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.


1. 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.

cardboard basketFind out how: livingwellmom


2. 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.

coffee can planterFind out how: thewickerhouse


3. Pickle Jars to Apothecary Jars

Save your pasta and pickle jars and turn them into fancy apothecary style containers. Scrub them well to remove the labels and any leftover residue, then glue pretty scrapbook paper round the glass. Spray paint the lids and once they're dry, glue on pretty curio knobs. Then all that's left to do is storing your bits and pieces inside.

apothecary jarsFind out how: littlehouseoffour


4. Mint Box to Bobby Pin Holder

Once you've freshened your breath, repurpose your mint box into a handy bobby pin holder. This is really easy to make as all you need to do is decorate your box with washi tape. Then just flip open the top and store your bobby pins inside. How simple is that?

bobby pin holderFind out how: livingchiconthecheap


5. Tissue Box to Craft Supply Storer

After recovering from a cold, upcycle your empty tissue box into a pretty storer for all your craft supplies. Cut the top off your tissue box to create a handy storage box, and then glue craft paper round the outside of it. The craft paper can be any color you want and you can draw and color on it beforehand to create a fun design. Finally, place enough empty toilet rolls stood up inside the box until they are snugly fit in. This will ensure your craft supplies don't move around when you place them inside.

Craft Supply HolderFind out how: domesticallyblissful


6. Soda Cans to Wall Art

Create striking floral wall art out of just soda cans and wire hangers. Cut off the top of a can and then cut down the side of it to open it into an aluminium sheet. Draw flowers and leaves onto the sheet and cut them out before painting them white and gold. Use wire hangers to attach the aluminium pieces together, and then glue them onto a blank white canvas, so you can proudly display your creation on the wall.

wall artFind out how: plumperfectandme


7. Vacuum Hose to Pine Cone Wreath

If you have a vacuum hose past its prime, you can easily turn it into the base of a beautiful pine cone wreath. Take a trip to your local woods to source a large amount of pine cones, or if this isn't possible, visit a dollar store and buy them. Glue your vacuum hose together to create your base, then glue the pine cones onto it. Once it's dry, create a hanger out of a wire coat hanger and glue it to the back of the wreath. You can keep the natural look of the pinecones, or if you want to add a bit of color, spray paint them before hanging the wreath up.

pine cone wreathFind out how: hometalk


8. Knife Block to Thread Organizer

Upcycle a worn out knife block into a useful thread organizer. Fill the slots with wood filler and then drill holes into the block so you can fit skewers into them. Place a couple of drops of wood glue into each hole before placing the skewers inside, so they fit in tightly. Spray paint the block in your choice of color, and then start placing your threads onto the skewers once it's dry.

thread organizerFind out how: refreshliving


9. Cake Pans to Tiered Display

When your cake pans are no longer pristine, turn them into a pretty tiered display for your home. Attach the top two pans together with candlesticks that have been cut to size, and then glue wood coins together to attach the base pan. After the tower has fully dried, pour chickpeas and wood coins into the pans, and place any produce you want on top, such as apples or cupcakes.

tiered displayFind out how: anestforallaseasons


10. Glass Lampshades to Vases

Paint your old glass lampshades with pretty shades of color to transform them into beautiful vases. Spray paint provides a more even surface covering compared to regular acrylic paint, but either form of paint will work. Afterwards you can seal the color with a clear acrylic coat, but be aware that the paint can still chip.

lampshade vasesFind out how: thehousethatlarsbuilt


11. CDs to Mosaic Birdbath

You probably download or stream your music rather than buying a physical copy, but that doesn't mean you can't put your old CDs to use. Give your birdbath a makeover by cutting your CDs into small pieces and gluing them to the top of the bath. This is a time consuming DIY project, but you will be delighted by the range of colors it produces as the sunlight bounces off the CDs.

mosaic birdbathFind out how: meandmydiy


12. Cheese Grater to Jewelry Holder

Turn an old cheese grater into a stylish jewelry holder for all your earrings. This is really simple to create and you won't have to worry about losing an earring ever again. Wash your grater with soap and water and let it dry before spray painting it with a fun color. After it has dried, hang all of your jewelery on it and marvel at how cool your new jewelry stand looks.

grater jewlery standFind out how: endlessacresfarmtiques


13. Clothes Hanger to Recipe Holder

Use a clothes hanger to hold your recipe cards so you don't risk spilling anything on them when in the kitchen. A wooden pants hanger is ideal for holding recipes and can be either painted or left how it is, if you want to keep the wooden look. Paint a message on the hanger such as 'What's Cooking?' or 'Recipe' and wait for it to dry. Then simply hang it on a cupboard door and clip your recipe in place.

recipe holderFind out how: mylifefromhome


14. Tin Cans to Patio Luminaries

Keep your tin cans and wash them out so you can upcycle them into pretty patio luminaries. Paint the cans in your choice of colors and then punch holes into them to make a pretty polka dot design. The holes will let a lot of light out of the tin cans which will create a warm soft glow. If you would like to hang them up, thread wire through holes on the sides of the cans and wrap the wire around itself to secure it in place.

tin can luminariesFind out how: consumercrafts


15. Magazines to Coasters

After you have finished reading a magazine, take advantage of its bright colors and turn it into fun coasters. Cut the magazine up into strips and apply glue to them, so when you roll them around themselves, the strips stick together. Wrap the strips round until the coaster is at the size you desire, and then wait for it to dry before placing your cup or mug on top.

magazine coastersFind out how: instructables