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Scarlett Lovitt : Recycling Your Refuse into Riches

Recycling Your Refuse into Riches

By Scarlett Lovitt

Recycled CansIn this day and age of the "throwaway society," so much of our precious resources find their way into the garbage. After the amounts of money that we have spent on so many items, that seems a shame. And then, when we want to decorate our homes and buy more accessories, we spend yet more money and waste even more of the world's resources.

But with a little creativity, you can save your money and recycle some of the things you would normally throw out into cute ornaments and accessories for your home. Let's look at a few selected examples of items that you could recycle and use to decorate your living room.

What about some cute and unusual wall art?

That's easy enough to make. Buy some second-hand frames and fill them with your favorite magazine pictures. Or maybe you would like to create your own forms of abstract art by adding pressed flowers, seashells, and ticket stubs to give you an everlasting memento of your recent vacation. This can actually produce some sophisticated designs, and the beauty of creating them yourself is that you can put your own personality into what you make. No one else will ever have exactly the same design as you. You can also choose the exact themes and colors that you want in your home.

How about making your own faux oil lamp?

All you need are:

  • A glass globe for the light shade
  • Plastic lid from a mayonnaise jar
  • Serrated lid
  • Pickle jar lid
  • Hurricane glass lamp shade
  • Glue
  • Black spray paint and lid
  • Tin foil
  • Tapered candle

Put the glass globe upside down and then place the mayonnaise jar lid on top. Atop of this should be the pickle jar lid. All of these should be glued together. Once these parts have been securely glued together, spray paint them. This will be the base of your lamp.

Then put the candle inside the lid of the spray paint. This makes into a makeshift candle holder, with tin foil making it secure.

Put this candle and its holder on top of the holder once it is dry. The glass lamp shade should then be put over the candle once it has been lit.

The faux oil lamp looks very realistic and sophisticated once it has been made. Its ingredients are relatively easy to come by — you don't even have to buy most of it.

You could also recycle a used glass jar into a pretty vase. Remove the labels and wash well before painting on it the design or picture of your own personal choice. This is a pretty decoration that will look good in any room.

Once you have made these neat items for your living room, you can blend them in with the rest of the decor. The lighting from the oil lamp will give a great atmosphere to your living room. Add a pretty area rug and with some other pieces of homemade art, your living room is guaranteed to look original and pretty and be very much you. •

© 2010 Scarlett Lovitt. All rights reserved.

Scarlett Lovitt has extensive experience in home decorating and interior designing. More »

11/27/10