Clever Reuse Ideas
From our popular "10 Uses" column -- creative ways to reuse household items
Window-Frame Trellis: Turn an old window that's missing its glass into a support for climbing vines. Here, a single sash is attached to an elevated planter made from scrap wood. As an alternative to a window, use a Windsor-style chair with vertical spindles in the backrest. Place potted plants on the seat and train tendrils around the spindles. | Photo: Courtesy of Lark Books/Sterling Publishing
Protect your stovetop: Use pie plates to surround gas burners or to line burners on an electric range. Cut a hole in the center large enough for the burner, as needed. | Photo: Misha Gravenor/The Image Bank/Getty
Prevent melted-wax mess: Place pie plates under burning candles outside to stop wax from dripping onto your table or patio. | Photo: Tetra Images/Getty
Use a pie tin as a mini roller tray. It is the perfect size to hold small amounts of paint when doing minor touch-ups around the house. | Photo: Janice Richard/E+/Getty
Bird deflector: Craft tin ornaments from a pie plate to keep feathered friends from striking your windows. (The ornaments break up the reflection.) Create a design—we drew ours freehand—and cut it out with tin snips. Poke decorative holes with the point of a compass and hang with string. | Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewelyn
Make a memento board: Cut a piece of plywood to size and cover it with batting and fabric. Secure with a staple gun. Tack a piece of lattice on top with brad nails. Tuck paint swatches and the like into the openings.
Liven up a boring light switch: Remove the switch plate, and place a piece of wallpaper on top of it. Fold the paper's edges over the plastic, attaching it with a thin coat of craft glue, then screw back into place.
Beef up your garage or shed's storage with this rustic shelving unit. It's a breeze to build: Just place the crates on top of one another, one at a time. Drill pilot holes in the corner braces to prevent the wood from splitting, then fasten with 2-inch deck screws. For extra support, screw the unit into a wall from inside the crates.