Tag Archives: Repurposing

Homestead Hack: Another Repurpose For Coffee Cans

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Y’all know that RancherMan & I drink coffee every day. Those lidded coffee containers are handy when they’re empty, but they pile up. What to do with them all?

Of course I’m offering them to schools/churches/nurseries for them to use on their bookshelves to hold crayons, legos & such. And I’ve shared many different ideas where I repurpose them here on the Homestead too.

But recently I was catching up on a chore and I remembered another helpful way I’m able to repurpose these handy empty lidded coffee cans. Check out this Homestead Hack.

Homestead hack for using empty repurposed coffee cans for bulk laundry detergent. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack – FREE Repurposed Elastic Ponytail Holders

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It’s just a fact that socks wear out. It doesn’t matter how well you take care of them, eventually they end up with holes in them.

And when they do, socks go on to their second purpose here on the Homestead.

I typically cut off the toe section & elastic top from the holey sock, then cut the sock along the back ankle/heel/foot to open it up flat. I then cut the resulting material into a square-ish shape. I’ll be using this material in different ways – Check it out.

Homestead Hack: Use band from repurposed elastic from a pair of old holey socks #TexasHomesteader
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Planting A Blueberry Bush In An Old Galvanized Tub

by Texas Homesteader ~

I love blueberries. And I’d love to grow my own. But I’ve planted blueberry bushes repeatedly only to have them succumb. I guess I’m not paying enough attention to the acidity. I’d given up on growing blueberries.

But recently at a plant fair, RancherMan caught me looking longingly at the blueberry bushes. Seeing my apprehension he said “But, you LOVE blueberries”.

Well, yes, but…

The woman at the booth overheard & said this blueberry was a miniature so it works well in a large pot. And she mentioned that if you have it in a pot, it’s easier to moderate and correct the PH levels.

Hummmm…. SOLD!

I was able to repurpose an old, rustic, rusted, mishapen galvanized tub to add beauty to our porch landscape. I planted a blueberry in it. #TexasHomesteader

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MYO Simple Craft Paintbrush In A Pinch

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The other day I decided to try a gardening hack I’d read about. I wanted to paint some small rocks red to look like strawberries. The idea is to Trick Birds Away From Your Garden Strawberries.

The birds see the bright-red faux berries and decide to swoop in for a little snack. A few pecks of that rock hard ‘strawberry‘ and they decide you’re an awful gardener and move on, leaving future strawberries for your own harvest.

I already had the paint, I already had the rocks, but I didn’t have a small paintbrush. So I decided to make one on the fly.

All I  needed was a tiny scrap piece of absorbent material & an ordinary clothespin.

I needed a small craft paintbrush so I fashioned one in seconds using a piece of repurposed scrap cloth and a clothespin. #TexasHomesteader

 

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How To Make A Denim Dish-Carrier Using Old Jeans

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I’m pretty eco-conscious, shunning excessive or unnecessary trash wherever possible.

Even when RancherMan & I go out to eat, I bring a small lidded glass dish into the restaurant with me to hold my leftovers. That keeps me from having to accept their Styrofoam packaging.

But one of my self-imposed rules about my crunchiness is that I want to make it ‘un-weird‘ in public to keep RancherMan from feeling uncomfortable.

He assures me my eco ways don’t make him uncomfortable, but I still want to be considerate. And let’s face it, carrying a small casserole dish through a restaurant does not blend in with the atmosphere.

So I decided I needed a carrier that looked almost purse-like.

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