Buying all new supplies to create crafts can be tempting, especially when old crafts have been used multiple times to decorate the house. However, recycling old crafts can add new flare to a home without much work or money. Recycling an old craft does not require a massive time commitment either. Here are some fast and easy ways to recycle crafts.
Cover or Refill
Many people decorate their homes with artificial flowers or plants. These fake plants look beautiful and generally are not too expensive. Generally, these plants are kept in carefully crafted vases. The temptation is to throw away the vase and replace it while keeping the same plants. This is not necessary. The same vase can be used over and over, and never really seem like the same vase.
One option is to cover the vase. Using a few strips of double sided tape and some tissue paper, a person can make an old vase look like new. This can be done to highlight different colors in a floral arrangement, or to match the colors of a newly remodeled room. Either way, covering the vase is a quick and easy way to recycle.
Another option is to refill the vase. It can be tempting to want to buy a whole new vase, when really all that is needed are some new flowers that bring out different colors in the vase. This will cause the vase to look brand new. Also, both covering and refilling can be a handy trick with many different decorative items around the house. Try covering or refilling jars, picture frames, or flower pots.
Instead of throwing out an old craft, consider painting it. While the paint color on a frame or piece of antique furniture may be outdated and no longer match the new color scheme in the house, the object’s design might still be perfect. Don’t throw away a perfectly good item simply because it is the wrong color. Roll up those sleeves and used some left over paint from a recent home remodel or buy some new paint and make that object fit again.
Another easy way to recycle old crafts is to combine them. This is especially useful with things like hairclips or clothes pins. The ribbons on hair clips tend to go out of style every couple of years, but there is no sense in throwing the whole clip away. Take some ribbon with more modern colors and replace the out-of-date ribbon on the clip. This can be done with snazzy clothes pins also. This can also be done with old purses or bags. If a purse seems like it has outlived its era, spice it up with some left over ribbon or classy jewels from older crafts.
Recycling old crafts can be exciting. Resist the temptation to go out and buy all new materials or even to throw out old materials. Remember covering or refilling old crafts will help extend their life and add new life to the item. Painting crafts that have old colors can give a modern room a vintage flair. And finally, don’t forget to combine old pieces of crafts with items that might be loosing their glamour to revive old items. Simply follow these fast and easy ways to recycle old crafts.