Not everyone thinks about it, but there’s a whole lot of junk in the world. And unfortunately, a lot of that junk never actually sees any sort of redemption in which it can become useful for someone. But thanks to some people with a whole lot of creativity, some junk can actually be reused to achieve great things. In this article, we’re going to take a look at just such creative people, who have a knack for turning old stuff past its prime into brand new things that are fun and interesting.
A New Fashion
Want to make a fashion statement that strays away from the traditional ideas and materials most people use? Well, have no fear: bicycle tires can be used if you really want to! Granted, we’re not sure why you would want to do this, but as long as you clean the tires, right…?
Besides, it does look decently snazzy. And that’s all that really matters when it comes to fashion, right? If you have the creativity to make something unique, at least people will recognize the fact that you have something no one else can claim.
You Can’t Use That Here: Or Can You?
Certain people are of the mind that bicycles shouldn’t be indoors, but what if you aren’t actually riding them? What if you’re just using them to make furniture? Yes, you too can use a bike indoors if you are just looking to turn it into a bathroom counter.
Of course, this isn’t for everyone, and there are actually a number of interesting things you can do with an old bike. But as far as those options are concerned, this is a pretty fun way to use your old bike if you plan on getting a new one.
Ever feel that the wood you use for your fence could just as easily be used for something else? Well as far as that’s concerned, of course it can! You could make all sorts of things with the wood from your fences if you just cleaned them up a little.
For instance, this individual decided to make a door out of it. By doing this, not only do they save a bit in regards to money, but they can take pride in knowing that they made something so cool all on their own. It’s also a cool story to tell.
Work and Play
Frankly, we’re not entirely sure what type of play table this DIY project is supposed to be, but it is a play table, nevertheless. We have no doubt that there’s a variety of games that could be played on it. Better yet, all it took was some work on a dining table.
Furniture can be used in many ways that they weren’t intended for if you are just creative enough to modify them in one way or another. Next time you are looking to get rid of furniture, instead consider what else you may be able to use it for.
A Unique Fate
Dead trees are, most often, just turned into paper or some similar product, but there are other things you can do with a dead tree or its stumps. For instance, you could turn them into a floor, like this person did. It looks great, doesn’t it?
Who knows what else you could do in such a style. Could you make a wall like this? Perhaps even a ceiling, or furniture? It would certainly make for an interesting aesthetic across the entire home, but you would probably need to find a couple of dead trees.
Just a Little Handicraft
When you accidentally get clothes that are too big for you, the first thing that comes to mind is retuning it or giving it away. But you could do other things instead, if you have the necessary skill. For instance, you could take that big shirt and make a dress out of it.
Granted, this probably requires a bit more know-how in regards to clothes and fashion and how to work with it, but even so, it’s an interesting idea that you could probably learn how to do through an internet video or something similar.
A Vintage Aesthetic
Some people like old things, other people don’t. But if you are a fan of the older aesthetic, be it dubbed vintage or classic, it’s easy enough to replicate that aesthetic with just a bit of work and a few resources. Often, paint or some vinyl might be all you need.
When such is the case, you can turn old things into stuff that is new, but merely appears old. Of course, technically this fridge was a vintage one to begin with, but this couple managed to restore it to a state in which it looks as new as it once was.
Boombox to Go
Most people don’t really feel the need to own a boombox these days, since much better portable music devices are available. But hey, there’s a certain level of appeal available when it comes to boomboxes. They’re a classic. So if you wanted to make your own, what could you use? A suitcase!
All it really requires you to do is have a fitting sized stereo to put in the suitcase, as well as cut some holes into said suitcase that fit the speakers and the buttons you’d need to press. This is actually a cool idea that could give people a way to customize their own boombox.
Still Good Enough
As far as kitchen utensils go, we understand why people may not want to use something that is beyond a certain age, but that doesn’t mean you have to actually throw old kitchen stuff away. Depending on what it is, you can actually restore it with some effort.
That’s what this person did, taking a rusty pot from an antique shop and realizing that it was mostly superficial. With a bit of effort and some know-how that made all the difference, they were able to turn this rusty pot into a useful utensil once again.
Keeping It Green
If you are going to have a greenhouse, you may as well do your best to make the whole process as green as possible, right? After all, if you have a bunch of old glass jars lying around, you may as well do something useful with them.
One thing you could do is use those glass jars to make a greenhouse. Walls, ceiling, however you feel like doing it: this may be a task that requires a significant amount of skill and effort, but if you do have the necessary elements, why not, right?
My Very Favorite
Everyone has favorites. Doesn’t matter what you’re talking about. And when our favorites get old, we tend to get sad, because that means replacing them. But you know, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you have the determination and the right skills, you can turn your old favorites into new favorites.
