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45 of the Ultimate Best New Uses For Old Things

Jan 31 2016 - 2:00pm

Think twice before you throw something away — it could be made into something even cooler. There are plenty of ways you can upcycle something old [1] into something useful and entirely unrecognizable. Here are some of the best new uses for old things.

— Additional reporting by Ashley Paige

Pillowcase Garment Bags

Add slits to old pillowcases to turn them into garment bags.

Tee Bags

With a few cuts, you can upcycle a t-shirt into a casual tote [2]. It's the perfect accessory for grocery shopping or going to the gym.

Mason Jar Cup

Instead of a cup, drink from a mason jar. They're really cool to serve your homemade mixed drinks in when guests come over.

Book Charging Stations

Create a charging dock for your iPhone, tablet, or other gadgets with an old book. Here are instructions on how you can make your own book charging station [3].

Towel Travel Kit

Turn an old towel into a travel kit [4] for your toiletries that you can also use to wash your face with!

Paper-Bag Baskets

Weave strips of paper bags together to make these cute baskets [5].

Mason Jar Shakers

Don't toss that big cardboard container of salt or sugar if you're almost finished with it. Repurpose the top into a cute mason-jar seasoning shaker. This DIY project [6] costs less than a few dollars to make and is a great way to spruce up your kitchen without investing in expensive containers.

Beach Towel Tote Bag

Cut your beach towel up, and sew it to make a beach towel tote bag.

Paint-Chip Confetti

Punch little shapes out of paint chips to make lovely confetti for a party or wedding [7].

Suitcase Side Table

Make your own beautiful side table by piling up vintage suitcases, and top it off with a rustic mirror.

Wine-Bottle Centerpiece

Such an easy DIY [8] project and yet so pretty! Spruce up a wine bottle with a doily to turn it into an interesting centerpiece [9].

Paint-Chip Calendar

Use paint chips and a photo frame to create this awesome calendar that will help you stay organized.

Mason Jar Lunch Box

Use a mason jar instead of a regular lunch box, and it'll keep your lunch fresh [10]! It's perfect for soup, salad, pasta, and more.

Wine-Bottle Jewelry Stand

Turn everyday bottles into jewelry holders in under a few minutes. How? Just stack bracelets around the neck for an effortless display.

Mesh-Bag Pot Scrubbers

Take the plastic produce mesh bags, and turn them into efficient pot scrubbers [11].

Spoon Garden Markers

Stick pictures of plants on spoons, and use them as garden markers.

Mason Jar Sewing Kit

To make this adorable mason jar sewing kit, first create a pin cushion, stick it to the top of the lid, and then place all your sewing tools inside the jar.

Single-Use Travel Packets

Going on a trip, but can't lug your big bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and more? Create these single-use travel packets [12] from straws as a smart solution!

Mason Jar Soap Dispensers

Make a soap dispenser [13] out of your mason jar by drilling a hole in the lid and inserting and gluing the pump of an old soap bottle to the hole.

T-Shirt and Towel Produce Bags

Create awesome produce bags [14] with an old t-shirt or towel.

Plastic-Bottle Wallet

Use the ends of soda bottles to create this nifty wallet [15].

Magazine Holder Becomes a Kitchen Organizer

Store some of your kitchen supplies in an upright magazine holder [16] to save space.

Bread Tags to Distinguish Wires

Tell your wires apart with labeled bread tags [17].

Jewelry Frame Organizer

Frame some wire mesh or burlap for a unique jewelry organizer [18].

Ice-Cube-Tray Organizer

Organize your jewelry with an ordinary ice cube tray [19].

Toilet-Roll Cord Organizer

Organize your cords with washi-tape-decorated toilet rolls [20].

Charging Station

Hide unsightly wires with this DIY [21] plastic-bottle charging station [22].

Plastic-Bag Dispenser

Take an empty disinfectant-wipes bottle, and turn it into a plastic-bag dispenser [23].

Shopping-Bag Organizer

Pin up the prettiest shopping bags on your wall, and turn them into little organizers.

Cleaning Supplies in a Shoe Organizer

Keep your cleaning supplies in a shoe organizer [24] that hangs over your door to maximize the space in your home.

Shoe Hangers

Make tiny hangers for your shoes [25] with the leftover hangers you get from the dry cleaner.

Cup Speakers

Put your phone in a cup when playing music to enhance the sound.

Soda-Tab Tier Hangers

Hang soda tabs on hangers [26], so you can stack hangers and take up less space in your closet.

Denim Coasters

Turn old jeans into these cool denim coasters [27].

DVD Mosaic Candleholder

Sad about your scratched-up DVDs? Break them up, and turn them into these cool mosaic candleholders [28] instead — you won't be sad for long!

Sweater Pillows

Lovely old sweaters become even lovelier pillows [29].

Frosted-Bottle Vases

Empty bottles lying around? Give them a makeover to turn them into these chic frosted vases [30].

Coffee-Filter Bowl

Take used coffee filters and turn them into a cute bowl [31].

Scarf Camera Strap

Turn a lovely old scarf into a camera strap [32].

Lemon-Rinds Soap

Make these cute soaps [33] with the help of lemon rinds.

Rose-Petal Bath Salts

Give flowers a second wind by drying them and making bath salts [34].

Fix Flip-Flops

Use bread tags to keep flip-flops from coming apart.

Chapstick Bank

Hide money in an empty ChapStick tube [35] — perfect for when you're traveling or walking in unsafe areas.

Use Clips to Organize Your Wires

Place bulldog clips at the back of your desk, then string your cables through them to better organize your wires [36].

Create a Cup Clock

This one's great for the office kitchen. Instead of wondering how fresh or old a pot of coffee is, make a cup clock, so whoever brews the coffee can mark the time they made it.

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