Repurposing-My New Favorite Word

Posted on March 15th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

I think I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I am NOT a crafty person. I am NOT a creative person, however I always tell people I am recreative. I love to look at other people’s ideas and recreate them. It wasn’t until the last few months that I heard of repurposing and I am IN LOVE. It’s the ultimate way to recreate something!

I am not a hoarder, but I am not one to throw away things until they have had a lot of use. I am going to get my money out of it! Which is why the concept of taking something that had one purpose and using it for another is absolutely the best idea ever to me!

So over the weeks I have scoured the internet for repurposing ideas. These are my top 5 that I have either tried or am planning on trying. If you’ve repurposed something, tell us about it in the comments!

1. Turn a baby crib into a craft station.

This is my absolute most favorite repurpose idea EVER. Especially since drop-side cribs were recalled and it’s now illegal to sell them. We had one and were given the kit to fix it, but we will never be able to sell it. So now, I am turning it into a craft station. How cool is that!? Here is a tutorial for you to DIY.

2. Coffee cup turned into a no spill craft cup.

My first thought for this was BRILLIANT! There isn’t much explanation for this one, but if you need one, check it out HERE.

3. Plastic hanger clips into bag chips.

I am not a fan of using these plastic hangers you get from the store on actual clothes so I was just throwing them away until recently when I found this tip. Now I put pop off the clips and use them for chips, sugar, and well basically anything that’s an open bag. Again, this is just brilliant!

4. Turn old ties into a wreath.

I wish I would have known about this almost 20 years ago and kept my Grandpa’s old ties. He was VERY special to me and this would have been a wonderful way to remember him. I also love to think about my wonderful husband so turning his old ties he no longer wears into something like this is super cute.

5. Cookie sheets into message boards or chalkboards.

A friend of mine took some cookie sheets she bought on major clearance and painted them with chalk board paint and gave them as gifts. I think the whole project cost her $10 and if she could have had some cookie sheets to reuse, it would have been even less! You can also use some high gloss paint and make a message board like the one above. How cute is that? Here’s an awesome tutorial for it.


1 Comment

  1. jill wilhelm March 27, 2012

    The crib was my inspiration for this project!!
    http://iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com/2012/03/crib-turned-craft-station.html

    I saw it a few months back and was thrilled that I had a crib in the garage with a drop front!!

    Jill
    iknowthplansihave4you.blogspot.com

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