Show us something that you’ve recycled or repurposed, or an object for which you’ve discovered a clever new use.
Late last fall while bagging leaves, I discovered this tiny marvel of ornithological engineering in the middle of our backyard. I’m fascinated with birds and their nests. Imagine being able to craft the perfect home for your family with just a beak and twiggy feet? A feat, indeed.
I took this miracle into the house to show my husband, who promptly denounced it, saying, “It’s got bugs!” For the record, it did not have bugs, but it did have the power to infuse me with possibility, every time I looked at it. It sat on my desk through the fall and into winter when I repurposed it with a small blue Christmas ball to celebrate its beauty during the festive season. I think even the former owner would approve.
For this challenge, show us something you’ve put to new use. Maybe it’s an old hammock that now forms the climbing wall for your clematis. Perhaps it’s as simple as the matchbook that supports the short leg of your chair. It could be the shedding hair you comb from your dog that will warm the birds’ nests around you. All out of clever? Look to your family, friends, and neighbors — what canny bit of DIY recycling ingenuity has recently impressed you?