I decided to take the Costco plastic containers and use them as my seed starters. I filled them with dirt and planted some seeds. The plastic containers when closed act as sort of a mini green house so you do get good growth, which is perfect for me because I don't have a green house.
The whole apple containers are shallow so if you wait too long to transplant, your plants won't do well.
I sewed juice pouches together to make planters so that I could transplant my flowers that I started in my plastic containers.
I also took an old drawer from my kitchen that my youngest daughter broke years ago using it as a step. It's been put back together a couple of times only to break again, but the final break was it. I kept it around for a couple of years thinking someone would come along and say it could be fixed. This year I figured it was time to just toss it out. I still have a missing drawer where this was. It's not pretty, but it holds my plastic wrap and foil just fine. I'm hoping for a new kitchen someday!
Anyway, after I had put it out to throw away, I realized I could use the wood for signs. I took apart the drawer, pulled the staples and nails out of it, and put a little wood filler to patch up some of the holes.
I gave the boards a quick sand, and went on to pain. I wasn't going for even and uniform, so I applied a dark base and then went over this particular one with strokes of a lighter shade.
Then I chose a short saying, cut it out in vinyl on my awesome Silhouette Cameo, applied it to my board, and spray painted it white.
Once it dried completely, I gave it a light sand to get give it some texture. I was pleased with how it turned out.
Here is the bottom of the drawer, it measures about 20x19.75. For this board I used the same process as the smaller board. This is a saying my daughter really likes. She saw it at gym where she does gymnastics and took a picture of it so we could make it into a sign. She even chose the colors. She's not a fan of any distressed or weathered looks so we kept this one pretty plain and simple.
So there you have it, sometimes recycled trash really can come in useful. I hope you all had a Happy Earth Day!
Until the next time. . . .
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