From Clutter To Treasure: Re-use and Not Reject!

Make use of clutter to decorate your home! Sounds strange? Believe me its possible! While moving into my new house, I had to get rid of a lot of old pots, torn clothes, cracked dishes and chipped china. At my wit's end trying to figure a way out of the mess, it struck me that I could actually use a lot of these to make decorative accents for my new home.

I got my 6 year old daughter involved as she was the only one who was willing to get her hands dirty in the act! Every body thought I was crazy, but that didn't stop me from going about my business.

First, we sorted what could be re-used and what HAD to be thrown away. It soon turned out that I could reuse most of the things that I had discarded earlier.

There was my mother-in-law's old iron chest; a wooden bookrack with jammed hinges; a couple of cracked clay planters; dozens of paper bags; old shabby pillow-covers; torn bedsheets; my daughter's old woollen garments; old magazines and more...

The first thing that we did was to paint the old iron chest in black. My daughter simply loved the idea. With a fresh coat of shiny paint, the chest sprung back to life as it were! We cut out different colored pictures of kids, flowers and cars from the old magazines and pasted them on the lid of the chest once the paint dried up. Looking bright and cheerie, the old chest was transformed into a treasure chest for my daughter's toys! In it went all her dolls and blocks and cars whatever toys there were scattered all over the house.

Next, came the planters. I smeared my little daughters palms with bright red, green and yellow paint and asked her to stamp the planters. Needless to say, she was delighted at the offer! As most of them were cracked or chipped, they could no longer be used as planters. We found a way to re-use them as dust bins instead. Inside each, we neatly tucked in a paper bag. Now they stand smart in every corner of my new house and have attracted attention of all the guests I have entertained so far. All I need to do, is replace the paper bags when they are full with new ones that comes in with the grocery.

We found a way of re-using the shabby pillow covers and the woollen garments too! I cut the sweaters, booties, caps and all the woollen garments that were discarded into small pieces. Next, I turned the pillow covers inside out, stuffed them with wool and sewed the open side firmly. My cushions were almost ready. I just had to make them more attractive. I made use of the large round and colorful show-buttons that were taken off the old sweaters and booties. I stitched them on the cushions, in groups of three, and soon my cushions looked as attractive and inviting as ever!

You too can reuse a lot of your old stuff and turn a lot of trash into cherished treasures. Look around you, put on your thinking caps and if you're willing to get your hands dirty, you'll soon learn to reuse and not just reject!

Ipsita Mukherjee is a freelance article writer, an ardent craft-lover and a homemaker for 12 years. Specializing in web content writing, Ipsita has written articles on a wide variety of topics for various websites.

In The News:


Gloucestershire Echo

And Another Thing: Nostalgic crafts and hobbies a symptom of recession
Gloucestershire Echo
EVERYWHERE you look there are people making things. The craze, maybe it's even a movement for crafts, sewing, knitting has really taken off in the last few years. There's even a TV show which suggests that hemming doesn't get tougher than this. It ...


Easter craft fair in Watertown gets families smiling on holiday weekend (VIDEO)
WatertownDailyTimes.com
WATERTOWN — Dressed in a Hello Kitty T-shirt, 5-year-old Anya J. Gadd decided to get her face painted with the same theme Saturday at an Easter craft fair hosted for the first time at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds exhibition hall. The fair, which ...

and more »

The Guardian

Knitting and needlework: relaxing hobbies or seditious activities?
The Guardian
In recent years, there has been a revival of interest in crafts, partly fuelled by celebrity knitters such as the Duchess of Cambridge and Kate Moss. According to the UK Hand Knitting Association, there has been a 12% increase in people participating ...


Pembroke Daily Observer

Cutting the Google strings
Pembroke Daily Observer
Hobbies and Crafts Resource Center is chock-full of ideas for your next project! This databases covers virtually every hobby and leisure activity. There are also lots of great craft patterns here! At CPI.Q (Canadian Periodicals), access millions of ...


Cornelia E. Sanchez (Corny Bear), 71
Valley Courier
Her hobbies included fixing puzzles, word search puzzles, making arts and crafts, spending time with her family. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Society and Artesole Valle. Cornelia was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter; Gloria ...


