Here are 10 ways to repurpose items that would otherwise be destined for a landfill, let’s face it, time is just as precious of a commodity as natural resources. The good news is that you can upcycle discarded items with these projects that take 30 minutes – or less! So sit down, watch your favorite TV show, and by the time the credits roll, you’ll have completed these works of art. Ready to reuse it? Let’s roll….
Those old vinyl albums you have stashed in a closet can be transformed into a cake stand that will have your guests singing your praises. Hot glue a record to the base of an old glass. The Cake blog used martini glasses. You could use any mismatched glass that you have at home.
2. T-Shirt Dog Toy
An old t-shirt with some strategic cuts makes a new toy for your four-legged friend. This project from Yes, Missy is a great way to repurpose an old tennis ball toy. A bonus for your pooch is that the t-shirt has your scent.
3. Wine Cork Votive Candles
Got a collection of wine corks from your latest party (or just a really good night at home)? Keep the memories flowing while adding vino style to your abode by gluing wine corks around the outside of an old votive candle holder. Attach to a circular piece of thick cardboard or cork for the base.
4. Sweater Leg Warmers
Whether for warmth or for fashion, it’s super easy to make retro leg warmers using an old sweater, as The Farmer’s Nest suggests. Just cut off the arms, and roll over the cuff to peek out of your boots.
5. Travel Souvenir Magnets
Got extra coins from traveling to foreign countries? Or maybe pressed pennies from vacation destinations? Turn those coins into travel memories by attaching a magnet to the back with an industrial strength adhesive.
6. Scrabble Coasters
Take those old Scrabble tiles you don’t know what to do with and create a coaster. Arrange in a square, and attach to a piece of cork or an old ceramic tile with adhesive.
7. Tin Can Flower Pots
Repurpose tin cans into beautiful flower pots, vases and even pencil holders. Make sure that the top edge is not rough (smooth the edges with sandpaper or apply duct tape). Remove the outer wrapper and get creative! Cover with scrapbook or wrapping paper. Punch holes with a nail and a hammer for a decorative pattern. Use paint or glitter… the designs are endless!
8. Travel Toiletries Holder
An old hand towel becomes a handy travel tool when folded lengthwise and adding a few stitches from a sewing machine to create individual pockets for your toothbrush, toothpaste, razor and more.
9. Dish Towel Apron
Turn a dish towel into a retro-chic apron with some simple sewing skills and some decorative ribbon, with this tutorial by Fynes Designs.
10. Shoebox Art
Cover the lids from old cardboard shoeboxes with decorative paper and have canvas-style wall art that costs pennies.
Now, how was that show!? Probably not as cool as what you just created by hand. Got other ideas? We’d love to hear your comments!
Feature image courtesy of Dollar Store Crafts
Kimberly Button is the author of The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home (Adams Media) and the founder of www.GetGreenBeWell.com, a resource dedicated to helping you and your family live a healthier life. A professional journalist for nearly two decades, Button has been featured in magazines such as Martha Stewart's Whole Living, Sierra, National Geographic Traveler, Vegetarian Times and more