DIY Upcycled Washi Tape Planter

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DIY Easy Upcycled Planter - Made with Washi Tape and an Empty Vinegar ContainerI use so many gallon sized containers of vinegar every month – for everything from a homemade after shower spray to a natural and inexpensive laundry softener – that I wanted to  figure out something I could actually use these plastic containers for rather than just tossing them into the recycling bin. One of the quickest and easiest ways I thought of to upcycle these containers is to re-use them as pots for plants.

To make these pots, simply cut off the top of the container with sharp scissors – I used a knife to get started – wash thoroughly, then wrap with strips of your favorite washi tape. You can also make a small drain hole in the bottom if needed. Leave some of the plastic on your new pot exposed and you’ll be able to tell by how dark the soil is, whether or not it’s time to water.

I put one of my pepper plants in my pot while it’s waiting to be transplanted into the garden. However, these would be perfect for using container succulent gardens and for planting your favorite flowers and annual herbs.

Once I have three more of these vinegar containers emptied and ready for upcycing, I’m planning to use them with a dowel and eye hooks to create some new wall storage in my office.

Looking for more ways to re-use everyday containers? Be sure to check out my DIY Storage Box Organizer as well as my post on Creative Ways to Recycle Everyday Things. You can also follow me on Pinterest!

How do you recycle and upcycle everyday plastic containers?

Creative DIY Storage Solutions & Organization Ideas for the Home Made from Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed Items

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Looking for ideas to better organize your space? Here are a few of my favorite frugal & creative DIY storage solutions and organizing ideas for the home that take the ordinary and turn them into the extraordinary – without having to spend a lot of money.

Creative DIY Storage Solutions & Organization Ideas for the Home

Take advantage of everyday items and repurpose, upcycle, and recycle them into something new and useful with these great organization ideas for the home from around the web!

Creative DIY Storage Solutions & Organization Ideas for the Home and Office Made from Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed Items! Looking for ideas to better organize your space? Here are a few of my favorite frugal & creative DIY storage solutions and organizing ideas for the home that take the ordinary and turn them into the extraordinary - without having to spend a lot of money.

Organization Ideas for the Home

1. DIY Recycled Cereal Box Drawer Dividers via I Heart Organizing

2. Hanging Storage Bins Made From Recycled Plastic Disinfecting Wipes Containers via Make It & Love It

3. Repurposed Pill Box for Embellishment Storage via Better Homes & Gardens

4. Use a Shower Caddy for Organizing Notepads and Tools via Better Homes & Gardens

Creative DIY Storage Solutions & Organization Ideas for the Home and Office Made from Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed Items! Looking for ideas to better organize your space? Here are a few of my favorite frugal & creative DIY storage solutions and organizing ideas for the home that take the ordinary and turn them into the extraordinary - without having to spend a lot of money.

Brilliant Repurposed Storage & Organizing Ideas

1. DIY Organizer from an Old Window via My So Called Crafty Life

2. DIY Washi Tape Holder via Julie Ann Art

3. Repurpose Tea Cups and Saucers into Drawer Organizers via Martha Stewart

4. Use Empty Tic Tac Containers to Create Ribbon Dispensers via Craft and Creativity

5. Repurpose French Drains into Craft Storage Space for Holding Skeins of Yarn, Mason Jars, Spray Paints and More via Sew Many Ways

Creative DIY Storage Solutions & Organization Ideas for the Home and Office Made from Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed Items! Looking for ideas to better organize your space? Here are a few of my favorite frugal & creative DIY storage solutions and organizing ideas for the home that take the ordinary and turn them into the extraordinary - without having to spend a lot of money.

Creative DIY Storage Solutions

1. Use a Peg Board to Maximize Kitchen (or Craft Room) Storage Space via Real Living

2. Create a Mail Station and Additional Shelf Space with Repurposed Magazine Files via Real Living

3. Stack Wooden Boxes and Hold Them Together With Binder Clips via Livet Hemma

4. Recycle an Old Book and Canned Food Tins into Pencil Cups with Style via The 3 R’s Blog

5. Decorate and Reuse Glass Jars for Craft Storage via House to Home

For more creative DIY storage solutions, upcycling and organization ideas for the home, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. Also check out my similar articles Creative Ways to Recycle Everyday Things and Home Office Organizing Tips and DIY Projects.

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Everyday Homemaking Tips

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I had such a great response to my homemaking tips last week – Helpful Tips for Everyday Success and Household Tips for Organizing and Living – that I decide to put together another collection of everyday homemaking tips for busy moms and homemakers. (Also be sure to check out my January 2013 post for the New Year – Frugal Tips for Saving Money!)

12 Everyday Homemaking Tips for Busy Moms and Homemakers! #tips #lifetips #lifehack #lifehacks #diy #diytips #lifestyle #homemaking

Everyday Homemaking Tips

1.) Use Coffee Filters for More Than Just Coffee. Coffee filters are multi-purpose. Grab them when in need of a substitute for something you don’t have. They’re great for cleaning glass and computer monitors. Detox your stinky shoes by filling a filter with baking soda, tying off with a rubber band and placing in your sneakers. Or you can even use it as a dryer sheet by placing a few drops of fabric softener on the filter, rubbing together, than folding in half.

2.) Sheet Storage. Store your sheet sets together in a pillow case. Not only does this keep the entire set together, but it makes for neater and more compact storage.

3.) DIY Watering Can. Take an old laundry detergent container and drill holes in the lid for an instant watering can that not only allows you to recycle a disposable container, but is sturdy enough to hold up to continued use. Plus there are no worries about water sloshing out!

4.) Keep Brown Sugar Soft. Use a marshmallow in your brown sugar to keep it soft.

