4/15/2013

UPCYCLE AND REPURPOSE

Next Monday, April 22nd, is Earth Day. You can watch a short video here about the first Earth Day, which was created in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of my home state of Wisconsin! In this week leading up to the 43rd annual Earth Day, I'll be posting about topics relevant to living an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Today's post is about repurposing. Last week I told how I turned a vintage first aid box into a hidden storage spot for keys. As I started looking around my house I spotted a few other repurposed items you might like to see.

An old industrial galvanized dust pan, after thorough cleaning, has been repurposed as a handy spot to stash stationery items like cards, envelopes, postage stamps and address labels. I'm always keeping an eye out for interesting cards so that I have something on hand when a birthday or other event rolls around. With everything in one place I know exactly where to find what I need in quick order. It's also easily transportable if I want to carry it to another room. 




On my desk is a vintage glass flower frog standing in as a pen holder. I don't think I've ever actually used it for a flower arrangement but I could if I wanted to. It's made of iridescent carnival glass and looks so pretty when the sun shines on it. I often use another vintage metal stem holder as a stand to display pretty cards or photographs. 





I found an Ikea pot lid rack at the thrift store and knew it would be good for any number of uses beyond the kitchen. In this case it's been repurposed to hold a collection of pretty envelopes I made out of old calendars. I guess that's a double repurpose right there! The envelopes were too pretty to hide away in a drawer and when displayed it becomes instant art on the wall. 

     

Finally, a very simple idea that takes just a few seconds to put together. I took three inner embroidery hoops of the same size, picked up at the thrift store for less than a dollar, and fitted them together into a three dimensional orb. It would also look nice strung from some fish line and hung from the ceiling. You could even do a grouping of different sizes. I've been thinking of doing that and painting each of them in a different shade of the same color as a nod to the ombre design trend, nicely explained and shown in this post by Beth at Design Your Dwelling blog.


So there you have just a few ideas about how easy it can be to repurpose something in your home. And in each of these examples the original purpose of the item is still intact if need be. Whether it's because you want to keep something from the landfill or because you just want a change in decor, repurposing makes a lot of sense in an earth friendly world, and can be fun too. 

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