Re-Purpose, Don’t Re-Purchase!
Posted on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at 8:12 am
Re-purposing is not only a great way to save money, but it can be a lot of fun. Whether you are aware of it or not, there are most likely hundreds of re-purposing possibilities that pass you by every single day. The re-purposing possibilities out there are endless!
Since I’ve had to tighten up my budget lately, I’ve started to become more aware of ways in which I can re-purpose things I don’t use, for things I need. Here are just a few seemingly disposable items you might find a new purpose for around your house:
- Wine corks. If you’re a wine drinker, then it’s time to stop throwing your corks away! Wine corks are great for so many re-purposing projects. You can make cork boards, bath mats, wreaths, or even just save them in a vase for a fun decoration.
- CD spindle. I saw this re-purposing online, and just had to share it. You can use an old CD spindle as a bagel sandwich container. No more disposable plastic baggies or over sized Tupperware! Your bagel will fit perfectly in an old CD spindle. Note: run it through the dishwasher a couple times first.
- Old magazines. Magazines, believe it or not, are full of creativity and art. Save you favorite pages to make a framed collage. You can also make a decorative bowl or table coasters by gluing rolled paper strips together in a circular pattern.
- Records. Do you have a bunch of old records, but no record player? Hang them from fishing wire for a fun decoration, cut them down to table coaster size, or heat them and fold them in half to create fun, funky wall-mounted mail sorters.
- Glass jars. Glass jars can be used for ton of re-purposes. They can make plant pots, candle holders, decorative pasta containers, and more. You can also hang them upside down to create fun patio lanterns.
- Burnt out light bulbs. Attach a wire stand to a burnt our light bulb and turn it into a plant holder or vase. Or, paint it and create a hanging decoration.
- Broken ladder. An old ladder can still serve many purposes. You can turn it into a bookshelf, a jewelry rack, a towel rack, a plant holder, or even just a fun shabby chic household decoration!
I love re-purposing because it saves me so much money. It also keeps things you might otherwise throw away out of the landfill, thus doing a part in keeping our environment clean. Not to mention the sense of accomplishment I get when I get a creative new re-purposing idea! I hope you have as much fun looking for re-purposing opportunities as I do! If you have any of your own re-purposing ideas, we’d love to hear them. Please feel free to share in the comment section 🙂