5.) Ketchup Bottle as Pancake Batter Dispenser. Repurpose an empty ketchup bottle into a pancake batter dispenser and pour the right amount every time! It’s also less messy and it makes it easier for making smiley face pancakes for the kids!

6.) Organize Upright. Create more room for your flatware by storing it upright rather than laying it down. I am constantly running out of room for my knives, forks and spoons and they often spill over into the next one’s cubby. This solves that problem and allows you add more silverware to your collection for those holiday get togethers.

Create a DIY Kitchen Command Center. Keep all of your scheduling and menu planning in one place with a well organized kitchen command center. Your command center should feature a menu planning board, dry erase note board, magnet boards, and chore charts.

7.) Create a Kitchen Command Center. Keep all of your scheduling and menu planning in one place with a well organized kitchen command center. Your command center should feature a menu planning board, dry erase note board, magnet boards, and chore charts.

8.) Doggy Drawer. The dog doesn’t live in the garage, so why store his food there? Instead use a deep drawer for keeping your pup’s kibble along with a handy scoop for when it’s time to dish out dinner.

Nix Stains with Pantry Staples. Treat a variety of common clothing stains with products you have in your pantry. Egg yolk and luke warm water will remove a coffee stain. Just allow to set for a minute or two, then rinse. Get rid of blood stains, but immersing the fabric in very cold water, then sprinkling heavily with salt. Scrub with soap and rinse.

9.) Nix Stains with Pantry Staples. Treat a variety of common clothing stains with products you have in your pantry. Egg yolk and luke warm water will remove a coffee stain. Just allow to set for a minute or two, then rinse. Get rid of blood stains, but immersing the fabric in very cold water, then sprinkling heavily with salt. Scrub with soap and rinse. Plus more!

10.) Lemon as Cutting Board Cleaner. Use a fresh cut lemon to clean your wood and plastic cutting boards. Squeeze the lemon juice on your board and allow to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. Voila!

11.) Use Baking Soda for Everything. Baking soda is the perfect household staple as it’s great for everything from cleaning to deodorizing to hygiene. Use it in the fridge to keep odors away, as a mouthwash rinse, to clean grills, and even as part of your laundry routine.

12.) Revive Old Paintbrushes. You can revive old paint brushes by soaking them in hot vinegar then washing with regular old soap and water. This removes old paint and softens the bristles.

I hope you enjoyed my collection of everyday homemaking tips. If you’re also looking for unique ways to organize your office, then be sure to also check out my post, Home Office Organizing Tips and DIY Projects.

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Eco-friendly alternatives to everyday conveniences.

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In our effort to save the earth, many of use have turned to recycling and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products that fit into our lifestyle. Cloth napkins replacing paper towels, handmade laundry soap versus chemical laden detergents, and reusable grocery sacks in lieu of plastic grocery bags. However, there’s one thing our busy lifestyles are loathe to let go, and that is the convenience of many throw away products.

Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Swiffer Sweepers and Wet Jets are in nearly every household I’ve ever been in. Even my mom, who is a hard core recycler, owns a Wet Jet. The pads, however, are anything but earth friendly. Fortunately, there are eco-friendly alternatives that let you keep your cleaning tools and kick the guilt.

Canadian Crafter has come up with a very simple knit Swiffer cover for the Swiffer Sweeper. Even if you can’t knit, you can complete this project as the majority of the work is done on a loom. Use it once, then throw it in with your wash for the next time you clean. View the full instructions here.

In our effort to save the earth, many of use have turned to recycling and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products that fit into our lifestyle. Explore some of these eco-friendly products that are not only earth friendly, but make your life easier as well!

Instructables even has a solution for your Swiffer Wet Jet made from old t-shirts and a wool blanket. Like the Sweeper pad, this alternative can also be washed and reused. The details are here. (Or buy handmade swiffer covers online.)

You can also refill the Wet Jet Solution container with your own eco-friendly mix. Just check out this how to on removing the cap on the container. Then try mixing up 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar and 2 tsp liquid Castile soap to add to your freshly emptied bottle. You can scent it as desired with a small amount of essential oil if you like.

More useful eco-friendly alternatives.

Here are a few other handmade alternatives to everyday necessities.

In our effort to save the earth, many of use have turned to recycling and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products that fit into our lifestyle. Explore some of these eco-friendly products that are not only earth friendly, but make your life easier as well!

1. Instead of zipper bags, enclose your child’s lunch goodies in a Reusable Velcro Seal Snack Bag.

2. Skip the plastic straws, and opt for Bended Reusable Glass Straws made from the same material as Pyrex. (From Straws by Carli.)

3. Paper napkins just get thrown away. Not only are these Linen Napkins pretty, but they can be used over and over. (From Celina Mancurti.)

4. Don’t add more plastic to the landfills. Instead take these Reusable Produce Bags to the grocery with you when you shop. (From Love for Earth.)

5. Don’t waste paper pinning notes to the fridge. Keep track of chores and appointments with this Repurposed Eco-friendly Chalkboard. (From Half Pint Salvage.)

6. Need a catchall for everyday items? This Eco-friendly Repurposed Wool Sweater and Cotton Fabric Bucket is perfect for stashing baby’s toys. (From Loop Loft.)

Looking for more affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home? Then you must check out Grove Collaborative! I recently became a member and have been super impressed with their service, natural products selections, prices and shipping times. Plus their products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products

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If you’re looking for other affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home, then you must check out Grove Collaborative! As a member of Grove Collaborative I have been super impressed with their service, natural products, prices and shipping times. Plus their eco-friendly products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products.

Sign up for Grove Collaborative now and receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s Trio + Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges! You’ll be thrilled discover some of the cleanest and greenest cleaning sets dedicated to making your home healthy and beautiful! I promise you will absolutely LOVE them! Learn more here.

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