We all have an old pair of jeans lying around somewhere. There are tons of ways to use them without just throwing them out, but here’s one you might not have been considering: make them into a purse or bag. You’ll need to sharpen your seamstress skills, but with a little bit of work, you can create a purse that is exactly what you need.
The proper pockets, the proper strap length, the proper width – it’s all up to you. Even better, the pockets on the outside are ready-made to carry small items that you want to grab at a moment’s notice.
Reuse Old Corks
Popping corks off of a fresh bottle of wine is one of life's great joys, but what happens to all those corks once you're done? Most of the time, they go straight into the trash. However, there are lots of ways to reuse them to keep them out of landfills — art projects, home décor, and useful options like this cork memo board!
All you'll need are the corks, a board, and some glue, and you're ready to pin messages into soft, porous wood. Just like you always wanted, we're sure. There are plenty of other options, as well.
Old Cans Can Become Anything
Do you do the can-can? Now you can. We go through lots of aluminum cans in our day-to-day lives, and if you're sick of seeing them fill up your recycling bin, there are some ways to reuse them. A little bit of fabric lining and some funky, colorful designs on the outside, and you have a unique and handy pen and pencil holder.
Like to throw the bones at your gaming/D&D table? Add thicker material on the inside for a handy dice cup that makes casting lightning bolts easy – 8d6 is a lot of dice.
It's Time to Get Spooky with Crayons
If you have a little guy or gal in the home, there's a one hundred percent chance you have a set of crayons somewhere. Probably a couple. There are also probably some crayons that have reached the end of their usable life – they've become little more than broken nubs.
Thankfully, that wax is easy to melt down and turn into something else. Grab a few molds to make colorful pumpkins like this picture, or lots of other options. Not just for Halloween, either – any occasion is right for crayon shapes.
Hand-Made Christmas Ornaments
You probably get a lot of packages from Amazon – who doesn't – but maybe you feel bad about having to throw away all the packaging material. Most of it just isn't useful, but the mylar shipping envelopes still have a few uses. Use it to wrap around a shape to create a shiny, sparkling ornament for your Christmas tree.
You're probably getting stuff delivered for presents anyway – why not leave some time for crafting? Make a letter or any other shape with a solid interior wrapped in this reflective material for a tree ornament that means a little bit more.