Recycled Container Ideas

Shannon Lush turns some old containers into a terrarium and a bookshelf

Large, empty plastic bottles can find new life as terrariums.
• Cut around the bottle along the lower seam using a Stanley knife.
• The base then becomes a small container.
• Fill this with potting mix and seedlings (like rocket) then cut three strips up the sides of the top of the bottle toward the neck, this will give you enough flexibility to slip the bottle over the seedling-filled base.
• Keep the bottle lid on and you only need water once a month (or less). The existing water gets trapped in the bottle and condenses.

The other good way to re-use empty containers is to turn them into supports for a bookshelf.
• Fill old pineapple juice tins with sand (or dirt). This gave them some weight and solidity, so that when four are evenly positioned (2 at each end) they act as supports for timber shelves (offcuts).
• You can keep stacking the timber and tins until your unit is several shelves high. Just make sure you line the tins up evenly so the shelves look neat and sit securely.

For more information and tips from Shannon, visit the Lush House show page here

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