50 Mind-Blowing New Uses For Old Things

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40. Sew a Pillow Case Into a Cosmetics Bag

Pillow Case Cosmetics Bag

Reinvent unmatched pillowcases as cosmetics bags in this simple tutorial written by Two Cheeky Monkeys. Long after the sheets are tattered and gone, you’ll love keeping a little piece of your favorite patterns with this DIY project. Get the instructions for Pillow Case Cosmetics Bags.

41. Hang a Rake to Make a Rustic Tool Rack

Outdoor Rake Rack

After buying a shiny new rake put the old rusty one to good use hanging garden tools. Natalie at Natalme.com blogs about hanging an old rake on the side of her shed to organize the tools in her gardening workspace. Who said that dirty work couldn’t look chic? Get the instructions for a Rake Rack.

42. Use a Stiletto to Display Jewelry

Shoe Jewelry Holder

Sooner or later you’re going to stop wearing your favorite pair of stilettos. This doesn’t mean you stop loving them, which is why we think this stiletto jewelry holder is a great second life for an old pair of high heels. Susie Homefaker provides step-by-step instructions to make this fancy display for your own bedroom. Get the instructions for a Stiletto Jewelry Holder.

43. Make an Ice Cube Tray Into a Snack Tray

Ice Cube Snack Tray

Help hungry kids hit all the major food groups with this slick use of ice cube trays. Just fill the tiny compartments with perfect proportions of fruits, veggies, candy and other yummy snacks. When Jennifer of Jennifer Bishop Design assembled these for toddlers at her daughter’s birthday party, they were a hit with parents and kids alike! Get the instructions for Ice Cube Tray Munchies.

44. Gather Tin Cans to Store Utensils

Tin Can Utensil Holder

The O’Neil gals of Running with Sisters posted this kitchen project to upcycle tin cans. It’s not the first time we’ve seen food cans used to hold utensils, but the idea of choosing three cans with identical bold labels really makes this project stand out. Keep miscellaneous utensils within arms reach and never rummage through drawers again. Get the instructions for Tin Can Utensil Holders.

45. Makeover a Stool to Store Wrapping Paper

Wrapping Paper Caddy

Wrapping paper rolls are large and cumbersome to store, but not if you have an old bar stool on hand. Christina of 2 Little Hooligans turned one upside down and mounted it on wheels to create a rolling storage solution for wrapping supplies. This DIY project is super simple with a huge payoff—the best kind of project in our book! Get the instructions for a Wrapping Paper Organizer.

46. Stockpile Keyboards to Make Art


If you find yourself getting rid of an old keyboard, save the keys to make wall art. Jeromina at Paper, Plate and Plane used keys to create three-dimensional messages mounted in shadow boxes. This clever art project makes a witty gift for your favorite computer geek. Get the instructions for Keyboard Art.

47. Transform Lipstick Pieces Into Lip Balm

Lipstick Balm

What do you do when your best lipstick is down to the nub? Marie at Baking Chic shares this recipe for making lip balm with leftover lipstick that will moisturize your smackers with just a hint of color. Though it won’t look quite the same in balm form, you’ll get to extend the wear of your favorite shade while keeping your lips healthy with beeswax and coconut oil. Get the instructions for Lip Balm Lipstick.

48. Repurpose Wire Racks for Smart Craft Storage

Lipstick Crate

Cheap wire shelves can have a hard time standing after a while. When that day comes, take them apart and repurpose them into something else useful. Jessica at Mad in Crafts shows how she used the parts from some old wire shelves as hanging storage for craft paint. If crafting isn’t your thing, consider mounting these on the wall to store nail polish instead. Get the instructions for Wire Rack Craft Storage.

49. Reclaim an Inner Tube to Make a Comfy Seat


It might seem crazy, but there is an alternate use for big rubber inner tubes! The bloggers at Remobilia wrapped colorful fabric around a discarded tube, and the final result is a trendy floor seat that would make a lovely addition to any room. If these are comfortable on the water for hours on end, imagine how great they will be indoors. Get the instructions for an Inner Tube Seat.

50. Mount a Wine Rack for Storing Towels

Wine Towel Rack

Even if you aren’t the type to relax with a nice glass of Merlot, this idea may just inspire you to pick up a wine rack. Mount a rack to your bathroom wall and roll up towels for an attractive way to store this bathroom essential. Jena of Cage Free Monkeys gives it a try, with results that are worth replicating. Get the instructions for a Towel Rack.

You don’t have to wait for Earth Day to try a repurposing project. Do something wonderful for the planet and your pocketbook by upcycling something old into something new and fabulous! Do you have an idea for reusing old stuff? Inspire us by leaving a note in the comments.

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