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Five unique ideas to decorate your home with recycled and reused items

With rising pollution levels, it has become nothing less of a mandate in some countries to recycle at home, offices, stores and restaurants etc. In some cases, it might take some time for the recyclable items to be collected by the concerned agencies, thereby making them pile up in your backyard. So rather than waiting for them to take it all away, find out how you can become a good steward of the earth by recycling some of these items into decoration pieces  yourself. Here are some ideas to start out with.


Used Water Bottles

Here is an excellent way to reuse old water bottles in your home. All you would need to do is cut out the top portion of the bottles and attach them one after the other to a vertical clamp so that the open ends face outward. Use some sticky tape to stick the extending ends of the bottle to each other so that they stay in place. Hang the clamp on a wall and presto! You have your very own customized newspaper and magazine holder. Go for bottles of the same color for an elegant look or for different colors if you want to add some zing to the design.

Used Biscuit and Sweet Tins

Here is another way you can reuse old tine cans instead of turning them into piggy banks. Cut open a small slot in the lid of the tin can. Pour some oil into the can and insert a wicker into the slot from below so that just a small piece of it is visible outside the can. Light up the wicker and there you have it, your own customized candles.


Used Suitcases

Don’t throw away old or used suitcases, for there are plenty of ways you can transform them into really useful stuff. Take for example this design where a suitcase has been transformed into a bathroom closet complete with a mirror in front. Boards have been fitted in the interiors to form shelves. Another design using a reused suitcase involves fitting four legs at the bottom of the case and transforming it into a desk, complete with a storage option.

Used Door Frames

Instead of throwing our old door frames, consider transforming them into headboards for your bed. Repaint the door frames in a complementing color and polish them with sand paper for a glossy look. Attach them to the front legs of your bed to create a headboard that not only complements the bedroom décor, but also makes your bed look regal.

Used Window Shutters

Take this wonderful example of using a window shutter as a storage shelf for your letters, cards and other important pieces of paper. Attach the shutter to a wall to minimize the space behind it. All you need to do now is fill it with letters and cards to give it that authentic post box look.


You can reuse old items in a plenty of other ways, instead of throwing them out. All it needs is some thought and creativity. So put on your thinking hats and start recycling.


Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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