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How to Repurpose Outdated Items

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Whether it is broken or simply outdated, throwing out something before its time can seem wasteful… especially if you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint by reusing, recycling and repurposing all old items.

The good news - there are many different projects that you can do with those broken and outdated items and create stunning décor for indoors and out, all from things that you may consider trash! Repurposing is a great way to keep things out of the dump and to give your home a little décor boost. These projects are relatively easy, take a little time and best of all, they allow you to completely repurpose that trash into something useful. Grab your outdated household items and take a look at the different ways that you may be able to bring it back to life. You know what they say – One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Here are 15 ideas to get you started!

  1. Turn an old frame into an Earring Organizer
     


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Simply string a few wires along the ends, and hang your everyday earrings from them.

  1. An old frame becomes a Tea Tray
     


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Or, use a large frame with gold borders, insert a pretty printed fabric or decorative paper instead of a photograph (or even a black & white photograph), and use it to serve tea.

  1. CD Cases become Cable Organizers
     


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Have too many cables lying around the house? Sort and store them in CD cases.

  1. An old ladder turns into a bookshelf
     


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Put it up along a wall and start propping up your collection of paperback novels.

  1. A garden rake becomes a Wine Glass Holder
     


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Use the head of an old garden rake to hang your wine glasses from the wall.

  1. Old graters turn into Garden Lights
     


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Why invest in new lamps when a collection of old graters turns into such a unique outdoor lighting arrangement?

  1. Assorted funnels turn into Candle Holders
     


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Collect all old metal funnels of varying sizes. Add candles, and display them on a pretty tray. Instant vintage chic centerpiece!

  1. Discarded Tennis Rackets transform into Chic Wall Mirrors
     


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Want to add more mirrors to your wall décor? Tennis rackets make for truly unique statement-making frames!

  1. Old tissue boxes become Garbage Bag Dispensers
     


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Hate to mess all those plastic garbage bags make underneath the sink? Turn old tissue dispensers into garbage bag dispensers!

  1. Broken planters become Bird Baths
     


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Have a few broken planters? Layer them to make a new bird bath for your garden!

  1. Turn the back of a chair into a Towel Rack
     


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If an old rickety chair has lived past its life, remove the back and hang it on the bathroom wall for an instant shelf plus towel rack.

  1. Old suitcases become cool Side Tables
     


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A cool side table with storage, a vintage suitcase easily becomes a part of your décor with a wooden plank base and legs.

  1. Repurpose old wrenches into Wall Hooks
     


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Perfect for the garage or outdoor areas, these are excellent for sorting garage supplies and even hanging planters or vintage lanterns.

  1. Reuse old forks as funky Coat Hangers
     


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It is the same concept here - reuse old forks and customize hooks to become a chic coat hanger.

  1. Upcycle old mugs, bottles, and bowls into interesting Light Fixtures
     


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Get creative and make your own hanging light fixtures from outdated bottles, glasses and mugs.

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