The Life Cycle of Everyday Objects in my Indian Home

Use cookie tins to store sewing thread or trinkets

While growing up, most of my summer vacations were spent at my maternal grandparents’ home playing with toys made out of ordinary everyday things – toothpaste tube caps were collected, cleaned and we used them as building blocks or played checkers; cardboard boxes were repurposed to make doll houses, shops or even a train; used wrapping paper would be cut to make dresses for our cardboard dolls and toilet rolls would become binoculars for the …[Read more]

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Drab to fab Reinvent preloved wood wares in your home

upcycled wood furniture home decor

It was time I got my act together. About time I worked on the ever-increasing list of wood items around my home that needed to be given a new lease of life, else they would have to head over to the incinerator and then to the Semakau Landfill. There were quite a few of them- that 12-years-old floor mirror acquired in Hong Kong, the 5-years-old step stool from IKEA, Singapore, the old planks of wood purchased …[Read more]

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DIY Cool ideas to repurpose preloved games and stationary

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We have all played with and loved indoor games growing up. The small big problem with these games is that many a time, some pieces just decide to hide in the remotest corners of the toy cupboard or get mysteriously swallowed by your pet [younger sibling!], rendering the entire of the game, well, unusable! Think missing scrabble letters, monopoly cards, pieces from that Lego friends or star wars set, Jenga pieces, domino tiles. You are left …[Read more]

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DIY Upcycle used Tetra Pak into a pouch for coins and cards!

tetra pak upcycle milk carton

Are you among those of us who think packaging is art? The bright colors, the catchy motifs, the fancy fonts… I, for one, am often attracted to so many options as I walk down the aisles of supermarkets! Upcycling is a great way of turning the purchases into keepsakes…. And as a bonus, I keep the packaging away from the landfill / recycler for a little longer, avoid buying a new item (if the upcycling …[Read more]