DIY Project Ideas to Repurpose Unwanted Stuff at Home

Shannon Quinn - April 29, 2022
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This old tray was reused as a chalkboard to do list. Credit: Saved by Love Creations

10. Chalkboard Tray To Do List

Are you the sort of person who thrives with a to-do-list? Then you might love this next DIY project. All you need is an old silver tray, chalkboard paint, and chalk. They also used white transfer paper to trace over the text and lines of the to-do list. (This is great if you don’t feel confident in your abilities to write it with a steady hand.) Once this project is done, you can write with a traditional piece of chalk, or find chalk markers somewhere like Michael’s or even Dollar Tree. If you’d like to see the full tutorial on how to make this, check out Saved by Love Creations.

A baby’s crib was a repurpose project turning it into two toddler’s homeschooling area. Credit: A Little Learning For Two

9. Repurpose a Child’s Cot into a Desk

When you kids grow out of their crib, it can be difficult to let it go. If you’re sure that you’re not having another baby any time soon, it may be a chance to repurpose the furniture into something great for your toddlers. On a blog called A Little Learning For Two, they transformed the old cot into a little table big enough to fit two small chairs. This would be perfect for homeschooling kids, or letting them have a place to do their homework. If you’d like to see the full tutorial on how to make this, check out A Little Learning For Two.

An old crib spring has a new life was an industrial photo display wall. Credit: Decor and the Dog

8. Instagram Display From Old Crib Spring

If you still have your baby’s old crib up in the attic, it may be time to say goodbye, because its purpose has been fulfilled. (Unless you plan on having more children soon.) Bloggers at Decor and the Dog decided to use the old crib spring as a way to display their photographs. They printed photos from Instagram and used clothes pins to attach them to the metal springs. This would look great with a pre-existing Farmhouse or Industrial decor in your home. Because of projects like this, it makes it easy to repurpose objects into something brand new. If you’d like to see the full tutorial on how to make this, check out Decor and the Dog.

These old spoons were reused as tea light holders. Credit: Home Road

7. Bent Spoons and Ladles

If you search your local thrift store, it’s very likely that you’ll find old sets of cutlery that people no longer wanted when they moved. This is a clever idea to repurpose old, bent spoons into a Farmhouse style craft. The spoons were screwed onto a piece of wood that had been stained a darker color. Once the spoon is installed, it can be used as a tea light holder. If you’d like to see the full tutorial on how to make this, check out Home Road.

A baby’s crib was turned into a bench for the front porch. Credit: 2 Little Hooligans

6. Baby Crib Turned Into Porch Daybed

Here is yet another idea on how to repurpose your child’s crib into something new. This DIY project is rather simple and straight-forward. Just remove one side of the crib, and you can turn it into a porch bench. Add throw pillows with indoor-outdoor fabric as a nice touch. You may also want to re-upholster the mattress with a good indoor-outdoor fabric as well, because you want to make sure everything in your new project is protected from the elements. If you’d like to see the full tutorial on how to make this, check out 2 Little Hooligans.

A vintage suitcase was transformed into a small chair. Credit: See Kate Sew

5. DIY Vintage Suitcase Chair

Do you have a vintage suitcase lying around and you’re not sure how to use it? Check out this cute idea from See Kate Sew. By adding legs and a cushion to the suitcase, you suddenly get an adorable little chair. Obviously, this would only work as a child’s chair, because it’s so low to the ground. Or it may even become a little piece of furniture for an American Girl Doll. Either way, it’s a clever way to repurpose something old into something new. If you’d like to see the full tutorial on how to make this, check out See Kate Sew.

An old tire was repurposed into a beautiful wreath full of flowers. Credit: The Craft Patch Blog

4. DIY Tire Wreath

Don’t be deceived, kind viewers, because this project doesn’t exactly repurpose something old into something new. The Craft Patch Blog uses a galvanized metal tire swing circle from Hobby Lobby, which is actually a new project. However, you can use this idea as inspiration to potentially do the same thing on your own. Maybe you have an old tire frame from a bicycle or a yard tool that’s rusting in the shed. You can transform it into a beautiful wreath like this one. If you’d like to see the full tutorial on how to make this, check out The Craft Patch Blog.

These vintage silver platters are now being used as wall art. Credit: DIY & Crafts

3. Vintage Baking Art Wall

Do you just so happen to have a huge collection of vintage trays? Then this project may be for you. It’s an adorable way to repurpose your objects into a piece of art. Keep in mind that this is actually an expensive project, because some of these pieces may be made of silver. When you go to your local thrift store, check out the houseware section. Over time, you may be able to build a collection like this. If you’d like to see the full tutorial on how to make this, check out DIY & Crafts.

Credit: Premeditated Leftovers

2. Repurpose a Globe Into a Bowl

Check out this clever way to repurpose an old globe into something new. It was cut in half and turned into a bowl after being placed on a stand. In the photo, you can see that it was used to display Christmas balls. But something like this could be used as decor any time of the year. If you’d like to see the full tutorial on how to make this, check out Premeditated Leftovers.

This picture frame now holds dangly earrings. Credit: Kevin and Amanda

1. Dangly Earring Frame Display

Last but not least is this adorable picture frame that was transformed into a dangly earring holder. This is a great DIY project, because it can sometimes be difficult to find a place to hang your bigger earrings without them getting tangled in the jewelry box. Firstly, you need is an old picture frame to repurpose. Secondly, you will need some wire to nail on in straight lines. In the end, you’ll have a beautiful frame to hold earrings. If you’d like to see the full tutorial on how to make this, check out Kevin and Amanda.

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