Thursday, March 14, 2013

Repurpose, Upcycle, Recycle, Reuse With Discarded Items

Repurpose, Upcycle, Recycle, Reuse With Discarded Items

Hello everyone at LilacsNDreams! Glad you are stopping by. Like many others I like to roam the internet, read magazines, visit blogs and websites, and learn things along the way. With this, and so much more I see creations done by different people, what they have done, how they have done it, and am in aww over everything that I see all the time. 

Definitions I found to words when they were googled is:

Repurpose: take one thing, and use it for something else. For instance a shirt could be used to make a handbag, or some type of shopping bag. Dinner plates used to make cake pedestal stands, cups and saucers used for candy dishes, jewelry holders, candle holders, and the imagination is endless. 

Upcycle: is familiar to recycling in that you are taking something, and reworking it into a new form for continued use. Main difference is that you are not altering its form back into its components for reuse. 

Recycle: return to a previous stage of cyclic process; convert waste to a reusable material. Example would be a box being broke down into making new cardboard. 

Reuse: whatever the purpose you basically reuse the item for the same purpose more than one time.

Giving new life to items that you already own. There are so many things around the home that people can do this with. The possibilities are there by using maybe a little paint, some wax, varnish, glue, fabrics, lace, buttons, clothing, door knobs, hooks, pottery, glassware, dinnerware, silverware, vintage collectibles, and pretty much anything extra you having sitting around. 

Coffee Tea Pots can be used for planters, holding your utensils in the kitchen, making some adorable coffee pot people that I have seen before. Use chairs, ladders, ironing boards to hold some books, hang on a wall, hold flower pots, and again endless possibilities. 

I just adore bits, and pieces from the past being made into something new for us all to enjoy with our homes, yards, decor, and etc. Sometimes I hope with this being done that it too would help remind everyone of simpler times. 

Wow! See how much fun junk can be? I hope everyone enjoyed this topic today, maybe get a smile about something remembered, see things in a different way, and of course to help you with some creative ideas. After all we are all collectors of a little bit of everything. If you don't reuse pieces as they are, why not consider repurposing them in ways that puts a smile on your face too. 

Thanks so much for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams! Don't forget to share some of your ideas, or techniques with us too. Enjoy, have fun, and be safe everyone. See you again soon.
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