You probably already know that I am a great repurposer. Before I throw anything away I think about whether I could give it a new use. So, when I saw this little beauty at a garage sale at a bargain $3, it didn't take me long to think about what I could do with it.
In its first life it was a tiki torch. It had a little stainless steel cup in the center and I knew for its second life it was going to become a succulent pot. I proudly showed it to my dinner guests that night. They didn't seem quite so impressed. In fact I think they were speechless! It didn't have the plant so maybe that would have made a difference. Or maybe it is another case of beauty in the eye of the beholder.
You all know their first life.
In their second life they are pot feet. It helps to keep the ground underneath the pots clean.
The corks are easy to cut to size. For most pots I cut them into 4. Sometimes all I need are thin slivers.
Then stick them to the bottom of the pot. Or just place them underneath the pot.
I have also used them when attaching something to the wall to keep the item off the wall.
But not to forget the rest of the item. At this time of year I also keep the wine bottles. I fill them with water to use in the greenhouse as a passive solar heating. I also fill the one gallon milk jugs. Can you imagine what kind of party they think we have had when I put them out for recycling in the spring.
In their first life they were salsa cups from our weekly trip to Whole Foods for breakfast tacos.
In their second life they are a perfect place to keep seeds.
In their first life they held plants at the Great Outdoors nursery. In their second life they will keep bags of mulch and our firewood stack off the ground off the ground. We arrived just as they were throwing them in the trash.
In its first life it was a towel.
In its second life it is a new wicking mat for my greenhouse tray. The original one had the fuzzy surface removed to line a mouse's nest! I have in the past used strip of towel from pot to gallon jug of water to water plants when away. It works very well.
I recycle lots of other things too. I cut and bend coat hanger wire to make hold downs for the drip irrigation system.
I'm sure you have lots of ideas to recycle items around the home. Do share.
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