5 Easy Pieces — The Bet You Never Thought that Junk Was Treasure Edition

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Take a second look. Ordinary items you consider junk can be treasures you can use again and again.  Photo: Somewhatquirkydesign.com

Take a second look. Ordinary items you consider junk can be treasures you can use again and again. Photo: Somewhatquirkydesign.com

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that.

Vintage TV Piñata

Finally, you can make good on your threats to break your TV! Photo: Etsy.com/shop/yeahyoudidshop?auto=format

Finally, you can make good on your threats to break your TV! Photo: Etsy.com/shop/yeahyoudidshop?auto=format

Cereal boxes are something we can all agree that we go through pretty rapidly. This piñata ($78) makes clever use of those empty boxes by turning a trash can staple into a fun party favorite.

To add this to your fiesta, visit Etsy.com/shop/yeahyoudidshop?auto=format

DIY Newspaper Shopping Bag

In today's news, paper makes a sturdy shopping bag. Photo: Upcycledstuff.blogspot.com

In today’s news, paper makes a sturdy shopping bag. Photo: Upcycledstuff.blogspot.com

Newspapers are a daily waste. To make better use of them, follow this DIY which will teach you how to sew yesterday’s news into durable shopping bags. Alternatively, the same method could be used to upcycle newspapers into gift bags.

To get to sewing, watch Youtube.com/user/upcycledstuff

Upcycled Styrofoam Wall Art Collage

Who knew styrofoam could be so artsy? Photo: Etsy.com/shop/SlightlySourTracy?auto=format

Who knew styrofoam could be so artsy? Photo: Etsy.com/shop/SlightlySourTracy?auto=format

Styrofoam is one of the most harmful substances in our landfills due to its inability to biodegrade and because of the chemicals that are released when it breaks down. Instead of throwing it out, this wall art collage ($10) uses a styrofoam block as a canvas. Not only is it easy on the eyes, it’s easy on the environment and the wallet.

To pick up this artwork, visit Etsy.com/shop/SlightlySourTracy?auto=format

DIY Sprinkler

One of many creative uses for old plastic bottles. Photo: Curbly.com

One of many creative uses for old plastic bottles Photo: Curbly.com

Plastics are sworn enemies in the fight to keep Earth litter free. Give back to our fair lady by turning harmful plastics into this nifty DIY water sprinkler. On the plus side, it’s much cheaper than what you’ll find at a hardware store.

To quench Earth’s thirst, visit Curbly.com

Small Rubber Tire Coin Purse

If you tire of loose change, this will get you organized. Photo: Krrb.com/rubberpieces?auto=format

If you tire of loose change, this will get you organized. Photo: Krrb.com/rubberpieces?auto=format

Rubber tires are commonly discarded, but rubber is surprisingly easy to recycle. This small coin purse ($15) not only makes great use of old tires, it rids you of those pesky coins that clutter at the bottom of your handbag.

To pick up this coin purse, visit Krrb.com/rubberpieces?auto=format

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