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30 Things You Shouldn't Throw Away + What to Do With Them

June 12, 2020

One man's trash is another's craft stash. Reduce waste with our clever organizing, storage and decorating projects that breathe new life into items you usually throw away.

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Baby Food Jars

Transform those sweet little glass jars into handy storage for small items like push pins, ponytail holders and more. Unscrew the lid from the jar, then glue a small wooden drawer knob in the center of the lid. Spray paint the lid and knob your favorite color and let dry before placing back on the jar. Use these cute containers as storage or to gift small items like candy or nail polish.

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Plastic Straws

Don't let those plastic straws end up in a landfill! When you're done slurping up your iced coffee, save the straws to make a few of these gorgeous faux copper air planters. P.S. - they make great gifts.

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Glass Bottles

Light up those long nights of porch sitting (and rid your deck of pesky bugs) with DIY citronella torches made from last weekend's emptied wine bottles.

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Soda Bottles

Vintage soda bottles have a nostalgic charm that works as both decor and as a room freshener when you turn them into a scent diffuser using chopsticks or ordinary bamboo skewers. Just fill a bottle with a simple 3:1 ratio of water to rubbing alcohol, mixed with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Add decorative rocks, beads or glass marbles to the bottom of the bottle, if desired.

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