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THRIFTY AND THRIVING: How to upcycle jars

UPCYCLING is a fun and innovative way to reuse materials and reduce your carbon footprint. The beauty of upcycling is saving - saving dollars, saving waste and ultimately saving the planet.

We all talk about making the world a better place - well here is one way we can make a personal contribution. Take your time, plan the project and perhaps you can join up with neighbours, friends or family to complete the job. Upcycling can work well as a group project - as the old saying goes: "The more the merrier."

Through clever repurposing or giving an unused or possibly discarded item a second life and new function, we are helping to save the world's resources and keeping down the landfill.

UPCYCLING is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process.

DOWNCYLING involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality, upcycling adds quality.

LOOK around your home or garage for some inspiration, starting small to begin with. A common household item such as a glass jar is perfect.

BE sure to save your empty food jars for future projects. Give you jar a good clean and get your supplies ready.

GET creative and think of how your item could be improved and more practical. There are many ideas to give your glass jar a new lease on life.

PAINT or decorate your jar with a ribbon and add some fresh flowers for a vase.

ADD a tea light candle in the base for a simple lantern effect.

MELT some soy wax and add a wick and a little essential oil for a scented candle.

MAKE some jams or chutney and give to family or friends (keep for some special festive occasions.)

KEEP leftover coffee grinds until you have enough for a homemade skin exfoliate.

ADD an old soap dispenser pump to a lid by screwing a hole in it and securing with adhesive glue, creating your own soap or moisturiser dispenser.

MOST items to get your project started should be on hand. Take a look around and find your unused paint, ribbon, string, glue.

For larger projects you may require: a hammer, nails, drill, and old timber. Some items like an old timber crate or pallet can be transformed into a coffee table, bench sit or vertical garden.

BE inspired, repurpose and reuse.

Happy Upcycling!

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