Upcycled Utensils: Transforming Kitchenware Into Crafty Decor

Ashley - July 21, 2023
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Turn Forks Into Keyring Holders

We already mentioned turning spoons into a coat rack, but you can do a similar trick with forks. Create a unique, eclectic keyring holder with your old forks in minutes with this hack! First, attach a wooden board to your wall. You’ll probably want to do this in your entryway, living room, or kitchen, depending on where you typically enter and exit your home. Next, grab some old forks and make sure they’re squeaky clean. Bend the tines of the forks to create fun shapes, and then bend the handles to create a small U-shape. The final step is attaching the forks to your board. You can hang your keyrings from the fork handles, or use it to hang other small, lightweight items, like potholders!

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Make A Chandelier With Old Wine Bottles

Earlier, we mentioned how you can transform wine corks into tiny succulent holders to provide a pop of green decor around your home. Now, we’re going to tell you all about the way to create a chandelier out of wine bottles! This hack takes a little more time, patience, tools, and skill than the others on this list, but it looks amazing once it’s complete! And it’s the perfect light fixture to hang over your bar or kitchen island. So, here’s what you’ll need: wine bottles, light sockets with wire, a utility knife, a glass-cutting tool, and a drill with a 1″ paddle bit. First, clean and score the bottles and remove the bottoms. Then, add wire to the sockets and make sure the bulbs fit well inside the bottles. Grab your wooden plank (or cut one to size) and drill holes for the bottles. Then, create the canopy piece, add the hanging hardware, and put your hard work on display! You can get really creative with this one by using wine bottles with different colors, staining and decorating the wooden plant, and attaching the bottles at uneven lengths to the board for a funky feel.

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Turn Muffin Pans Into Craft Organizers

If you’re reading this list, you’re probably someone who enjoys doing crafts at home. All of us thrifty and crafty people know how difficult it can be to keep all those little pieces separated and organized. Rather than spend your hard-earned money on more organizers, try this trick out for size instead! Somehow, we all manage to end up with an overabundance of muffin pans at some point. Don’t throw the extras away or gift them to a friend! Repurpose these muffin pans into organizers for all your tiny craft supplies! The deep cups are the perfect size for storing beads, gems, buttons, pins, needles, and more. You can stack them in a drawer or lay them side-by-side so all your crafting supplies are easily accessible.

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Use Whisks As Hanging Tealight Holders

Tealights are going to make a frequent appearance on this list. They’re easy to work with, go with anything, and they give your home a cozy feel! Here’s an idea for when you have an excess of whisks and need to do something unique with them. Grab your extra whisks and make sure they’re nice and clean. Then, find a good spot to hang then from. Your kitchen is probably the best place, but there’s no reason this trick can’t work in your dining room or other areas of your home! Hang the whisks and place a tealight inside. Light the tealight and enjoy the view! This is a great idea for a decorative lighting piece, but it’s also a fun way to light up your space when the power’s out!

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Outdoor Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns

Mason jars are GOAT for DIY craft projects. Seriously, you can do so much with these versatile containers! One of the best uses for old mason jars is turning them into outdoor hanging lanterns. Whether you want a creative way to light up your garden path or just a cute piece of decor to hang from your porch, this hack is for you! All you need are some old mason jars, sturdy rope, and candles. Clean out your mason jars, place the handles inside, and hang them from tree branches, porch railings, or any other convenient structure. You can take this hack to the next level by painting or staining the mason jars to create a gorgeous pop of color and whimsy in your yard.

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Rolling Pin Hook Hack

Old rolling pins are the perfect choice for creating rustic kitchen decor. Turn them into a coat rack, aprong rack, or simple hanging storage space with this easy hack. Here’s what you’ll need: a wooden plank, 3-5 old rolling pins, a wood cutter, and strong wood glue. Cut the rolling pins at an angle as shown in this picture. Glue them onto the wooden plank and then attach the plank to your wall. At its simplest, this is an adorable rustic spot for all your hanging needs. But you can get even more creative with it! Stain or paint the wooden plank and the rolling pins to create the design of your dreams! If you don’t need hanging storage space, you can still do this hack and use it as a rustic piece of wall art instead.

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Create A Coffee Pot Terrarium

You’ll instantly fall in love with the look of this hack when you see it! Creating terrariums out of old items is a great way to upcycle your old kitchenware and add a burst of nature to your home’s decor. The first step is to gather your materials. You’ll need a clean coffee pot, small pebbles or gravel, activated charcoal, and plants suitable for terrariums (such as moss, succulents, or small ferns). Add in your pebbles or gravel first and then place a layer of activated charcoal, which will help keep the terrarium fresh and healthy. Then, add your potting soil and plants! You can also add decorative elements such as small rocks, miniature figurines, or small pieces of driftwood. This will look gorgeous sitting on your dining room table, coffee table, or kitchen island.

