Thinking of things to never throw away? If you’re trying to sort out things around your house, better watch out for things on this list.
43 Things No DIYer Should Ever Throw Away
Upcycling and repurposing can save you a lot of money and make good use of items you would normally throw away. You may not want the clutter but giving things new life can be both beneficial to your home and the environment. Try some DIY craft projects with the things you may think of as junk.
I am a pack rat. Being a crafter, you see craft ideas and DIY projects in almost any and every thing that you see. If you’ve seen our post of 20 things you should never throw away, then here’s 43 more items you can add to that list.
Crafting for me is more on upcycling projects and repurposing ideas. Using old things and making them new again for DIY organization or room and house decor. There are a lot of things you may think of as junk but after a little tweaking and some love, it can turn out to be a cool DIY project. So check out this list and see what you should be keeping.
Things to Never Throw Away | Repurposing and Upcycling Ideas
1. Wine Corks
Sentimental people would understand this. You had a nice glass of wine in a celebration with family and friend, what to do? Keep the cork as a remembrance of that occasion. But did you know that there are so much craft projects you can make with them? Click here to get more wine cork craft ideas!
2. Wine or Beer Bottles
Once you’ve learned how to cut glass, there are so many craft projects you can make with these bottles. Whether it be for room or home decor or useful stuff in the kitchen. Check out how to make beer bottle glasses here to get you started.
Quick tip, before you get started, make sure you have a quality glass cutter to help prevent any accidental cuts!
3. Broken Crayons
You can make crayon art or melt them into fun shapes for new crayons. You can even make MAC lipstick colors too!
4. Pipe Cleaners
Let your kids do cool stuff by getting into pipe cleaner crafts. Here are some great ideas!
5. Toilet Paper Rolls
If you’ve been throwing these out then your kids may be missing out on a lot. Check out some upcycling ideas here.
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In case you’ve been living under rock, wood pallets are awesome for so much woodworking projects. How about trying a pallet wall art?
7. Old Tires
Tires get worn out after a couple of years. Have you considered turning it into a coffee table or ottoman?
8. Old Books
In case you’ve considered throwing old books out, here’s are some repurposing ideas that will make you think twice. Check them out here.
9. Old Maps
If they’re just lying around from your history or geography class from who knows when, it’s time to upcycle. Check out some awesome ideas how here.
10. Coffee Filters
Used or unused, there’s a a craft project waiting to happen. Get some ideas here.
11. Old Ladder
A new touch of paint and you can repurpose old ladders. Need a new drying rack?
12. Old Door
Make it an inspirational wall art or even a DIY headboard.
13. Old Window
If you get creative there a lot of DIY projects you can make out of an old window. Try our DIY coffee table for one.
14. Six Pack Holders
Love drinking beer? Then I’m sure you have a couple of them around. Did you know you can make them into DIY coasters?
15. Old Belts
If you think there’s no more hope for your leather belts think again.
16. Bottom of Celery Stalk
Are you throwing the bottom away? Did you know that it is what you have to plant to grow celery? See how here.
17. Dryer Lint
If you’re doing your own laundry, then you must have a collection of this in the garbage already. One way to repurpose this is to store and dry them. It’s a great fire starter you know.
18. Old Springs
Add a vintage appeal to your craft projects with old springs from beds and chairs.
19. Bread Tags
Do some organizing hack with those little tags from bread.
20. Soda Can Tab
With collecting these little tabs, 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. Here are some cool DIY projects you can try.
22. Vintage Suitcases
Instead of throwing or collecting dust in your garage, here are some creative ways to repurpose them. Check it out here.
23. Rubber Bands
Don’t overlook these rubber bands. They have tons of useful uses around the household like keeping spatulas and mixing spoons from slipping.
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 those. Here’s an easy DIY project on a DIY calendar you can try.
25. Bottle Caps
With the bottle crafts, even the caps have a lot of uses. From table covered bottle caps to wind chimes, the possibilities are almost endless.
26. Old Silverware
Make cool decor and even jewelry with your old silverware. A little metal stamping can also go a long way.
27. Light Bulbs
Aren’t these DIY plant holders pretty?
Personally, I loved this one so much I had to go buy new bulbs for this project since I never kept the old ones (I do now!). Here are the bulbs I got in case you need some too!
28. Prescription Bottles
Don’t just use them for your prescriptions, it’s a cute storage for your little items like hair clips and jewelry.
29. Old Soda Crate
Perfect way to store and organize your stuff. You can ever try using it as a DIY dog bowl holder.
30. Old Neckties
So your father or husband has neckties he doesn’t want to use anymore. What DIY project can you think of?
31. Bicycle Wheels
It’s not just old tires that you can upcycle.
32. Old Globes
Don’t take that old globe for granted, you can also make it a bowl.
33. Old Umbrellas
I’m sure you’ve had your share of worn out umbrellas. The handle can be turned into a coat hanger and other cool things.
34. Plastic Spoons
So you’ve had a backyard party and have tons of used plastic spoon, don’t throw it out. You can make awesome DIY art with them.
35. Altoids Tin
A great storage for small things. You can even turn it into a tic-tac-toe travel game too.
36. Old Toys
Kids will get bored of toys pretty easily. With some paint and glue, you can turn it into a cool DIY home decor.
With sewing, you’ll be sure to have a spare button every once in a while. Make cool button crafts out of them.
This was another favorite of mine, but just like the bulbs, I didn’t have any buttons on hand. Luckily, amazon had some great ones to choose from AND they were much less expensive than the craft store. 🙂
38. Paper Bags
Not only can you reuse them again as paper bags but you can also repurpose them by weaving. Try to think of other upcycling ideas.
39. Old Jeans
Not only can you turn them into adorable DIY clothing, you can also make so many craft projects too.
Sewing old or vintage hankies together can make you a curtain or quilt. So many other projects to try too.
When you’re no longer planning to have another child and they’ve outgrown their crib, what do you do? Turn it into an upcycling project of course! You can turn it into a bench or shelf!
42. Safety Pins
Did you know that you can make DIY jewelry with safety pins?
43. Old Magazines
Even if the news is old you can still make new paper crafts with these old magazines.
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