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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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