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Clever Reuse Ideas

From our popular "10 Uses" column -- creative ways to reuse household items

Clever Reuse Ideas

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Just like you don’t HAVE to use magnetic spice racks in the kitchen, you don’t HAVE to use shower caddies in the bathroom! Could be the perfect organizational upgrade for a small home office wall or craft room. Install a whole row of them if that’s what you need!

This Old Apartment

Tea tins turned windowsill herb garden via Apartment Therapy

Inspiration: Windowsill Garden — Melbourne

What to do with the crib your kids have outgrown.

Mounds of colorful wrapping paper on your living room floor making you feel a little guilty—wasteful, even? Here are a few creative reuse ideas to ease your conscience.

Guilt-Free Gift Wrapping

Stacked, weathered crates serve as both a side table and storage space for firewood.


Ten fun hacks for the Ikea Knuff magazine file--from this mail station to a modular coffee table, a corner shelf and a docking station! | via

10 Ways In Which To Use 1 Simple Item: Ikea Knuff Hacks

An over-the-door shoe organizer is perfect for storing craft supplies!

Design Meet Style

Check out this easy DIY wreath alternative--a hanging monogrammed chalkboard wood slice with instructions from Caitlin Swann at

DIY Alternative to a Wreath | My Daily Bubble

Start saving those wine corks to repurpose as this fun cork bulletin board via A Beautiful Mess!

A Beautiful Mess

Eye-catching DIY memo board: Frame a pretty scrap of fabric or wallpaper, hang in a high traffic area, and use a dry-erase market to jot down reminders on the glass. via Real Simple

10 Cheap Organizing Hacks for a Clutter-Free Home

To make decorative luminaries, drill holes in pint-size cans, making a pattern. Place a votive candle in each can. | Photo: Tina Rupp

10 Uses for Paint Cans

Fill a large paint can with sand or gravel, and stick a garden torch in the middle. | Photo: Ryan Benyi

10 Uses for Paint Cans

Create storage for pencils or brushes: Place adhesive-backed magnets on the bottoms of small paint cans (use a hot-glue gun for extra hold). Attach to an inexpensive magnetized knife strip on the wall. | Photo: Ryan Benyi

10 Uses for Paint Cans

New or used, these metal pails have a variety of uses around the house | Photo: James Worrell

10 Uses for Paint Cans

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

Turn Salvaged Junk Into Garden Ornaments

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

10 Uses for Aluminum Pie Plates
  • Anna Wachtel Riley
    Anna Wachtel Riley

    This is bad advice. Using aluminum on electric burners can cause overheating which can burn out connectors and wiring. Drip pans for electric ranges are cheap and readily available at every hardware store and most anywhere that sells even basic home products (drugstore, big box retailer, etc).

  • Anita Frank
    Anita Frank

    Agreed, Anna! Just buy new drip pans--really inexpensive!

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

10 Uses for Aluminum Pie Plates

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

10 Uses for Aluminum Pie Plates

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

10 Uses for Aluminum Pie Plates

Back a glass tabletop: Revamp the plain glass surface of a coffee table or desk by layering a sheet of paper under it.

10 Uses for Wallpaper Scraps

Use as a photo mat: Try cutting out a piece of thick, subtly patterned wallpaper to surround pictures inside a frame.

10 Uses for Wallpaper Scraps

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.

10 Uses for Lattice

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.

10 Uses for Wallpaper Scraps

Wrap presents: Choose a festively patterned wallpaper to cover gift boxes; it's heavier and more durable than standard wrapping.

10 Uses for Wallpaper Scraps

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.

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