DIY my rubbish

This week I decided to DIY my rubbish. I rolled up my sleeves and got my hands dirty as I rummaged through the recycling for items that I could upcycle into pieces for the home. I have started to be more conscious of our environment and how my actions impact on it which got me thinking about DIYs. I wanted to see if I could use some everyday items that get thrown into the recycling to make new items for the home. In today’s post, I recycled some cylinder tubs, shoe boxes and a glass jar. I hope you get some inspiration from today’s post and I also have a Youtube video which you can check out here too.

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Pringles tub makeover

We all have some tubs lying around the house that we can reuse and transform into something new. I transformed a Pringles tub and also a Vanish washing powder tub into pretty marble storage containers. You could use these as pen holders or for storing sewing items in your craft room or office. I simply used some marble contact paper that I had used for a previous DIY and simply wrapped the contact paper around the tubs. The marble paper can be fiddly at first but you will get the hang of it and only take a few minutes to instantly transform.

Shoebox hack

We have all seen them pretty office storage boxes in the likes of HomeSense and Ikea but they can be expensive. I decided to paint an old shoe box and an old L’occitane gift box and add some vintage style luggage tags to them to make pretty office storage boxes. I actually used some leftover Satinwood paint from my cabinet makeover DIY to paint the boxes. I gave them two coats of paint and allowed them to fully dry. You could use some acrylic paint from the craft shop to paint these too. I used a roller to get a smooth finish. I then used my glue gun to apply some vintage style luggage tags. Check out my video below to see how I achieved this look.

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Glass jar up-cycle

Glass sauce jars are a common staple in most kitchen cupboards. I decided to repot a succulent cutting that I had grown and give it a new home. I simply applied some chalk paint to the glass jar, added my soil and repotted my succulent. I find chalk paint is really good for sticking to the glass. You will have to seal chalk paint and you can use wax or clear varnish to seal the paint after it has dried. I also added some twine to the top of the glass to give it a bit of detail and of course a bow.

I hope you got some inspiration from today’s post. I would love to see your recycle DIYs so please tag me over on Instagram. I am really interested in ways I can reuse plastic, so if you have any ideas please so share in the comments below. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button to my Youtube channel too.

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  1. daintydressdiaries
    March 19, 2019 / 7:54 am

    I am delighted to hear you panted up some old boxes. Thanks so much for reading! x

  2. AmyG
    March 19, 2019 / 12:42 am

    Thank you so much for the tutorial – I painted some old Christmas boxes – pink lids and ivory bottoms for my sewing supplies. They look great with my decor now.

  3. Jennifer Ward
    March 14, 2019 / 10:16 am

    Hi Catherine

    I love this idea! Do you have any tips for painting tin? I have a biscuit tin I’d like to try to upcycle but not sure the paint will stick.
    Thanks x

  4. daintydressdiaries
    February 24, 2019 / 5:19 pm

    Thanks for reading Kath! Have fun recycling and getting crafty xx

  5. Kath
    February 24, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    So cute! Thanks for sharing your projects with us this week 🙂
    Gives me a few ideas…uh oh, look what you’ve started now! LoL

  6. daintydressdiaries
    February 24, 2019 / 11:32 am

    HI Julie, thanks so much for reading. Yes they are lightweight. You can find the tags here

  7. February 24, 2019 / 11:29 am

    Hi Catherine , enjoyed this very much , I’m going to tackle some shoe boxes I have , where do you buy the handles from ? I expect they must be light weight . Thanx Catherine .

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