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Crafty Ideas to Repurpose, Recycle Stuff

 
 
Fri 28 Dec, 2012 06:05 pm
I'm starting this thread to house a collection of neat ideas I find around the internet. You're welcome to add your own found treasures.


Here's a great way to use that wasted space under a stairway:

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/303763_396055090472859_149555116_n.jpg

Tired of having to clean up all that dust when you drill holes in the wall? Place a folded a Post-It note under it to catch all the dust particles. Have multiple holes to drill, just move the Post-it catch-all.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/16114_478178212233596_1701887794_n.png

Need a place to stick stuff? Stick a suction cup to a tennis ball, cut a slit in the ball and you can now stick it anywhere to hold your stuff.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/547514_486027221449387_497709696_n.jpg

Got an old scrub brush you're not using? Make a desk accessory out of it.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/385643_398380796906955_1490827661_n.jpg

Are your favorite jeans too big or too small, have holes in the knees? Make a pocket pillow out of them and get a place to tuck the remote too.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/525032_398679283543773_399545118_n.jpg

Dominoes collecting dust around your house? Need a clock?

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/184446_487171964668246_129696279_n.jpg

There's more than one way to use a book-end.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/407779_401122219966146_625858598_n.jpg

Have a leaky canoe? Make a coffee-table out of it.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/375231_400704803341221_239873842_n.jpg

Sign Language coat hooks from silverware:

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/599271_320626754682360_312674267_n.jpg

Got caught in the rain while jogging? Remember your rubbers!

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/156506_363907813687587_1588069219_n.jpg

Want to add pizazz to an old pair of sandals?

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/527385_368494563228912_117140351_n.jpg

Get your toddler ready for school, make a desk out of their old crib.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/579121_486138251406486_291278338_n.jpg

Nature's origami roses

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/253070_544224062258271_1501240181_n.jpg

Got lots of leftover plastic spoons from a party and a plastic water jug?

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/31602_480951035290339_707712974_n.jpg

No more skateboarding? Make yourself a garden bench.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/523711_394174920660876_462320861_n.jpg

Hate those cheap hangers that come with clothing from the discount stores? Put the clips to better use.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/544051_395115137233521_1597944374_n.jpg

With this coat and hat rack, you're all set for the chorus line or a crowd of winter coats.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/303782_395567967188238_46830981_n.jpg

More great uses for all those dusty dominoes.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/479725_395898130488555_1383903474_n.jpg

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ossobuco
 
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Fri 28 Dec, 2012 06:36 pm
@Butrflynet,
Good idea.

I may add my own, if related.
ossobuco
 
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Fri 28 Dec, 2012 06:37 pm
Oh, wait, do we get to criticize?

I thought the first photo was dumb.

Do you want only ideas?
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Butrflynet
 
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Mon 31 Dec, 2012 12:20 pm
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/148979_401756019902766_1677844594_n.jpg
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Butrflynet
 
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Tue 15 Jan, 2013 10:46 am
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/550839_442348839166177_205575824_n.jpg
ehBeth
 
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Tue 15 Jan, 2013 10:51 am
@Butrflynet,
that's quite good - esp if you've got a dog that needs someone's scent to be comforted
Mame
 
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Tue 15 Jan, 2013 06:12 pm
@ehBeth,
Great thread, actually
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roger
 
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Tue 15 Jan, 2013 06:40 pm
I once saw automotive seat backs covered with an old sweatshirt. The neck fit around the headrest. Clever, but most wear seems to occur on the headrest and the seats.
Mame
 
  2  
Tue 15 Jan, 2013 06:50 pm
@roger,
Just put a hoodie on it backwards, bubba.
ehBeth
 
  1  
Tue 15 Jan, 2013 07:28 pm
@roger,
I had t-shirts for seat covers for mmmm Egbert. We discussed on a News of the World thread back in Abuzz days. I liked those cotton t-shirts - they got washed regularly and felt better than nylon-blend seat covers when my skin had to touch them in the summer.
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roger
 
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Tue 15 Jan, 2013 07:52 pm
@Mame,
You want my seats riding backwards? Phooey!
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Butrflynet
 
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Thu 24 Jan, 2013 11:47 am
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/735235_10151657092184466_1074863944_n.jpg

I like this idea a lot. It would work for a lot of things, especially stacks of linens and pillows.
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/555173_587074151306595_1007134755_n.jpg

Think of all the strawberries or herbs you could grow in this.
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/408460_412015775543457_558779109_n.jpg

I used to have something similar to this in the backyard of one of my houses in California, except the bench platform had brackets on the ends that fit onto the edge of the planters.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/207685_410296842382017_865628370_n.jpg

I'm going to swipe this lazy susan idea for our pantry. We're forever rearranging cans to see what is shoved into the corners.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1216_409809339097434_846987403_n.jpg
DrewDad
 
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Thu 24 Jan, 2013 02:36 pm
@Butrflynet,
I was reading an article from one of the Myth Buster guys about how he organized his toolkit to provide "first-order availability." Meaning that he didn't have to move one tool to find another tool.

Our pantry is horribly cluttered. I'm considering moving everything to drawers so that we have at least second-order availability on most items.
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Butrflynet
 
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Mon 28 Jan, 2013 06:52 pm
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/65288_497881803596570_1625077707_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/22028_4061596953302_1898218353_n.jpg

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getroofingquotes
 
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Mon 4 Feb, 2013 08:56 pm
@Butrflynet,
This is very cute. I love the tennis ball being made into a holder. I play tennis, so there are many tennis balls I'm not using. This is a nice way to recycle my tennis balls.Thanks!
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Butrflynet
 
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Thu 28 Feb, 2013 12:38 pm
This could be a great water feature for a property with a steeply sloped yard.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/533072_426620360746551_918747580_n.jpg


https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/544232_521361737915935_724146195_n.jpg

These are really cute.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/12997_309868699135789_708442679_n.jpg
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millerdavid786
 
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Thu 28 Feb, 2013 11:47 pm
@Butrflynet,
very good post keep it up..... I like your house collection of neat ideas that is very useful and innovative ! gud luck
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Butrflynet
 
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Fri 1 Mar, 2013 03:18 pm
I like this one. Wonder how long it took to work out the geometrics...

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/544282_317275481728444_1308936483_n.jpg
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Butrflynet
 
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Sat 16 Mar, 2013 09:30 pm
This would be great for starting seedlings in the Spring. You'd just need a sheet of plastic to cover the structure and act as a greenhouse or protect them on cold nights. The lower boxes would be drip watered by the upper boxes.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/374570_10151288595496059_23534194_n.jpg

I'm going to swipe this idea.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/63085_400777533350934_841185823_n.jpg

Sure beats the cost of those expensive wrought iron or heavy gauge steel pot racks.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/188817_437673002977734_856170703_n.jpg

I like this idea. Here in NM, I'd probably change it and use a metal pipe rather than rebar so the bowl of water on top can water all the other pots below it.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/542660_322345411221451_896633973_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/487484_322679047854754_560226555_n.jpg
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JTT
 
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Sat 16 Mar, 2013 10:08 pm
@Butrflynet,
Cool ideas and shots, BFN.
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