While you can now chose from numerous innovative gadgets, the good news is that you can make even better things yourself.
Do-it-yourself is an awesome option if (1) you have no money to buy gifts, (2) you have plenty of unwanted stuff at home you want to recycle, (3) you love unique things, (4) you enjoy doing things with your own hands, (5) you are eco-friendly…
Well, there are plenty of reasons you may want to consider the following tips:
1. Recycle a Phone Book into a Pen Organizer
An awesome, simple and genius way to make use of an unwanted phone book: it won’t take you more than a few minutes to make it! (via chicaandjo.com)
2. Recycle Floppy Disks into a Pen Holder
Another pen organizer: turn your floppy disks (is anyone still using them???) into a pen and pencil holder (via The Gadget Blog):
3. Recycle a Floppy Disk into a Notepad
Another way to re-use your old floppy disk: create a stylish notepad of them (via MAKE)!
4. Recycle a Paper Clip into an iPhone Stand:
Very easy and very usable: no excuse for not trying it out:
5. Recycle Pringles Can into an iPhone Dock
Another geeky holder:
The entire project cost around 5 dollars and was quite fun. The project requires nothing but the can itself, a set of speakers, hot glue, ipod cable (if you want), and an exacto knife
6. Recycle Milk Bottles into Home Lights
These lights made of milk bottles will be the most famous thing in your neighborhood. Both the instruction and the video below also detail how far you can go configuring it!
7. Recycle Cassette Tapes into a Lamp
Here is another stylish hack for your interior: glue old cassette tapes together and fashion them into a lamp (via Boing Boing).
The color of each cassette’s plastic shell and the half-rewound spooling of the magnetic tape itself will determine the kaleidoscopic pattern cast upon the walls.
8. Recycle Glass Bottles into a Coffee Table
I am not sure if it is safe for kids (as they tend to break everything) but it is rather reliable: it can hold upwards of 200 pounds (via Instructables).
9. Recycle Water Bottle into a Juicer
This one could come in handy when, for example, you are out of town or away from home and really want some home-made fresh juice (via wired.com):
10. Recycle Light Bulbs into a Xmas Tree
You still have more than 6 months before Christmas – quite enough time to find a number of light bulbs for this eco-friendly Xmas tree. But here are two incentives for you: (1) your tree is going to rock and (2) you won’t have to “kill” a real green tree to decorate your holiday home (via Instructables):
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