Check out this list of things to never throw away and what to do with them, especially if you love to DIY!
Things to Never Throw Away for Your Next DIY Projects
1. Wine Corks
With these DIY wine cork crafts and the things you can do with corks, it’s a shame to throw them away, indeed. Next time, keep them all in a container so they are better organized.
2. Wine or Beer Bottles
Quick tip: You can also get yourself a quality glass cutter to help prevent any accidental cuts!
3. Broken Crayons
4. Pipe Cleaners
While pipe cleaners are often used for crafts, some leftovers can fall by the wayside. Pick every last one bit from now on because you’re going to need more for these pipe cleaners crafts for your kids.
5. Toilet Paper Rolls
If you’ve been throwing toilet paper rolls out, then your kids may be missing out on a lot. Check out these toilet paper roll crafts here and you’ll never throw these pieces away.
7. Old Tires
8. Old Books
In case you’ve considered throwing old books out, here are some repurposing ideas that will make you think twice.
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9. Old Maps
If your old maps and using some space then it’s time to upcycle. You only need to see these old map DIY projects to repurpose old maps.
10. Coffee Filters
Used or unused, there’s a craft project waiting to happen with coffee filters. On the same note, tea filter bags are also some of the things to never throw away knowing these uses for them.
11. Old Ladder
You don’t need to buy a new laundry rack because you only need to add a touch of paint and you can repurpose old ladders into one!
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12. Old Door
13. Old Window
Save old windows from your renovations because of the fantastic home improvement projects you can also do with them. Take this unique DIY coffee table, which is terrific, indeed.
14. Six Pack Holders
If you love drinking beer, then you’ve probably thrown out quite a lot of six-pack holders. Start making these DIY beer coasters from six-pack holders and you will never throw them away.
15. Old Belts
If you think there’s no more hope for your leather belts, think again, because these leather belt shelves will change your mind.
16. Bottom of Celery Stalk
17. Dryer Lint
Add dryer lint to the list of things to never throw away just yet or at all. One way to repurpose this is to store and dry them because it makes such a great fire starter.
What is Dryer Lint: These are bits and pieces of fabrics and textiles materials gathered up on the lint screen of a dryer.
18. Old Springs
Even old bed springs have some fantastic uses, too. You can make craft projects with the old springs from old beds and chairs and add a vintage feel to them as well.
19. Bread Tags
Working on decluttering your home, too? Then pick up this organizing hack with the little tags from bread packages.
20. Soda Can Tab
Collect these little tabs, and you can make a DIY chain or even use it to organize your closet.
21. Leftover Paint
So you’ve painted everything that needs painting, and there’s still some left over? Then, here are some cool leftover paint projects you can try with those.
22. Vintage Suitcases
Instead of throwing out old suitcases, here are some creative ways to repurpose them.
- Brown paperboard with dark brown stitching
- Antique brass handle and clasp
- Paperboard suitcases nest for easy shipping
- Great for storage or gift baskets
23. Rubber Bands
Don’t overlook rubber bands because they are incredibly useful around the household. For example, they can be used for keeping spatulas and mixing spoons from slipping, or you can make a rubber band ball for fun.
24. Paint Chips
Do you know those paint chips they give you at hardware stores? You can do a lot of colorful craft projects with them. Here’s an easy DIY project for a DIY calendar you can create.
25. Bottle Caps
26. Old Silverware
Make some cool decor and even jewelry with your old silverware. A little metal stamping can also turn these things into amazing pieces.
27. Light Bulbs
28. Prescription Bottles
29. Old Soda Crate
While there are other fantastic DIY crafts for vintage Coca-Cola crates, you can also turn it into a dog bowl holder.
30. Old Neckties
There are also many uses for old neckties but this lamp shade seems striking enough to warrants a place on this list.
31. Bicycle Wheels
It’s not just old car tires you can upcycle, but bike wheels, too.
32. Old Globes
Don’t take that old globe for granted because you can also repurpose it into a globe bowl.
33. Old Umbrellas
I’m sure you’ve had your share of worn-out umbrellas and these 3 ways to upcycle them will add them to your list of things to never throw away.
34. Plastic Spoons
Save the plastic spoons from your last party because we are going to transform them into this lovely decorative craft. Make sure to wash them first, of course!
35. Altoids Tin
36. Old Toys
This amazing lamp from old toys will let you be thankful you never throw them away, for sure!
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38. Paper Bags
Not only can you reuse them again as paper bags, but you can also repurpose them into baskets by weaving.
39. Old Jeans
Not only can you turn them into adorable DIY clothing, but you can make so many craft projects from them as well.
Sew old or vintage hankies together so you can create a curtain or quilt, plus other projects to try, too.
Turn an old crib into a toy box bench so you can still hang on to its sentimental value the practical way!
42. Safety Pins
If you’re into edgy jewelry, you’ll love this repurposed safety pins jewelry, indeed!
43. Old Magazines
Even if this is old news, you can still make new paper crafts with these old magazines.
44. Fancy Glass Bottles
Keep your fancy glass bottles because they make great containers for homemade vinegar, fruit jams, herbs, and spices.
45. Baby Food Jars
No need to buy salt and pepper shakers because you can use your baby’s empty food bottles to make one yourself!
46. Mason Jars
Too many mason jars in your house? Use them as drinking glasses, instead!
47. Big Plastic Jars or Gallons
Use plastic jars as water containers in case of a limited water supply. Just be sure to date and rotate every six months, too.
48. Cereal Boxes and Shoe Boxes
Three words: Your son’s robot!
49. Paint Cans
Make an improvised emergency heater using your empty paint cans and here’s how!
50. Egg Crates
Empty egg crates make a great fire starter with this little tweak including dryer lint, so keep them for your next campfire!
Use your stack of old newspapers to start wood fires for your campfire, too.
52. Tin Cans
Use bigger tin cans as flower pots and smaller tin cans, on the other hand, as desk organizers.
53. Wooden Boxes
Any kind of box will make a good planter so never throw these things away.
54. Kitchen Scraps
Veggies and fruit scraps are some of the things you throw away every day, so make a practical use for them and make your own compost.
55. Bones From Roasted Meat
Save and freeze chicken, beef, turkey and pork bones, because they’re great for making homemade meat stock!
56. Bacon Fat
Eating homegrown eggs are delicious, but frying the eggs in bacon fat tastes even better!
57. Old, Worn Out Clothes
Recycling t-shirts are one reason you never throw your old ones away!
58. Aluminum Foil
If you’re using aluminum foil to store food, save the foil sheets for future household or survival uses, too!
59. Old Toothbrushes
Save on scouring pads by keeping old toothbrushes because they’re great for cleaning tiles, cleaning the sink and cleaning your razor.
60. Plastic Bags
Use unwanted carrier bags instead of bin bags to line smaller garbage bins inside the house.
Deter garden pests, feed your chickens, boil them in your coffee—these are several reasons why you should keep eggshells.
62. Cardboard Boxes
Never throw cardboard boxes because not only do they make storage containers, they also make great art and crafts.
63. Small Bits of Used Soap
A lot of money can be saved up by making these soap bars form leftover ones, indeed. But first, learn how to make a soap bar from leftover soaps here.
Watch how DIY Meg turns some old forks into a funky windchime:
Remember the things to never throw away and keep them since you now know their amazing uses for your DIY projects. Yet don’t forget to keep them properly so you also avoid cluttering your space and having these things to never throw away end up in the dump, after all.
What else are the things to never throw away in your home and how do you use them? Let us know what they are in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 24, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.