It can be upsetting when what once was a perfectly good, usable item breaks. If part of the item is still intact, you may feel bad about just throwing it away. Here at Western National, we believe in upcycling as part of an eco-friendly lifestyle. Here are some easy and fun DIY projects that you can do at home using broken objects.
1. Bent Silverware to Drawer Pulls
Damaged or bent forks and spoons may not be any good for eating, but they can become beautiful drawer pulls or hooks for your keys, masks, and other small items. To make the drawer pulls, take the bent silverware and use a hammer to flatten out the tines of the fork or scoop part of the spoon. Next, use an electric drill to make a screw hole. Be sure to leave enough room for a screwdriver to fit! Then bend the handle of the utensils to form a U-shape. Finally, attach to a dresser, cabinet, or use by themselves or in a row as hooks.
2. Broken Jewelry to Magnets
Broken costume jewelry like earrings or necklaces can have a second life as decorative magnets. You just need a hot glue gun and some magnets, which you might already have around the house. Simply take the piece of jewelry and use a dab of hot glue to attach the magnet to the back. When it’s dry, you have a beautiful way to attach your notes and lists to the refrigerator.
3. Broken Suitcase to Storage Table
Old suitcases that maybe don’t latch well or have broken handles can become useful storage coffee tables. You’ll need a power drill and some hardware that you can easily purchase. Measure and use the drill to attach the hardware. Then attach the legs (you may even have some old table or chair legs from other broken objects). When you’re done, you’ll have a conversation piece that can also store books, games, remotes, and charging cables.
If you’re still feeling crafty after upcycling some of the broken objects around your apartment, check out these ideas to make something beautiful out of an aluminum can.
For more ways to live a green and eco-friendly life at home, contact us at Western National. We look forward to assisting you.