One aspect of the frugal lifestyle is using things you already have on hand, even if they don’t work perfectly for the task. Rather than running to the store to buy something (and most likely spending a ton), you could try improvising using something you already own. It’s amazing how much stuff we already have to work with, once we’re able to train ourselves to stop running to the store for every thing we think we “need”.
In today’s post I hope to help spark creativity and give you new ideas for looking at the things you already own in a new way. With the ultimate goal, of course, making you rethink your normal spending habits.
Is there something you need right now, that you were planning to buy, that you could possibly create a solution for using something you already have?
I rounded up 25 amazing and creative ways to use old things in a new way. I am very inspired by these upcycling ideas, and I hope that you will be too!
- Single Earrings used as Push Pins – via Real Simple
- Upcycled Crib into an Art Table – via a Little Learning for Two
- Cheese Grater as an Earring Holder – via Simply Frugal
- Empty DVD Case into a Coloring Kit – via Whimsicle
- Rake Wine Glass Holder – via Country Living
- Egg Cartons for Ornament Storage – via Apartment Therapy
- Empty Pop Boxes into Can Storage – via Then She Made
- Cookie Sheet Serving Tray – via Martha Stewart
- Cookie Sheet Magnetic Tray – via Fave Crafts
- Wooden Crate as decorative Shelving – via Curbly
- Upcycled Sweater Pillow – via Infarrantly Creative
- Old Drawers into a Book Shelf – via Country Living
- Old Door into a Coat Rack – via Pinterest
- Old Nightstand into Kids Work Bench – via The Frugal Granny
- Whisk into a Tea Light Holder – via Minha Casa (use with caution!)
- Upcycled Books into Shelves – via Real Simple
- Altoids Tin into Pin Cushion – via Felt Magnet
- Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art – via Imperfectly Perfect
- Shutter Magazine Rack – via My Repurposed Life
- Rain Gutter Kids Bookshelves – via Sunshine on the Inside
- Plastic Spoon Chrysanthemum Mirror – via Addicted 2 Decorating
- Mason Jar Herb Garden – via Camille Styles
- Wine Cork Bathmat – via Crafty Nest
- Upcycled Spoon Ring – via Through the Front Door
- Upcycled Blue Jean Tote – via Denim Do Over
Have you ever upcycled or re-purposed anything? What did you make? Which of these 25 projects inspires you the most?
We love foaming hand soap at our house. I find it lasts quite a long time and washes off hands easily. Which is great for my daughter, who loves to wash her hands, but doesn’t always take the time to rinse all the soap off of her hands.
Purchasing foaming soap refills can get quite expensive. But if you know how to mix up your own DIY foaming hand soap refill, you can save a ton! Especially if you go through lots of soap like we do at our house. 🙂
All you need to make your own DIY Foaming Hand Soap refill is four things:
- Foaming soap dispenser (You can use an empty soap bottle if you have one)
- 1 cup water
- 2 TBSP Castille Soap
- 2 tsp scented body wash
- Add the castile soap and body wash to the soap dispenser.
- Add the water and shake well.
- Pump and enjoy!
This will be a huge money saver for you and it’s so easy to change the scent for different seasons!
I think that creating these DIY Glitter Shoes is a wonderful and fun way to transform an old pair of shoes!
See the full instructions over at Simply Whisked!
Have you got a frugal DIY idea that you’d love to share with others? Submit your idea here!
I love this dollar store craft caddy and it’s such an easy project to put together! You could whip it up in no time and paint it in any color to suit your taste. Not only is it good for organizing craft supplies, I think it would be very handy for BBQ’s, picnics and outdoor entertaining events to hold cutlery! You could even put put the caddy to use organizing stationary supplies on a desk, in the shed for small tools and for holding makeup brushes. Really, the uses are endless!
Dollar Store Craft Caddy
Here’s how to make this easy Dollar Store Craft Caddy:
- 4 wire/metal pencil holders (found in office supply section at Dollar Tree)
- Ribbon or twine
- Hot glue, glue gun
- Spray paint in choice of color and finish
1. Begin by placing the wire pencil holders on a piece of newspaper. Spray on 2 coats of spray paint in your choice of color or finish. Allow to dry for one hour.
2. Cluster the four pencil holders in a group. Press them close together so they touch. Wrap a length of twine or ribbon around the holders.
3. Add some hot glue where the holders touch. Just a small dab will do and will help keep the foursome together. You can also add a dab or two under your length of ribbon.
4. Tie the ribbon or twine in a knot securely.
5. You can now add your crafting supplies to each cup and display for use.
Get your summer fun underway with these homemade fire starters! Perfect for the backyard bonfire or the weekend campfire!
Don’t throw out that dryer lint quite yet! These homemade fire starters will put that lint to use and two more items you most likely have on hand already! Really, all you need is some lint, toilet paper rolls and wax paper. They’re ridiculously easy AND are a great way to “recycle” materials you already have.
Here’s how to make Homemade Fire Starters:
- Dryer lint
- Toilet paper/paper towel rolls
- Wax paper
1. Remove the lint from your dryer lint trap
2. Cut your paper towel rolls into thirds or leave toilet paper rolls whole
3. Stuff your paper rolls with the dryer lint, but don’t pack it in too tight
4. Cut a 6″ piece of wax paper
5. Place your paper roll in the center, wrap the long sides over each other and twist the ends
6. Trim the ends of your wax paper if you’d like
TO USE: place one of your fire starters under a few pieces of kindling and light the end of your wax paper
** Lint is very flammable, store in a metal box