That’s what this fellow did with his bag, taking the effort to make it usable and fresh again even though it has probably seen better days. Don’t let go of your old stuff just because it’s a little weathered: breathe some new life back into it!
The Pallet Couches
Wooden pallets have a great deal of use in many jobs, but they don’t have to be limited to work alone. With a bit of care and creative talent, you can easily transform a number of wooden pallets to something cool, like a couch. Now pallets often go through some rough times, so getting them up to snuff may be work, but it’s worth it.
After all, put enough time into it and you could make some furniture with a very unique aesthetic that no one else can lay claim to. Or on the other hand, you could possibly provide some inspiration for others that end up visiting your home.
The Chalkboard Glow-Up
Need a chalkboard for either yourself or your kids? Regardless of the reason for needing one, you can really spruce up a chalkboard by creating a special frame for it: if you have a picture frame that fits, you could use that. Or, you could use the frame from a mirror instead.
Either way, adding a little bit of your own flair to a chalkboard like this is a great way to also add some flair to the home overall. It’s both fun and practical! Not to mention a much better use of an old frame you weren’t going to keep.
Marching to a New Beat
Turning old instruments into something new and practical is a hard job, but if you do it right, you can come up with some really cool things that are wholly unique to you and your home. For instance, you can turn an old drum kit into a chandelier.
Definitely not the first thing that comes to mind for most people when it comes time to recycle a drum kit of all things, but it certainly is a pretty cool way to do exactly that. When you think about it, drums are kind of shaped like lamps, aren’t they?
OK, we know this is the third time we’ve mentioned using ladders as shelves in this article. But this one is a little different, as it uses a different type of ladder and also creates a different type of shelf. Just take a look and you’ll see what we mean.
Not only is this a more rustic type of use for a ladder, but it even works on corners! It looks so good that some people may not even recognize it as a ladder right away, which is saying something. We would try this ourselves if we could.
The Chair Rack
Old folding chairs with little purpose other than being thrown away at this point? There’s no need to do that to the poor things. Instead, you can actually use them as racks or shelves in their own right. Granted, the aesthetic may be a little odd for some.
But it could also be construed as unique and fun. It would definitely draw a lot of attention from guests. Ultimately, this is but one thing you can do with old chairs you don’t need anymore, but it is certainly an interesting and easy one.
From Spoon to Light
Plastic spoons aren’t something that tend to get “old” since you don’t keep them that long. But there is a point you can reach where you just don’t need as many of them as you have, in which case you can do something like this: creating a lamp.
Hot glue and a whole bunch of plastic spoons is all you need to achieve this, as well as some skills in general handicraft. But if you have all of those things, along with some patience, this is a great way to make a unique light out of things you may not have used otherwise.
The Literal Bookshelf
Old books, journals, or notebooks building up? Wondering how you can use them instead of just throwing them away? Well, consider making a bookshelf: no, not the kind you’re thinking of. A shelf, literally made out of the book. The picture below shows what we mean.
As you can see, this is a great way to create novelty shelves that are both quaint and cute. And better yet, all it requires is your books and things that you can get from just about any store, so it’s easy to do. Naturally, easy to do is our favorite kind of project.
This is yet another thing you can do with old CDs, but it’s a little different than the other ones we’ve mentioned thus far. Instead of using them to make household decorations, you can use them to make… other types of decorations, apparently.
Ironically, CDs are actually quite useful in regards to just making pretty things. They do have that iridescent appeal to them, after all. So if you do have old CDs, consider using them to make some nifty decorations, be it for the house or a holiday.
In One Basket
Paper plates that you don’t need lying around? Instead of throwing them away, consider using them for something like this. You can fold them properly to create little treat baskets that are both cute and practical. It’s easy to do and even the image below will show you how.
Heck, you don’t even have to wait to have old plates to do this with. If you really wanted to, you could just go out and buy some paper plates for a little home project, if you wanted something to do. It would be fun either way.
Whether you play tennis or not, lots of people buy tennis balls for one reason or another. And eventually, those tennis balls get kind of old, and you may be inclined to throw them away. Rather than doing that, you could repurpose them for a variety of different things.
For instance, a simple task of cutting them open could make for a DIY key holder, or you could use them to cover a doorknob, or the legs of some furniture. Either way, tennis balls actually have quite a few ways to be used when they’re no longer good for tennis.
Low Cost, New Life
Old chairs can be a little sore on the eyes depending on exactly how old that age is. But it also doesn’t take that much to breathe new life into those chairs. With a little bit of fabric and some paint, you can actually make seemingly old chairs quite good.
