Enlightened readers see a free press as the bedrock of democracy. Here, a basket woven from folded-up, stapled strips of Express newspapers cradles the remote control (or, say, unopened credit card bills) in an equally noble pursuit: a clutter-free coffee table.
» MATERIALS: High-quality newspapers
» INSPIRATION: Craftstylish.com
Throwing away that Green Day Unplugged T-shirt is a task for the coldhearted (see: your girlfriend). Send your top on a comeback tour as a pillow with a dose of punk-rock swagger. We embellished ours with a ruffle scrunched from another shirt.
» MATERIALS: Pillow, T-shirt
» INSPIRATION: My own brain
LOST SOCK BUD VASE
Call the dryer the Appalachian Trail of laundry, where socks go to lose their sole mates. Give stockings a second chance at love by transforming a woolly widow into a cozy for a makeshift flower vase (see: empty peanut butter jar, Frappuccino bottle, et al). Simply cut a sock, sew up the end and slip it over the jar.
» MATERIALS: Sock, empty jar
» IINSPIRATION: Designspongeonline.com
Put a cork in water rings’ marring table tops by inviting used bottle pluggers to the party. Just slice a few to equal heights and glue them together in a hexagonal shape. Cheers! — you have a coaster. We gussied ours up with a ribbon around the periphery.
» MATERIALS: Corks, ribbons
» INSPIRATION: Etsy.com
» Home Recycled Home: Randy Florke, ‘Restore. Recycle. Repurpose.’
Written by Express contributor Katie Knorovksy