Christmas is right around the corner, and with that comes the joy of spending time with family and friends, and the time to rest, relax and indulge in delicious food. However, Christmas is also a time to give gifts to your loved ones. This can be stressful, especially as Christmas creeps nearer. That’s why we’ve put together a list of three gifts you can make from recycled items, so that you’re covered on December 25th.
1. Scrap metal wind chime
Art made from metal tableware is a simple, elegant gift you can put together for that special someone in your life. Recycling spoons and forks may seem strange, but these tableware items represent modern symbols and can be quite powerful in their abstract appeal. String together some scrap metal you have lying around with wire, and hang up your art outside the home. When the wind breezes past, the metal will chime together to create a beautiful melody.
2. Necklace made with ribbon and brooches
What do you do with old jewellery you don’t really wear anymore? More decorative pieces of jewellery such as intricate earrings and old-fashioned style brooches can make a beautiful necklace. If you’re after a uniform effect, give your jewellery items a quick spray paint using copper or rose gold tones for an elegant finish. To complete the look, connect the jewellery pieces using a coloured ribbon to match the metallic finish. This makes a great gift for friends or family who love a statement necklace.
3. Teacup candles
Antique teacups have timeless appeal in their beauty and elegance. For those teacups whose saucer has gone walkabouts, there always ways to reuse them. One of these ways is to create teacup candles. Simply melt down some candle wax, add essential oils such as lavender, vanilla and bergamot, and pour your intoxicating mixture into your leftover teacups. Once they’re cooled and set, these teacup candles make for sweet gifts for anyone to enjoy.
These are just three ideas, but the potential for recycled gifts is really endless! All it takes is a creative mind and a flexible approach to be on your way to creating gifts that will amaze your loved ones. Not only will it add a personalised touch to your gifts, using recycled materials is environmentally friendly and helps our planet.
At Metal Men Recycling, we provide cash for scrap metal. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to call us on 03 5941 6677.