If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Common Household Items Edition

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If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Common Household Items Edition

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It’s not difficult to trash belongings when they break—easy come, easy go. But before you do, take a look at these creative ideas of making new uses for your old junk. I’ve shown you repurposing inspiration for your clothes, your furniture and now we’re tackling regular items most people have at home.

Kitchen Gear

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Common Household Items Edition

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This clever use of sisal will surprise you! Take off the handles of an old saucepan and wrap it with role—creating a new basket. In only 15 minutes, you have a fresh charming storage open for your kitchen or bathroom.

You have to smile at the inventive application of a soup pot as a counter stool seat. A perfect spot for those perched watching the home chef at work.

Broken dishes is a regular occurrence in most households. Rather than pout about it, use some tile grout. Recycle dishware into colorful mosaics on flower pots.

Books

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Common Household Items Edition

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Old waterlogged books are still beautiful. Use them to create book shelves, literally. This simple DIY fights the warped nature of old books by screwing them into the wall.

We all have things we want to hide around the home. Take old books that are beyond use and remove the shell. Using the hardback covers (and these instructions), you can create a facade that conceals ugly belongings on open shelving.

Garden

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Common Household Items Edition

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For baskets that have seen better days, toughen them up with concrete. Coating them in a mix of concrete gives old baskets a new life as garden planters. Once the mixture has set, you can spray paint a fun color.

A recent thunderstorm broke several terra cotta planters in my garden. I’m glad I haven’t had a chance to toss them out yet because this use of cracked planters as herb markers is genius. It not only makes identifying the herbs easy but keeps them separated.

Odds and Ends

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Common Household Items Edition

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If the glass of your picture frame is long gone, don’t toss the whole thing. Turn it into a jewelry display with the use of some thin wire and a staple gun. You can also use the empty picture frame as creative molding on your wall, just spray it for a cohesive look.

Children and pets can do some serious damage to window blinds. This clever tutorial takes those plastic blinds and upcycles them into a basket. If you’ve got a beat up set of wooden blinds, take them apart and create your own photo frames with the help of this Domestic Imperfection tutorial.