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6 DIY Projects You Can Do with Old Household Items

We all have old items lying around the house that we don't need anymore. Instead of throwing them away, why not repurpose them into something new and valuable?

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This article will share six ideas for how you can turn your old household items into something unique. From candle holders to a closet organizer, these DIY projects are perfect for anyone who wants to make their home beautiful on a budget.

1. Glitter Light Bulb Ornaments

You can make beautiful Christmas ornaments out of old light bulbs using glitter and Mod Podge. Accessories you need include old light bulbs, glitter in a few different colours, and Mod Podge. Start by taking off the top of the bulb with your pliers.

Then add glue to the inside of your bulb before shaking it around until it is entirely coated with sparkles. Lastly, add another layer or two on top to seal everything together. Let it dry, and then put a string through the top to hang them on your tree.

2. Repairing an Old Throw Blanket

If you have a throw blanket that has worn out, don't get rid of it! Instead, sew on some new pieces. All you need is sewing thread and needles in the colour of your choice, scissors, a piece of new fabric, and your old throw blanket.

Flip the blanket over so you can see how much of it is still in good condition, then cut out pieces that are about six inches by ten inches to start with. Use scissors to make an X-shape on the backside of the blanket where there are holes and torn edges. 

It is vital to cut out a piece of fabric that is about the same size as the hole in your blanket. Then, place the first piece of the towel over it for batting and wadding; this makes the blanket thicker and softer. Sew around the edges of each piece. Ensure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam for durability.

Continue doing this until all the pieces are gone. Now you have a brand new throw blanket. You can also add a border or other decoration on top of these unique pieces if you want.

The key to this project is patience because it can take a long time if there's a lot of damage to repair. But it's well worth it in the end.

3. Decorate Your Bedroom

If you're looking for a way to decorate your bedroom, add some new curtains. It's an easy DIY project that will look beautiful when it's done; all you need is old bedsheets in the colour of your choice, scissors or rotary cutter, curtain rings, curtain rods, a sewing machine, and some thread.

Start by cutting your bedsheets into panels about 45 inches wide by 60 inches long. If you're using a rotary cutter, make sure to use a template or some other straight edge for accurate cuts.

Sew the short edges of each panel together to create a tube, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam for durability. Then hem the top and bottom of each panel by folding the edges over about an inch and sewing them down.

Next, add rings to the top of each panel and slide them onto your curtain rods. Now hang up your new curtains in any window for an instant pop of colour and there you have a brand-new set of beautiful curtains for any room in your home.

4. DIY Penny Vase

Using Mod Podge and Elmer's Glue, you can make a beautiful vase out of pennies. Things will need to include: a small glass jar, Mod Podge, Elmer's Glue, pennies, and a paintbrush. 

Start by painting the outside of the glass jar with Mod Podge. Then stick on the pennies one at a time until the entire surface is covered. Let it dry, and then seal it with another coat of Mod Podge. Now your vase is ready to use. Choose a nice spot to put it and then enjoy your new decoration.

5. Closet Organizer

You can make an easy and cheap closet organizer from an old cereal box. You will need an empty cereal box, scissors, a ruler, tape, and a pen. Cut the cereal box down to be about 15 inches long and 20 inches wide. 

Then measure and mark a square about 14 by 20 inches on the cereal box, leaving a half-inch around each side of the square. Cut out this section with scissors so you can see inside when it's hung up in your closet. Fold it back together again to close the flap you just cut open, then tape it shut. Now you have an organizer for your closet.

6. Wine Bottle Lamp

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You can turn an old wine bottle into a beautiful lamp with just a few simple supplies. All you need is wire, a light bulb, and a wine bottle.

Cut the wire to the desired length, twist it around the light bulb, and then screw the light bulb into the wine bottle. Et voila! You have a beautiful new lamp. You can check out available applications to help you organize your accessories.

You can also use a wine bottle to make a beautiful vase or nightlight. You need to remove the label and clean the bottle. 

Then cut the bottom of your wine bottle off, drill a hole into it before placing it on top of some flowers for an instant vase that you can keep outside or inside. You can also add a bow or other decorations to the top of your wine bottle light for a special touch.

DIY is a great way to repurpose old items that you no longer need. You can make a lot of things from old household items such as blankets, wine bottles, and paint trays.

If you're feeling crafty this weekend, why not try one of these projects? You might be surprised at how just much you can create with just a little bit of effort. These projects are simple, cheap, and can be completed in a short amount of time. Also, you can check online for tutorial videos if you need more help. Have fun!

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