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DIY Ideas: How To Recycle With IKEA


Did you know that Earth could still support us up to 1.75 billion years? That’s the good news. The bad news is climate change will wipe us all. Yikes! The melting Arctic ice, extreme heat waves and odd weathers are clear indications that our only home needs our help.

In fact, we don’t need to spend lots of money to build expensive solar panels or wind turbines to generate renewable energy. We can do our small part by reducing wastage such as food, recycle waste and create more green for healthier living space.

This July, Lemon Film is working together with IKEA, to create sustainable living. Through this crafting project, Kayden and I will be sharing three DIY recycle ideas in this post.

DIY Holders From Breakfast Cereal Boxes

Let’s save some money by recycling breakfast cereal boxes. Yeah! By reusing empty breakfast cereal boxes, we can craft out holders which are perfect for magazines, books and papers. These DIY holders can also help Kayden in organising his always messy table.

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Made of recycled paperback materials, these breakfast cereal boxes can be sturdy when they are filled with items.

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To craft out our DIY holder, we need to cut the box in a slanted way from top to bottom. After that, I will tape up the edges to make it stronger.

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Wrapping up the holder with coloured papers makes identification of the DIY holder easy and also reinforcing the paperback material.

IKEA Material Used

SPRUDLA Gift wrap roll
MÅLA Scissors, set of 2
FULLFÖLJA Roll of tape, grey-black, white

DIY Toilet Roll Speaker

When I was young, I used to keep two toilet rolls, tape them up and pretend they are binoculars. In this post, I will be using a toilet roll to craft out a DIY Toilet Roll Speaker. This crafting idea can also be used as a phone holder too.

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As I am using an iPhone 6 Plus, I will cut out a narrow rectangular shape which will fit my phone nicely. I will get my boy to draw whatever he likes onto the paper roll using the MÅLA Felt-tip pen and MÅLA gel ink pen. Otherwise, you can also use the Kännetecken roll to tape up the surface for a more vibrant appearance.

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Using the plastic material from the MÅLA Felt-tip pen’s packaging, I would cut out a small piece and staple it to the back of the toilet roll. This plastic will act as a support to prevent my phone from falling backwards.

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IKEA Material Used

Kännetecken roll
MÅLA Felt-tip pen, assorted colours
MÅLA Gel ink pen, assorted colours

DIY Milk Carton LED Lamp

Emptied milk cartons are often thrown away into the bin because we felt that these paper boxes are useless. We are wrong!

In this project, we will be crafting a DIY Milk Carton LED Lamp using IKEA’s energy saving LED light. Compared to the rest of the DIY projects in this post, this lamp is not the easiest, but this is the most beautiful DIY product.

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I would recommend all the cuttings to be done by an adult. The reason is that the paper material on the milk carton is thick and might be difficult for those tiny fingers.

On the front and side faces of the milk carton, we cut out a rectangular piece from each face measuring 5cm by 15cm. I would recommend a small cut out area for inserting the LEDBERG LED lighting wire.

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Reusing Kayden’s waste papers, I have used the FULLFÖLJA tape to stick the papers to the cutout areas. These reused papers will help to create a cosy lighting. Flip the switch and ta-dah!

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IKEA Material Used

FULLFÖLJA Scissors, Black
FULLFÖLJA Roll of tape, grey-black, white
LEDBERG LED spotlight, white

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