- 1:09 pm - Tue, Feb 26, 2013
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Do you remember our post about the vintage watering can that was turned into a shower fixture? (It’s here, if you want to check it out.)
The blog — The Cozy Old Farmhouse — that shared that repurposing idea also features these lights made from trash can lids and Mason jars.
Something like this could be a DIY project for many of us.
What do you think of this creative reuse?
- 4:52 pm - Wed, Oct 3, 2012
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Want a simple autumn decorating idea?
Make “pumpkins” from Mason jar lids. Run a piece of string through the openings, and tie together. (This example’s made by Kristin of Simply Klassic Home.) To reuse the jar tops for other things, simply untie the string.
For other upcycled fall decorating ideas, check out this Pinterest board here, and this Facebook album here.
- 12:54 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
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I’m pretty excited that a retrospective of artist Tony Feher’s work is coming to Houston, to the Blaffer Art Museum, during 2012. New Yorkers can look forward to the exhibition, organized by the Blaffer, opening at the Bronx Museum in October 2013.
Like many artists we feature on Unconsumption, Feher sees beauty in everyday things.
“I think there’s beauty and importance and character in absolutely everyone and everything. A single pebble on a beach is as extraordinary as a mountaintop. I look for the ‘trick’ in materials, that indescribable something that allows me to exploit an object for my own purposes: a reflection of light, a color, a play of density versus transparency, a little something that sets it off.”
The materials Feher uses — bottles, jars, plastic bags, packing materials, coins, beverage crates — reflect our throwaway culture. He emphasizes arrangement over embellishment, allowing the items to transcend their intended purposes.
When you peel the label off a plastic water bottle, you don’t have the trapping of uniform or class that distinguishes it from others. You are rendered to this anonymous generic bottle. Some bottles are too loaded for me, ones that have an identity with the label off. It’s more that I am taking advantage of a thing that was there, and how it feels and what it does with light and condensation. That is what catches my eye, like a sparkly chip of glass on the street.
Quotes: top, via Des Moines Art Center, where the exhibition just opened; bottom, ArtSlant.
Photos: top and center (jars), via Box Vox; bottom, D’Amelio Gallery.
We seldom see quotidian materials look this beautiful, right?
- 9:18 am - Sat, Feb 25, 2012
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Here’s another jar reuse idea: Use as dispensers for yarn, string, or ribbon.
Keep spools accessible and tangle-free. With a hammer and sharp nail (or drill fitted with a small bit), pierce holes in the metal lids.
(via Home Made Simple)
If you like this dispenser idea, you may want to check out this use of funnels.
- 9:52 am - Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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Adding to the growing group of jar reuses with these three finds:
1. Jar tops with holes in them enable you to carry drinks more easily (read: less likely to spill them), especially when you’re on the go. The reusable/refillable jar-glasses pictured above, via PoppyandPearlCo on Etsy, come with reusable, BPA-free straws. (Spotted on Pinterest, via TreasureAgain.)
2. BPA-free, reusable (and recyclable) Cuppow screw-on tops also make it easier to carry beverages with you, without spilling them.
3. This next idea — cutting off the tops of salt containers and placing them onto the tops of jars — made the blog and Pinterest rounds several months ago. Still brilliant. (via Pinterest; click through for a brief tutorial)
- 11:32 am - Tue, Jan 3, 2012
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A collection of glass jam jars is screwed to the underside of a shelf, creating a storage space for the clutter that would normally lurk in our domestic environment. The jars can be easily unscrewed and filled with new objects. Jam Jar Shelf was created for Perimeter Art and Design Galerie, Paris
(via Peter Marigold)
- 9:05 am - Sun, Dec 18, 2011
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Another bright (repurposing) idea:
Turn old Mason jars into lights with lids containing solar-powered bulbs. (Idea and photo via treasureagain on Etsy.)
For other jar-related things, check out previous Unconsumption posts here.
- 8:54 am
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Outdoor mason jar chandelier.
Note: I’m reblogging a post that appears to have been published without linking to a specific Etsy shop or item; instead, it links only to the general Etsy.com site. As a result, we readers have nothing on which to click to learn who made the chandelier! I took the time to search on Google for jar lights and came across this item from treasureagain. I think it’s the same chandelier as the one pictured above. Please correct me if I’m wrong in giving credit to treasureagain on Etsy!
—Molly of Unconsumption
- 8:25 am - Sun, Dec 4, 2011
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Check out these awesome wall planters: Mason jars have been put to good use in a simple DIY project that brings a little bit of the wonderful outdoors inside.
Love these jars? Click here for other jar-related projects that have been featured on Unconsumption.
(via Mason Jar Wall Planter)
- 2:57 pm - Thu, Sep 8, 2011
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Twigs + empty jar + hot glue = lovely nature-inspired vase.
For how-to details (which are pretty straightforward), click here on Parentables.
For other items made from natural materials, see earlier Unconsumption posts here.