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May 13, 2015 Comments (0) Australia Day Projects, DIY Advice, Tips & Advice

Ideas For Recycling Old Auto Parts & Tools

Do you have old car parts, old tools, an old car, or anything that would be considered ‘junk’? Or have a collection of parts that are sitting there accumulating dust… and just don’t know what to do with it?

Before you throw anything out as part of your next big garage or shed clean up, put your creativity cap on set yourself a challenge and create something unique utilizing all the junk parts. Some people call this ‘up-cycling’ or ‘re-purposing’, it’s become quite popular as it gives you a chance to recycle and get creative – it’s a win win!

Number Plate Collection

What to do with that number plate collection…

Junk yard parts from used cars, trucks, scooters, motorcycles… well, anything really, can be turned into a DIY project allowing you to create something to be proud of. What could you make for the man-cave? It’s time to show off your skills!

The DIY Tailgate Bench

You could make yourself an outdoor bench using an old tailgate. You could pick up one from the local tip shop or pick-a-part if you’re lucky enough to find your favourite make –  or check out eBay to find some older models. There are plenty of vintage tailgates for sale.

All you’ll need to do now is grab some paint if you want to give it a new finish, find an old frame from a bench to re-purpose, or build your own from scratch. Sound simple enough?

  • Vintage Tailgate Benches, by TheFunkeyJunkmeister
    Vintage Tailgate Benches, by TheFunkeyJunkmeister
  • Vintage Tailgate Benches, by TheFunkeyJunkmeister
    Vintage Tailgate Benches, by TheFunkeyJunkmeister
  • Vintage Tailgate Benches, by TheFunkeyJunkmeister
    Vintage Tailgate Benches, by TheFunkeyJunkmeister
  • Vintage Tailgate Benches, by TheFunkeyJunkmeister
    Vintage Tailgate Benches, by TheFunkeyJunkmeister

The DIY Pallet Arm Chair

Have you seen these before? They’re a very popular project in the DIY world. Pallets are a widely used recycling material for home and garden use in making furniture, because the possibilities are endless. The DIY pallet arm chair is a pretty straight forward project which looks the part.

You’ll need:

  • Some spare pallets
  • Foam
  • Upholstery
  • Staple gun
  • Some screws to keep it all together

Why not pair it up with a pallet created coffee table? A potting table? A pallet dog kennel, a pallet computer desk… we could go on and on…

Arm Chairs made from old pallets

DIY arm chairs made from old pallets

The Number Plate Lamp

Your projects don’t necessarily all have to be big. Re-purposing old number plate frames can give you an automotive style inside the house…or the man-cave. Have a look at this Number Plate Lamp, by Gadgetsponge. It’s brilliant!

  • Gadgetsponge.com
    Re-purposed Licence Plate Lamp
  • Gadgetsponge.com
    Re-purposed Licence Plate Lamp
  • Gadgetsponge.com
    Re-purposed Licence Plate Lamp

The DIY Number Plate Clipboard

This is a great idea if you’ve got an odd collection of plates that are sitting there collecting dust – put them on show! Make yourself some number plate clipboards for your office space. They can be very useful for wall organizing, note holders, receipt holders, photo holders, and more… you name it!  Grab some bulldog clips, attach them to the top of the number plate, mount them to the wall and there you have it. Too easy!

Number Plate clipboard

Number Plate clipboard by Gadgetsponge

Number Plate clipboard

Number Plate clipboard by Gadgetsponge

The DIY Bird Feeder

Why not create something for the garden? Rummage the garage for some scrap metal, grab some bolts or screws from your local hardware store (or Supercheap Auto) and get creative. It’s a great piece for the backyard that the whole family will enjoy.

Number Plate Bird Feeder

Scrap metal + number plates + creativity = DIY Bird Feeder

Number Plate Bird Feeder

Scrap metal + number plates + creativity = DIY Bird Feeder

The Creative Genius

If you’re extremely creative-minded then this may appeal to you. Brian from Gadgetsponge has created these pieces from up-cycled roller-skates and odd bits and pieces – check it out.

Feeling creative but don’t have these sorts of things lying around the garage or shed? Why not head out to your local tip shop, op shop, car boot sale or check out what you can find on kerbside collection days. We bet you’ll start looking at these junkyard items differently now with your creative cap on!

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