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Themed Mason Jar Terrariums

If you loved the idea in our previous hack, we have a way to take it to the next level! For this one, we’re recommending using mason jars, but you could still use old coffee pots if you’d like. Follow all the same steps from the previous hack, but this time, make it themed! Dino-themed terrariums are a big hit with children and can create a bit of green space in their rooms that they’ll absolutely love. But there are plenty of other themes you can try. Turn your tiny terrarium into a fairy garden, desert oasis, beach paradise, or put a science fiction spin on it with wild looking succulents and little alien figurines. This is a great way to match the themes in different rooms of your home and provide each room with a unique touch. Your guests will love the idea and instantly want to replicate it!

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Create An Herb Garden With Mason Jars

Mason jars are definitely one of the stars of this list, but these containers are so versatile that we can’t help but share all the various ways they can be used with you. There is never an end to the ways you can reuse mason jars! They make the perfect containers for mini herb gardens that you can keep inside, so you always have fresh mint or parsley available while you’re cooking. Simply paint the jars’ lids with chalkboard paint and label them with the names of different herbs, or use mini chalkboard hangers like the ones in this photo. Fill the jars with potting soil and plant herb seedlings. Arrange the jars on a windowsill or mount them on a wooden board for a gorgeous and organized display.

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Transform Old Serving Trays Into Mini Chalkboards

If you haven’t heard of chalkboard paint yet, it’s time to get onboard with the trend. Chalkboard paint is amazingly versatile. You can use it on a ton of different surfaces and it’s perfect for repurposing old kitchenware. Serving trays and platters used to be a staple in every home, but they’ve fallen out of favor in recent decades. Don’t throw those trays away! Instead, turn them into mini chalkboards with chalkboard paint. Then, hang them from your kitchen or living room walls and use them to keep your family organized. You can keep track of shopping lists, school events, and more with this neat trick.

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Vintage Cheese Grater Supplies Holders

Do you or your kids enjoy crafting at home? Is anyone taking online classes? If so, then you need to try this idea! You can easily transform old cheese graters into vintage-looking supplies holders. This trick literally only takes a couple of minutes and no additional supplies. Just grab some old cheese graters and make sure they’re clean. You’ll also want to ensure they’re dull to avoid accidentally cutting your skin. Then, place them on your crafting or work desk and fill them with supplies like pens, pencils, crayons, scissors, etc. This is an easy way to keep your supplies organized while adding a vintage feel to your space. Of course, you can always get creative with this hack by staining or painting the cheese graters. Or, if they’re really dull, you can wrap them in decorative paper to give them a more modern and artsy feel.

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Use Old Spoons As Garden Markers

Do you have an abundance of old wooden spoons that are currently taking up space in your kitchen drawers? Then, you’ll want to try this hack! Most people will simply throw away wooden spoons when they’re no longer useful, but with a little creativity, you can give them new life. Use them as garden markers to help identify where you planted which seeds. Simply write the name of the plant on the face of the spoon and draw a little picture of the plant if you’re feeling extra creative. Then, stick it in the ground where you planted your seeds! You can also do this trick with regular silverware, although you’ll need to use a different type of paint or have them engraved.

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DIY Cake Stand Using Old Glassware

Who doesn’t love a mouth-watering baked treat every once in a while? Cake stands are excellent for displaying and serving your baked treats, but if you don’t own one and don’t want to buy it, try this idea instead. All you need is a sturdy old glass and plate for this trick to work. Flip the glass upside down and glue the plate onto the bottom. Wait for the glue to fully dry before using this stand to display your cake, cupcakes, brownies, or other baked treats. If you want to take things a step further, add some additional decorative elements underneath the cup. You can use faux mini pumpkins and gords or faux moss and plants. Anything to add a little green space and give it some extra pizzazz.

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Use Silverware As Cabinet Handles

Are you ready to replace the handles in your kitchen? Don’t go out and buy more run-of-the-mill, mass-manufactured cabinet handles. This is another opportunity for you to use up that old silverware you’ve got lying around! Spoons and forks will work fabulously for this purpose, and they’ll give your kitchen that coveted rustic feel. Just gather up some old silverware, make sure they’re squeaky clean, and create a bend in the handle, just like in the picture. Then, you’ll need to attach the silverware to the cabinets. When you’re done, you’ll have a tasteful, vintage bit of decor on all of your cabinets! Imagine if you also had a silverware chandelier hanging from your ceiling in the same room!

