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What can be done from the remnants of building materials: DIY crafts

What can be done from the remnants of building materials: DIY crafts


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Suburban construction, repair and decoration are processes that take up a lot of free time and finances, and when after completing useful tasks you notice a lot of remnants of various materials, it becomes a little annoying for the money spent. But we will not be upset, because all the residues can be used with benefit, it is not necessary to throw them away. What can be done from building materials, will tell right now.

Never rush to throw away construction debris and construction materials. Everything that was not included in the main work can still be useful for giving.

Drywall Crafts

A truly versatile material can come in handy in the form of scraps and broken pieces.

From drywall you can do the following:

  • Small vases for dry bouquets, you just have to cut the GCR into even pieces and fold it into shape using the mounting profile;
  • Various geometric shapes for the decor of rooms in a country house, gazebos and patios;
  • There are quite interesting solutions for miniature pieces of furniture in a treehouse. For example, the same shelves, shelving, different decor.

If you can’t apply drywall anymore, give it to the kids, because any piece of damaged material can simply be drawn on asphalt or slabs, using the material as a piece of chalk.

What can be made from pieces of tin

This material is very practical, because it, like pieces of stainless steel, can be bent into any shape. This makes it possible to create the most unusual crafts for the garden.

  • First of all, these are original lamps, which, with the help of metal scissors or grinders, acquire bizarre shapes;
  • Also, from similar material, thin steel or scraps of tin, you can make small country urns and ashtrays;
  • If the pieces are large, they can make good containers for flowers, even hanging ones;
  • Stainless steel and thin steel can also be used for more useful things, for example, patching cracked linoleum, using stripes of metal to connect the joints of the flooring in a country house, making clamps for bolts and nuts, cutting washers, pulling wooden buildings and fences with pieces of material, installing them as a lining when gartering large branches of trees so that their bark is not damaged by a rope.

Useful use of residues and scraps of boards

From the tree you can make almost anything, within reasonable limits, of course. Naturally, we are talking about garbage leftovers, because from solid lumber we already create many useful things in the country.

  • So, if there is a thin rail left, it can go to boxes, as, in principle, a small board with a beam;
  • Trimming furniture panels, for example, from the press, will be excellent containers for vertical gardening;
  • Larger boards can be sanded and cut into kitchen utensils - boards for cutting and cutting, coasters for hot;
  • Naturally, if there are good quality materials, they will always work for country furniture - shelves and racks, small stools and chairs, coasters for shoes, etc.
  • It is worth noting that sawdust is also useful in the country, but all our readers are well aware of this.

A lot of interesting things can be made from a tree, and therefore it is not worth throwing any of its remains.

If among readers there are masters of woodcarving, they will find one more original application for all materials!

Useful OSB and plywood trim

Construction waste derived from these materials will be a godsend for people with imagination.

But, whatever you come up with, we also have ideas:

  • Birdhouse and a house for the squirrel - the first thing that comes to mind!
  • Further, bird feeders and even for animals, where the material will serve as the base of the roof;
  • OSB scraps and plywood can turn into quite good boxes for storing food and non-food products, a variety of loose;
  • An interesting idea is the use of pieces of plywood and plates to create formwork in the construction of small architectural forms;
  • Such garbage can participate in the production of country furniture, along with lumber, which was discussed above;
  • If an electric jigsaw is available, you can always cut original garden figures or fragments of them from material debris.

Using old polyethylene

It is unlikely that the film will be used to equip a new country greenhouse or even a small greenhouse, but individual plants can be placed in spring protective structures - film cubes.

In addition, anything can be covered with an old film ... the same piles of sand for construction, a stack of bricks or decorative tiles for arranging a summer residence, bulk materials, feed. One has only to fold it several times, and even the old and shabby plastic film will be a good protection against moisture.

It will find excellent use in capital construction. With a film, you can cover the foundations and only flooded areas so that the concrete does not dry out and does not crack in the sun.

In the issue of film, we moved a little away from the main topic of crafts and the remains of building materials, but now we are returning to it.

Foamed insulation: the use of scraps in the country

Penofol, ecofol and other heaters based on foamed polyethylene and foil will be an excellent material for the original decor of any country house.

Most often, such materials are applicable before the New Year holidays, since you can easily cut snowflakes and stars of various shapes from them. But often they can be used for standard room decoration.

One side of such a material is foil or coated with reflective material. That is, it shines. This makes it possible to create bright figures that will transfer solar glare to the walls, floor and ceiling. Particularly interesting are such crafts in limbo, on a fishing line or thread.

