Recycling Magazines the Ikea Way

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)


Ikea's Livet Hemma site has a great photo of seedling pots made from magazines to decorate a brunch table. I make my own as I'm too cheap frugal to buy those little papier mache seed pots. They're easy enough to make using old magazines or newspapers and here's how to make them. When the pots are ready for transplanting into larger containers or your garden, remember to tear magazine pot at the bottom before replanting: otherwise, the roots won't have room to spread out. 

Ikea is also urging us to reuse our PET plastic containers for gardening; then you get to buy all the accessory products they sell, such as recycling bins, shelving, etc. to make it all look pretty. Gotta admit their stuff makes recycling more interesting and neater than my old cardboard boxes, but will I spend the dough on these Ikea items? No, and not just because I'm cheap frugal but because the Ikea store is too darn far from where I live. I also believe you can make a lot of stuff you bin look pretty. Tin cans, plastic containers, glass containers all can be transformed into usable and attractive gardening and household items. All that's needed is a bit of imagination and work.

Newspaper Recycling the Ikea Way

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Loved this idea when I saw it at the Ikea Livet Hemma site by guest blogger, Anna G. 'Course the idea here is to highligh and promote Ikea products, but it was the recycling upcycling of newspapers as wall covering that I spotted and liked (you could also use book pages or black and white pages from magazines). If you are anything like me and can't make up your mind what to do with boring walls, it's one very inexpensive solution, and makes a fabulous temporary covering if you are in the process of redecorating. Great conversation piece for guests at a dinner party, too.

Recycle a Magazine or Card into Candle Votive Covers

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Okay, so I’ve been pretty lazy about blogging but I’m just getting back on my feet and am feeling frisky again. My OC article on keeping your new year’s resolutions by going green was published yesterday. Here’s the link.

So because my energy level is not quite up there (I’m saving it for a new project!), I checking out the web to see what others are doing by recycling creatively. And, of course, I keep folks on the web who are doing wonderful and very professional looking recycling projects (none of this macaroni on cardboard recycling crafts!).

And speaking of recycling - here’s another example (amazing) of what you can make from the pictures of magazines, calendars, or card--ta dah--clever DIY candle votive covers.

The clever designer behind this idea is Claire over at Fellow, Fellow. Here’s the lutorial.


Another use for wire coat hangers

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Cold is over but my energy level is still pretty down so I've not done much lately. I'm working on an idea proposal for recyclables and this is taking up a lot of my time.

But, in the meantime, I spotted yet another idea for recycling a wire coat hanger – found it at Ohhh...Mhhh. You could also use a plastic coat hanger but I’m sure the aesthetic would not be the same and a wooden one would maybe be too bulky.


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