Cork isn’t just for sealing up your favorite reds and whites—it can be upcycled into a number of creative products, from keychains to coasters. Raise a glass and try your hand at these five quirky cork projects. Low on materials? Be sure to stop by Turnip Green Creative Reuse to stock up on corks and other recycled materials for all your arts and crafts projects.
Did you know you can use disposable diapers to keep your plants moist on hot, dry days. The inside lining of diapers contains a chemical absorbent called Sodium Polyacrylate. In gel form (which it becomes after you wet it), it can absorb over 200 to 300 times its own weight in water. So if you sprinkle a mixture of soil and “diaper gel” around your plants before watering, the absorbent will keep soak up the water to keep tour plants from drying out between watering. Watch the video for instructions.
Check out these other cool upcycling garden ideas.
Make a homemade beehive to attract pollinators to your garden. You just need a few easy-to-find scraps of timber, old bamboo canes or old branches.
Use shredded newspapers to mulch around your plants and bushes and keep weeds out of your garden.
An old colander makes a great planter with ready-made drip irrigation.