People are way more into recycling these days and will reuse easy stuff like plastic bags and coffee cans to “go green”, but repurposing old junk is a bit harder and may require a bit of inspiration and instruction.
Well, consider this article by Popular Mechanics a great jumping off point for ways to put that old junk lying around your house to work for you.
Have an old tire rim taking up space in your garage? Surround it with some bricks or stones and you've got a handsome and durable tire rim fire pit that will last a lot longer than many store bought fire pits.
Sitting on a bunch of pipe fittings from your last major plumbing repair? Clean them up, add some color and turn those leftover plumbing bits into a custom made Steampunk inspired chess set, which makes a great gift and conversation piece.
Don't know what to do with those old cheese graters after they've started to rust? Make some fun and funky cheese grater pendant lights that look great hanging in a kitchen or dining area.