That’s actually the good thing about repurposing old stuff for new things: most of the time, you don’t actually have to put that much into the project as far as money is concerned. Of course, time and effort are entirely different things to consider.
The Digital Resurgence
Ah, the floppy disk: truly a relic of a bygone computer age. Now, you would be hard pressed to find some way you could use them in the way they were intended: chances are there are no computers these days that could even make use of a floppy disk.
But that just means you have to find a different way to use them. Like many objects that once had practical uses, there are many ways you could use a floppy disk, or several, to create art or artistic additions to your house. This right here if a perfect example.
More Than Meets the Eye
Sure, you’ve probably heard of the sword cane, but that’s not all that you can build into a cane. This person turned their cane into an amalgamation of gadgets and tools that are super cool. A flashlight, a magnet, a clock, and even some… self-defense options, as it were.
On the other hand, it doesn’t exactly hide the fact that it is special like a sword cane does, but hey, not everything has to be hidden from the eyes of others. Let them know you’re a cool old dude, what of it? If anything, they’ll probably just be curious.
What You Can Make
A bit of knowledge on craftsmanship would be absolutely vital in order to turn the old stuff seen here into a coffee table, but assuming that you do indeed have that knowledge, then it is certainly something worth doing with some old wood and chain. Why not?
Besides, it certainly has a particular rustic feel to it, which is something a lot of people are looking for when it comes to home décor. At the very least, it would be very easy to brag to your friends about something you were able to make yourself.
Candlelit Creativity Caps
Do you have a lot of bottle caps leftover from somewhere? If you’ve been collecting them, you may have enough lying around to consider this: make some cute little candles out of them! All you need is some wax and some wicks, and this little project is perfectly achievable.
Of course you may need to know a thing or two about making your own candles, but that’s a small price to pay for being able to do this. After all, candles are fun, and with the large variety of bottle caps out there, you could make very unique ones.
The Bulletin Board
Bulletin boards may not be absolutely necessary around the house, but they sure are fun to use regardless! If you want to make a bulletin board that’s really cool, some cork and a frame is all you need. Just take a look at this bulletin board created entirely out of cork.
Not only can you use a bunch of different types of cork to make a bulletin board that looks unique and special, but it’s very easy to pin just about anything you need to cork, which is pretty sturdy. This would be a really fun way to make use of all that old cork lying around, if you have a bunch.
The Wrench Hooks
Admittedly, this is a project that would require a degree of knowledge on how to work with metal, because you certainly can’t just grab a wrench and start bending. But if you do have that knowledge and a couple of old wrenches, this is a great way to make some hooks.
It would work especially well for a garage aesthetic, since it might be a little weird in the regular parts of the home. But at the end of the day, it’s a fun project that would be a pretty good way to make use of those old wrenches you don’t use anymore.
High Tech to Low
Alright, of all the things we mention on this list, this one is admittedly something that would probably require a degree of particular skill and knowledge to achieve. So it isn’t something as easy to do as some of the other things we’ve talked about.
That said, if you have the knowledge and ability to turn old computer parts into a pen or similarly useful utensil, we can’t really see why you shouldn’t. It certainly looks cool, and it is much better than just throwing those old parts away, right?
The Pallet Rack
Speaking of things you can do with wooden pallets, this one is actually a lot less labor intensive. In fact you barely have to do anything with the pallets at all, other than place them at proper angles for what you need. By doing that, you can create an easy bike rack.
As you can see in this picture, it’s actually a very effective, but also very easy, way to create a bike rack, practically requiring no real work or effort at all. So if you have some wooden pallets and don’t know what to do with them, this works.
A New Type of Email
Computer towers have come a long way these days, with many of them actually looking sleek and attractive, unlike their old counterparts. That being the case, consider the fact that your old computer tower looks an awful lot like a mailbox…
It certainly makes for a very interesting addition to the front of the home, doesn’t it? It’s a great way to show off that computer tower that carried you through the years in which you couldn’t afford something better. The old guard deserves respect, after all.
Sure, a water feature is cool. Sure, a garden is cool. But what about a water feature and a garden inside of an old piano? Yeah, it’s as cool as it sounds. Just take a look! Needless to say, having an old piano is something that does not apply to everyone, but for those that do have one…
Well, this is definitely a super cool thing to do with an old piano, as opposed to scrapping it or donating it (not that donating things is bad). Strangely enough, it even fits into the garden pretty darn well, if we do say so ourselves.
One Ladder at a Time
Ladders truly are a very practical and efficient shape, if we’re talking about the A-shaped variety. They can be used in numerous ways if you have just one, but what if you actually have two? If you have two ladders, you can combine them to make all sorts of furniture, like the following.
