4 Creative Things Made Out Of Waste Material

  • 6th February 2020
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Every home has unnecessary clutter or waste that builds up over time. From garden waste to house clutter, many of these items can be taken to recycling via a skip bin, while others still can be repurposed using a bit of ingenuity and creative thinking. With our eco-friendly skip bins, Cutter Skips is committed to recycling as much as we possibly can. We love when people come up with unique ways to make creative things from waste material.

If you’re passionate about recycling and eco-friendly waste management, you’ll love our guide on how to make creative things from waste material at home.

Creative Idea #1: Make A DIY Recycled Bird Feeder

Bird feeders are an excellent way to attract birds to your garden for bird watching. Crafting a DIY recycled feeder — one of our favourite ways to make practical, creative art from waste materials — is a fun, affordable way to invite feathered friends into your garden. Here’s a DIY recycled bird feeder idea that take less than an hour to create:

Recycled plastic bottle bird feeder

What you need

  • Clean plastic bottle with a lid (any size bottle)
  • Thumbtack
  • 2 wooden pencils, dowels or chopsticks
  • Small eye screw
  • Twine/string for hanging

What to do

  1. Prep the plastic bottle – Rinse out the bottle with warm soapy water, remove the outside label and scrub away any residual glue. Let the bottle completely dry to prevent mould growth.
  2. Create the holes for the perch – Puncture the plastic with a thumbtack to create two holes near the base of the bottle, opposite from each other. Widen each hole by inserting the sharp tip of a scissor and twisting. These two holes will create the space for the first perch.
  3. Create a perch for the birds – Push a dowel rod, pencil or chopstick through both holes to create the first perch. Ensure both sides of the perch are level and stick out of the bottle equally so the bird feeder is well-balanced.
  4. Add another perch – Make the second set of holes a few centimetres above the first perch at a 90-degree angle to form a cross shape. Insert a dowel rod, pencil or chopstick to create the second perch. If you’re using a large bottle, feel free to add more perches.
  5. Put in draining holes – Pierce the bottom of the bottle with a thumbtack a few times to create a drain hole — large enough for water to drain through, but not so large that the birdseed will fall out.
  6. Cut out feeding holes for birds to access the feed – About 2 to 5 cm above each perch, use your scissors to cut out a small 1 to 2.5 cm wide hole. Depending on the bottle’s size and the size of the birdseed, you may prefer to make these holes a little larger.
  7. Make the hanger – Create two holes at the neck of the bottle, opposite from each other. Use scissors to widen the holes enough for the twine to pass through them. Thread twine through the top holes and knot the ends.
  8. Fill the bottle with birdseed – Fill the bottle with birdseed, recap it and use a length of twine to hang it from a tree.

Creative Idea #2: Wine Bottle Decor

Did you know that you can collect and repurpose wine bottles to make a stunning, unique chandelier, mini terrarium, wall art or bottle lamp? All it takes is a little time or inspiration.

What you need

Materials

  • Empty wine bottles (in your desired height and colour)
  • Light sockets
  • Light bulbs
  • Timber stain
  • Junction box
  • Chain
  • Hook eye
  • Two timber planks

Tools

  • Tape
  • Glass cutter
  • Small candle
  • Wire cutters
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Spade bit
  • Caulk gun
  • Bolt cutters

