50 Clever New Uses for Old Things in Your Kitchen

50 Clever New Uses for Old Things in Your Kitchen

Dabney Frake
Aug 11, 2014
(Image credit: Handimania)

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.

1. Better Homes & Gardens thought to use a cupcake pan as a drawer organizer for office supplies.
2. Ann Marie Loves found that succulents work nicely when planted in them.
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.
3. The folks behind Decorator’s Notebook spotted this wall of lit up colanders as functional art.
4. Dena Fishbein made an impromptu planter with a strainer and a bucket.
5. Bob Vila shows us two colanders fashioned into hanging storage.

1. Forks can be bent to form rings for napkins, as seen in this wedding on Ruffled.
2. A bent fork becomes a curtain stay in the kitchen of Blissful Blooms.
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.
3. Sweet Paul Magazine made some tart pans into a tiered dessert tray.
4. This colorful clock from Something We Whipped Up is made from a pie pan.
5. Old pans make really low budget outdoor garden planters, as seen on HGTV.

1. A beautifully organized yarn storage system from Repeat Crafter Me.
2. Curbly 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.

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.
3. Make one into ribbon storage, as seen on Recycled Wares.
4. Better Homes & Gardens shows us that the hanging types work well for necklaces.
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.
2. We showed you how to make your own tiered dessert tray for parties and events.
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.

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.
5. Womans Day used a couple as jewelry storage.

1. A really tall pedestal stand for the buffet table, from Sweet Paul Magazine.
2. Wabi-Sabi Wanderings made a windsock!
3. You have to love these colorful tin can drums from A Beautiful Mess.
4. A pair of pendant lights over the dining room table, from Shelterness.
5. This craft caddy from Cynthia Shaffer is all sorts of useful.

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.
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