Three Pinterest-worthy DIYs you can make with household items you would typically recycle

As the old saying goes, one man's trash is another's treasure - but in this case your own refuse can become a stylish statement in your home with just a few simple steps! Our resident DIY expert, Sarah Milligan, shares some easy ways to add transform everyday items into creative accessories for your home!

Wine bottle Centerpiece


What you need

  • Assortment of wine/beer bottles
  • Adhesive remover (optional)

Rustic option

  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

Paint-dipped option

  • Spray paint
  • Leftover craft or latex paint
  • Large bowl or bucket
  • Waxed paper

What you do

  1. Clean bottles with soap & water and remove labels.  For any remaining sticker residue, you can use an adhesive remover.
  2. For the rustic option: This is great for amber coloured beer bottles.  Glue one end of twine to the top of the beer bottle (where the label would normally reach), loop it around multiple times and keep shifting the twine so that you’re almost making a “twine” label. Once you get to the bottom, cut and glue the end.
  3. For the Paint-dipped option: This is great if you have various coloured bottles and you want them to look more cohesive.  In a well-ventilated area, spray paint your bottles and let dry between light coats (you may need to do two).
  4. Fill a large bowl or bucket with a few inches of paint.  Dip the bottom of your bottle into the paint, lift and twirl until any extra paint drips off.  Set aside on a piece of waxed paper to dry
  5. Fill with water and flowers!

Hanging Glass Jars


What you need

  • 3-5 assorted small glass jars (ex. From jam, honey, yogurt)
  • Large branch
  • Twine
  • Scissors

What you do

  1. Clean jars with soap and water and remove labels
  2. Cut one long piece of twine to hang the branch, tying on either end
  3. Tie a piece of twine just below the mouth of each jar
  4. Cut longer pieces of twine.  Loop the middle of the twine around the branch, and tie loose ends to the twine on either sides of the jar
  5. Hang on a nail or hook on the wall or in a window.  Fill jars with water and flowers or fill bottom with stones, soil and some fresh herbs!

Fabric Covered Cardboard Box


What you need

  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Large piece of fabric or wallpaper
  • Double-sided tape

What you do

  1. Cut top flaps of cardboard box off
  2. Lay box in center of fabric/wallpaper, making sure there is enough surrounding to cover up and over each of the 4 sides
  3. Stick a few columns of double-sided tape to the two longer sides of the boxes.  Stick fabric up.  Fold over and re-stick with another piece of tape inside.
  4. Cut an “L” shape into the fabric for the remaining sides, leaving an inch overhanging
  5. Fold over and use double-sided tape to stick on the other sides and over.  Use as much tape as needed!