POPSUGAR Smart Living

45 of the Ultimate Best New Uses For Old Things

Jun 6 2014 - 5:00am

You might want to think twice before you throw something away. There are plenty of ways you can upcycle something old into something useful and entirely unrecognizable. Click on to see some of the best new uses for old things.

Pillowcase Garment Bags

Add slits to old pillowcases to turn them into garment bags.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens [1]

Tee Bags

With a few cuts, you can upcycle a t-shirt into a casual tote [2]. It's the perfect accessory for grocery shopping or going to the gym.

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Mason Jar Cup

Instead of a cup, drink from a mason jar. They're really cool to serve your homemade mixed drinks in when guests come over.

Source: Etsy user PoppyandPearlCo [3]

Book Charging Stations

Create a charging dock for your iPhone, tablet, or other gadgets with an old book. Here are instructions on how you can make your own book charging station [4].

Source: Etsy user RichNeeleyDesigns [5]

Towel Travel Kit

Turn an old towel into a travel kit [6] for your toiletries that you can also use to wash your face with!

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Paper-Bag Baskets

Weave strips of paper bags together to make these cute baskets [7].

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Mason Jar Shakers

Don't toss that big cardboard container of salt or sugar if you're almost finished with it. Repurpose the top into a cute mason-jar seasoning shaker. This DIY project [8] costs less than a few dollars to make and is a great way to spruce up your kitchen without investing in expensive containers.

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Beach Towel Tote Bag

Cut your beach towel up, and sew it to make a beach towel tote bag.

Source: Martha Stewart [9]

Paint-Chip Confetti

Punch little shapes out of paint chips to make lovely confetti for a party or wedding [10]. 

Source: Our Labor of Love via Amy Osaba Event.Floral.Design [11]

Suitcase Side Table

Make your own beautiful side table by piling up vintage suitcases, and top it off with a rustic mirror.

Source: Cupcakes and Cashmere [12]

Wine-Bottle Centerpiece

Such an easy DIY [13] project and yet so pretty! Spruce up a wine bottle with a doily to turn it into an interesting centerpiece [14]. 

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Paint-Chip Calendar

Use paint chips and a photo frame to create this awesome calendar that will help you stay organized.

Source: Cheltenham Road [15]

Mason Jar Lunch Box

Use a mason jar instead of a regular lunch box, and it'll keep your lunch fresh [16]! It's perfect for soup, salad, pasta, and more.

Source: Jenny Sugar

Wine-Bottle Jewelry Stand

Turn everyday bottles into jewelry holders in under a few minutes. How? Just stack bracelets around the neck for an effortless display.

Source: Instagram User songofstyle [17]

Mesh-Bag Pot Scrubbers

Take the plastic produce mesh bags, and turn them into efficient pot scrubbers [18].

Photo: Sarah Lipoff

Spoon Garden Markers

Stick pictures of plants on spoons, and use them as garden markers.

Source: Flickr user LillianClaire [19]

Mason Jar Sewing Kit

A POPSUGAR Social [20] member shared this neat DIY [21] project in the Su Casa [22] group — a mason jar sewing kit.

Basically, you create a pin cushion, stick it to the top of the lid, and keep all your sewing tools inside the jar.

Source: POPSUGAR user funkytime [23]

Single-Use Travel Packets

Going on a trip, but can't lug your big bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and more? Create these single-use travel packets [24] from straws as a smart solution!


Photo: Sarah Lipoff

Mason Jar Soap Dispensers

Make a soap dispenser [25] out of your mason jar by drilling a hole in the lid and inserting and gluing the pump of an old soap bottle to the hole.

Source: Etsy user bittersweetlemonade [26]

T-Shirt and Towel Produce Bags

Create awesome produce bags [27] with an old t-shirt or towel.

Photo: Sarah Lipoff

Plastic-Bottle Wallet

Use the ends of soda bottles to create this nifty wallet [28].

Photo: Sarah Lipoff

Magazine Holder Becomes a Kitchen Organizer

Store some of your kitchen supplies in an upright magazine holder [29] to save space.

Source: Chica and Jo [30]

Bread Tags to Distinguish Wires

Tell your wires apart with labeled bread tags [31].

Source: The Photographer's Life [32]

Jewelry Frame Organizer

Frame some wire mesh or burlap for a unique jewelry organizer [33].

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Ice-Cube-Tray Organizer

Organize your jewelry with an ordinary ice cube tray [34].

Photo: Emily Co

Toilet-Roll Cord Organizer

Organize your cords with washi-tape-decorated toilet rolls [35].

Source: Our Thrifty Ideas [36]

Charging Station

Hide unsightly wires with this DIY [37] plastic-bottle charging station [38].

Photo: Sarah Lipoff

Plastic-Bag Dispenser

Take an empty disinfectant-wipes bottle, and turn it into a plastic-bag dispenser [39].

Source: Tatertots and Jello [40]

Shopping-Bag Organizer

Pin up the prettiest shopping bags on your wall, and turn them into little organizers.
Source: Le Zoe Musings [41]

Cleaning Supplies in a Shoe Organizer

Keep your cleaning supplies in a shoe organizer [42] that hangs over your door to maximize the space in your home.

Source: Whine & Cheez [43]

Shoe Hangers

Make tiny hangers for your shoes [44] with the leftover hangers you get from the dry cleaner.

Source: Instagram user katrinaelainee [45]

Cup Speakers

Put your phone in a cup when playing music to enhance the sound.

Source: Instagram user wholewhirled [46]

Soda-Tab Tier Hangers

Hang soda tabs on hangers [47], so you can stack hangers and take up less space in your closet.

Source: Vanessa Devaki Andrew [48]

Denim Coasters

Turn old jeans into these cool denim coasters [49].

Source: Sarah Lipoff

DVD Mosaic Candleholder

Sad about your scratched-up DVDs? Break them up, and turn them into these cool mosaic candleholders [50] instead — you won't be sad for long!

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Sweater Pillows

Lovely old sweaters become even lovelier pillows [51].

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Frosted-Bottle Vases

Empty bottles lying around? Give them a makeover to turn them into these chic frosted vases [52].

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Coffee-Filter Bowl

Take used coffee filters and turn them into a cute bowl [53].

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Scarf Camera Strap

Turn a lovely old scarf into a camera strap [54].

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Lemon-Rinds Soap

Make these cute soaps [55] with the help of lemon rinds.

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Rose-Petal Bath Salts

Give flowers a second wind by drying them and making bath salts [56].

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Fix Flip-Flops

Use bread tags to keep flip-flops from coming apart.

Source: Reddit user skahl000 [57] via Imgur [58]

Chapstick Bank

Hide money in an empty ChapStick tube [59] — perfect for when you're traveling or walking in unsafe areas.

Source: Reddit user roperac [60] via Imgur [61]

Use Clips to Organize Your Wires

Place bulldog clips at the back of your desk, then string your cables through them to better organize your wires [62].

Source: imgur user legodarthvader [63]

Create a Cup Clock

This one's great for the office kitchen. Instead of wondering how fresh or old a pot of coffee is, make a cup clock, so whoever brews the coffee can mark the time he made it.

Source: Instagram user sumayakazi [64]


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