What to do

  1. Clean the wine bottles – Collect an assortment of discarded wine bottles. To remove the labels, soak the bottles in water until the paper and glue soften.
  2. Score the wine bottles – Place each wine bottle upright and apply tape horizontally, 1.25 centimetres up from the bottom. Use a glass cutter to score along this line to achieve a perfectly level scored line.
  3. Cut the bottles – Use a small candle to heat the scored line for 5 minutes, constantly rotating the bottle. Dip the end of the wine bottle in a sink or pot full of cold or icy water. Repeat the process of heating the bottle and dipping it in cold water until it snaps. Removing the bottom of the wine bottle will allow you to place the sockets and light bulbs inside.
  4. Add electrical wire to the sockets – Measure the amount of lamp wire you’ll want for each bottle — this should be just long enough to stretch between the socket and the junction box. Cut them to correct length using wire cutters. Attach each end of the wire to the corresponding positive or negative screw located inside each socket with a screwdriver. Repeat this step for all wine bottles.
  5. Ensure proper socket fitting – Insert a light bulb into each socket and ensure a level fit by placing sockets inside of each of the bottles. Repeat this step for all wine bottles.
  6. Create the base – Cut a timber plank to the size and shape you desire and apply two-level coats of wood stain.
  7. Drill holes for the bottles – Use a drill and spade bit to add holes to the timber plank, spaced about 20 centimetres apart. Place the plank along a flat surface and insert the wine bottles upside down into drilled holes to test that they fit securely.
  8. Add and conceal the junction box – Drill a shallow, square plastic junction box to the top of your plank, where all the wires from the bottles will connect together.
  9. Create the ceiling canopy piece – Measure, cut and stain another plank of timber to create the ceiling canopy. Next, drill two central holes into the canopy, spaced wide enough to secure the canopy tightly to the ceiling-mounted junction box. Add a third hole roughly 2.5 centimetres from the other two, wide enough to feed lamp wire up through the timber plank and into the ceiling-mounted junction box.
  10. Add hanging hardware – Attach six hook eye screws to the timber plank for securing each chain. When all of the hook eyes are in position, attach the ceiling canopy to the ceiling with screws up through the holes and into the junction box. Attach the chain to the hook eyes, then cut the chain to the proper length using bolt cutters.
  11. Suspend the bottle holding plank – Now you’re ready to suspend the plank from the canopy piece with a chain. Apply adhesive silicone with a caulk gun to each wine bottle hole and insert each wine bottle into the plank until they fit securely and snugly. Once the silicone dries, the bottles will stay firmly in place. With the bottles secured, feed the wiring with the attached light bulb sockets up through the wine bottles, through the drilled holes in the canopy and into the junction box.
  12. Light up the room – Before testing your DIY wine bottle chandelier, make sure you turn off the power to your ceiling fixture using the circuit breaker. Double-check the wiring and that the canopy fixture is securely in place.

Creative Idea #3: Recycled Pallet Coffee Table

What you need

Materials

  • 2 pallets
  • 4 caster wheels (2 with brakes and 2 without)

Tools

  • Garden hose
  • Sandpaper

What to do

  1. Select your pallet – Choose a pallet that is strong and intact. Inspect the wood visually for protruding nails. If you want your finished coffee table to have plenty of character, look for one that also has scuff, patina and dents.
  2. Clean the pallet – Hose the pallet with a garden hose.
  3. Smooth down the pallet – Remove the nails and dismantle the pallet slats. Sand them with sandpaper to ensure they are splinter-free.
  4. Reconstruct the table – With the help of a clamp, hold the pieces together and glue the three transom pieces in place. Glue the remaining six blocks and the two skids on the underside to reinforce the structure.
  5. Paint the timber – Paint, stain or seal the timber. Try using a natural beeswax finishing product to give your pallet more smoothness and shine.
  6. Finish the table – Use a large screw and hand drill to fasten one pallet on top of the second pallet. After the pallets are secure, position the caster wheels and mark the holes for drilling. Use hex wood screws to install the wheels.

Creative Idea #4: Turn A Skip Bin Into A Swimming Pool

If you’ve read our blog article on creative uses for skip bins, you’ll know that the humble skip bin can be used in some pretty ingenious and far-fetched ways.

This clever up-cycling concept might be tempting in the lead-up to summer: a skip bin, repurposed into a plunge pool. How? It’s simple: Simply stick fibreglass to the inside of a skip bin and fill it up with water to transform it into an affordable plunge pool. This Queensland man has made a business turning skip bins into the ultimate summer backyard pool, adding steps, LED lights and jets for a touch of luxury.

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