Maggies Mentions

Turn Broken Things Into Treasures With These Easy Recycle Fix Ups


ID-100205417Don’t throw away that cracked mirror, tea cup with a broken handle or that video baby monitor so quick. Turn your trash into treasures with these easy recycle fix ups.

For a cracked mirror turn it into a chalk board or a magnetic board.

Fill in the crack with a bit of glue then paint it with chalkboard paint your can find at your local hardware store. You could use it for a doodle board, message board or simply cover with a favorite with a favorite picture and frame. Love magnets? Make your mirror magnetic with a primer that is infused with magnetic particles, then paint with your favorite color.

Turn that beautiful tea cup now with a broken handle into a mini garden or candle holder.

A tea cup or even a coffee mug is just the right size to add water and a couple of pretty flowers to set out on a breakfast table or add decor to your desk. Once the flowers look wilted, just add new ones.  If you love fresh herbs, fill it half way with potting soil, seeds from Parsley, Basil, Oregano or any herb you like, cover with more soil and set in your kitchen window.

Since a coffee or tea cup are made to hold heat, make your pretty cup into a candle holder.  Fill the cup 1/2 way up with melted wax, and add a cotton wick for a candle. Once melted down, refill again with any scent or color wax you like.

Speaking of Wax it can be recycled too..

Don’t throw away those little bits, or knobs of candles left over. These are great for sticky drawers, glass door runners, sticky doors. Just rub the knob of candle wax on the moving parts of the drawer, the hinges of a door and along the runners of your glass door to help them slide more easily.

Video Baby Monitors are wonderful, keep yours around for another purpose once baby is grown.

Want to know who is at the front door with out going to find out? Stick your baby video monitor in a window pointing to your front door, when someone comes up you can check the monitor before opening the door.  You also can use the monitor for keeping an eye on kids who may not be feeling well, pets or seniors who may need your assistance.

Photo Courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography  at


Author: Maggies Mentions

Mom of two who loves crafts, DIY, gardening and cooking. Finding ways to make life a bit easier and stress free to share and hopefully help someone else have a good day.

2 thoughts on “Turn Broken Things Into Treasures With These Easy Recycle Fix Ups

  1. These are fantastic ideas. I’ve been known to keep “broken” items in the hopes of repurposing them. I love the tea cup idea.


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