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Repurposing

August 28th, 2009 at 02:36 pm

Yesterday I was looking on several frugal websites and came across repurposing ideas. The ideas were pretty neat. For example someone had an old chest of drawers, took the drawers out, put casters on them and used them as under bed storage. They then cut down the dresser, trimmed it out and is using it as a childs desk. Someone else made a lampshade out of water bottle caps. The ideas were endless.

Has anyone done anythiing like this?

4 Responses to “Repurposing ”

  1. girltherapy Says:

    I might just show this to my Hubby. He has been saving "good stuff" for years to "use someday". I don't know if he has any water bottle caps, but who knows???

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Here's a great gift 'bag':

    Save coffee or oatmeal containers, clean out thoroughly.
    Cover with glued leftover fabric material, colored paper or cover with colorful contact paper.

    Hot glue on artistically place bunches of small silk flowers or greens. Spiral the items around the can. There are a huge variety of inexpensive decorations from the craft store or from yard sale/thrift stores.

    Cover the lid with the same material and hot glue some matching items on the lid.

    Fill your 'bag' with simple gifts, ie bath and body products, kitchen gadgets, etc.

    The presentation is as impressive as the gift. And can be made to suit any occasion, ie baby decorations, any particular season, etc.

  3. scfr Says:

    Always got my eye out and my mind open. When I feel a "need" for something I put it on my "some day" shopping list and let it marinate there for awhile. Often I come across something I can repurpose, eliminating the need to buy anything.

    3 days ago I repurposed a box that had been holding checks. I cut a notch at one end and stuck DH's electric razor in the box. (The notch was for the cord to go through.) His razor leaves nasty whisker stubble on the bottom of the drawer, which is beastly to clean out (gets in every little crevice-ugh). I had lined the drawer with plastic wrap but I knew that wasn't going to work long-term, so I had put "plastic tray to hold DH's razor" on my "someday shopping list."

    When I closed my Chase account and was getting ready to shred the remaining checks, I looked at that sturdy little empty box and thought - Voila! It is the perfect size.

  4. lizajane Says:

    I can't quite see the lampshade from bottle caps as being anything other than a conversation piece. It can't really be all that attractive, can it? I don't have a real creative streak so nothing exciting comes from my repurposing, but I re-use my sturdy dog food bags as trash bags in the kitchen. They're big, they hold a lot, and we just burn our trash so it doesn't have to be anything specific for the trash man.

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