Top 3 Crafts for Recycling Broken Materials
Your first instinct may be to toss an item when it breaks, especially one that shatters into multiple pieces. Surprisingly, many beautiful things can be created out of old materials. This is an excellent way to recycle and do your part to care for the environment. Below are three clever crafts that you’ll be proud to use in your home, or give away as a gift.
Stuck with shattered glass? Gather up the pieces and give an old table a new mosaic top. First, take a look at how you’d like to place the shards of glass. Once you know the pattern you’d like to follow, place a little mosaic glue on the bottom and stick them on the table. Now it’s time to add the grout. Wipe away any grout that gets on the tiles with a damp sponge, let it dry overnight and then coat the top of the new decorative table with sealant.
Have tin cans with no lids? Old tin cans make perfect candle holders. Wash and paint the tin cans and set them aside to dry. Later, create a pattern that you’d like to see on the can using a series of dots. You can make a heart, diamond or a star. You can do this on paper and tape it to the can, or draw the dots directly on the can using a permanent marker. Place a nail over each dot and hammer it through the tin can to create the holes. Finally, set a candle inside each can and light the wick. You’ll see the light shine through the holes, revealing your pattern.
Left with chipped flower pots? Don’t toss your chipped flower pots just because they no longer work for your plants. They actually make excellent garden markers. Break the terra cotta pots up into multiple pieces. Take one piece at a time, paint the name of the herb or plant that you’d like to mark on the top of it and push the bottom down into the ground right in front of the row of plants. Now there’s no more confusion as to what you planted where.
With a little creativity you can repurpose almost any type of broken material in your home. Don’t forget to involve the kids in your crafts so they learn an important life lesson while having fun at the same time. Visit this website to learn more about a recycling business in San Jose.
With the advantage of having lots of experience in the Recycling Industry, Dustin shares his knowledge through his writing. You can find his thoughts at Storify blog.
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