Category: Repurpose

Recycling Stuff To Your Friends As A Cool Whatever Gift

Want to get rid of the stuff you don’t want and make yourself a superstar friend at the same time? Then maybe try re-gifting your stuff.

Also, when you need a gift, there’s also the factor that you may have neglected to go shopping for that birthday gift. Or maybe you’d like to bring something with you for the host at a dinner party. Whatever the occasion, you just need a last minute gift.

You can personalize a gift to someone special by adding something that you know they would like or use. There are probably many things around your house you have tucked away, or that you purchased at the grocery store that could be included in a gift basket. A bar of soap, for example, is not a gift by itself, but mixed in with other items can make a splendid gift mixture.

To show you how simple and quick this can be, I personally went around my house and gathered stuff to make some gift baskets, of sorts. Here’s what I came up with in a short time for each one (without any basket stuffing or ribbon and bows!):

The Cook’s Gift Basket


I simply gathered up some kitchen items I had excess of (like cooking utensils, measuring cups, kitchen towels, etc.) and displayed them in a stainless steal colander.  To give it lift, I crunched up a red kitchen hand towel inside.

Coffee Lover Gift Basket


Oh, this was fun since I’m a coffee lover myself! Using one of my old mixing bowls, I stuffed bags of coffee, an extra French Coffee Press that was gifted to me, and a coffee mug inside and was able to create this basket.

Movie Lover Gift Basket


Too simple for words – a dollar store popcorn container was my holder for a jar of popcorn, a bottle of root beer, and 2 movie tickets. If I had a big popcorn bowl container, I would have been able to stuff more inside!

Chocolate Lover Gift Basket


My house has no shortage of chocolate, so I threw a bunch of stuff in this basket – chocolate cocoa, chocolate syrup, chocolate coffee, chocolate cake mix, cacao nibs, and some bars of chocolate bars.

House-warming Gift Basket


Anything goes for this type of gift basket, so I put a wine glass inside with a small bottle of wine, some trail mix, box of tea, a few snack bars, and some candles.

New Job Congratulations Gift Basket


Going through my abundant office supply stash, I was able to toss in some pens, scissors, stapler with staples, note pads, notebook, and my very cool fancy high-heel-shoe-pen holder hanging outside the basket (clearly for a woman!).

Filmmaker Premiere Gift Basket


Okay, not a common type gift basket, but hey, I had the stuff lying around, so why not?

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25 Absurd Ways To Put Old Stuff To Creative Use As New Treasures

When it comes to re-purposing old stuff, there endless ideas to reinvent an item and give it a new purpose. Call it up-cycling or recycling, it’s all the same – we’re taking something old and giving it a new purpose in our life.

In compiling some of my favorite re-purposed items (like I had done in my past article “25 Creative Ways To Turn Old Junk Into New Junk“), it was difficult to stop because there are so many creative ways in which something can be transformed. So my focus in this article is to take really old stuff (yes, even stuff that’s junk) and turn it into a new treasure. Even then, it was hard to stop at just twenty-five, oh my!

1. Old Books

Old books can become really cool vintage bookmarks



Old books can be turned as a storage box for old love letters, jewelry, you name it.



Old books can be made into a bird feeder (and turn your outdoor birds into book worms!)



Old books can be used as wall shelves that display your cool nic-knacks ( or more old books).



2. Old Upright Bass

An old upright base (or guitar) instrument can be gutted out into hip bookshelf display.



3. Old LP Records

Old LP records can be warped into a wall magazine holder



4. Old File Cabinet

An old file cabinet can be used as a garage utility storage



5. Old File Cabinet Drawers

Turn old wood file drawers into a coffee table that has storage



Spiff up an old wood file drawer into a dog feeding station


(via etsy)

6. Old Window Shutters

Old window shutters can be converted into a table



7. Old Chairs

Display part of your old chairs as a wall bathroom wall rack


(via etsy)


Turn an old chair into a comfy dog bed



8. Old Table

Old coffee table treasures can be turned into a wall shelf



9. Old Ladder

An old ladder can be used as a decorative piece to frame your framed photos



10. Old Rake

An old rake can easily be converted into a kitchen utility holder



Old rakes can also be used as a wine glass holder


11. Old Drawers

Old drawers can serve a new purpose as a wall memo board



Old drawers can also be used as a wall shelf for books or things


( via HomeTalk)

You can also turn an old drawer into a bookshelf



12. Old Pillowcase

An old pillowcase can be utilized as a laundry hamper



13. Old Ironing Board

Take an old ironing board and make it into a thread spool holder for the craft room



14. Old Dishes

Stack up some of your old dishes into a jewelry or makeup holder


(via HomeTalk)

15. Old Kitchen Graters

Old kitchen graters have been found to have another use – as ceiling light



16. Old Cutting Board

An old cutting board is transformed into wall art which also functions to hold kitchen items



17. Old Luggage

An old luggage case could be turned into a bathroom mirror cabinet


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18. Old Spring Frame

Old baby crib spring frame is turned into a ceiling hanger



19. Old Jeans

Stuff old jeans with dirt and use as a planter



20. Old Tires

Take old tires and paint them with color as new garden planters



21. Old Tire Rim

Use an old tire rim as a garden hose holder



22. Old Car Side-View Mirror

An old car side-view mirror can serve another purpose as a wall display shelf


(via etsy)

23. Old Game Boards

Old game boards can be turned into wall shelves



24. Old Crates

Old crates could be used as an outdoor bar



25. Old Globe Stand

An old globe frame can make a great paper towel holder



As I said, it was difficult to stop looking at all the vast creative ways people have transformed old stuff into useful, functional new treasures. So, if you’ve been storing inherited heirlooms in your garage (or storage place) or having trouble letting go of certain things you no longer have a use for, try giving them a new purpose in life that will give it new value to you.





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