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Recycled Coffee Can Bag Holder

January 3, 2011

I do so love to try to reuse things to extend their life. Today, I am posting a plastic bag holder made from a empty coffee can. Remember the post about not throwing away your old calenders? Well, this project also utilizes some of that idea as well.

I realize that the best idea is not to use plastic bags at all. However, that is not as realistic and idealistic as people think. I do think that some day we will all live in a world where there will be no more of these plastic bags but until then, we need a place to put them.

Granted, reusing and recycling coffee cans is not original but I haven’t seen the combination of old coffee can and old calendar combined into one project.

Here’s what you need to do:

Recycled Coffee Can Bag Holder
1. Use any coffee can. This is Butternut. I have access to tons of these through work so it was also free.

Coffee can Crafts
2. Use a piece of paper to create a template for the area you are going to cover. This was notebook paper but I could have done it even more frugally and used scrap paper.

Recycle calendar into crafts
3. Using any photos from any calender, find a month that looks good.

Coffee can recycle calender crafts
4. March worked for this project…with a small dose of January.

Recycle Calendar into bag holder
5. Cut out the picture. I used scalloped scissors and tacky glue that I already had on hand.

Coffee Can crafting
6. Spread the glue on the back of the picture and adhere it to the coffee can. You can use straight scissors if you don’t have shaped scissors. No biggie.

Recycle Coffee Can Recycle Calendar
7. Cut a hole in the lid with a knife.

Recycling Old Coffee Cans
8. Ta Daaaa! You can squish quite a few bags into this can. I can see this idea being used for gifts, Christmas cookies and candy, even Easter Baskets.

Total coast of this project…free because I had everything on hand.

Until next time…


Gathering Trash to turn into Treasure!

December 31, 2010

We have all heard the old saying, “trash to treasure” and “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, right? Well, as a part of living frugally, “trash” is essential. We find new uses for things all of the time. Everything from crafts to decorations to gifts. Yes, gifts. The mindset of “trash” has changed so much over the years. It is now thought of as “recycling” and not “trash” and it’s perfectly acceptable to use it for gift giving.

In a previous post, we already turned our Christmas cards into gift tags for next year. Just a few short years ago, those cards would have gone to the landfill. No more. Giving as many items as possible a new purpose is a way of life for many people and not just by the tree huggers either.

Ok, enough with the quotes, we know what we are talking about here!

Here is what I’m going to be saving for gifts and crafts this year:

1. Plastic bread tag clips, you know those square white ones. They take up absolutely no room at all so saving them is easy.

2. Toilet paper, paper towel, foil, etc. cardboard rolls.

3. Old clothes to use for scraps in projects that will require some fabric. Also using clothes to turn into something else entirely is something that can be done if you having any sewing skills at all.

4. A few newspapers.

5. Cardboard from cereal boxes, mac and cheese boxes, etc. These can be folded down flat and take up very little room.

6. A boxes in various sizes.

Don’t forget to purchase leftover Christmas items on clearance. Things like ribbon can be used for more than just Christmas if you get some in a solid color with no pattern. Think of birthdays, weddings, graduation, other occasions.

All of these ideas will also promote creative thinking for your children. Are they making gifts for the holidays? They should be! They take pride in the items that they can make for their loved ones and it teaches them that giving is a good thing to do!

Having a stash of simple materials and a stash of ideas, you will be able to have some items you can use for gifts, decorating and beyond!

Until next time!