Hey y’all, can you believe its almost the end of June and we’re more than half way through the year already? That just seems wrong somehow. I hope it’s been a good one for you so far. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know that the last Monday of the month means it’s time for the Int’l Bloggers Club (IBC) challenge. Every month, a group of bloggers from all over the world get together, to make, create or recycle something based on a specific theme. Last month’s we all repurposed tin cans and you won’t believe what everyone came up with. This month we had to do something with a common household item and we chose old DVD cases.
That’s a common household item right? Everyone has them gathering dust somewhere. We have loads of them. Games, backups and movies, they’re all there. When we went through our stash, most of the inside bits were missing. How does that even happen? There’s no ways we could donate them, so we decided to recycle them instead and make a vertical garden.
The plastic outer casing make perfect planters. They’re sturdy and a nice size. All we needed to do was drill a few drainage holes at the bottom of the DVD cases and find a piece of wood to hang them on.
The plain black casings aren’t the prettiest, so we put together a template and used it to cut some leather bits we have left over from our epic suitcase bureau makeover to cover the cases.
We glued the leather to the old DVD cases and when the glue had dried, added a few pebbles in the bottom.
The DVD cases were screwed onto the piece of wood and filled with soil, succulents and a Heart Leaf Philodendron. This little beauty is often called the Sweetheart plant and will grow really quickly in low to medium light. She’s probably the most common house plant here in South Africa. We have a huge one in our garden so we just took some stem cuttings that had been dipped in rooting hormone.
Another left over from the suit case makeover was used to hang the vertical garden.
I love how the vertical garden turned out. I just can’t decide whether she should be hung up………….
Or do we put her against the wall with our other succulents?
What do you think? Would you hang it or stack it? And if you have any other ideas on how to recycle DVD cases I’d love to hear about them because we have a few more empty cases gathering dust 😉
I’m off to see what common household items the other IBC bloggers have recycled. Wanna join me?
P.S There won’t be an IBC challenge in July. Since it’s Summer holidays for my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, they’ll be sitting on the beach, sipping martinis 😀