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:

Explore “Hobbies and Crafts” @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library
Morehead News
As I write this, the snow is pouring down. The library is going to be closed today, and so are the schools. Whether you are snowbound or just interested in exploring ideas for something to do, I recommend taking a look at the “Hobbies and Crafts ...

Lewiston Sun Journal

Jeannine E. Laplume
Lewiston Sun Journal
Her hobbies were sewing, arts and crafts and playing her guitar. She is survived by her husband, Raymond, of 39 years, in which they produced five wonderful children; her daughter, Nicole Webb, her husband, USAF Master Sergeant Jeff and their son, Kyle ...

Vera Hall, 86, of Gillette, Wyo.
Her hobbies were centered on attending grandchildren's activities and her crafts. She is survived by daughters, Nancy Feehan of Moorcroft, Susan (Clif) Giest of Rochester, Minn., Diana (Terry) Nebelsick of Huron; and son Steven Hall of Denver, Colo ...

The Star Online

A young boy indulges in the ancient art of Japanese paper-folding
The Star Online
For 10-year-old Noriman Mohd Noh, there's nothing more fascinating than flipping through art and crafts books, especially those on origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding. “Origami is my 'bestest' hobby ever. I love the idea of transforming pieces ...

A two-hour bear? I'm going to try it
I made one of these sideways sweaters last year for my dolls but gave it away. I was going to put this on the doll I sent to Butterfly Ministry for Girls, but I decided to send a different sweater instead. I will probably send this sweater to the ...

Judith L. Howard
Barre Montpelier Times Argus
Gardening, art, hiking (completing the Long Trail), camping, crafts and spending time with nieces and nephews were a few of her interests and hobbies. She was especially proud of her family genealogy and affiliation with the Vermont Society of ...

The Missoulian

Roberta Joan 'Bobbi' Joan Luke
The Missoulian
She enjoyed many crafts and was an excellent seamstress in her prime. She loved gardening, canning, cooking and entertaining guests. From her many hobbies, we remember fondly the cabbage rolls, dill pickles and one particular year of homemade cherry ...

La Crosse Tribune

Dale Alfred Olson
La Crosse Tribune
Dale occupied his time with a wide variety of hobbies from classic cars to country crafts, horseback riding to cruising in his Corvette and singing with his family at church to fishing at Lake of the Woods. Dale married his second wife Charlotte on Jan ...

The Intelligencer

Doylestown planners back McCaffrey's Market move
The Intelligencer
The former Herb's Hobbies & Crafts building in Doylestown. Community leaders launched a letter campaign to try get Trader Joe's to open a store on the site. Plans for a McCaffrey's market to move to the building at 200 W. State St. were reviewed by the ...

Watch Insurgent Online Movie Free GOOGLENEWS Streaming
Comic Book Movie
If you are an avid traveler, you might start a collection of things from the travels. watch Insurgent movie You might gather ceramic from unique places, nearby arts and crafts, postcards or even wine. Whatever you decide, you will have something to ...

and more »
Google News

It is Possible to Create All Kinds of Items with Hobby Metal Casting

Hobby Metal Casting enables the home metal craft worker to... Read More

Identifying US Coins with Bullish Futures

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

Patterning and Spacing in Your Scrapbooks

How can you arrange your scrapbook page to best show... Read More

I Didnt Know These Are Slowly Destroying My Scrapbooks!

Once you spend your precious time and energy creating a... Read More

Pump Up Your Life with Scrapbook Pages of Certainty

If you can voice enthusiastically that scrapbooking is your passion,... Read More

Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make

Christmas is a time of giving and receiving. Even kids... Read More

Choosing The Right Mat Board Colour For Your Art Work

The framing industry has no books, no set theory, not... Read More

The Top Five Morgan Silver Dollars

Why waste everyone's time? Let's skip the appetizers and get... Read More

Scrapbooking on a Budget

Memories are priceless, but the cost of preserving them can... Read More

Finding The Best Display Case For Your Treasures

Maybe you have a bunch of collectibles sitting in your... Read More

A Playtime Project: The Memory Quilt

A friend recently suggested a use for my daughter's first... Read More

Kona Cotton: The Quilters & Embroiderers Dream Fabric

What, Exactly, Is Kona Cotton? Kona(R) cotton is a premium,... Read More

Scrapbook Photographs -- How A Picture Can Be Worth A Thousand Words

For many people, photos are at the heart of their... Read More

Mini Rc Cars

Did your heart ever palpitate for fast driving? Did you... Read More

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

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

My Greatest Stamp Find

I have been involved with stamps nearly my entire life.... Read More

Tips for Flower Arranging at Home

Floral design is an art and for some it comes... Read More

A Look at the Humidor Plan

There are many styles of humidors that range from the... Read More

A Few Tips About Comic Book Bags

We store comics to keep them valuable. Air pollution, ultra... Read More

Floral Arranging as a Hobby

Flower arranging has become increasingly popular as a hobby, for... Read More

Collectibles: Searching for those Hard-to-Find Diecast Models

For collectors of any kind, there are always those items... Read More

Preserving Thanksgiving Memories for Scrapbooking

Last year our family tried out a new way to... Read More

A Brief History of Japanese Daruma Dolls

Daruma dolls are representations of the historical Indian priest Bodhidharma,... Read More

Easy Steps to Scrapbooking with Young Kids

Kids grow up so fast and if you don't try... Read More

Money Making Hobby - Do You Have One?

Everyone has a hobby. We love all kinds of music,... Read More