It doesn’t matter whether you’ve lived at your current house or apartment for years or only a few months — decorating and switching up the décor is always something to contend with for the changing seasons or upcoming holidays. But don’t be fooled by commercials or newspaper advertisements, because you can create those household decorations and additions you need without buying new. Here are the top ways to make recycled art functional.
Did you know that the basics of a bird feeder could be constructed from two throwing saucers and a mayonnaise jar? Even if you already have a bird feeder in your backyard, it doesn’t hurt to add one more. More than likely the conniving squirrels are probably eating more of the food than the birds.
Candlelight and solar patio lights can make your backyard magical. With a tuna can, wooden dowel, shade and candle, you can construct your own illumination. These lanterns are convenient for parties, but you can enjoy them during low-key dinners with family too.
Some of the simplest magazine racks and boxes can cost $50 to $200, but you can create a sturdy display for your favorite reads using a $3 cereal box or a wine box. You can either go with the cartoon print on the cereal box or use gift wrap or spray paint to cover it up. Depending on what the wine box looks like, you might want to leave it as is for an eclectic feel.
Holidays sure do sneak up on you, and if you’re not ready, you might be scrambling to decorate your house before guests arrive. Reusing lights, garland and holiday themed dinnerware will save you money, but you can make new ornaments or party favors using old CDs. While you’re making your recycled CD snowman, you can brainstorm ways to incorporate the CDs into your New Year’s Eve party.
Every time you throw a product away, think about how you can use it around your house. Boxes and bags are great for storage, and you can always rely on your creativity to make odds and ends work.