Every year, discarded vehicles produce more than 25 million tons of recycled material. This material is then reused, creating enough steel to produce 13 million new vehicles across the United States and Canada. Since more than 80 percent of the vehicle is recyclable, you can be sure that your much beloved jalopy will be put to good use.
However, if you want to have a more hands-on approach in giving old vehicles new life, here are three DIY ways to incorporate pre-loved auto parts into your home. If you don’t have these parts on hands, just find used truck parts for sale in your area.
- Car Hood Headboards
For a bedroom feel that’s equally unique and rustic, repurpose an old car hood as a headboard. This would be the perfect place for the curved electric blue hood from your old college clunker. As an added bonus, the curved piece will also make the perfect space to include some built-in shelves for your favorite books. You’ll be able to cruise right into dreamland.
- Hubcap Garden Decorations
Unfortunately, hubcaps are not recycled when old cars are brought to the junkyard. However, they can be reused as fun and whimsical lawn ornaments! Spray paint a couple with your favorite colors, adhere them to some dowels, add some fun decorations and you’ve got some clever looking flowers that you’ll never have to water.
- Tire Decor
Every year, almost 300 million tires are discarded in the United States alone. While many find new life as fuel or on a playground, there are many currently rotting away in junkyard around the county. Luckily, there are so many ways to reuse these old tires. Aside from tire swings, these can be repurposed as flower planters, ottomans, hose caddies and more.
There are so many fun and creative ways to turn old auto parts into something new and exciting. Do your part in saving these pieces from the junkyard and create something entirely unique in the process.