If you have recently had construction done around your property, then you may be left with a lot of scraps and leftover materials. You can recycle those things to get them out of the way and to get some extra money for yourself. However, there may also be other good uses for those items. Before you decide to have everything removed to a recycling center, consider using some of the scraps as creative ways to add to your home's landscaping. This article will help give you some ideas on a few of the different ways you can put some of that scrap to great use.
Make a bench
You can make a bench for your patio or garden area with leftover pieces of wood. This is where you can get creative. You don't have to go with a traditional all-wood bench. You can put the wood on tire rims, masonry blocks or anything else that can support the weight of the wood and people sitting on the bench. This is just the type of bench to add to a yard with a more rustic style of landscaping.
Make flower pots
You can use leftover buckets to make different styles of flower pots. If you have metal buckets, then you can simply drill a few holes in the bottom of them and they will be ready to go. You can take plastic buckets and cover them in a thin coat of concrete. Drill a few holes in the bottom of the buckets first. After you cover them with concrete, use a sharp object to remove concrete from the holes. Once the concrete has dried, you can paint them with different designs. The paint will dry to leave faint pictures. Large buckets will make great pots for small trees.
Make stepping stones
You can use leftover concrete mix to make your own stepping stones. Pour the mixed concrete into cake pans and allow it to dry. Turn the pans upside down and shake the stepping stones out. You can also personalize the stepping stones by pushing colored pieces of glass into them or using a toothpick or other sharp item to write words into them before they dry. You can even have your children put their footprints in them as a way to decorate the stones while creating a keepsake.
Once you have picked through the leftover items from the construction area and decided you have everything you need, you can have it hauled off to a recycling center, or take it for yourself.
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