The Old is New Innovation

June 12, 2014

Everyone is trying to do more with less. We all want nice things in our home, but we don’t all have the money to head out and buy that fancy item at Pottery Barn. We are all trying to have nice things without paying the nice-things price.

I found this idea and totally fell in love with it! Thanks Sierra Club!

Here’s how to make it:

Being that I don’t have an iPad, I would use this holder for my Kindle so that I can easily access my Pinterest recipe boards while in the kitchen! What a great idea! Now I just need to hire someone to completed all the DIY projects that I’ve pinned.

Other great repurposing ideas around the house.

* Never throw away a jelly jar – they have so many uses. Use them to collect odds and ends. Use them for kids projects. Use them to hold nails, screws and other easily lost hardware. Use them to hold homemade lotions or sugar scrubs. Use them for leftovers. Use them to hold all the little girl bows, headbands and trinkets. Use them to collect dirt and earthworms with your little boy. Or make these cool jelly jar bar lights:

* Paper towel tubes and toilet paper tubes. These are great for art projects! They are also great for holding cords around the house! Here’s some great ideas:

* Old spray bottles. Once you run out of those toxic sprays, clean and keep the bottle to make your own non-toxic home sprays! An easy combination of white vinegar, water and essential oils can be your new go-to spray! For more ideas:

* Cardboard boxes (mine are mostly from Amazon) can become anything when your child’s imagination takes over. We already know how versatile they are but here are some fun ideas:

* Old or broken dishes can become a fun mosaic project or part of a new patio. Here are some fun ideas for salvaged, home renovations:

What are your favorite ways to save a few bucks while using repurposed items?

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    Rachel Swick Mavity, author of the blog, lives with a reformed drooler (Droolface), who at age 3 loves to get muddy, drink homemade smoothies, giggle and flirt with old ladies. Her current drooler (Birdy) enjoys spitting up on work clothes and leaving drool trails as a way of showing her love.

    Mavity previously worked as a journalist for seven years at newspapers from Pennsylvania to Maryland and Delaware. In Sussex County she worked for several newspapers, including the Cape Gazette. She lives in Lewes with her husband, Ryan Mavity, their son, "Droolface," and daughter, "Birdy."