I'm not so good at creating my own DIY, crafty ideas, but I can be really good at picking out other people's projects I'd like to try.
Thank goodness for the Internet and the DIY, craft and interior-design blogs I read. They've given me several ideas recently, which have the added benefit of using things that can be hard to recycle.
I bought the hardware earlier this week for recycled wine bottle citronella lamps. I try not to plug home-improvement stores too much here (and I shop at all three locally), but huge props to the gentleman at Home Depot who helped me find the plumbing hardware I needed without once rolling his eyes. I appreciated that.
Now, I just need to drink some wine and peel off labels before I can start making torches. (Oh, and while the instructions say these can be made for about $5 each, my calculations came out closer to about $10 each, excluding wine. I did buy everything I could in copper, though, which probably contributed to the higher cost. And this number also includes oil and wicks.)
If I wasn't making tiki torches already, I might seriously consider making my own citronella candles. This project also allows you to reuse glass jars, which is great because some recycling centers won't take them.
I also have my eye on making this wreath. I never would've guessed it's made out of toilet paper rolls, and I really like how it looks. I need to start saving the rolls at my house.
And my mom is replacing a zipper in a skirt for me. I'm hoping to use the broken one to try making this bracelet. I like the idea of reusing a broken zipper - how else could you recycle it? And this project doesn't look too difficult, either.
At work, we're constantly receiving promotional CDs we don't do much with. They tend to pile up, although a couple of coworkers used a bunch last winter to make centerpieces for our annual company appreciation party. Still, I'm starting to amass them again, which is why I have my eye on this cool CD or DVD lamp. I love the transparent look, and the instructions make it seem like a pretty easy project.
Photo is from http://blog.craftzine.com