Old Jars Made New

canister storage jar lid recycle upcycle mayonaise jar paint lid

Use empty mayonnaise and pickle jars to store spices in the kitchen or crafts. Clean jars completely and dry. Attach wooden drawer pull (hardware stores have these for about 50 cents) with E6000 and let dry. You can also add a screw from the inside of the lid into the drawer pull for a secure lid. Spray paint the lid/drawer pull with a color of your choice and let dry. You might want two coats on here to give a nice covering. Spray or brush a clear coat of polyurethane to make sure the paint does not get scratched off.

Outdoor Drink Holder From A Can

543708_429619690467194_251061827_nThoroughly clean can and dry — Paint or decoupage the outside of can with a unique design — Seal with polyurethane — You will need a (minimum size of) 18 inch galvanized bolt (about 2.50 at a hardware store) with a washer and nut. Puncture hole in bottom of can and push the bolt through from the inside of can until head in at the bottom. Under the can on the bolt add a washer and then secure the nut tightly. The longer bolt you use the better. You can also polyurethane the entire can, nut, washer and bolt once done to give a nice shiny presentation and to help prevent rust.

Hardware Painting Trick

A great trick to prevent paint getting on things you would rather not get them on. Sometimes painters tape isn’t the easiest to cover some items and foil seems to mold to whatever it is placed against. Even better, use the dollar store cheap thin stuff to mold even better.  For door knobs, loosen the screws and tuck in foil and squeeze to mold to door knob shape. Can you think of any other ways foil could be used when painting to help not make a big clean up?

Reuse Old DVD’s CD’s In A Sculpture

Wish I had some details as to a successful cut of the CD and how to form this and what type of glue they used. It is such an inspiration to reuse something that others throw away to make something beautiful. Can you imagine out in the sun just how majestic this would look when the sun shine hits it just right

Cassette Tape Art

Can you imagine having the vision and ability to create this great work or art? I have had those old cassette tape pull out on me on accident and I know I always have a fit trying to handle it to get it back into the cassette tape. I can’t imagine working with it as a medium but i am glad they did… it is incredible!