While metal and glass are both easily recycled it’s not always easy to get to the recycling center—and that takes gas. With the cost of trash going up, it might be time to look at reusing metal cans and glass bottles.
For cans, clean them, drill holes in the bottom, peel off the labels, sand down the edges and attach to an old pallet. Stand the pallet in the garden with t-posts to hold it upright. Now you have great strawberry or herb planters. Stagger the cans for a more artistic look.
Or cover the cleaned, sanded cans in fabric or yarn to make great pencil holders. Classic cans—with labels printed into the metal—are even better and can be stacked in a tier with the larger cans at the bottom for a great display/holder.
Cleaned tin cans are also idea for luminarias. Punch holes in the side and put tea lights in the cans.
Glass jars with lids are perfect for nail and loose screw holders—you can easily see what you have in the jar. And jam glass jars are perfect for reuse for more jam this summer.
Glass bottles can be painted and turned into vases or candle holders.
For more ideas go online. These days there are dozens of great ideas for reusing metal and glass.