These 50 DIY projects and ideas will have you seeing common kitchen items in a entirely new light. Next time you go to throw something out, think about all the smart and creative ways you can repurpose it into something that's functional and stylish.
MUFFIN or CUPCAKE TINS
3. And they also make good molds for candles, or these seed starter pots from Two Kids Cooking
4. Paige Smith
keeps jewelry organized and untangled in a vintage muffin tin.
5. This clever mom from Catch My Party
corralled condiments for her son’s birthday party.
1. You can learn how to make a pendant lamp over at Handimania
2. Colanders make for good yarn storage
. Feed the string through the holes and prevent tangles.
4. Dena Fishbein
made an impromptu planter with a strainer and a bucket.
5. Bob Vila
shows us two colanders fashioned into hanging storage.
FLATWARE or SILVERWARE
1. Forks can be bent to form rings for napkins, as seen in this wedding on Ruffled
3. How about a shiny starburst mirror for the wall? Flamingo Toes
shows you how to do it.
4. You can get some inspiration from these candleholders from Lucas en Lucas
, made from a fork and saucer.
5. Whiteley Creek
made an entire set of cabinet and drawer pulls from old silverware.
1. We spotted these painted bundt cake planters hanging over at Sugar and Cloth
2. And then there’s the Cake Pan-jolele(!) from Makezine
5. Old pans make really low budget outdoor garden planters, as seen on HGTV.
shared this IKEA VRUM hacks, turning it into a wall mounted planter.
3. We featured Matthew and Deb’s
bead collection, housed in an old wood wine rack now in the living room.
4. Rolled up towels for guests fit perfectly in each slot, via HGTV
5. You can use one to store rolled up wrapping paper and/or posters, according to Pretty Easy Living
PAPER TOWEL HOLDERS
1. Here, paper towel holders are part of a whole closet organizational system, from Netrobe
2. If you have one like this, it can also store two sizes of tape. From Glue Sticks
5. Turn one into a file system of sorts, for stickers, menus, or photographs. From Club CK
1. A series of mismatched teacups also makes beautiful jewelry storage, from Paige Smith Designs
3. This repurposed plate clock, from Luria and Wilma
, is simple and lovely.
4. This bird feeder on Design Sponge
was made from bamboo plates, but works just as well with porcelain.
5. Arranged on a wall, dishes become affordable artwork. Idea from VT Wonen
ICE CUBE TRAYS
1. If you have the silicone variety, try your hand at molding chocolate, resin jewelry, etc.. from The BB Creative
2. To store little bits and bobs in the office, as seen on Home Edit
3. Make some modern votive candles using a tray as a mold, from Brit & Co.
4. Here, an old tray is used as a paint palette
during art projects.
4. A pair of pendant lights over the dining room table, from Shelterness
1. Two cutting boards seen hanging on a kitchen wall as decoration on A Beautiful Mess
2. Mamie Jane
shows you how to make a tablet holder for under $2.
3. You can get more organized with Eleanna’s
idea for a perpetual calendar.
4. Jessica did a riff on clipboards with this organizer project, from Makezine
5. Chalkboard cutting boards are a quick and easy craft, from Family Chic
(Image credits: Handimania; Better Homes & Gardens; Ann Marie Loves; Two Kids Cooking; Paige Smith Designs; Catch My Party; A Beautiful Mess; Decorators Notebook; Dena Designs; Bob Vila; Ruffled; Blissful Blooms; Flamingo Toes; Lucas en Lucas; Whiteley Creek; Sugar & Cloth; Makezine; Sweet Paul Magazine; Something We Whipped Up; HGTV; Repeat Crafter Me; Curbly; Marcia Prentice; HGTV; Pretty Easy Living; via Netrobe Blog; Glue Sticks; Recycled Wares; Better Homes & Garden; Club CK; Paige Smith Designs; Dabney Frake; Luria and Wilma; Design Sponge; VT Wonen; The BB Creative; Womans Day; Brit & Co.; Professional Mommy; Brit & Co.; Sweet Paul; Wabi-Sabi Wanderings; A Beautiful Mess; Shelterness; Cynthia Shaffer; A Beautiful Mess; Mamie Jane; Tuts+; Makezine; Family Chic)