Home Decoration – Easy Eco friendly DIY Hacks

Colour Me Hearty!

These gorgeous hearts are made from bits of leftover crayon. Yes, crayons! And they require NO effort at all! Just pop the broken bits of crayon into a baking tray, and bake them until completely melted – this was done at 300 degrees for 25 minutes. But yours may take lesser, or more, time.

Crayon heart DIY project
courtesy familysponge.com

They start like this.

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Home Canvas Tip: Here’s our very own genius idea!! Given the terrible power cuts in Bangalore, and the overuse of candles, collect the leftover wax, melt them into bake trays, cupcake moulds etc – and reset the candles! You can add in food colour to make them colourful, and a magnet at the back, for fun multi-tasking fridge magnets!

Glass bottle DIY eco-friendly reuse courtesy trendhunterstatic.com

Bottled Brilliance!

This is old, but gold! We’ve all seen the DIY bottle projects on pinterest and others. But most of these honestly seem difficult. And, then there’s the thought of, “Oh, there’s that thing they used which is only available in the US/UK/(insert name of foreign country of choice here)” so I can’t do this. How about this picture for a start, then! We love the simple bottle candles! And for Bangalore, this DIY project could not come at a better time, with our extended power blackouts!

HomeCanvas Tip: Don’t want to bake a candle? Cut your bottle into a wine glass shape (use the narrowest part for this) and pour the melted wax in, for a candle holder that can re-filled over!

How to: Cut a glass bottle? This WikiHow link has 4 different ways – and all of them use tools which is commonly available in the average Indian home.

DIY bookcase of PVC pipe painted gold courtesy abeautifulmess.typepad.com

Upcycle metal and glass make for luxury bookends!

This project uses PVC pipes, but for most of us in Bangalore, that’s not something that is lying around our houses. Nevertheless, the finished look is gorgeous! You know it’s something else when you don’t mind paying a pretty penny for what is, essentially, someone else’s garbage. It is true what they say about one man’s garbage = another man’s treasure! Learn how to make this for yourself here

 

 

HomeCanvas Tip: Instead of OVC pips and drilling machines, you could substitute them with old medicine bottles (the small ones) and Feviquick. Remember to sandpaper the glass down, or the paint won’t stick. This copper spray paint from Flipkart has just the right matt tone for a luxe, glam feel.

Rust Oleum Copper Spray Paint Bottle on Flipkart Copper Spray Paint, On Flipkart, Rs 615 (discounted price)

 

HomeCanvas Tip: Instead of OVC pips and drilling machines, you could substitute them with old medicine bottles (the small ones) and Feviquick. Remember to sandpaper the glass down, or the paint won’t stick. This copper spray paint from Flipkart has just the right matt tone for a luxe, glam feel.

 

 

 

 

Make your furniture packaging pack a punch!

Cardboard packaging DIY wall storage project courtesy Brit&Co

While we love the furniture that we get, raise your hand if you’re left wondering about all the cardboard packaging that it came in. These are usually stuffed into the nearest loft with the pacifying thought of “we’ll need it when we move next”. Considering these are made from wood pulp, and a large amount of it, try this gorgeous DIY wall storage idea, made from cardboard packaging! The entire tutorial from Brit & Co can be found here, and before you think it’s too hard – all that’s required is: cardboard, scissors, strong glue, paint/tape, extra wrapping paper, and some time. Enjoy! You can also try all these other DIY cardboard projects!

DIY home pouf ottoman project courtesy icreativeideas.com

DIY Sofa Set or Chair Alternative – Made from Plastic Bottles!

This does require some effort, but the result is a gorgeous addition to any home, and a lighter heart from knowing you’ve done your bit to save an Olive Ridley turtle from choking on unwanted plastic in the planet’s oceans! This pouf or ottoman for the home made from waste plastic bottles is genius! Follow the tutorial from icreativeideas here.

These simple ideas can be done on a lazy weekend afternoon, or even become a family affair! Happy DIY’ing!

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