And that’s really just the beginning. The next time you have some old ladders on your hands that need to have something done with them, consider getting rid of them by actually turning them into something else, rather than just selling them or putting them in storage.
Going All In
If you are determined to make something really cool, there’s no reason to hold back. Scrap metal has long been a source of creative art around the world, and this guy decided that he was going to go all in with his creations. Making a giant robot out of old scrap? Awesome!
We wish we had the talent and time to do something like that: there’s little doubt that anyone who could put a giant robot in their garage would be the favorite family member for any kids, be it as a grandpa, uncle, or dad. Life critical skills, people!
Life in Strange Places
You know how aquariums and terrariums are just big glass containers? You know how vases, some coffee pots, and a lot of other household items are also just big glass containers? Do you see where this is going already? This guy took his old glass coffee pot and did something super cool with it.
Making a terrarium out of an old coffee pot is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind for most people, but why not? It looks cool, and chances are that most guests would think it was cool as well. So there’s no real harm in something this unique.
For the Little Ones
Picnic tables are fun, but not always the right size for everyone involved in the picnic. If you have some family of smaller stature, you may notice that it is harder for them to eat at a traditional picnic table. So, why not make your own? Some old skateboards will do.
You really only need four of them to get the job done, two for the top and two for the seats. That said, we most certainly recommend that you thoroughly clean those skateboards before letting anyone eat at this table, for safety if nothing else.
In the Mirror
If you know how to cut glass to get the shape you want, then realistically you can use all sorts of things to create your own mirrors. This includes old tennis rackets, if you feel like it. Once the netting in a tennis racket breaks, they can be used for this instead.
It’s a nifty little side project that would require a bit more knowhow in regards to working with glass, but if you could pull it off, it would definitely be fun. Besides, it’s a much better use for those old tennis rackets, isn’t it?
You’ve Got Mail
Have lots of unwanted mail? You don’t have to throw it away. Or even if you have mail you do care about, this trick is pretty neat. By using an old wooden window shutter, you could make a unique mail holding device that adds a ton of character to your house!
You can paint it any color you want, put little decorations on it, and store a ton of different letters for a unique addition to the home that is sure to catch the eye of visitors or entertain your children. All around, a great use for an old shutter.
Light in New Forms
Have some old lightbulbs that are no good for electric light any longer? Rather than just throwing them away, there are some other things you could consider. You could actually help them create light in a new way, by turning them into oil lanterns of a sort.
You might have to do a little research in how to make one of these, but ultimately it isn’t that difficult once you learn how to do it. At any rate, the aesthetic of these lightbulb lanterns is pretty cool. Just have to be careful not to break them!
A Brush With Creativity
Paint brushes have a tendency to get old and crusty fast. They are also very hard to clean once they get like that, so a lot of people just throw them away. It doesn’t have to be that way though. With enough creativity, those old brushes can find new meaning.
That meaning could be something like aesthetic or artistic decor for a home, as we see here. Needless to say, this kind of thing adds a lot of personality to a home and really lets people know exactly what kind of person you are without having to say a single word.
The Power of Three
Need something to do with all those old magazines you have? If you really want to, you can get pretty weird with it. Believe it or not, you could actually make a stool out of them, if you have just two other things: a cushion of some sort and some belts.
Just stack those magazines, and strap that cushion to them. Voila, easy made stool! Granted, we’re not sure how practical or comfortable this would be compared to a normal stool, but if nothing else, it would make for a pretty cool novelty item.
Making Meetings Fun
Corporate meetings aren’t exactly exciting or fun. And even if you have a really cool table, that reality isn’t going to be negated entirely. Still, we imagine that many people would enjoy having a cool table like this to have their meetings at.
How anyone got the authorization to use a jet engine for their table, we’re not sure. But we do know that a table this cool is something we would definitely like to have ourselves if we could. What better way to say that you aren’t like other bosses?
A shelf is really just something to place things on, so when you think about it, there’s actually a lot of ways to make a shelf. There’s a lot of old things you can use to make a shelf instead of throwing them away. For instance, an old ladder is actually a perfect fit.
Sure, you’ll need to touch it up a bit if you want it to look like it belongs in your house rather than your garage, but with a little paint and some elbow grease, that’s easy enough to achieve, as evidenced by this image we have here.
Bringing It Back
Nothing quite reminds us of previous eras like the vehicles of old. Old cars carry with them the spirit of their decade, the design philosophy we held back then. Unfortunately, not everyone cares for classics, and some of those iconic vehicles get scrapped.
That’s where the creative people of the world come in. This guy and his stepfather figured that there was no reason to let this van remain a junker when they could do something amazing and restore it. Kudos to them for putting in the effort!