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Turn Old Funnels Into Candle Holders

Many people run across a handful of old funnels while cleaning out their garage or attic. We don’t tend to use these in our kitchens anymore, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still serve a purpose! Funnels make for perfect tapered candle holders. Place your old funnels on a serving tray like shown in the picture, stick your tapered candles inside, and light them! This makes an excellent centerpiece for holiday or birthday dinners. However, make sure you put a dish or something fireproof underneath the funnels to catch all the wax that drips down. The last thing you want during a dinner party is your awesome hack turning into a fire hazard!

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Repurpose Galvanized Buckets Into Lampshades

Galvanized buckets are super versatile, just like mason jars, so there are a ton of things you can do with them. One of the simplest ideas is to transform them into lampshades! When a lampshade breaks or becomes unusable, replace it with a galvanized bucket. This creates an especially unique effect when used with hanging light fixtures, as shown in this picture. However, you don’t just have to slap the lampshade on there and forget about it. You can turn this into a crafts project to take your decor to the next level. Drill holes in the sides of the buckets to create a cool pattern, or paint them to match the theme or decor of your room.

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Easy-To-Carry Drink Cooler

Here’s another great idea for your unused galvanized buckets. Turn them into easy-to-carry drink coolers for your backyard get-togethers! Galvanized buckets work wonders for maintaining temperature, so they’ll keep your drinks cool for hours without having to refresh the ice as frequently as you would with store-bought coolers. Just bring your bucket outside, set it on a table or your porch, and fill it with ice. Then, add your drinks of choice! The handles on these buckets make it super easy to carry around the yard as the party migrates or bring it back inside for ice refills. Plus, you can decorate the buckets with paint, glitter, stickers, or other materials to create some unique and gorgeous.

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Make Plant Hangers With Spoons

Yes, we have another spoon upcycling hack to share! Spoons are pretty heavy-duty and are capable of holding a bit more weight than you’d think. However, keep in mind that they’re not designed to support super heavy objects, so choose which plants you use with this hack carefully. Bend your spoons to create a shape similar to the one in this picture. Attach it to the wall of your porch, greenhouse, or indoor wall if you’re hanging indoor plants. Then, hand a lightweight potted plant from the spoons! This is a cute idea that won’t be immediately obvious to visitors, so they’ll be fascinated when you point it out. Be prepared to explain your process so guests can recreate this awesome hack at home.

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Use Old Teacups For Bird Feeders

Do you want to attract more birds to your yard and upcycle something you’re not using anymore? Try this awesome teacup bird feeder hack! All you need for this hack is an old teacup, a plate or other dish that can hold the bird feed (you could even use a frisbee!), rope, and bird feed. Take the plate and drill holes around the edges. Then, thread the rope through the edges and tie it to a tree branch or other high object where birds are likely to gather. Next, fill the dish with bird feed and add your teacup. This idea is simple, cute, and perfect for gardeners that love giving their yard a unique touch.

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Vintage Teacup And Teapot Clock

Teacups feature pretty heavily on this list because there’s a plethora of ways you can reuse them. Adding them to the frame of a clock to create a vintage teacup and teapot clock is a great way to put your collection display without letting them take up valuable counter or shelf space. You’ll need strong glue for this to work, but it’ll only take a few minutes to do. Just glue your teacups and teapots onto the frame of a clock and wait for them to dry completely. Then, hang the clock on your wall and admire the beauty of it! You’ll want to make sure you hang this in an area where kids and pets can’t get to it.

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Use A Cheese Grater As An Earring Holder

Here’s another great idea for making use of old bell cheese graters. Turn them into a simple earring holder! Anyone who wears earrings knows how difficult it is to keep the pairs together. One of every pair inevitably gets lost, but instead of spending money on a manufactured earring holder, try this trick! Get out an old cheese grater and make sure it’s clean and dull. Then, give it a nice coat of paint or stain to freshen it up. After that, you can use it to hold dozens of pairs of earrings. This is a great way to keep your earrings organized and prevent them from getting lost.

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Upcycle Bread Loaf Pan Into Flower Planter

Baking bread at home is a lot of fun and a great way to experiment with different breads, but sometimes you end up with a ton of extra bread loaf pans and nothing to do with them! If you find your kitchen cabinets overrun with excess bread pans, then you need to try this hack. Easily turn a bread loaf pan into a flower planter with a few minimal supplies, and you’ll get it done in an afternoon. Take an old bread pan and make sure it’s been thoroughly cleaned. Then, paint and decorate the outside. Once it’s dry, you can create some drainage holes in the bottom of the pan. Then, all you need to do is add potting soil and your favorite flowers. Place this in your garden, on your patio, or on your porch to add a gorgeous piece of decor to your yard.

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