There’s the saying that one person’s trash is another one’s treasure, and we completely agree with this statement. There are many items which we all throw out that can be upcycled and repurposed into something new. So before you put that cardboard box or magazine in the trash can, here are 15 ways you can give new purpose to garbage-bound items.


Cardboard Box to Storage Basket

Turn an ordinary cardboard box into a pretty storage basket, that looks just like the ones you can buy in a store. Make sure you use a sturdy box, and if it has flaps on it, you need to cut these off. Then starting from the bottom, hot glue rope or twine around two thirds of your box, before gluing a piece of fabric to go around the top third of it. You can line the inside of the box if you want to fully cover up the cardboard, however, anyone looking at the exterior would be fooled into thinking that your box is a luxury basket.

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Coffee Cans to Planters

If you're a big coffee drinker, you probably go through several coffee cans a month. Instead of throwing them out, did you know you can make really cute planters out of them? To start turning them into planters, remove the labels from them and spray paint the cans any color you want. Drill holes near the top of the cans so you can loop rope through it to make a handle. Then decorate your cans with rope and other decorative items before placing your plants inside and hanging them up.

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