Jun 12, 2012

50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things


If you’re like me, you probably have a lot of old stuff just lying around your house. It’s not doing anything but taking up space, but you’re either too busy (or lazy), sentimental or just have more important things to deal with. Well if you’re looking for a little inspiration or a new DIY project, here are 50 creative ways to repurpose, reues and upcycle old things.

There’s a pretty broad range in this list but hopefully a handful jump out and spark an idea for you and your home!



1. Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls to Organize Cables and Chords


toilet paper rolls used to store cables and wires




2. Turn Old Credit Cards Into Guitar Picks


stamping old credit cards into guitar picks




3. Create a Window Cover Using Old Picture Slides


picture slides used as window drapes




4. Upcycle Old Light Bulbs Into Candles


old lightbulb turned into candle




5. Repurpose Old CD Holders Into Bagel Storage Device


old cd holder as bagel holder




6. Fill a Box With Skewers and it Becomes an All-Purpose Knife Block


use box filled with skewers as a knife block




7. Turn Old Picture Frames Into Serving Trays


using picture frame as serving tray




8. Reuse Ketchup Bottles as a Pancake Squirter


using ketchup bottle as pancake squirter




9. Use Paperclips to Organize Your Cables


paperclips clipped onto side of table using handles to organize cables




10. Turn Old Wrenches Into Wall Hooks


wrenches bent into wall hooks




11. Repurpose an Old Suitcase Into a Medicine Cabinet


suitcase upcycled into medicine cabinet in bathroom




12. Use Your Old Computer Tower as a Mail Box


turn old computer tower into mail box




13. Use Marbles to Plug Holes in Fences


marbles used to plug holes in outdoor fences




14. Reuse Old Kleenex Boxes as Bag Dispensers


using empty kleenex box as grocery bag dispenser




15. Turn an Old Door Frame Into a Coffee Table


old door turned into coffee table




16. Turn Old Bulletin Boards into a Jewellery Organizer


using bulletin board as jewellery organizer




17. Use Post-It Notes as a Collector when Drilling


post it note as collector when drilling holes




18. Repurpose a Card Catalogue Into a Mini Bar


turning library card catalogue into bar stand




19. Use Old Lego Pieces As a Key Holder


use lego board and pieces as key holder at home




20. Upcycle a Shopping Cart Into a Rolling Chair


turning a shopping cart into a rolling chair




21. Turn Old Suitcases Into Side Tables


using old luggage as side tables




22. Upcycle Old Mugs, Bottles and Bowls Into Light Fixtures


light fixtures made from wine bottles ceramic mugs buckets and bowls




23. Use Lifesavers as Candle Holders on Cakes


using a life saver as a candle holder on cakes cupcakes




24. Use a Paper Clip as a Key Chain and Money Clip


paper clip key chain and money clip 50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things




25. Use a Pipe with Valves as a Coat Rack


pipe with valves as coat rack




26. Use Old Books as Shelves


turn old books into shelves with brackets




27. Reuse Old Cassette Tape Cases as Gift Card Boxes


turn old cassette tape cases into gift card boxes




28. Use Old CD Cases to Store and Organize Cables


cd cases uses to store and organize cables




29. Turn an Old Bike Into a Bathroom Counter


old bike used as base for bathroom counter




30. Turn an Old Mini Fridge Into a TV Stand and Storage Unit


using old mini fridge as tv stand and storage unit




31. Turn Old Utensils Into Wall Hooks


using old utensils as wall hooks




32. Turn an Old Wine Box Into a Shoe Rack


using an old wine box as a shoe rack




33. Use Shower Hooks in Your Closet as Bag Holders


Use Shower Hooks in Closet as Bag Holders




34. Turn Old Suitcases Into Accordion Folders


turn old suitcase into accordion folder




35. Turn Old Tennis Rackets Into Mirrors


old tennis racket as a small mirror




36. Use Old Picture Frame Corners Like Tiles


picture frame corners used to decorate ceiling like tiling




37. Turn an Old Door Into a Frame for a Standing Mirror


old door frame used as standing mirror




38. Use an Old Paper Tower Holder as a Ribbon Holder


using paper towel holder a a ribbon holder




39. Turn An Old Bathtub Into a Love Seat


upcycled bathtup into love seat




40. Use Frisbees To Reinforce Disposable Plates


use frisbees to reinforce disposable plates




41. Repurpose Old Barrels Into a Drum Set


using old barrels to make a drum set




42. Use Cupcake Wrappers to Prevent Posicles from Dripping


using a cupcake wrapper as popsicle drip protector




43. Use An Old Hanging Shoe Rack to Organize Your Pantry


old hanging shoe rack into pantry organizer




44. Make a Chair from Old Waterskis


chair made from old waterskis




45. Use Old Books to Create a Desk


using lots of old books to create a desk




46. Turn a Six Pack Into a Condiment Carrier


using six pack of beer case as condiment carrier




47. Transform a Chair into a Towel Rack and Shelf


use an old chair as bathroom towel rack and shelf




48. Use A Cupcake Tray as a Jewellery Organizer


using a cupcake tray as a jewellery organizer




49. Use Mason Jars to Carry Your Salad


using mason jars to transport your salad




50. Turn an Old Piano Into an Outdoor Water Fountain


old piano turned into outdoor water fountain 50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things






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