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3/13/12 7:17 P

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metal serving trays work great, too. The other day I even say where someone used an old cake pan for a magnet board in her kitchen. It was really cute.

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1/7/12 11:04 P

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Old sheet metal makes a great magnet board. Just measure it out to the size of an old picture frame, or use excess moulding if you have it, screw or glue into frame, and there ya go. Loved doing this last week!

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1/6/12 7:03 P

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I have some Tupperware cup lids that have been kicking around in my drawer. The other day I figured out that they make great soap dishes for liquid soap. No more soap marks on the counters plus they're luckily the same colors as my bathrooms.

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9/25/11 9:13 P

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Old jeans of any size can repurposed into a cute holder of sorts. Cut the seat of the jeans where your back pockets are, keep some extra jean area, stitch together in a row of however many you'd like. Easy project, 3 across and 5 down, or 5 and 5 seem to be ample. You can hang this on your wall or back of a door to hold pencils, hair things, smaller items, etc.

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9/16/11 11:47 P

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I like the old sock with rice idea. Hadn't thought about that one. Thanks. I use old tube socks and put a few tennis balls in them (about 4) tie it off and use these on my lower back. Really works great for knotted muscles. :)

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9/16/11 2:48 P

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Im currently planning to take old t shirts from high school and college and make a quilt out of them. The armpits have holes but I cant part with them.

I took wine bottles and old rusted pots and use them are decoration in my kitchen

Wine bottle as a stem vase

Old candle wax to make new candles

Use magazines by cutting out sayings, pictures, etc for a vision board with friends (can use the cover as the back ground).

Torn nylon stockings are great to use for house plants- cut them in pieces and help keep plants from leaning by tieing them to stick in the middle OR reuse something else! I repurposed a broken post from a reflector (we use these at the end of the driveway so ppl dont end up in the ditch) and tied back my plants so they stood errect.

Old tshirts as throw pillow covers

Old socks as dog toys

Old socks as rice bags (heat in microwave to soothe aches)

Pie tins used to keep rabbits and birds out of the garden (set up on a stick and it will make noise when the wind blows)

Reuse various objects for kids craft projects

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9/2/11 9:09 P

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That is a really cute idea! Love it!

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9/1/11 11:52 P

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This summer I made a bird bath out of an upside down wok lid and a tomato cage. Any shallow lid that will fir inside the rings of a tomato cage will work. Nestle the lid in the cage (I cut the top ring off and placed it on the middle ring) and fill with water. I placed a rock in the middle so the birds would have a perch. They love it. As do the squirrels-lol.

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8/24/11 12:11 P

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Wire coat hangers can be manipulated and twisted into interesting ornaments. :)

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8/20/11 1:10 A

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Instead of replacing my old bathroom fixtures for new just because they were an out of date color (avocado from the 70's) I decided to play this up and painted the walls to match. Then I went in and placed black and white accessories in there. A friend came in and painted a black horizontal stripe all the way around and white trim. Now I call it my black and white and green all over bathroom.

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6/9/11 11:56 P

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A basket is a great organizational tool for the car. I have a blazer, so, it stays in the back, my sister has one in her trunk.

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6/9/11 10:19 A

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NEELIXNTES we are using a old shower rod for the same thing , it makes it nice to hang up my clothes all year round .

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6/6/11 9:50 P

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Empty wine bottle = great rolling pin

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5/24/11 2:49 P

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I think that you could definitely start them out there. Depending on how many seeds you have sprout, the jars should be roomy enough. If they look like they need more room, you can always transplant them. What a great idea!

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5/19/11 10:28 A

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I use old jars from sauces and salsas to freeze soups and jar my own homemade marinara -- and for homemade candles! I've been thinking about using them for planters, too, but I'm not sure if it will give the herbs enough root space...what do you think?

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5/16/11 11:13 P

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Eggshells make convenient and easy starter containers for seeds. You can keep them in an egg carton until ready to plant, then, plant the entire thing. The eggshell is a good source of nutrients for the soil.

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5/15/11 5:54 P

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Use a wine cork to prop the handles of stirring spoons. Keeps them from sticking to the counter/stove top, etc.

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5/5/11 9:12 P

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Been using excess material to make plastic bag holders. Very simple to make.

I have an old double sink washbasin (metal) that is now in my hallway (have an apartment) that holds my towels in one sink, and my extra bathroom stuff in the other. My bathroom doesn't have much room.

I have some old shirts and such that I plan on cutting up to make a blanket out of.

A tin can with the label removed makes an easy candle holder, and can be decorated by freezing water in it for a day or two, and then putting holes in it with a hammer and nail.

A 50's refridgerator basket found new life in my bathroom hanging on the wall, and now holds my hair stuff.

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10/5/10 8:54 A

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I really liked the idea of using tires for planters.... I will definitely use it when I move to a house...

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10/4/10 11:52 P

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Grow potatoes out of 4 tires stacked
Flower planter from an old cement ash tray
Old car parts=lawn art
Old barbie dolls=lawn art lol
beer bottles=tree art
faded tapestries=bandana or hankie
I think everything in my house is "repurposed" but not necessarily on "purpose" I just do not by new and most of my furniture is a hand me down or roadside find. It is my Great Grandpa's fault he was the original "dumpster diver!"


