3 Ways to Reuse your Glass Items

Whether you are a wine drinker or a jam eater, glass is very much everywhere. From glasses to lightbulbs, to vases, bottles and ornaments, we use glass for practical use and decorative design. With glass being endlessly recyclable and reusable, coupled with the fact that it takes at least 400 years for glass to biodegrade (if ever!), its safe to say that glass is one of the best materials around.

 So before you throw that bottle away, put that (accidentally) smashed glass in the bin or go to buy that new garden wind-chime or flower pot, just about think what you could do with it. Apart from this list, all you need is some crafty DIY skills and a quiet afternoon.

 Here are just a few suggestions to get those creative juices flowing

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Make A Recycled Lava Lamp

What you’ll need

An empty glass bottle of jar (with a lid)
Cooking Oil
Water
Food Colouring
Alka-Selzter

STEP 1 - ADD THE OIL
Fill the empty container 3/4 full of oil and 1/4 full of water ensuring you leave about an inch of the bottle empty.

STEP 2 - ADD A LITTLE COLOUR
Drop 10 droplets of food colouring into bottle

STEP 3 - ADD AN ALKA - SELTZER
Break an Alka-Seltzer into about 8 small pieces and drop them into the bottle.

STEP 4 - WATCH!
When the Alka-Seltzer hits the water it will start to fizz causing the colours to erupt! Screw the lid on, turn the container upside down and watch the lava blob appear!



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Create a Recycled Glass Terrarium

What you’ll need

Empty Glass Jar with Lid
Organic Potting Soil
Rocks or Seashells
Several Small plants or succulents
Spray bottle full of water

1) PREPARE THE TERRARIUM
Remove the label from the jar and thoroughly clean and dry it. Next add a small layer of rocks or seashells for drainage on the bottom of the glass jar.

2) ADD THE SOIL
Add a couple inches of organic potting soil on top of the rocks or seashells in the glass jar.

3) ADD THE PLANTS
Collect plants from your local farmers marker of that are indigenous to your area.

4) WATER THE TERRARIUM
Using a spray bottle, spray the inside of your terrarium with water until the soil is moist and give your plants some light.

5) ENJOY



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Reuse Old Jars for Organisation

What you’ll need

Glass Jam Jar with Lid
Door knobs with Screws
Paint for Lid
Drill

1) REMOVE LABELS
Remove all labels from around the jar. One of the easiest ways to do this is to steam the labels and peel them off.

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2) CHOOSE A LID COLOUR
Decide where your up-cycled jars are going and what colour lid would be best. You might even find that silver is a good look so you can leave them as they are.

3) ATTACH HANDLE
Drill a hole through the top of the lid, ensure this is just big enough to fit a screw through (but not too big or it will fall right through). Pop door handle through the hole and voila.