Upcycle ideas for the garden. While the thrill of the hunt can sometimes be enticing, remember that new should balance old. Having too many old items (or new items) can take away from your garden's overall appeal . . . If you enjoy this Magazine, you will love my blog: http://upcycledgardenstyle.blogspot.com
Using a solar bulb, and an old fixture purchased from a resale shop, Gina created a light source for her outdoor swing.
Debra Anchors's insight:
"Hanging right above my swing, it gives it the perfect amount of light - which is a good thing when you live in the sticks where things are SO dark at night. Now we can enjoy the swing any time, not just during daylight hours. It's our favorite place to sit outdoors, and now it's ready 24-7." ~Gina
"I got the idea as I was sitting on the dresser in my daughter’s room one day. The top started to bow a little and I thought, I should reinforce this, then as I looked into it more, decided to up-cycle it instead." -Geoffrey
Insect hotels: A perfect way to recycle materials and benefit your garden plants at the same time!
Debra Anchors's insight:
Insect hotels are a great project for chronic junk hoarders, who have been having a hard time convincing people that all the stuff in their shed is actually useful. Old pipes, broken pots, musty logs and bricks, bring them all out.
Click on the photo to read this great article to fine easy DIY directions to build your own bug haven.
Australian artist, Daryl Fitzgerald of Light Reading Melbourne turns recycled bricks into literary, and definitely, home decor gold. These made-to-order pavers are hand stenciled with paint and meticulously created to mimic real novels, worn pages and all. What’s especially genius and unique about these intentionally vintage-looking “books” is that their texture has been naturally revealed by time.
Do you want to get the kids involved in an Earth Day project? Try these fun (and easy) bumblebee and ladybug birdhouses. This one-day project comes without a big cost to your wallet or the planet; especially if you use recycled paint cans rather than new ones.
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