What kind of treasures can you make from trash?

United States
July 28, 2008 7:45pm CST
I try to find uses for everything. I save my cans and decorate them to use as organizers for other things. I decorate old boxes so we can use them for storeage too. Id like some new ideas on things I can make from the stuff that normaly fills my trash can. What do you do to make trash treasures?
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
1 Aug 08
I have saved my salsa jars and made candle holders out of them. I run a daycare and I bought sticky foam flowers, hearts and letters. For mothers day I let the kids decorate the jars~ I took the foam letters and wrote I (heart) MOM on them and they put flowers and hearts all around the jars. Then I took some aquariam stone and a votive candle and put it inside. The mom's loved them. I have also made these for friends but painted the outside of the jar with something I thought they might like.
• United States
11 Aug 08
That is such a cute idea. I think my family would love it. I even found a great deal on tealights last month so Im half way there.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Thanks for BR. I am making some more of these candles too. They come out really cute.
6 Aug 08
You can make really nice candle holders from cans, they look nice when battered carefully with a hammer and burned carefully to make it look burnished and old. Boxes can be painted or sprayed and used to put presents in instead of buying wrapping papers. I did this last year and it worked really well. I made recycled tags and also wrapped the boxes in ribbons and string saved from packaged items. People receiving the gifts loved it!
• United States
11 Aug 08
I keep old cans to make organizers for the house but I have never thought of hammering them up to make them take on a different look to them. I am also working on making christmas tags and cards from the things I have on hand here. Thanks for the great ideas.
@movicont (495)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Almost all of our old boxes go for storage. Instead of buying cabinets to place toys in, my parents saved up many of my brother's Huggies diaper boxes and used them as storage bins instead. At the end of every school year, I collect my large stack of returned papers, go through them and take out any sheets that have room for scratch work. There's a large pile of scratch paper we keep in the kitchen. My dad had, surprisingly, used an old (almost useless) CPU to create a DVD player. It worked quite well for around a year, after which we finally replaced it with a store-bought DVD player. This was fun, and I should pester him about how he did it.
• United States
11 Aug 08
It sounds like your dad was quite a good hand and making things. I know I could never do anything like that. I try to go through our junk mail and keep any papers that are just used on one side and use them for scraps.
@peavey (16588)
• United States
1 Aug 08
When I first moved here, I needed a small table for a chair, so I used a cardboard box and covered it with contact paper the former tenants had left. To make it sturdier, I filled it with newspaper. With a scarf (thrift store napkin) over the top, it looks pretty good!
• United States
11 Aug 08
We have done that before too. We painted the boxes to with mis matched paint to give it some extra strength. It really did help get sturdier.
@beaniecat (329)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I thought of a few more things. I picked up some pine cones and made firestarters to use to start my wood burning stove. I put dryer lint in a muffin tin, then melted down some old candles and poured the wax over the lint and stuck a pine cone on top. They looked great in a basked on the hearth while they were waiting to be used and they made great gifts.
• United States
1 Aug 08
Is it easy to do? Is there exact measurements or is it just an estimate? Sounds like a cheap and easy idea that would make great decorations too.
@beaniecat (329)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I made a birthday gift by cutting pictures of horses out of magazines. I found a trash can for $1.00 at the dollar store and glued the pictures all over it in a collage. It looked great! I also used magazine clippings to create some Christmas decoupage christmas ornaments.
• United States
1 Aug 08
Cute idea. We are looking for cheap storage ideas and that would be a good fit too. Thanks.
@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
29 Jul 08
some trash that can be recycle can be sold at a reasonable price that are cans,plastic and etc..and of course those that are not can be use as fertilizer by making a whole or a pit on the ground and let the trash be rotten for future uses..tetra packs can be recycled and made as bags and everything..as see it from one the shows in our local tv..even my neighbor made it( bags)..
• United States
29 Jul 08
We save all our cans and recycle them. We dont drink much out of a can so we dont go through a ton of them. When I go on walks we pick up cans and take them home and put them with our cans. We are cleaning up the streets and making some money too.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Well to emphasize what baileycows said : Use Country Crock butter containers and Cool Whip Containers as tupperware Save the Grease from the frying pan and use it again Instead of throwing away cardboard boxes tear them down so you can reuse them later for gifts or if you need to move or put things into storage I can't think of anything else right off hand but I sure do hope this helps!
• United States
29 Jul 08
We seem to get a lot of boxes so we use them as garbage cans and then when they are full we just take the whole thing to the garbage can. Now we are trying to be more concious of things that recycle so that will have to stop.
@baileycows (3669)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I can't think of any uses for my trash. I guess I am not that creative or I am lazy one. I do use lots of containers as tupperware instead of buying it.
• United States
29 Jul 08
It all helps. We keep margarine containers to use as tupperware too, that way when we forget the things in the fridge it is okay to toss it.