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It’s time to get creative with the contents of your recycling bin! There are so many ways you can upcycle your rubbish, from eggshells and juiced fruit, to cans and corks. Just make sure that you clean it well before introducing it into your home décor. You’ll never look at your bin in the same way again!
Turn old cans into planters, vases, votives or handy containers with a little bit of creativity and a smattering of supplies. First things first, though. The best cans to use are those with a ring pull – they won’t have a sharp edge, and make sure the tin is cleaned well. There is a plethora of techniques you can use, so fire up your creative juices and get making! Think decoupage, chalk paint, hessian teamed with lace or even some pressed flowers for effective makes that you’ll love to show off.[image source: https://thegraphicsfairy.com/diy-vintage-french-tin-cans/]
If you enjoy a glass of wine on a Saturday night, ditch the screw tops in favour of cork for an eco-friendly notice board. Place them neatly in a round or why not paint them to make a design on your layout? If you want to do this, cork will need a couple of coats of primer first (sanded in between) and then use acrylic paint to colour all or some to create a colourful effect.[image source: https://www.girljustdiy.com/wine-cork-board/]
Put wool remnants to good use by creating a garland of brightly coloured yarn spheres. This is so easy to do and perfect for a spot of mindful crafting – there is no right or wrong, and you don’t even need to be very precise! All you need are some balloons, glue and yarn and then get wrapping. Alternatively, make some without a base and then pop over a battery tealight for a votive that’ll cast pretty shadows.[image source: https://www.nobiggie.net/diy-yarnballs/]
Look at old placemats in a new light and transform them into an elegant purse for evenings out. You don’t need to be a whizz with a needle - simply sew up the sides with embroidery thread and a neat blanket stitch, or even glue the edges and sew an even running stitch along the seams for extra security and a professional finish. Secure the flap in place with a snap fastener, and you’re good to go![image source: https://www.favecrafts.com/Most-Popular-Crafts/5-Minute-Placemat-Purse-83493]
So, this isn’t going to be a keeper, but for dinner parties with a difference a hollowed-out lime illuminated with a tealight is going to be a talking point. The gorgeous vibrant green of the fruit combined with a subtle lime scent will transport guests to sunny climes – it's the perfect accompaniment to a delicious homemade key lime pie! Of course, if you decide to use a real flame, don’t leave your votives unattended.[image source: https://www.trendhunter.com/trends/place-settings]
While we’re on the subject of table settings, coloured eggshells with a sprig of flora will be a dinner party talking point. Decorate with a one-tone coat of metallic paint or get crafty with Sharpies, then pop in a floral sprig - Rosemary will work really well, too, but if you want something that’ll last longer, faux greenery is a good choice. You can display them in the bottom of a decorated egg box to take your upcycling one step further.[image source: https://www.solebich.de/bild/kupferei/835448?position=9&list=DuqWTcYs5aoN-4TNodedTm3CrbY_Bd0ZyKlErZNUiKE]
Don’t consign old baking tins to the scrapheap – it's easy to transform them into so many handy and decorative pieces for the home. For an easy terrarium, secure a strip of perspex across the front, layer soil over fine gravel and then pop in a plant. Take it one step further by decorating the tin first using spray paint – unless you’re going to be using your make for foodstuff, of course![image source: https://grillo-designs.com/indoor-herb-planter-repurposed-baking-tins/]