Clever Reuse Ideas

From our popular "10 Uses" column -- creative ways to reuse household items
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Five nifty uses for an old hose reel.

How to Reuse a Garden Hose Reel

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Oily Driveway Stains? Try clay-based kitty litter. Superabsorbent clay helps soak up oily patches from asphalt. Spread litter over a fresh spill. Wait a day, then sweep it up and hose down the spot. Fresh Step Clay Cat Litter, about $18 for a 7-lbs. bag; Amazon

Clever Exterior Cleaning Hacks

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How to turn old drawers into nifty under-bed storage. VIA Lowe's.

upcycle old drawers into underbed storage

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How to make a festive light display with your empty wine bottles. Feed a 50-light string (get the kind with just one plug) into a hole drilled in a bottle's side. We used a ¾-inch tile bit, then enlarged and smoothed the hole with a conical grinding stone.

10 Uses for Wine Bottles

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Kristyn of Lil' Luna turned a basic box into stylish shoe storage. "Made from wood, screws, and spray paint, this project is perfect for storing shoes or any other item you want to be 'out' but not all over the place," she says.Learn more about this project at Lil' Luna.

wrangle shoes at the entry with a bright bin

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Tuck wine bottles into the shafts of winter footwear so that they'll stay upright in a closet or mudroom.

10 Uses for Wine Bottles

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Fill a bottle that has special meaning with sand for a keepsake that doubles as a bookend.

10 Uses for Wine Bottles

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Use dark green zip ties to help keep garlands and other greenery in place when wrapping them around stair railings for the holidays.

10 Uses for Zip Ties

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Canvas drop cloth turned stylish tablecloth: Dress up a table on the cheap by using a new cotton drop cloth cut to fit. Finish the edges with no-sew hemming tape, and stencil on a design.

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Myra, of @myblessedlife bought this old dresser from a ReStore for her son's bedroom. But it was the right size and shape for a dining room buffet, so she updated it with gray chalk-finish paint and used it as a buffet instead.

15 Fun Ways to Upcycle an Old Dresser

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Melissa of @itsmelissa had a large swath of empty wall space to fill around her TV. She found a vintage cherry-wood dresser on Craigslist for only $100 and decided it was the right width for the space, plus the TV could sit comfortably on top. She removed two drawers to hold the cable box and other equipment, then painted the piece a cheery yellow color and used a special technique for a distressed look.

15 Fun Ways to Upcycle an Old Dresser

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Picture frames used to create a unique towel bar via @margoarrick

9 Ways to Use Picture Frames You've Never Thought Of

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Use old picture frames to create a message center for your entryway via @mrslimestone

9 Ways to Use Picture Frames You've Never Thought Of

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Use a few small C-clamps on the corners of your outdoor table to prevent your dining setup from blowing away on gusty days.

10 Uses for C-Clamps

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4 Greenhouses Made From Recycled Windows: Smart, budget-friendly tricks to create your own backyard greenhouse with salvaged materials

4 Greenhouses Made From Recycled Windows

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Clear workshop clutter with zip ties: Thread zip ties through pegboard above your workbench to create a permanent, easy-to-spot holder for tools like a T-square or a hammer.

10 Uses for Zip Ties

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Lock luggage with a zip tie: Secure the pull tabs of two zippers together by tightly threading a small zip tie through their openings to keep suitcases closed when you're traveling.

10 Uses for Zip Ties

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Use zip ties to direct climbing plants: Help vines grow upward by securing them with zip ties to posts or lattice. Keep the ties loose so that you don't damage stems and plants have room to grow.

10 Uses for Zip Ties

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Use zip ties to childproof cabinets. Keep little ones out of off-limits storage by connecting cabinet knobs with a zip tie secured in a loop.

10 Uses for Zip Ties

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Preserve potting soil with a zip tie: Keep moisture—and, potentially, mold—out of an opened bag of potting soil by cinching the top closed with a zip tie.

10 Uses for Zip Ties

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Make a hanging herb garden with a zip tie: Drill drainage holes in a tin can and a hole near the top; fill the can with soil and herbs. Thread a zip tie through the top hole and fasten the can around a railing.

10 Uses for Zip Ties

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Use a zip tie to unclog a drain: Fasten together several long zip ties in a chain; you'll need about five to reach the trap. Cut barb-like notches along the ties with wire cutters. Snake one end into the drain and move it up and down to loosen debris and hair clogs.

10 Uses for Zip Ties

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Tuft a chair seat with a zip tie: Try substituting zip ties for strong upholstery thread. Drill two holes 3/8 inch apart through the wood seat base, the foam, and the fabric of a chair cushion. Loop a zip tie through the three layers and tightly cinch it beneath the seat to create the tufting. Cover the tie on the seat with a matching button.

10 Uses for Zip Ties

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10 uses for zip ties: These handy fasteners can do more than corral cables. Put them to use with these clever ideas.

10 Uses for Zip Ties

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Don't throw out those Altoid tins! They make great containers for small items that too often get lost and jumbled in "everything" drawers.

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