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Creative Reuse: The Many Miracles of Vinegar

While vaguely familiar with some of vinegar’s many uses I still mostly associate it with my favorite type of chips.  Now, thanks to Wise Bread, that signature smell will connote everything from fixing anemic plants to removing blood stains to settling my stomach to predetermining the sex of children.  If that doesn’t sound intriguing then I don’t know what will.

10 Weird and Wonderful Ways to Use Vinegar.

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15 Repurposed Planters: Just Add Dirt

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

As spring slowly warms things up around here we’ve got our eyes set on outdoor planting.  Thanks to Re-Nest, we’ve got a whole slew of ideas for what to use for planters without having to hit up Home Depot.  Specifically, we’ve got our eyes on the chair and the tin cans, as we happen to have both on hand.


via 15 Repurposed Planters: Just Add Dirt.

Image via The Seattle Times

Champagne Corks = Drawer Pulls

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Looking for that fancy, yet handmade look for your refurbished bureau?  Look no further!  Or do, if this isn’t quite what you were looking for.  Dollar Store Crafts gives us a pretty clever use for old champagne corks by upcycling them into drawer pulls.  Personally, I think this has got some potential, though it’s not fully realized in their project.

Also, can you really purchase champagne at a Dollar Store???

via Re-Nest: Repurpose Wine Corks Into Drawer Pulls Dollar Store Crafts.

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Soda Cans = Cookie Cutters

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment


Who doesn’t love a good cookie cutter?  The ability to make cookies into various shapes so that I could pretend I was eating an entire reindeer in one bite is a cherished memory from my childhood.  These days, such fantasies may not sit well with my vegetarian girlfriend but I think even she could get behind, say, making our own goldfish (she might even get some repressed carnivorous pleasure out of it).  Thanks to The DIY Home Sweet Home Project we can do this without having to buy a new set of cookie cutters. Instead, they show us how to make them using a plain old soda can.  Seems pretty straightforward, though it’s one of those things that I wouldn’t necessarily think of on my own.

Via Re-Nest: Make Your Own Cookie Cutters From Old Soda CansDIY Home Sweet Home Project.

Image via The DIY Home Sweet Home Project

Antique China = Pretty Awesome Lamp

March 18, 2011 Leave a comment

From our friends* at Design*Sponge (via Daisies and Pearls) I bring you some re-creation inspiration.  We’ve got a fair number of old china hanging around the upper reaches and far-back crevices of our kitchen cabinets and shelves, but alas they’re heirlooms and boy would I be in trouble if I tried anything like this with them.  That said, I know there are a few antique shops around and maybe even some second hand stores with some castaway china at reasonable-if-not-downright-cheap prices.  And while this certainly looks hard to do, Design*Sponge assures us it’s relatively easy, assuming you have a tile/glass drill bit.

diy project: sarah’s china teaware lamp.

Personally, I think this lamp looks amazing – it’s got a bit of an Alice In Wonderland tea party scene look to it.

* I don’t actually know anyone at Design*Sponge to qualify them friends, but I do enjoy tossing that word around casually so as to associate myself with their fine work.

Creative Reuse: What It’s All About

March 18, 2011 Leave a comment

This post doesn’t quite fit into any of my handy dandy categories, but I had to share this link because Wise Bread does such a good job of explaining (albeit inadvertently) what this site is all about.  So go forth and click:

Why Recycling Is My Lowest Priority.

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VHS Tape = Wrapping String

March 17, 2011 1 comment

Having just come back from a wedding I guess I’ve got presents on the brain.  Fittingly, Re-Nest is here to show me how to wrap a present with VHS tapes.  This strikes me as not only a great creative reuse, but also just a damn fine way to wrap things up.  That said, I don’t think I’ve had a VHS tape around my apartment for a good 4 years or so (I held on to my old roomates’ VHS for a while) but if anyone out there is looking to clean out the entertainment shelves then this should provide some good motivation (not to mention guilt-diversion from not having to throw old junk away).

Without further ado, I give you: Gift-Wrapping With Old VHS Tapes!

Image via MaryAnne Petrella

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