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Plenty of items lie unused in our homes - either because they're broken, or old. Here are 15 simple ways to reuse commonly thrown items, and jazz up your home!
Use and never throw! Someone had once said, “Every little thing in this world is valuable.” It could well be everything you have and everything you thought had lived its lifetime. Here are 25 very-easy-to-accomplish reuse ideas for your home and life.
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It is a good idea to add words to perk up everyday meals. You can also write down favourite quotes or songs. All you need is a ceramic plate, a permanent porcelain paint marker and a painter’s tape (to support while writing).
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Use torn fabric to bring new light to the dining room. All you need is some torn fabric, a tape and voila – your creation is ready!
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Old peppermint tins can be used as an emergency sewing kit or a first aid box. You can use some glitters or coloured papers to make it look attractive.
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Don’t despair when your pots break. Use them as micro-planters instead.
Turn your broken tables into attractive desks.
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Brighten up your home using these old bottles caps as candles. All you require is some wax and wicks.
You can create an art kit using the outer cover board of any book and a broken handle. Stick the handle to the outer board and stick an old cloth inside the board to hold pens of notes, voila! There’s your masterpiece.
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Here’s what you can do with those broken globes. Use them as fruits and potpourri holders. They actually make attractive centerpieces. You can also try detailing them with studs or colours.
Don’t feel sorry for your favourite picture frame that broke, you can instead tie a twine around and make it your personalized earrings holder. Trust me you want to experiment more after this!
Ladders as shelves – Broken ladders are the best options for a shelf. You can customize it as you want and use it to keep books and other ceramics. It adds style to your hall.
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Don’t throw away your old pair of denims. Instead, cut out its pocket and make it your funky cell phone or MP3 carrier. Old denims can also be used as door mats or rags.
Stylize your garden by using old worn out tyres as flower pots.
Burlap fabric (jute rags) can be used as trays and vegetable carriers.
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You can make it a pen or crayons holder or even plant a seedling in your old dahi pots. Don’t throw them away.
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Cardboard boxes can be used as attractive fabric or towel holders. Paint them using fabric paint or cover with a fabric and add some detail, if you need to get an attractive container.
Not only do these old material find new life in easy ways, but they also add punk to your lifestyle. So go ahead and hunt down old things in your home!
A longer version of this piece, with more wonderful ways to jazz up your home with old items, was originally published here.
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The story of my mountain home Birdsong & Beyond started taking shape in 2009, on the internet, the way many stories do these days.
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Many Indian elderly are firm believers in enslaving a daughter-in-law in the name of tradition which is actually a tradition of oppression and not of religious faith.
Albeit, the popular culture has interpreted scriptures as suggesting that Kanyadaan is the supreme form of donation given to someone, the connotation that the word donation alludes to definitely objectifies the girl.
Even when the exegesis justify the act of giving away the daughter, considering it a ritual to mark the initiation of the daughter into her husband’s gotra and her becoming the part of his family tree.
There is no denial of the fact that this initiation is not required on the part of the groom thereby formally denoting the end of the filial ties with the daughter as it was popularly instructed to the bride during the Vidai ceremonies:
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