Most often, all thermal insulation works that use similar materials occur with insulation foil on one side. But if you need a two-sided object, you can cut two mirrored shapes, and glue them with the back side. Then a star, snowflake or figurine will shine on both sides.

Savvy summer cottagers find many other uses for penofol, for example, they additionally insulate greenhouses on the sides, make small portable refrigerators with their own hands, simply stitching the material inside onto the walls of a small box. But the most fun use is sewing material from children's costumes and their various elements.

DIY crafts

Residues of plastic, polycarbonate, acrylic

After installing a fence, a greenhouse, a canopy or even a partition in the bathroom of a country house, such materials may remain, even in the form of scraps. You should not throw them away, because these are useful elements of decor.

  • First of all, various flashlights come to mind. We have studied with you a lot of lighting options for the garden and the territory of the summer residence, and therefore it will be easy for you to come up with lanterns and lamps made of plastic and polycarbonate, especially if the trimmings of materials are colored;
  • Colored plastic and polycarbonate with shades in the decor of the fence look very good. Somehow we already raised a similar topic and even showed you photos of similar decoration of fences;
  • From small scraps of acrylic, you can make boxes and chests that can perform both decorative and household functions;
  • In addition, these materials can fully participate in the production of garden figures. Combining wood, steel, plastic and other materials, you can do it yourself garden gnomes, fairytale castles, various animals.

Remains and brick fight

We use construction waste of such a plan perfectly as a dumping site and materials for leveling pits. But today we offer to think about more useful facilities.

  • It can be the same fabulous decorative castles located in the garden, in which the brick will be the base;
  • In addition, small columns can be built from bricks;
  • Building material will also be used in the production of heavier and more capital furniture, for example, as a base under benches or even under a table in a new arbor.

What to make of PVC plastic panels

Cladding walls and ceilings, various buildings on the outside and inside with plastic are quite popular processes for refining the cottage. But, due to the low cost of the material, or for reasons of incorrect calculation, we often buy PVC panels with a margin. Then, when the material remains, we think for a long time where it can still be useful.

We have previously mentioned certain options, but there are more interesting ideas:

  • A miniature fence made of PVC panels will last several years until the material deteriorates due to atmospheric effects;
  • The material is also excellent for distinguishing garden beds, flower beds. It turns out multi-colored and very colorful decor;
  • If we return to the summer cottages, then plastic can become the roof of small garden buildings, be used as gutters to collect rainwater, even simple, but quite attractive shutters for the windows of the country house, if you combine the panels with a wooden beam.

Bulk mixtures and the use of their residues

Plasters, putties, cement and other building mixtures always remain after construction or repair.

This can be a few scoops in a bag, or a whole bag of material. Naturally, such material in the country house will not be lost - grease, repair cracks, repair garden paths and more.

But you can use the mixture for decorative purposes, for a wide variety of crafts.

  • We have already talked about how to produce decor blocks for walls with the simplest, home-made forms;
  • Also, they told you how to make a drinker from cement, quickly and simply enough;
  • But you can turn on your imagination, pick up special molds and pour whole figures for the garden that can easily last up to ten years even under the worst conditions on the street. It is only necessary to process finished crafts with protective paints, which will give a more vivid look.

Remains of ceramic tiles and mosaics

They say that materials of this kind in the country are indispensable, but mainly in the economic plan.

  • With the remains of the tile, you can trim the base of the house to protect it from external influences;
  • The same material can cover a new blind area;
  • If there are very few tiles, and it is a battle, then it, like the mosaic, should be transferred to the garden. Here, pieces of multi-colored, glossy and with a variety of drawings of material, you can decorate garden figures. For example, you make a garden gnome ... so now it is not necessary to paint it, you can decorate it with pieces of tile. The turtle from the remains of cement in the garden will receive an exclusive shell in the same way. Tiles or mosaics will serve as an unsurpassed finish and a small decorative pond in the country.

We have hundreds more tips in our arsenal, but we just cannot put them all in one article. We mentioned almost all the popular materials used in the country, and now you just have to focus on the fact that not everything should be immediately sent to the trash, because any piece or trim can be useful.

Crafts from building materials and the beneficial use of construction waste are interesting and popular topics. Thousands of summer residents across the country every day come up with an unthinkable decor made of metal and wood, the remains of polystyrene foam and paint, scraps of polyethylene and dry mixes. So why don't we try? We are sure that with our experience crafts will turn out no worse!


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