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Link of the Day: T-Shirts to Toilet Paper

Via: Huff Post Green

The Huffington Post:  DIY T-Shirt Projects: Ideas for Reusing Old Tees

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I love creating, and enjoy reusing and recycling old materials.  These ideas for reusing old t-shirts are both fun and handy – check out the toilet paper tip!

So take a look at the link above, and start recycling!

Happy Monday All!

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Link of the Day: Reuse and Recycle Your Cup of Morning Pick-Me-Up

Ideas For Old Coffee Grounds

The Huffington Post: Old Coffee Grounds: Ideas for Reusing Java and Tea Bags

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I got some inspiration from The Hob-bee Hive‘s post on “Tips for Brewing Tea and Coffee”.  After you are done with making and drining that perfect cup of coffee or tea, try these tips on how to reuse and recycle your left over coffee grounds and tea leaves!

One that isn’t mentioned is using old tea bags to reduce the puffiness under your eyes.  Are there any useful recycling tips for tea or coffee that you know which isn’t on the list?  Let us know in the comment section below!

Happy Monday All!

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Link of the Day: Don’t Fake It

A man carries a fresh-cut Christmas tree.

National Geographic:  Real Christmas Trees Save Water

Link of the Day: Recycling While We Work

The Huffington Post: Stop Building.  Start Reusing!

My Listy List: 5 Ways to Give a Book a Second Life

Ah, books.  Nothing is better than to curl up on the couch, hot tea cooling on the coffee table, and a book in hand.  Many love to escape reality by diving into a new and undiscovered world through the different literature we read.  I am one of those people; always have been, always will be.

However, everything eventually comes to an end and whether the journey was good or not, what should be done once the book is read and finished?

I picture my dream house containing an entire wall that is a book shelf with every single book I’ve read – my favorites mixed in with the so-and-so’s – packed together, bindings facing out for all whom visit to see my vast collection of reads.  But what life is that for a book?  A book is to be read, explored, and loved, not collecting dust.  As many times as we may say, “oh, that was a great book!  I’m going to save it so I can re-read it again”, how many times do we actually re-read a book?  I have done it a couple times but not as many times as I’ve said I would.

Because my collection of books is growing rapidly, and soon I may just have to get a whole other house to store all of them, I have come up with a list of 5 creative things to do with already read books.  Yes, some of them may be hard to actually do – especially with your favorite reads – but books have many lives and deserve to live them all.  And if you can’t do these to your favorite books, then do them to books that weren’t the best!

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  •  Use the Pages for a Decoupage Project.  Have a favorite book that is just sitting on a shelf, abandoned by you, its reader?  Instead of letting it collect dust, turn it into a unique art project that will let you enjoy the book’s words forever.  Transform a cheap garage sale picture frame into a border of words by cutting out some of the book’s best quotes and lines, and decoupaging them onto the frame.  Turn an empty glass jar into a wordy flower vase by ripping out some of the book’s pages and decoupaging them onto the jar.  Whatever you decide to decoupage, and there are some great ideas out there, it will give your book a new and creative life!  On how to decoupage, visit here.

  •   Wrap Some Presents.  This one may be hard for readers whom cherish all books, but instead of using your favorite books, take the books you did not quite enjoy or were just downright terrible, and turn their pages into fun and recycled wrapping paper!  Why spend money, and waste paper, by buying new wrapping paper every year when you can just use the pages of not-so-good books and wrap presents of friends and family members in a unique way!

 

  • Donate.  You’ve had your fun with exploring and reading the book so now it’s time to pass it on!  Promote literacy while you share a special book (or even one you didn’t like) by donating your already read books to charities or establishments.  Here is a site that lists where to donate your books and here is a charity that is always in need of books.

 

  • Create a Clock.  In Holland, MI my mother and I found this cute store that had unique art and crafts.  One that caught both our eyes was a “Book Clock”.  The second we got home, we ordered the supplies and got to working on our own “Book Clock”.  We made about 5 of them out of hard covered books we picked up from garage sales and they all looked absolutely wonderful!  They can be given as great presents or used to decorate your house with your favorite book on display as a clock.  Plus, you don’t even need to ruin any of the pages so it is still readable!  Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of the ones my mom and I did, however, it is similar to my record clock I made (I got a little crazy with making everything into clocks!).  Here is a site on how to make your very own “Book Clock”!

  • Doodle.  Do you have the talent of being able to draw and/or paint well?  Give your drawings more meaning and substance by doodling on the pages of your favorite book.  Maybe draw something that relates to what the words read on the page.  Afterward, make sure you frame your art and hang it on the wall for all to admire!

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*Note: the pictures on this post were taken from Google Images.  The list however, is my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011*

Tea Bag Reuse

I just made some iced tea and used 6 tea bags and am now wondering what to do with them.  I looked up how to reuse tea bags and found a very nifty site that gives great examples of what to do with used tea bags.

Did you know that tea leaves eliminate odor and tea bags also decompose?  These are just two of the 5 great ideas on how to reuse your old tea bags.  Take a look at the link below!

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/reuses-tea-bags.html

Create, Reuse, Reduce

Going “green” has been the new thing for quite some time now.  Whether it’s opening house windows on a breezy summer day instead of turning on the air conditioning or unplugging all electronics when not in use, many people are finding ways to both save money and benefit the environment.

Recycling is a huge part of “going green”.  On certain weekdays, the ends of driveways are adorned with trash cans containing smelly garbage and bins containing old newspapers, empty plastic milk jugs and glass jars.  While we are told to separate our garbage from our recyclables and that an empty water bottle will be recycled into a new water bottle, many people still wonder what happens to their recyclable materials.

Instead of worrying if you are doing your part to save the environment, here is a fun and beautiful way to reuse an old glass jar.

DECOUPAGE FLOWER VASE

Materials Needed:

  • Empty Glass Jar   (I used an empty pizza sauce jar)
  • Decoupage Glue Sealer Gloss Finish    (I used the brand, ArtMinds.  I found it at Michael’s Craft Store and while the other brands were priced from $15 – 7$, this brand was only $5.99!  And it works!)
  • Material you wish to seal onto the jar   (Examples: newspaper clippings, comic strips, wrapping paper, fabric…etc.  I used white and red wrapping paper along with fake flowers.)
  • Paint Brush

Steps:

  • First off, make sure you have ALL of the materials listed above.  Once you have your mind set on creating, you want to create and not scramble around finding missing pieces.
  • Using the paint brush, Apply a thin coat of the decoupage glue sealer onto the outside of your glass jar where you want your material to be placed.
  • With the material you want, position and smooth it out around the glass jar.  Make sure you even the material out so there are no bubbles or overlaps.
  • Once the material is set and in place, apply another thin coat of the decoupage glue sealer over the material and let dry for 15-20 minutes.
  • You may add as many layers as you want.  I did a base layer of red and white wrapping paper and then went on to my second layer of a different material.
  • I pulled off the fake flowers of a decoration plant I had laying around.  I then sealed them to the jar with a layer of the decoupage glue sealer on the bottom of the flowers and on top.
  • After those had dried, I put a last coat of sealer around the entire jar and over all the materials so everything stays in place.
  • Once everything was dry and in place, I finished off with the rim of the jar by sealing a strip of the red wrapping paper around the rim.
  • Let everything sit for about a day and give it time to completely dry.
  • Voila! You now have a beautiful, hand crafted, original flower vase!  Add some fresh water and colorful flowers and you’re ready to display it in your home!

 

Create, Reuse, Reduce!

*© Kalie Lyn 2011*