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8/23/10 8:42 A

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People are constantly throwing out stuff in my neighborhood. We've scored a cute little potting bench, chest of drawers ... but we recently found four heavy wooden doors and a table with iron legs but a crappy press-board top.

We took off the top and gave it to a neighbor who wanted it and now we're designing a movable fence (no backyard, but a shared courtyard) using three of the doors cut in half (kind of based on wooden dressing screens) and using the fourth as a table top so we'll have a nice place to eat and play board games and such outside! We'll either find a use for the doors' hardware or give it to a reclamation spot.

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8/16/10 1:19 P

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When we redid our kitchen, we took the 50's base cabinet unit to our garage, cut out a 'plug' for the sink opening and used it as a work bench. Very sturdy emoticon

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8/12/10 7:34 P

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I'm not very creative at these type of things but the one that sticks out the most is the shower curtain tension rod that we didn't need anymore after we remodeled our bathroom became the hanging clothing bar in our laundry area since our clothes rack broke at about the same time.



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6/17/10 9:07 P

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Oh man those are some good ideas... the ornaments are an adorable idea.... I may have to make some myself!

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6/17/10 1:45 P

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Great ideas!

Thanks for posting the ornaments. They're adorable

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6/17/10 11:14 A

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ADYLEIGH, thank you!

Njordgal, the purse idea was genius! And the ornaments are really cute....

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6/16/10 11:42 A

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This isn't my own repurposing, and it might count more as recycling, but I thought it was pretty awesome:

My kid sister was in need of a new purse, and, conveniently, had a pair of torn jeans. She sewed the denim into a simple box-shaped purse, braided more denim into a strap, and - here's the part that really got me - took a bunch of interesting bottle caps, linked them together with wire, and made a sort of shell for the purse. Sadly, I don't have any pictures.

She's gotten enough compliments on this that I've been collecting bottle caps to give her to make smaller versions and wallets to sell.

Another "not my idea but I'm using it anyway," I love wine and hate the ubiquitous wine cork bulliten board, so I'm making these www.elliphantom.com/2006/12/finished
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6/16/10 10:14 A

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WILLAMLC, the dog food bowl into a flower pot is very creative. Any act of re-purposing shows creativity, because you are thinking 'what can I use this for other than its intended purpose'. Anytime you think outside the box, or bowl, is creative. Don't sell yourself short.

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I have to start saying I am a Virgo, so creativity is not my strongest point... Usually for me, a glass is a glass. period. LOL But I try.

From time to time I make a selection (pot-lid) matching in my plastic containers (is fantastic how we end up with container without lids and lids without container. Mystery...). SO, the containers without lids I use them to organize our small storage closet.

WE also cut old towels to use as cleaning hags.

One of our dogs died about an year ago, so I got his ceramic food dish, carefully made a couple of holes on the bottom and now it holds African violets.

You see? Not very creative huh?

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6/16/10 9:56 A

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I'm a huge fan of multi-purposing, recycling and re-purposing, its a great thing when your on a budget.

When we moved into our new house we had to take down some cupboards in the kitchen to make room for our fridge. At this time I also needed a new night stand, so I took one of the cupboards that we removed and took the back and door off, cleaned it up, sanded it and painted it. Now I have an interesting night stand that gets commented on by everyone who sees it; "oh, that's a neat night stand, where'd you get that?". Then I get to boast about my creativity. lol.

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6/16/10 1:07 A

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I like the idea of multi-purposing too! Do you watch Good Eats with Alton Brown? He's big on multi-purpose tools.

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6/15/10 10:51 P

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I don't have any fun recycling/re-purposing stories to share...although once my sheets become too worn/appealing to sleep on they will be cut up and knit into a bathmat or other useful object...

Anyways, besides recycling/re-purposing I think it's awesome to use items for multiple purposes (multi-purposing?!?!)... I don't know how big your pots are relative to your metal colander but it would make a perfect steaming basket. I've always done this and shared the idea with friends who love the idea. No need to clutter up valuable kitchen space for a steam basket and if you never bought the steam basket no waste of resource to produce/ship it! win-win in my perspective. Does anyone else have ideas to share on unique multi-purposing (yes I'm stick by that word!).

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6/15/10 9:34 P

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I live in a tiny little apartment where I'm loathe to keep things about which I'm not using. Two weeks ago I got a new steel colander to replace the two plastic ones my husband inherited from his mom years ago. I replaced them mostly because I don't like the idea of pouring boiling water over my food through plastic.

Anyhow, I was feeling mildly guilty as I was going to try and recycle them at the plant as I didn't want to give them to Goodwill and inflict them on somebody else. Then I woke up with a couple good ideas on how to reuse them:

They're both bright and fun. One of them will be a fruit basket now. The other I plan to turn into a hanging flower basket. I'll post a picture when I get around to drilling the holes in it. :)

Anyone else saved anything from recycling/garbage by coming up with a new use for it? I'd love to hear about it!

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