The Big List: 49 Smart, Money-Saving Creative Reuse Ideas

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We get excited about stylish, functional, and innovative creative reuse ideas, from the myriad ways you can reuse a jar, to uses for chipped tea cups, antique bread bins, vintage card catalogs, bubble wrap, wallpaper scraps, even old gym floorboards. Here's a big roundup of some of our favorites...

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The Many Amazing Ways to Reuse a Jar:

10 Simple Uses for Spaghetti Jars
Crafty Uses for Baby Food Jars
Don't Throw Out That Jar! New Uses for Old Jars
In Praise of the Mason Jar
How To: Make a Mason Jar Lantern
Simple Green: Use Empty Food Jars for Your Bulk Items

Other Great Creative Reuse Ideas for Everyday Items:

10 Common Thrift Store Finds and Ways to Use Them for DIY Projects
20 Creative and Repurposed Kitchen Storage Ideas
Salvaged Ladder Pot Rack
How To Make Wine Crate Kitchen Cabinets
Recycled Soda Bottles for Dish Soap, Oil and Vinegar
8 Bathroom Items To Repurpose Around the House
5 Things To Do With Bubble Wrap After You Move
10 Ways to Reuse Plastic Plant Pots
6 New Ways to Use a Cutlery Tray
Use an Old Mailbox to Store Garden Tools
6 Ways to Reuse Bread Tags
7 New Ways to Use an Antique Bread Box
10 Ways to Repurpose Lightbulbs
Rescue Stained Textiles with a Cool Graphic Pattern
Creative Reuse: Flip Your Old Deck Boards
DIY Idea: Blanket Upholstered Ottomans
7 Easy Ways to Reuse a Plank of Wood
Steal This Idea: Paper Menus-Turned-Take-Away Bags
Before & After: Mailbox Umbrella Stand
How To: Make a Recycled Wine Bottle Torch
7 Ways to Repurpose an Ice Bucket
4 Ways To Reuse Wallpaper
Look! Garage Door Headboard
5 Uses for a Collection of Liquor Glasses
5 Favorite Reuses for Wooden Crates
Roundup: New Takes on Old Doors
Look! A Pallet Plate Rack
Look! Vintage Tea Cups Make Great Storage
Clipboards for Hanging Artwork
10 Ways to Reuse a Card Catalog

Inspirational Creative Reuse:

Ref-Use Turns Wood Scraps Into Furniture
15 Repurposed, Upcycled and DIY Storage Ideas
Upcycling Thrift Store Dishes
Cool Cabinets Built from Recycled Gym Flooring
DIY Artwork: Frame an Everyday Object
Vintage Airline Food Carts by Flight 001
Recycled Carhood Tables
Inspiration: The Dram Tumbler Lamp by Propellor
Furniture Made of Old Airplanes and Fighter Jets
Dumpsters Turned Swimming Pools!
Creative Reuse: Toothpicks Turned Lampshade
T.O.M.T: Refitting the Planet
Wine Bottle Recycled Shelving from Zero-Waste Design

Re-edited from a post originally published 7.22.10 - JL

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