-path light shades!
Old Gloves become a Stuffed Chipmunk
You will need an old knit glove, scissors, pipe cleaners, a bead, yarn or thread, and cotton for stuffing. You will also need a sewing needle and a pen that writes on fabric. Once you have gathered these items together the rest is fun and super-easy, but it does require adult supervision if the kids are participating. Check the link above for the step by step instructions. In no time you will come up with some amazingly creative alternatives!
Turn your old hardcover books into effective, attractive shelves!
This is one of the cutest, most quaint ideas I have seen in a long time. All your need are wall brackets and some sturdy hardcover books, along with some around-the-house tools, of course. Check out the link about…you will be surprised at how perfect these can turn out, and you are clearing space for your new books.
You need a suitcase, four molded or carved legs to install in it (you can buy them pre-cut in various designs at your local home improvement store. The result is a really neat and attractive chair made from a suitcase and overstuffed pillows. Perfect addition for the home of those who are more eclectic in taste. Great for the kid’s room as well.
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