Every time I throw away a container I’ve used into the garbage, I always have the feeling that I’m throwing something away that could be reused. Most of the time, however, I can’t find a good scenario to reuse the container, so I unfortunately still end up throwing a lot of them away. Until now.
In the following slides, you’ll find ingenious ways of how you can reuse common items you find around the house. Instead of tossing them into the recycling bin next time, try out any of these tips.
So take a look at the following slides and identify which of these items you throw away on a regular basis. You’ll never guess how you can transform an otherwise disposable item into something incredibly practical.
The next time you’re thinking about throwing away coffee containers, try transforming them into storage containers for the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. They’re perfect for holding flour or sugar in the kitchen, and detergent and dryer sheets in the laundry room! Just decoupage some pretty paper on the outside.
Most people would never think of holding onto an empty cereal lining bag, but they’re actually super useful! Rinse it out then transform it into a piping bag for frosting. Just snip off the corner of the bag and pipe away!
There are quite a few uses for the mesh bags that veggies or citrus come in. For instance, turn it into a scrubber by simply wadding it in a ball. Perfect for cleaning pots, pans, and countertops that have stuck-on food.
Most people have probably never thought twice about keeping the paper wrapper from their butter, but you should! Save the butter wrappers to use as burger patty separators. The buttery residue will prevent the paper from sticking to the ground meat.
You obviously know how useful jars can be after they’ve served their initial purpose. One of the great, many uses for a mason jar is to rinse it out and use it as a flower vase.
Just because your disposable razor has gotten dull, doesn’t mean it belongs in the garbage quite yet. You can still use it to remove the pills off sweaters, hats, scarves, and more.
Egg cartons are absolutely perfect for organizing just about anything. Use one to organize jewelry, beads, nails and screws, office supplies, or any other small, loose item that you want to keep track of.
Did you grab the last tissue out of the tissue box? Don’t toss that box in the recycling bin quite yet. You can transform it into a plastic bag dispenser under your sink. Simply stuff it full of plastic grocery bags and pull out when needed.
Old newspaper comes in handy for lots of things. One of the endless things it can be used for is shoe deodorizer. Ball up a page of newspaper and stuff it into smelly sneakers, it will absorb the nasty odors.
Once you’ve used the last drop of your dish soap, thoroughly rinse it out until all the soap is gone and fill it with pancake batter. Now you have a mess-free pancake batter dispenser!
Extra or broken floor tiles make for great art projects. Create a beautiful mosaic piece of art with different colors and patterns of tiles. Decorate an outdoor wall or re-purpose an old nightstand with a new mosaic top.
Has your favorite pair of socks gotten a hole in them? You can still use them! Keep them handy for covering your shoes when you’re doing something messy–like a painting or pottery project.
A favorite t-shirt from decades ago can be pretty sentimental and letting go of it can be hard. Instead of trashing it, why not give it new life by sewing it into a pillow?
After using the last piece of paper towel, hang on to the cardboard roll and use it to keep cords organized and untangled. Just wrap up the cord and place into the cardboard roll. You can even use a marker to label what it’s for.
If you’ve found yourself with dozens of unused grocery bags, put them to use instead of putting them in the landfill. Ball up the bags and use them as protective packing material. Way less messy than using packing peanuts.
Shoe boxes once stored your shoes, so why can’t they store something else? Cover the box in pretty tissue or craft paper and use it to keep toiletries, craft items, or whatever else. Be sure to label the outside to easily identify what’s inside.
Why the heck would you hold onto an old, ugly shower curtain? Because they come in handy, that’s why! You can use an old shower curtain as an outdoor tablecloth when you’re having a family picnic.
Don’t just toss all of those wine corks you’ve gathered in the garbage. You can do so many things with them! For starters, create a floating keychain in case you accidentally jump into a pool or water with your keys in your pocket.
