Re-use It | 3 Quick, Simple & Inexpensive Ideas

Do you have a need for lighting on your outdoor dining table?Do you need simple tie backs for your outdoor curtains/sheers? Do you need a door stop that can be used indoors or out? Well I have 3 quick, simple, and inexpensive (possibly free) re-use it ideas for you!

If you've spent anytime here you know that I love to reuse things and these diy's are no different, they're all made from reused items around my home. 

So shall we begin? 

Outdoor Dining Table Lighting 

Do you have a small open weave basket you kept but not sure what to do with it? Maybe you have an extra outdoor solar disk light?

That's what I had laying in the garage. Every time I went out there this basket was whispering to me,"what about me?" Then one day I had an idea! You see, I wanted some light on our outside dining table, but I didn't want anything to tall, didn't want a candle (either real or battery operated) . 

So I grabbed the basket & the light...

Pushed the light through the basket top (it was a tight fit)... 

but I got it in...(getting it out when the batteries die is going to be fun)
and there it is...
a quick and easy light!
What do you think?

Bead Tie-backs 

I'm sure there are a lot of us out there that have leftover/ unused Bead garland. I had 2 strands I bought at Hobby Lobby one year to hang Christmas cards from.  I  used them once and they sat in my stash until last summer.  I hung sheers on my back porch but needed tie-backs. At first I was going to use ribbon but I saw this garland first. 

 I grabbed these, scissors, painters tape, and a roll of jute twine.

  1. Cut the twine and remove beads
  2. Divide beads by number of tie-backs 
  3. Cut jute to desired length 
  4.  tie loop at one end and tape other end (this keeps it from unraveling while threading the beads).
  5. Add beads 
  6. Remove tape, tie loop at other end, and hang

Easy and looks good, right? 

And finally...

Kettlebell Doorstop 

I bought a set of Kettlebells but wound up not really caring for them, so I stached them away.

Fast forward to 2020-ish after we replaced the screen and doors on our porch;  I went on the search for a doorstop. You see, we have 3 fur babies and constantly opening and closing the screen door (plus the back door) was a little tiring; so a way to prop it open was needed. I remembered the Kettlebells and the re-using began.
  1. Using an exacto knife remove rubber coating
  2. Wash thoroughly removing any residue and let dry
  3. Grab whatever color spray paint you want and paint Kettlebell(s), let dry 
  4. Choose either rope or jute twine and a hot glue gun and wrap handle, using glue to secure jute in places (especially at the beginning and end) 
And there you are...

Hope this gave you some ideas to re-use some things around your home!

xo Tina

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  1. Tina these are all fabulous ideas. I think my favorite is the beaded tie backs. I love it when I can use something in my stash for an unintended purpose. Saves me money and it's unique. Win-win!!

    1. Thank you! Yes it definitely is a win-win, especially when it dwindles down your stash, which makes room for more! Ha!

  2. These are so clever and fun! I want to do that light! I love it. Thank you for sharing this lovely post with us at the Will Blog for Comments #42 linkup. We hope to see you next time with more posts to share, old or new.

    1. Thank you! Can't wait to see the basket you use! Thank you for hosting!

  3. Love the new doorstop, looks amazing
    Thanks so much for participating and sharing at SSPS 318. See you again next week at #319


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