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Monday, September 20, 2010

REUSE. REIMAGINE. REINVENT.

Allow us to introduce you to upcycling, the act of creating useful products from waste materials. Yes, there’s an earth-friendly activity even better than recycling. Think reuse. Think Etsy. Not only does it save energy, it calls for creativity. And by upcycling things you don't need (say, baby food and spaghetti jars) into things that you do (breakfast!) you end up buying less.


We rounded up 10 of our most favorite ways to upcycle glass jars-big and small:


PAINT: You painted your living room an awesome shade of... Tobacco Road. Almost fill a baby food jar with the paint. Store it with a label that says "living room" and when, inevitably, someone dings a spot, or doggie dearest decides to chew the wall, viola! You have a touch up to match.



DOG TREATS: Woof woof.


BREAKFAST TO GO: Add oatmeal and dried fruit to a jar, and toss in your purse or pack. Once you're at work, add some hot water, mix and enjoy. Yogurt and granola are delish, too.


LEFTOVERS: Instant BPA-free container for food. Great for soups-yum!



DRY GOODS: Store sugar, flour, grains, rice, beans, etc.



ORGANIZATION: Give screws, nuts, and bolts a safe, organized place in your garage, work shop or closet.



GIFTS: Think outside the cookie box and gift S'mores in a Jar.


RIBBON OR TWINE STORAGE: Cut a hole in in the top for a twine dispenser or slit for ribbon dispenser.



SEWING KIT: Buttons, pins and needles-oh my! See Craft Pudding for a step-by-step guide.



PHOTO FRAMES: Choose a photo shape and orientation that will work well with your jar size. For more detailed instructions, visit Photojojo.


We've told you our top faves. Now you tell us yours. Comment below and you'll be entered to win a Get Clean Fresh Laundry concentrate!


xx S+S


Images courtesy of TidyMom, Apartment Therapy, Chez Larsson, Squawkfox, Craft Pudding and Photojojo.




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3 Comments:

At September 20, 2010 at 4:30 AM , Blogger Morgan said...

I use old Mason jars to put "treasure" in. When my son collected sea glass at the beach we filled a jar and it looks beautiful in the window. We used another one as a Good Behavior Marble jar. Whenever they do something nice, polite, or helpful we put a marble in the jar and when it's full there's a prize!

 
At September 24, 2010 at 12:43 PM , Blogger Tuuni said...

I have been collecting champagne and wine corks in large antique jar. It's been years and years and the jar is beginning to fill up. I like the way it looks, but I might figure out a way to upcycle those corks in some way.

Those photo jars look amazing! I'm going to make my own collection with family photos. Thank you for sharing these tips.

 
At March 12, 2011 at 3:59 AM , Blogger neko said...

Love your work! Keep up the good work. Wanted to share my blog too.

http://bagitup4me-neko.blogspot.com/

Cheers- Neko

 

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