Shoe Box Upcycle

Don’t throw your old shoe boxes away! You can upcycle them for other uses, other than storing your old socks!

If you have a wall just crying out for decorations, then you can use the box tops to create wall art!

You can also maximize the box bottoms to create tiny shelves.  You can either paint the boxes just like these, or another idea is to line the inside with pretty prints using a gift wrapper and some glue.

You can also cover the box top with a pretty fabric which you can use as a jewellery organizer.

Happy organizing!

Wine Bottle Upcycle

Don’t throw those used wine bottles away.  There are many more uses for them aside from using them as a flower vase.  Here are some projects that you can do this weekend!

How about using them a candy bottle giveaways?

You can also use them as fancy lighted decorations.


Need an extra bangle holder anyone?


Go get some chalk board paint to create your own “Message ON a Bottle”.

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I’m a big fan of upcycling. So I like keeping used coffee, sandwich spread and candy jars.  When you have the time, there are lots of things you can do with them… from a cute container to a house accessory.  I compiled a list of things I plan to do with my jars.

School Supply Organization Project.  I only need chalkboard labels for this one!


How about a bathroom organizer?  Here I’ll need to prepare a wooden board, picture frame hangers and pipe clamps.


I love this idea! All I need to do is paint the lid, poke a hole and add a straw.  All done!


Here I need to brush the inside of the jars with some glue and water.  Then I need to add some glitter to the inside of the jars, roll the jar until the glitter nicely coats the sides then add a tea light when it dries! Lovely!


Here, I just need to add sand or rice to the bottom for a romantic dinner set up!


How about a terrarium?  Ooooh this definitely goes to my summertime bucket list!


Oh, just words of caution before you start jar-hoarding… Make sure that you have a proper storage place for your jars.  If not, they will dominate the bottom of your kitchen sink!  And just keep enough.  If you think you have too much, just recycle the rest and keep 2-3 of your favorite ones (I choose mine based on shape and size!).  Good luck!


Sale season is here!  And whether you are a shopaholic or not, every purchase means you come home with a paper or plastic bag.  If you are not that careful, these bags just might take over your kitchen drawers and cabinets!

Here are some storage ideas to keep your paper and plastic bag clutter under control.

Mount a used tissue box using velcro stickers to the back of your cabinet door for an instant plastic bag dispenser!


Another way to make your own plastic dispenser is by recycling an old cardboard tube and cutting out some plastic holes in them.


If you are any good with sewing, you can use old tea towels to create a pretty plastic dispenser to be hung on any door or hook!


Why not use a paper filer for your paper bags, just like this one?


How about mounting an old paper tray to the wall and knotting across some bungee cords to keep your paper bags in place?


You can also use a tension rod with shower hooks to hang all your paper bags nicely.


A magazine file will also keep all your paper bags neatly stored under your sink.


Whatever you do, don’t throw that plastic or paper bag without re-using it.  It’s a small step we can all do to help save the environment.