22 Trash-To-Treasure DIY Projects For Stuff You’d Normally Throw Away


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I love getting my money's worth out of every purchase I make.

If that means I have to wear beaten-up shoes until the soles are worn through, I will. Even when it's finally time to send something to the dump, I completely scan the house to make sure I can't find some other use for it. My mother calls me a hoarder, but I call myself a upcycler.

Upcycling is the act of repurposing an old, seemingly useless item into something with a significantly greater value. This process can be a crafter's best friend. Before you consider throwing out that aluminum can or pitching your worn-out entertainment center, take a look at these 22 trash-to-treasure DIY projects.

1. Give your old cake pans a facelift by making a tiered display piece.

Give your old cake pans a facelift by making a <a href="https://www.anestforallseasons.com/2012/11/wood-wax-and-aluminum-cake-pan-tiered.html" target="_blank">tiered display piece</a>.

A Nest for All Seasons

2. Repurpose a candle jar into a cotton ball holder.

Repurpose a candle jar into a <a href="https://www.dwellbeautiful.com/candle-jar-craft-cotton-ball-holder/" target="_blank">cotton ball holder</a>.

Dwell Beautiful

3. Transform an empty tin can into a working clock.

Transform an empty tin can into a working <a href="https://myhusbandhastoomanyhobbies.com/2015/08/make-time-for-upcycle.html#.VgmKn2RVhBd" target="_blank">clock</a>.

My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies

4. Don't throw out another empty tissue box. Instead, make a custom desk organizer.

Don't throw out another empty tissue box. Instead, make a <a href="https://domesticallyblissful.com/diy-craft-supply-holder/" target="_blank">custom desk organizer</a>.

Domestically Blissful

5. Reuse empty wooden crates as a colorful shelving alternative.

Reuse empty wooden crates as a colorful <a href="https://theverden.blogspot.com/2010/12/rom-for-rom-barnehageinngangen.html" target="_blank">shelving alternative</a>.

Thea's Mania

6. Who knew a headboard could make an awesome quilt holder?

Who knew a headboard could make an awesome <a href="https://brepurposed.porch.com/2014/10/15/headboard-turned-quilt-rack/" target="_blank">quilt holder</a>?

Bre Purposed

7. Those old buckets that are collecting dust in your garage could be used to make one-of-a-kind vases.

Those old buckets that are collecting dust in your garage could be used to make one-of-a-kind <a href="https://www.shabbyfufublog.com/2015/03/florist-bucket-transformationtrash-to.html" target="_blank">vases</a>.

Shabby Fufu

8. These hangers are perfect recipe holders.

These hangers are perfect <a href="https://mylifefromhome.com/2016/02/silhouette-challenge-whats-cooking-recipe-holder/" target="_blank">recipe holders</a>.

My Life from Home

9. With music sales going digital, you can now give your birdbath a facelift with this epic CD mosaic.

With music sales going digital, you can now give your birdbath a facelift with this epic <a href="https://www.meandmydiy.com/2013/05/mosaic-tile-birdbath-using-recycled-dvds.html" target="_blank">CD mosaic</a>.

Me and my DIY

10. Give your boring clock a makeover by using paint swatch cards.

Give your boring clock a <a href="https://kojo-designs.com/2011/10/the-ikea-clock-makeover-challenge/" target="_blank">makeover</a> by using paint swatch cards.

Kojo Designs

11. Never waste another coffee can again with these incredible planter buckets.

Never waste another coffee can again with these incredible <a href="https://thewickerhouse.blogspot.com/2016/03/how-to-recycle-coffee-can-into-planter.html" target="_blank">planter buckets</a>.

The Wicker House

12. When the time comes to get new tires, try transforming the old ones into hanging planters.

When the time comes to get new tires, try transforming the old ones into <a href="https://www.pinkhsc.com/2012/07/tire-planter.html" target="_blank">hanging planters</a>.

Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

13. Give your kids the little kitchen they've always wanted by reusing an old entertainment center.

Give your kids the little kitchen they've always wanted by reusing an old <a href="https://www.southernrevivals.com/2014/02/vintage-entertainment-center-turned.html" target="_blank">entertainment center</a>.

Southern Revivals

14. Turn a knife block into a kid-friendly crayon holder.

Turn a knife block into a <a href="https://thriftdiving.com/diy-crayon-holder-from-a-knife-block/" target="_blank">kid-friendly crayon holder</a>.

Thrift Diving

15. Take your headboard from the bedroom to the backyard by making this cool bench.

Take your headboard from the bedroom to the backyard by making this <a href="https://www.hometalk.com/4246729/outdoor-furniture-bench-bed-frame-repurpose-upcycle" target="_blank">cool bench</a>.

Hometalk

16. Upcycle old lampshades into unique floral vases.

Upcycle old lampshades into unique <a href="https://thehousethatlarsbuilt.com/2015/07/upcycled-lampshade-vases.html/" target="_blank">floral vases</a>.

The House That Lars Built

17. Making a pinecone wreath is easy when you use a vacuum hose.

Making a <a href="https://www.hometalk.com/10632943/pine-cone-wreath" target="_blank">pinecone wreath</a> is easy when you use a vacuum hose.

Hometalk

18. I can guarantee you've never tried making a desk organizer using broom bristles.

I can guarantee you've never tried making a <a href="https://www.homeroad.net/2014/04/push-broom-desk-organizer.html" target="_blank">desk organizer</a> using broom bristles.

Home Road

19. It's never too early to start decorating for Christmas. These juice bottle snowmen should do the trick.

It's never too early to start decorating for Christmas. These <a href="https://www.thekimsixfix.com/2015/11/pomegrante-juice-bottle-snowman.html" target="_blank">juice bottle snowmen</a> should do the trick.

The Kim Six Fix

20. Tin can luminaries are great to have around when you're throwing backyard parties!

<a href="https://blog.consumercrafts.com/craft-basics-main/tin-can-crafts-luminaries/" target="_blank">Tin can luminaries</a> are great to have around when you're throwing backyard parties!

Crafts Unleashed

21. Your dog will love you forever after you turn an old tv stand into a doggy bed.

Your dog will love you forever after you turn an old tv stand into a <a href="https://www.kscraftshack.com/tv-makeover-part-2-second-chances/" target="_blank">doggy bed</a>.

Craft Shack

22. Use that CD rack and make an epic garden planter.

Use that CD rack and make an epic <a href="https://claireabellemakes.com/2015/03/30/diy-upcycled-garden-planter/" target="_blank">garden planter</a>.

Claireabelle Makes

I've spent the last 20 minutes looking around my room to figure out which of these upcycling projects to try first. What ones are catching your eye?

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