Reusing Old Scrap Metal for the Bookworm

Below is a guest post by Melanie Hargrave, a wife and homemaker whose family is her pride and joy. She is a recent advocate of the green movement, and recently discovered Mac’s Traders Inc., where she now takes all of the scrap metal she doesn’t use for projects to support her obsession with literature.

Any lover of literature will recognize Ralph Waldo Emerson as one of the pioneers of the early 19th century Transcendentalist Movement. Transcendentalists believed that human nature was never better than when it was self-sufficient and independent. Henry David Thoreau, Emerson’s contemporary, took this philosophy to the extreme when he retired to live in isolation on Walden Pond. One could even say he was one of the earliest advocates of “going green.”

reusing old scrap metal Walden Pond is now, unfortunately, a tourist trap (and a lovely place to swim). But modern-day booklovers can still follow in Transcendentalist footsteps and be a little more self-sufficient and environmentally-aware with these fun ideas for reusing old scrap metal. Photo: Duane Tate

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Sometimes, all a bookworm wants is another bookshelf. And to paraphrase Emerson, there is nothing so elegant as to make it yourself. It would be easy enough to run to IKEA, but if you have some scrap metal lying around, why not make it yourself?

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5 Amazing Ways to Reuse Old Cables and Cords

Below is a guest post by Gilbert Bermudez, a contributor for CompareHero, a Malaysian comparison website. He loves swimming and writing and you can follow his activity on his Google+ account.

Is there a time you tripped because of cables scattered around your house? Cable wires and cords are used to charge or connect hardware. Without these, we wouldn’t be able to use devices like broadband, smartphone or other mobile devices. But what if the cables you have at home are old enough to throw away? The best thing to do is reuse old cables.

Sometimes those components turn out to be a clutter that takes up too much space at home. The solution you might have thought about was to throw away these cables, right?

Throwing Away Old Cables is a Bad Idea

Did you know that dumping old cable in the trash means you are throwing away money? Yes, those old cords of yours can turn from trash to cash. There are people who are interested in buying secondhand items, and those who look for replacement for the cables they have lost or broken. Dig through the piles of cable wires you own and check if they are worth selling.

Cables and cords are non-biodegradable items. Just like plastic and Styrofoam, these bits and pieces will not decompose, bringing harm not just to the environment, but also to our health. Instead of throwing them out:

  • Drop off the old cables to recycling centers to be sorted into what can be recycled or reused.
  • Create a garage sale in front of your house to sell your old gizmos.
  • If you want a hassle-free way of selling those items, post an ad on Amazon, Craigslist, eBay, or other popular selling sites. Best Buy also helps you get rid of your cable wire clutter. They do not recycle the wires themselves, however, they take everything and sell it off by the pound to a third-party seller.

If you can’t still bear to get rid of your old cable wires, read on for ways to reuse them.

Reduce and Reuse Old Cables

Keep your cables and cords organized by doing these Do-It-Yourself projects to repurpose and reuse old cables:

Toilet Paper Rolls – The cardboard that keeps tissue intact from toilet paper rolls will keep your cable wires orderly. Get as much of it as you need and place the wires into them to keep them away from tangling. Place each roll on a box to keep them neat and clean.

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How to Furnish Your Home on a Budget

Below is a guest post by Uma Campbell, a freelance writer from Southern California who loves writing about home decor and home design trends.

The concept of recycling and reusing old items is beneficial for the environment, your health, the health of the world, and your wallet. Being willing to forgo new items for secondhand and gently used items has a serious impact on your wallet. This is even more beneficial when you’re getting ready to make big purchases. After you’ve bought your home or moved into a new apartment, the next big expense you’ll have is furnishings. Furnishing a new home or apartment is an expensive task, but being willing to put the extra time, effort and energy can save you big money, so read on for how to furnish your home on a budget.

When picking items for your new home, be sure to keep in mind durability and style. Have a decor style in mind before you make your purchase to ensure that you don’t end up with a hodgepodge of items in the end. By being careful about your purchase, and choosing some secondhand recycled items, you’ll guarantee that you won’t break the bank when furnishing your place.

The infographic below by For Rent provides some great tips for how to furnish your home efficiently, and cost effectively. Check it out below!

How to Furnish Your Home on a Budget

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How to Recycle Boxes After a Move

Below is a guest post by m Ella Andrews, an avid blogger by hobby and copywriter by profession who loves to write about storage and moving facility for home, cleaning, organizing and home maintenance issues.

Moving takes a long time to deal with if you’re not properly prepared, however you should do your best to stick to whatever plan you have in mind. When you’re done with the move itself you will likely feel obliged to either throw the boxes away or use them for something else, however you can deal with them in a much more appropriate manner than just throwing them away. The following tips will give you the basics of what you can do to recycle them or give them a chance to be used again. Let’s begin with the first one on our list:

  • Check in with a box broker, as they could give you a chance to sell your used boxes so they can be reused again by someone else. Many companies have representatives in different cities around, so check your local possibilities via the internet.
  • how to recycle If you live in the U.S., you’ll be able to use the services of places such as BoxCycle or their equivalents elsewhere. This would be a great opportunity to list your boxes for sale or even buy boxes should you have need of them. The way the market is going, these types of services provide a second life to the otherwise usually one-shot, one-use pattern followed by most people when it comes to boxes.
  • Check out the best moving companies you worked with and see whether they have a chance to use them in some way. Although this isn’t always a common option, in some cases they may allow you to give away boxes so they can be reused and in others the company itself may work with their own, rented plastic or cardboard boxes as well.
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Get Creative with Pine Needle Crafts

Pine needles may seem like a nuisance when they’re falling off your Christmas tree, but there are some really neat things you can make using them. You may step over them on your walk through the park, but next time take care to see if you might be able to collect some fragrant pine needles to make your own pine needle crafts.

The book Pine Needle Basketry takes you through the steps to create your own pine needle baskets and provides tons of pictures and diagrams. The surprisingly simple technique involves wrapping needles around a center. Choose from over 40 projects that refer to general techniques with clear and easy-to-follow instructions.

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Below are some finished pine needle baskets to start you thinking on your own design. Bear in mind it is recommended to start with a practice project before attempting a more advanced pine needle crafts and baskets. You may not have thought about it until now, but classes may be available in your area to help supplement ideas covered in the book.

Even if you come from a family of basket weavers, you’re sure to pick up some useful skills and be on your way to beautiful pine needle baskets!

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Adding beads to a pine needle basket, as shown in the picture below, gives it another textured look.

pine needle crafts

Special sections in the book Pine Needle Basketry will guide you through gathering and storing your pine needles and other materials you need, as well as making lids and handles as shown in the basket below:

pine needle crafts

Once again, a simple look at the forest floor will give you the raw materials needed. For other crafts made from natural materials, check out our recycling project ideas tab and read about pine cone crafts and amazing art made from leaves. Happy crafting!

Photos: MountainMade WV Handmade Art, Wicker Paradise, Alby Headrick

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