“Go green.” It’s a phrase that’s thrown around often these days, but you might be wondering what old traffic and parking signs have to do with this. How can you recycle these old and rusted signs? Here are ten creative ways you can reuse your old signs.

1. Decoration for your space. Old parking and traffic signs are a great way to add some pizzazz to any attic, basement or man cave. Even if the signs are slightly rusted or tarnished, that only adds more character to your decoration.

2. Construct unique furniture. Since traffic and parking signs are often made of aluminum or other bendable materials, you can form old signs into furniture fairly easily. For example, you might choose to create a chair or desk.

3. Recondition the signs. Depending on how much wear and tear your traffic and parking signs have been through, there are instances in which your signs could be resurfaced and cleaned to be brought back to life.

4. Create innovative household items. Besides constructing furniture out of old traffic and parking signs, you can also create other household items. For instance, some green artists have taken to cutting up old traffic signs to create things like coasters, light switch plates and much more.

5. Make one-of-a-kind wall art. Whether you choose to hammer an old parking or traffic sign directly into your wall, or opt to create a collage or mural of old signs, this type of artwork can be a great addition to any space.

6. Cut house numbers. Another innovative use for old traffic or parking signs is to cut out your house number from them. With house numbers like this, you’ll stand out from other houses on your block.

7. Make jewelry. You can create jewelry out of just about anything these days, and old signs are no exception. Since they’re easy to bend, take your old signs and make bracelets out of them.

8. Jazz up your refrigerator. Eco-friendly artists have been taking old traffic and parking signs and molding them into magnets for your refrigerator.

9. Make dinnerware. If you’re looking for a great conversation piece for your next dinner party, consider making decorative and usable platters out of old traffic signs. You’ll need to make sure they are cleaned and sanitized before serving any food.

10. Recycle them. If you can’t find a particular use for them yourself, most traffic and parking signs can be recycled. Contact your local government for information on how and where to recycle your old signs.

When it’s time to replace your old traffic and parking signs, don’t just throw them out. Get creative and find ways to repurpose your old signs.

Article originally published at Source by Michael Schoenfeld