Recycled Decorations: Coffee Bottle Vases & Whiskas Book Ends

Recycled Decorations: Coffee Bottle Vases & Whiskas Book Ends

Here at The Measure, we love to recycle and repurpose. Its great for the environment and it can save you a lot of money when it comes to decorating your home. Whether we're making planters from old plastic bottles or display-pieces from old biscuit tins, we are always looking for ways to make old things new again. Because this kind of thing is becoming more and more popular, we decided to make this a recurring theme in our articles, and to get our readers involved. So, from time to time, we will be showcasing ways that you can use recycled items to decorate your home. If you would like to get involved, please keep reading to find out how.

To get us started, I'd like to show you a couple of projects I've completed at home.

Coffee Bottle Vases

If, like me, you drink bottled iced-coffee, you might have noticed the glass bottles starting to mass-up around you. This gives you 3 options - you can either throw them away (where they will probably be sent to a land-fill, where they will stay for hundreds of years), send them to be recycled (where they will be melted-down and turned into something else), or repurpose them. I decided to repurpose my coffee bottles as vases for Money Plants.

This is a very simple process - just clean the bottles to get rid of that old coffee smell, fill them will water, and add a plant. This will not work with all plants as most of them need to be in dirt to survive, which is why Money Plants are perfect - they are perfectly happy to live in water and the roots that they grow look really good in a bottle.

Whiskas Book Ends

I am very new to being a cat person - I took in a couple of strays earlier this year. One of the first things I noticed about looking after cats was that the cardboard containers that their food sachets came in were starting to really stack up. After a few days, I realised that they make good stationary-holders and great file-separators, but an even better use I found for them was to turn them into book-ends.

You can do this really easily by cutting off one of the sides. Then you just tuck the bottom of the container under some of the books and lean them on the remaining side. If you don't want to keep the Whiskas logo, you can always paint over it or put some wrapping paper around the container.

If you have any decorating tips featuring recycled items, please contact us at and we will showcase the best ideas in upcoming articles.