Creating new uses for everyday is one of my favorite things to do. I get to be thrifty and crafty all at the same time. Here is a list of 10 things you can create from your old or unused items.
1. Create Coasters from Old Placemats – Have you ever had one of your placemats get a stain on it that you just could get out? Well, how you can still get use out of that old placemat by turning it into a drink coaster. Placemats are usually water resistant so they make perfect coasters. Simply cut them into the size of your choice and voila a new set of drink coasters. Additionally, you can also pick up a placemat from a local dollar store to use for drink coasters as well.
2. Recycle Cereal Bags as Wax Paper – After you’ve finished the cereal, remove the bag, clean it and then reuse it as wax paper. These can be repurposed to wrap sandwiches or cold-cuts, store leftovers or freeze meats.
3. Put Old T-shirts to Work – Old or torn t-shirt makes great cleaning cloths. Instead of throwing in the trash, throw them in your cleaning bucket. T-shirt have less lint than towels so they work better for making windows sparkle.
4. Plant Flowers in Coffee Mugs – Old and chipped coffee mugs work great for holding potted plants and followers. Add the soil and seeds and watch your garden grow.
5. Use Paper Bags for Book Covers – The brown paper bags you get from the grocery store can be used to cover your child’s textbooks. Actually, this is what I used when I was in high school way back when. The great part about using brown bags as book covers is that you can write, drawn and doodle all over the book to cover to personalize it.
6. Get Organized with Coffee Cans – Old coffee cans can be used to hold just about everything. Kids can use them to hold markers or crayons. You can use them in the garage to hold nails or screws. Additionally, you can use them in the pantry to hold tea bags or loose snack packages.
7. Carry Medication on Contact Cases – Old contact cases are the perfect size for carrying medication, pain relievers or vitamins in your purse.
8. Turn Milk Jugs into Bird Feeders – Plastic 1 gallon milk jug work great as bird feeders. Simply cut a hold in the side, fill with bird seed and hang from the tree. The children can even decorate it.
9. Use Candles as Pin Cushions – Candles that have lost their color, scent or wick can be used as a pin cushion in your sewing room.
10. New Uses for Greeting Cards – Seasonal greeting cards can be reused in several ways. Cut the front off of the card and use it as a post card, scrapbook page background or bookmark.
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