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Wine All You Want, But Upcycle the Cork

turnipgreenCork 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.



Cork Key Chain


cork pin cushion


Cork Wine Coaster


Garden Herb Labels



The Upcycled Garden — Tips for an Even Greener Thumb

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. bug box

Use shredded newspapers to mulch around your plants and bushes and keep weeds out of your garden.
paper mulch

An old colander makes a great planter with ready-made drip irrigation.
collander planter

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