If you (or your kids, or your pet) break the glass out of a picture frame doesn’t mean it’s out of commission. Use it to make a beautiful earring display piece. All you’ll need to do is string and secure some wire across it, then hang the earrings on the wire.
Instead of packing up that old entertainment center to send off to the dump or secondhand store, transform it into a play kitchen for any little ones you might have in your life. All you’ll need is a little paint and imagination!
If you have an old basket that isn’t quite what it used to be, why not upcycle it to store recyclables? Instead of having that brightly colored recycling bin in your home or garage, use the basket!
Did the straps break on your favorite pair of flip flops? That’s okay! No need to rush out to buy new ones, just find some cute fabric and thread it through the holes. Now, you basically have a new pair of sandals.
“You can create a really handy cell phone charging station that keeps your cords from being out in the open. With just a bit of fabric, some cutting and a little time, you can make this really handy cell phone charging station that holds your phone and the cord right up next to the plug-in so you save space and your cord is not lying on the floor,” says DIY n Crafts. Here’s the tutorial on how to make it.
Even if a wire basket is nearly worn out and has seen better days, it can still be useful! Upcycle your old wire basket into a cool, funky, industrial light fixture.
Did you accidentally drop a terra cotta pot? Don’t beat yourself up over it, you can still use it in your garden. Use a permanent marker to write on bits of the broken pot and use as garden markers for your plants and veggies.
Do you have an old, dated dresser that doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of your furniture or decor? Use some elbow grease and a bit of creativity to transform it into a super cute bench. Here’s the tutorial on how to do it.
If you happen to have a mishap in the kitchen and accidentally drop that piece of beautiful china, your heart and the plate might be broken, but you can still hang on to it! Just glue it back together and use as art in the kitchen.
If the metal pieces of your umbrella broke, it’s not unusable. Just turn it into something else–like a reusable grocery bag. Head over to Untrendy Life for the full tutorial on how to make it yourself.
That boring, dated dining room table you have doesn’t have to go to the secondhand store quite yet. Turn it into a desk or vanity by cutting it in half, giving it a fresh paint job, and securing to a wall. So cute!
Bottle caps are often tossed in the garbage without much thought at all, but someone came up with the genius idea to turn them into mini candles. They’re perfect when you need a large amount of candles for a wedding or other event. Just clean them up, add a wick, then melt some crayon wax.
Kids tend to break crayons or wear them down until they’re basically nothing. Create new crayons out of those bits and pieces by putting them in a muffin tin, tossing them in the oven, and letting them cool.
Here’s another creative use for a broken plate. If the plate happened to break in half evenly, or leaving a large chunk of plate intact, use it as garden edging for your shrubs and trees.
Repurpose old or broken jewelry into magnets. Just head to the craft store and pick up some basic round magnets for a very inexpensive price. Then, simply use a hot glue gun to adhere the piece of old jewelry.
A pretty brooch or bracelet that’s been broken or tarnished doesn’t have to become a hand-me-down or trash. Instead, upgrade your cabinets by using them as drawer or cabinet pulls.
A broken or scratched CD or DVD seems pretty useless, right? Wrong! Turn them into an art project by gluing bits and pieces of it onto a plain Christmas ornament. Now, it’s a beautiful, shiny ornament for your tree.
Use one half of a broken globe as a display bowl for potpourri or other pieces of decor. “You will need a round wooden plaque to glue to the bottom of the globe in order to keep it level when it’s full but you can pick these up at your local craft store for very little,” says DIY n Crafts.
After a lot of use and wear and tear, chairs break. But it doesn’t mean that they’re done serving a purpose. Use the tops of the chairs to upcycle into cool, funky hangers. Here’s the tutorial.
If it’s just the legs that broke off of your chair, why not turn it into an adorable backyard swing? Paint them, drill some holes, and use some hardware and you’re all set! Head to This DIY Life for step-by-step instructions.
If you have a bicycle wheel that’s gotten a bit wonky and out-of-shape, it’s not garba