A to Z Challenge – 2019 – R is for Repurpose and Recycle

Moving right along in the 10th Annual Blogging from A to Z Challenge we come to the letter “R” which stands for Repurpose, Reuse and Recycle.   I love experimenting with things and when I see some ordinary item I immediately start thinking about what else I could use it for.  Take these Laughing Cow cheese containers.  I really like this cheese so we had quite a few empty ones and I wondered what I could do with them.

This is what I came up with.  A little Halloween container for a mini-album of course.  

There is a string of about 8 to 10 circles held together that pull out from the base. 

I thought it would be fun to put pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes.   

It might also be a cute gift for the hostess of the costume party!

Another thing we seemed to have a lot of was CDs.  They came in some magazines we were getting and they used to get sent in the mail so you could install AOL (yes, I am dating myself!).  

So I decided to cover them and make a Christmas mini.  I punched a hole in the side so I could use a ring to hold them together. 
I think this would make a great gift for the hostess of the Christmas party or as one of the gifts in a Secret Santa.

There is a pocket inside so if you wanted to use it as a gift card holder that would work too.  

There is ribbon around the metal ring that holds it closed. 

These were some water bottles that I used as gift holders for Easter.  Inside I put candy, pencils, little toys and things like that.  I tied a ribbon around the top with a tag with the initial of the recipient on it.  They came out okay but I’ve never done them again.  Water bottles are too small to use I think. 
My daughter was putting all her CDs into a holder and had lots of cases leftover. 
Guess what?  Another mini album!  This one is for Mother’s day.  Inside the case I glued paper so that it opens up and there is a flower pocket to hold a message or a gift card. 

This one is for Halloween.  

And then there are the tea boxes.  I drink A LOT of tea and the boxes were just so cute.

I covered the boxes with paper and put a bunch of tags inside with messages and spots to write notes.
This one is for Mother’s Day but I have done them for Father’s Day as well.  Ribbon is again tied around the ring that holds the tags together. 

I love the tags and colors in this one.  

I bought some sheets a while ago and they were wrapped around these cardboard holders.  Of course I saved them.  They will make great sturdy covers for… mini-albums!  I just haven’t figured out what themes to use yet.  Maybe travel.  I’ve been meaning to do one of those.    

Am I the only one who sees these things and wonders what to do with them?  All of them can easily be thrown into the recycle bin and the garbage company will take them away to melt them down or whatever they do but I think my way is more fun, don’t you?  You can find these and others on my Etsy site and if you can think of a theme you’d like to see one made into let me know!

Rib” is the prompt for the #SoCS today so I’m glad I’ve been able to incorporate it into my little story here.

Tomorrow is Sunday so there is no A to Z.  I missed last week’s Song Lyric Sunday but maybe I’ll be able to play this week.  I’m going to try to make the rounds to some new A to Z-ers too and make sure I have the letters ready for the last week of the Challenge.  Have a Happy Easter!

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22 Responses to A to Z Challenge – 2019 – R is for Repurpose and Recycle

  1. ghostmmnc says:

    I’m bad about saving all kinds of stuff that I think I can use for something later on. I love what you’ve done with all of these, especially the CD cases! Great way to give a gift card, rather than just stick it in an envelope.
    Happy Easter to you and your family! ❀

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  2. Shelley says:

    WOW – I’m so impressed and inspired by your creativity and that you found such great ways to reuse/recycle/revive!! Way to go! I’m the same way…when something looks good enough to maybe reuse, I store it…now I just have to figure out how to reuse those things. Happy Easter, Janet!

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  3. Mabel Kwong says:

    These are quite a few creative ways to reuse and repurpose things around the house. I’m very impressed by how you reused those CD jewel cases, making them into gift cards with a message. I had so many of those cases lying around at one point and they just went off to the recycling plant!

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  4. joey says:

    You are so creative and clever!

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  5. XmasDolly says:

    How very interesting and fun! You are very … oh darn now I cannot think of the word, but I love you ideas. HAPPY EASTER to you and yours! Have a great weekend!

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  6. M. Oniker says:

    I so “get” this. All of that extra packaging that comes with everything, even with recycling it is cringey that it gets tossed into a bin, but if you don’t toss it then your house starts looking like the next episode of Hoarders. My current “hmmm, what shall I do with this . . .?” are the clear plastic, tri-part egg cartons that come with a lot of free-range eggs. Get rid of the flat section (drawer organizer), cut holes into one of the egg-sides bottoms β€” big enough that you can slip a green onion with roots through, water in the other half, snip green off onion and put rooted stump into the water and through the hole. Voila! In about 4 days you’ll get more green onion to snip and the onions grow straight up in their individual egg cells. Downside: Harder to replenish water than using a glass jar.

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Sorry, M. Your comment went in my trash bin but I rescued it πŸ™‚ I don’t know about the plastic egg cartons but it sounds like you’ve got a good idea there!

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  7. M. Oniker says:

    I so “get” this. All of that extra packaging that comes with everything, even with recycling it is cringey that it gets tossed into a bin, but if you don’t toss it then your house starts looking like the next episode of Hoarders. My current “hmmm, what shall I do with this . . .?” are the clear plastic, tri-part egg cartons that come with a lot of free-range eggs. Get rid of the flat section (drawer organizer), cut holes into one of the egg-sides bottoms β€” big enough that you can slip a green onion with roots through, water in the other half, snip green off onion and put rooted stump into the water and through the hole. Voila! In about 4 days you’ll get more green onion to snip and the onions grow straight up in their individual egg cells. Downside: Harder to replenish water than using a glass jar.

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  8. J-Dub says:

    Very creative. I enjoyed looking at everything you’ve made. Happy Easter.

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  9. John Holton says:

    I’d look for a way to use that picture of The Laughing Cow in a project.

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  10. Only you could turn empty containers and boxes into such creative designs, Janet! These are great! I drink a lot of tea also…I might need to mail you my empty boxes. πŸ™‚

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  11. Mukhamani says:

    So beautiful, loved all of them.

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