Daily Mail

People with creative hobbies do better at work
Daily Mail
Television shows such as the Great British Bake Off and Mary Berry Cooks as well as those focusing on crafts such as Kirstie's Homemade Britain and the Great British Sewing Bee, have become huge hits as people turn to creative hobbies. Paul Hollywood ...

and more »

Media Matters for America (blog)

Conservative Media Darling Hobby Lobby's Discriminatory Hobbies
Media Matters for America (blog)
Over at National Review, editor Rich Lowry framed the Green family -- Hobby Lobby's owners -- as "law-abiding people running an arts-and-craft-chain," "minding their own business," until "Uncle Sam showed up to make an offer that the Greens couldn't ...

and more »

Ilkeston Today

Sign up for adult learning with Derbyshire County Council
Ilkeston Today
There are more than 2,000 daytime and evening courses and activities on offer this year providing opportunities for people to study for new qualifications or explore new hobbies and interests. More Saturday workshops and shorter courses are also ...

and more »

Shirley Mae Davidson
SalemNews.net
In addition to her work, she served as secretary in most organizations to which she belonged. Her hobbies included candy-making, baking, cooking and hosting elegant parties. She enjoyed all kinds of hand crafts, needlepoint being a favorite. Her ...

and more »

The Guardian

Kate Middleton Makes Fun of Prince William's Bald Spot in Sydney
Wetpaint
Later, Kate checked out the photo display and chatted with Alison Renwick, the former chair of arts and crafts at the event, about her love for art. “She was very interested in the crochet and was brought up by her family and grandmother in particular ...
Royal tour 2014: Five things we learned from day 11 of William and Kate's trip ...Mirror.co.uk

all 2,942 news articles »
Google News

What Is A Reverse Painting?

Welcome to the world of Reverse Painting on Glass. Reverse... Read More

Sewing Embroidery Designs in New Ways

How many of you are always looking for new ways... Read More

4 Fun Ways to Display Photos

From baby pictures to vacation pictures, images of family and... Read More

Gemstone Collecting

Personally, I have become fascinated with gemstones (precious and semi-precious... Read More

The Art of Cutting and Cropping for Your New Scrapbook

Often photographs aren't quite the right shape and size or... Read More

Cleaning Silk Bouquets In 3 Simple Steps

How To Clean A Silk BouquetA Silk bouquet can last... Read More

Making Beaded Jewelry Is Easy to Do

Making beaded jewelry is an inexpensive and fun hobby that... Read More

Make Origami

Origami is a wonderful and elegant art. It has been... Read More

Embroidery Stabilizing for Machine Embroidering

Here are some tips to get good results with your... Read More

Make Your Own Professional Gift Baskets

Ever given your family or friends a beautiful gift basket?... Read More

Baby Boomers Need Creative Practical Hobbies

"Well how are you really enjoying your retirement?" I asked... Read More

How to Make Gel Candles - 11 Easy Steps

Do you love burning beautiful, scented candles? And do you... Read More

Setting Up Your Display Case

One of the best ways to display photographs, memorabilia and... Read More

Printing on Canvas

Given the progress in inkjet and media technology, demand for... Read More

Jewelry Making: Measuring for Bracelets Without a Tape

Your cousin's friend in Saskatchewan has asked you to design... Read More

Woodworking Tools: Right Selection And Care Will Save You Money, Part 2

Woodworking: Tools Of The Trade, Part 2 - Tools For... Read More

A Look at Cloisonn Lapel Pins

Cloisonn lapel pins are the most traditional, if not the... Read More

Fun with Origami!

Storing origamiThis is a great question. Many people want to... Read More

Easy Crafts for Kids - Help with Learning

According to the research on child cognitive development, making use... Read More

Identifying US Coins with Bullish Futures

Okay, let's get something straight? I do not advocate the... Read More

Family Album In The Digital Age

Back then it was simple - you take the picture,... Read More

Faux Wax Seals, Tearing, and Fraying in Your Scrapbooks

Would you like to add more creative appeal to your... Read More

How Could Your Hobby be the Key to Financial Success?

Virtually everyone has the knowledge they need to make a... Read More

Weaving Photographs and the Use of a Collage to Give Your Scrapbooks Artistic Flare

For more dramatic results from your photographs, trying weaving two... Read More

Mixed Media Collage - Make The Pieces of Your Life Sing!

According to the dictionary, collage art is an artistic composition... Read More