We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action. And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand. Millions have found ways to express their environ- mental commitments through Earth Day. What can you do for Earth Day? The answer is: anything that is meaningful to you and for the environment!
We thought you should have a few fresh ideas on ways to upcycle stuff you probably already have lying around the house. Here are the best of the best reuse ideas, from toilet paper rolls to bubblewrap. Let’s start now. And let’s not stop.
- Use toilet paper rolls to keep those messy TV and cable cords in line.
- Transform an old picture frame into a serving tray by inserting a piece of cute wallpaper behind the glass.
- Upcycle your old ketchup bottles into squirt bottles for making pancakes.
- String shower-liner hooks along the bar in your shower and hang your handbags and scarves there.
- Create a jewelry organizer from an unused bulletin board.
- Bend your old forks and spoons into hooks for hanging your keys, then mount them on the wall.
- Enlist a plastic hanging shoe organizer to display snacks in your pantry.
- Organize your ribbons by stacking them on an old paper towel holder.
- Make your old mason jars into individual salad holders, each filled with colorful layers of healthy produce.
- Makeover empty fruit or veggie cans and use them to stow serving spoons and spatulas (or do the same with old flower pots).
- Mount vegetable or fruit crates on the wall in the bathroom and neatly stack fresh towels or sheets there for guests.
- Attach plastic bread tags to unmarked keys to keep them straight.
- Use metal shelf fixtures to hang old hardback books on the wall horizontally, and stack them with decorative flourishes.
- Make your old winter gloves (especially the ones that no longer have a companion) into stuffed animals or puppets.
- Fill old bottle caps with hot wax and a wick, then use them as tea lights.
- Use old seedling trays to keep your smaller ornaments and holiday decorations from getting tangled up throughout the year. Or just organize your desk.
- Enlist your old cutlery caddy to organize your pens and pencils in your desk.…Or to organize your remote controls and coasters in the living room.
- …Or even to hang your jewelry (just add some temporary wallpaper to the inside of the tray first).
- Dispense dish soap, oil, and vinegar from recycled glass soda bottles by washing them thoroughly, then topping each with a cheap plastic pouring spout.
- Instead of chucking old tumblers or liquor glasses, fill them with soil and succulents or tea lights to create a pretty focal point in your home.
- Repurpose your old shower curtains as window curtains for a larger set in the living room, given that they’re still looking good enough to be on display.
- If you have a wooden or bamboo bath mat that you’d like to replace, use it to dry boots in the entryway instead.
- Instead of throwing those old paper bags, just decorate them with some fabric or old magazine cutouts and use as gift bags or storage basket.
If you use your creativity, you can make all kinds of fun crafts on Earth Day with items you likely already have around the house. Let your inspiration run wild!
p.s.: If you have some ideas to share, please comment. I would really like to know 🙂