I’m taking a day off from my highly necessary policing of bad crafts to focus on a few examples of — gasp! — aesthetically appealing reuse & recycling. As you can imagine, this new, more positive direction doesn’t leave much room for commentary, which makes it perfect for today.
So yeah, I actually recommend that you try these out! Because they’re just lovely.
1) The Slide Lamp.
As they digitize their collections, libraries are throwing away vast quantities of slides. This is a beautiful and clever way to reuse them.
2) The Penny Vase.
Maybe pennies don’t exactly count as trash, but they are… trash-adjacent. Coinstar takes 10 percent, you know. 10 freaking percent! But this vase works surprisingly well.
I think the key to successfully reusing trash (or the trash-adjacent) is to keep it simple. Join Slides Into Lampshade. Glue Pennies Onto Vase. If the directions consist of four words, you’re safe.
3) Bottle Cap Stuff.
Once again, we see the four-word principle in action:
Glue Caps To Table.
Embed Caps Near Tree.
Press Caps Into Resin.
Put Caps On Everything.
So have a happy day off — back to the stomach-turners tomorrow.