Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
That’s my recently adopted credo. So, instead of automatically throwing something out, it goes into my let-me-find-something-to-make-out-of-it pile.
The other day I eyeballed this mini blind.
It had a few broken slats and the twisty wand to open and close the blind had broken off and the string was broken so it wouldn’t go up and down smoothly. I think we can say it was used up and worn out. I didn’t want to make it do (it was pretty grungy). And I couldn’t do without (I’m not a latent exhibitionist), so I had to replace the blind with a new one.
But I didn’t throw it away. I’ve been reading how you can use old mini blinds to make plant markers with them, so that’s what I did. When I dismantled the blind, I had the slats and a little bit of string. I haven’t thought of anything to do with the rest of the mind blind.
I cut both ends of the slats off at the point where the little hole is that the string was threaded through and I cut the remainder of the slat in half. You can really bend it back and forth and it will break right in the middle. Then I cut a point on one end of the slat.
So, now I have the large size for outside in the garden and the smaller size for inside in the transplant trays or the individual transplant pots.
A while ago I used empty cans to make pen holders. I used some raised surface border paper (thrift store, 60 cents brand new), water color paint and a sponge.
And this is what I came up with.
So, now I have some free plant markers and someplace to store them.
One more item kept out of the landfill.