Lately, I have been on a repurposing kick. It’s an area of my green journey that I didn’t visit as much before. Many things I would have thrown out or recycled, have suddenly found a second life, a reincarnation into something new and inspiring. So, please enjoy this photo essay of upcycling and repurposing by myself and other bloggers.
Turning Old Jars Into Gems
Why recycle when you can reuse? Remove labels from jars by soaking jars in water for an hour or two. After that, labels will easily come off .
Nut butter jars now store whole nuts. Spice jars are refilled with bulk spices. A small jar now houses rose petals for tea.
Store an avocado, carry your lunch or put homemade nut mylk in jars. The possibilities are endless.
Make your own healthy dressing & put in a mason jar.
Other Containers Creatively Reused
An old mug houses a bottle cleaning brush. A jar is reused to hold veggie scrub brushes. A tiny clay pot holds steel wool.
Clockwise: A spray bottle is reused to contain vinegar and water to condition my hair. A bath salt jar gets a second life holding a homemade body butter. A silicone lid from a broken travel mug becomes the perfect soap dish. A protein bar baggie now houses one of my shampoo bar samples.
A jar lid becomes a plant dish.
A strawberry container upcycles into a linen closet organizer.
Coming up, here are some of my favorite upcycling ideas from others:
A chair becomes a towel rack and shelf. Courtesy of the blog, Twisted Sifter.
Incandescent lightbulbs become mini hanging vases. Courtesy of Red Ship.
A bicycle is held by old bike handlebars. Courtesy of Upcycle That.
Apparently, all you need is a glass cutter and very coarse sand paper to transform wine bottles in glasses. Courtesy of The Art of the R’s.
Who wants this beautiful lamp made from a wine bottle? Courtesy of HGTV.
This mirror is enhanced from twigs that are painted white and attached to it. See HGTV on how to do this.
An old wine box transforms into shoe storage. Courtesy of Twisted Sifter.
Ever wonder what to do with old, mismatched kitchen utensils? Courtesy of Twisted Sifter.
Need to decorate? How about framing an old piece of wood with character? Courtesy of HGTV.
Transform your old jars into a decorative herb garden! Courtesy of Camille Styles.
Have you ever repurposed or upcycled? What ideas would you like to try? Share the inspiration in the comments section below.