Apartment living, balcony crafts 3: the upcycle
Last week I mentioned I was lurking behind your garbage. Well this week I am being a little more brazen. Yes this great weather means people are leaving their unwanted goods all over the sidewalk and I am just strolling around and picking them up. In the UK, we call dumping your junk, ‘fly tipping’, and it’s illegal, but here on the West Coast of Canada, it’s called ‘a really good deal’.
It’s amazing what you can create with a little imagination. Yesterday, I found this hat on the sidewalk. Well at least I think it’s a hat, it’s hard to say when your head is as big as Jupiter.
Bringing it home, I trimmed it down, lined the deep brim with plastic and then filled it with soil. It’s going to be another herb garden. I just have fennel in at the moment, bought from someone’s home garden for $1. Once I have my other plants in, I am going to thread yarn or fishing wire through the edge of the brim and turn it into a hanging basket.
This good weather also means lots of yard sales. On Sunday our family set out on a mission to track down a great yard sale and that we did. With it being Mother’s Day, there wasn’t much going on but then we struck upon a mother/daughter sale where just about everything they owned, we were meant to buy.
My favourite purchases were these beautiful candle holders, made by the young daughter herself. These holders are the perfect example of an upcycle. They are tree branches, sliced evenly top and bottom with a simple tea light holder groove carved in the top.
That yard sale, the voodoo sale as we now know it since we found so much stuff we had previously been looking for, also turned up a great little wire shelf unit for the balcony, now hosting our compost buckets, gardening tools and watering can.
Speaking of watering cans and upcycling, yesterday I turned an old milk jug into a little watering gadget for my son.
So my balcony refurb is well underway. I still have to create my kids’ corner and find some sort of furniture we can sit on. I have my eyes all over my local Used site and the sidewalks and am manifesting a bargain from this weekend’s garage sale tour. We will see what turns up.
In the meantime, I have been seeking inspiration. Check out these amazing upcycles of old chairs into swing seats for your patio or balcony!