I absolutely HATE throwing away anything that I can find a new purpose for. In my house, repurposed containers are used for everything from craft storage to spices. Not only does repurposing cut down on the amount of STUFF that gets tossed out in the trash or recycling bin, but it saves me from spending money on BUYING new containers for organizing. Pinterest is again my friend when it comes to finding new ways to repurpose old containers. Some of the ideas are so BRILLIANT that I thought I would share some favorites with you! What tricks have you found for repurposing containers?
Repurposed Shampoo/lotion Bottles:
Cell phone charging station – makeit-loveit.com
I have a horrible time keeping track of my cell phone charger unless I have it tied around my neck. Though, rather than spending the $15 for this one on Amazon like I did, you can make your own out of an old baby wash/lotion bottle! Ashley over at makeit-loveit.com has an awesome TUTORIAL on how to make your own from a repurposed shampoo and/or lotion bottle.
Kitchen sponge caddy – craftingagreenworld.com
I can’t handle the smell of sour dish rags or sponges. I have tried the suction-cup style holders for sponges to keep them from sitting and spoiling but they just don’t stick to my sink. Something like this would definitely be helpful, however, and much cheaper! Create your own sponge caddy from a repurposed shampoo and/or lotion bottle.
“Monster” Art Supply Organizer – craftionary.net
These little guys are ADORABLE and super easy. They would be fun in a kid’s bathroom as well for storing things like combs and brushes, hair-ties and more! Here, you can find a few other ideas for repurposed tabletop versions.
Fun girls’s purses – instructables.com
Little girls would have fun helping make these pretty little purses from repurposed, colored shampoo and lotion bottles. For a snapping, grown-up version, try this version from WeUpcycle.
Repurposed Milk & Water Jugs
Watering Can (Jug) – makeit-loveit-.com
Ashley at makeit-loveit.com has some other amazingly creative ideas on her site. Check out this one for creating a watering can from a repurposed milk jug. I’ve used old milk jugs just to pour water for my plants, but that’s not nearly as fun for little ones as watching it sprinkle out! Her idea is perfect for kids as well, as unlike normal watering cans, there’s no open hole in the top for the water to spill out! You could even jazz up the jug with some color or fabric for a little extra repurposed fun.
Clothes Pin Basket – homedit.com
Clothes pins are one of those things that tend to be strewn around the house (or yard) if you don’t have something specific to put them in. This cute little bucket makes the perfect little repurposed tote for the buggers! Rather than these rope handles, I would probably use an old wire hanger to make hooked handles that could hang on the lines for easy access when hanging clothes.
Repurposed Milk Cartons
Pantry Organizers/ Kitchen Canisters – SewliciousHomeDecor.com
SewLiciousHomeDecor.com has some really fun and creative repurposed ideas, such as these kitchen organizers. I imagine you might want to get a funnel to put the stuff inside without making yourself a big mess, but they’re much prettier to look at than crumpled up bags of flour and sugar.
Repurposed Pringles Cans
Christmas gift baked goods containers – Buzzfeed.com
Rather than doing the same old platter and plastic wrap tray of goodies or spending money on the plastic Christmas decorative containers, make your own goodie containers with repurposed Pringles cans!
Pasta containers for the pantry – TheRHouse.com
Forget the open plastic bags or boxes of pasta which fall apart and break all over the cabinet or floor and store your spaghetti noodles and pasta in empty pringles cans to keep things neat.
Make-up Pad Dispenser – nx2.com
Kitchens and bathrooms are my two pet-peeve places for organization stuffs. I hate messy bathrooms and kitchens! Check out this nifty way to use a repurposed Pringles can to organize all those fluffy little make-up pads that seem to make their way all over the bathroom. Allure has a tutorial and step-by-step here!
Repurposed Soda/ Drink Bottles
Backyard Bowling Games – bushbeans.com
Summer is a perfect time for backyard barbecues and fun. Check out this idea from Bush’s Beans on a fun backyard game from repurposed 2-liter soda bottles.
Repurposed Baby-Wipe containers
First aid/emergency kit – tipjunkie.com
Add Kleenex, OTC medications, hand sanitizer, chapstick, sunscreen, hair ties and all other sorts of “emergency” items to a decorated wipes container for a handy first-aid kit.
Yarn/Twine dispenser – happinessishomemade.com
Being a crocheter (if that’s even a word?), it can be a pain in the rear to have to fight with skeins of yarn rolling across the floor, being eaten by pets or lost under the sofa. Create this handy dispenser to keep tabs on your twine or yarn and avoid fighting a messy ball of knots.
Plastic Bag Dispenser – happinessishomemade.com
Cleaners and bottles and grocery bags, OH MY! I can’t help but feel guilty throwing away old grocery bags and somehow always manage to forget to put them out in the recycling. And so, they end up stuffed under my sink. This would be a handy way to store them for easy dispensing and reuse. I will also store them in empty garbage bag boxes as well.
Repurposed Coffee Creamer Containers
Pantry storage – HomeTalk.com
Winter Snowmen Decorations – http://www.facebook.com/lbrickett
These are too darn easy fun for the kiddos. Not only do they make adorable little decorations, you could: fill them with sand for a decorative doorstop, fill them with small Christmas candies and treats for gift giving… possibilities are endless!
Crystal Light/Drink Mix Containers Repurposed
“Holly Jolly” Christmas Treat Gift – mudpiestudio.blogspot.com
How fun of a play on words with this little treat! Could be used as a stocking stuffer or as a gift for school friends/teachers as the source suggests.
Use an old Lego man to hold the ends of your chargers to keep them from falling beneath the desk or table!
So…. this last one isn’t exactly a container upcycle… but it’s darn genius and cRaZy cute! (Check out the Lego man’s expression!)