Waste Not Want Not

Discovering ways to re-purpose discards, making items from scratch and being self-sufficient.

Free Potting Pots

Recycled Newspaper

Follow this link for Recycled Newspaper Potting Pots. This blog will provide step-by-step directions for making this wonderful money saving potting solution.  Every spring I spend my tiny gardening budget purchasing little pots for planting seeds to transplant later when my soil warms.  Never again!  I will be recycling newsprint and at the same time creating a more efficient transplanting system.  When your plants are ready for the garden the entire paper pot is planted with no damage to the seedling. The paper is biodegradable and actually good for the soil.

Yes, I have already started planning and purchasing for spring planting.  I’ve created a layout for several new planting areas in my yard and for container gardening on my patio and deck.  I plan one of the largest, most productive and most cost effective vegetable gardens I’ve ever planted and this will be my seventh season.  The cost of supplies has increased just as everything else in this economy, so to make my produce as cost effective as possible, I’m always looking for cost cutting ideas.  This one is definitely one I will be using right away.  I can make them now and have them ready as soon as it’s time to plant my seeds.  I won’t be buying pots of plants this season either. I’ve purchased a supply of heirloom seeds that can provide my seeds for years to come, simply by saving seeds from my plants.  By-the-way, you can’t do this with seeds that aren’t certified and guaranteed heirloom seeds.

Thanks to the Cottage Hill blog for this and other great ideas!

Happy Planting!

FISH IN A BULB (Where do your fish live?)

Fish Bowl

I’ll bet they don’t live in a light bulb.  These certainly do and they seem pretty happy about it.  This would be a great idea for Bettas better knows as Siamese Fighting Fish.  Bettas do not get along with others very well and unless they are looking for a mate they don’t even like each other.  Because these fish get their air by swimming to the top of the water to get little snippets of air, this would be a perfect home for them.

As a note, be very careful to wash the inside of the bulb with extreme care as any frosting, glass or other tiny matter left in the bulb could essentially be a death sentence for your fish.

I would love to see your mini-aquariums so please send pictures and other ideas.

Terrific Little “Light Bulb” Vases

Just too cute!!

Once again I am enamored with the genius that thinks up these great uses for spent light bulbs.  I can’t help but wonder what Thomas Edison would think if he could see the entire history of lighting and the culmination of the bulb to wonderfully useful and beautiful items for the home.  This one is no different.  I can’t help but add my own idea when it comes to displaying these little vases.

I garden and have a few flowers blooming almost year around, so having a way to display some in the house using very little space is terrific.  I thought of attaching fishing line to the tops of the bulbs and using small “s” hooks, hanging them from chandeliers, between newels on my banister or even from a towel rack in the bathroom.  With these little vases you can have a posy almost anywhere in or out of the house.

I’m not including how to prepare the bulb here but instructions are available in the video in the “Light Bulb Oil Lamp” post.  If you missed it, just go to that post and click on the link.

Have fun and remember to send your ideas and comments!

Light Bulb Terrarium


The following video will take you step by step in building an open terrarium from a light bulb.  These tiny gardens are a delight and I intend to make a few for myself.   Dollar store light bulbs are very inexpensive if you don’t have any used, burned out bulbs around the house.  I haven’t thought about saving light bulbs for about twenty years.  It’s been that long ago since my Mom had everybody in the family saving bulbs for her Christmas wreath made from light bulbs spayed gold.  Maybe I’ll add that to this category later.

Have fun and if you have a picture, please send it and any tips or ideas!!

Thanks to “Etsy How” for the video link!