I sat down this morning browsing through my favorite ways to repurpose and upcycle old stuff from past DIY projects. I have way more repurposing and upcycling DIY projects that I thought I had! Just browsing through the different ways I found to reuse old items got me ready to start creating something new. But it’s not my turn to create, not just yet anyway, it’s yours!
Once a year the Power Tool Challenge Team turns the tables and challenges our readers to create something fun using at least one power tool. This year our theme is Repurpose. I’m giving you guys a head start since we won’t officially start accepting entries until next week.
In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite clever ways to repurpose and upcycle old stuff into something useful and pretty!
An old vintage oar from the flea market made a fabulous curtain rod.
DIY Vintage Oar Nautical Curtain Rod Tutorial
This thrift store picture frame was perfect for my crab on burlap drawing.
Coastal Picture Frame Serving Tray
This pedestal bowl started out as a wood salad bowl and a bed spindle from the thrift store.
Bi-fold doors make great room dividers.
Ordinary tin cans make a comeback as outdoor fireside lighting.
Hidden inside the large flower pot is the secret to an umbrella stand that won’t blow over.
DIY Planter Umbrella Stand Holder
Twin headboards are the perfect size for a petite bench.
Twin Bed Headboard Bench Tutorial
paint stirrers are about $2 a pack. You’d never know these started out as paint stirrers!
Wood Slat Address Plaque Tutorial
I can think of many uses for old bed spindles!
I came up with about five projects when I cut up this bed headboard.
Repurposed Headboard Coat Rack
Repurpose tree branches into something creative and unique!
Tree Branch Apron Rack
A few more favorite DIY projects repurposing items into new uses…
Don’t forget to pin these ideas for later!
Are you feeling as excited as I am to see what everyone comes up with to repurpose old stuff into new uses? The team reveals their clever ways to repurpose and upcycle old stuff into a new use next Thursday. Reader entries will be open from October 19th through November 2nd. The only qualifying criteria will be you’ll need to use at least one power tool to make your project, and you’ll need to repurpose something into a new use. The project voted best will win a really awesome package from Ryobi Power Tools! Stay tuned for more details and in the meantime….
Get thinking and start creating!
Oh, and which one of my projects above is your favorite? Share in the comments below!
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
Hey, Wendi! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your Clever Ways To Repurpose and Upcycle Old Stuff so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec. Happy Friday!!!
Life With Lorelai / Home Matters Linky Party
Hi Lorelai! Thank you so much! Glad you liked this post. It was by far one of my favorite themes to work on. I love the idea of taking something old and finding a new and outstanding way to reuse it. Thanks again!
What a wonderful collection of ideas. I can’t decide which project is my favorite.
I love that so many people are repurposing. I wish I was good at it (I do try) haha they rarely turn out the way I pictured. You are a master, I always love your repurposed items, they always amazing and I am learning from you.
Thanks so much, I really wish I was good enough to enter the contest.
Hi Patty! I love the concept of repurposing too. I feel we live in a disposable society where too many things are disposable. Thank you for your beautiful comment. It makes my day when I hear that others learn from the things I share. Oh, and you are plenty good enough to enter the Reader Challenge! It’s not just about having the best project it’s about inspiring others to repurpose and create while keeping at least one more item out of the dump. Wait till you see my project, it’s simple..really simple 🙂 Take care & good to hear from you!
It’s so hard to pick just one. I love how you can repurpose things so easily. Slowly but surely I am learning. Maybe one day I will enter a contest like this. Thank you for sharing!
Hi Stacy! Oh my gosh, these are projects I’ve created over the past 5 years of blogging. I think repurposing becomes easier the more you do it. I love Pinterest for inspiration and I often get new ideas by looking at a few projects and them coming up with my own. I hope you get inspired to repurpose something new from my work or the Reader Challenge. The goal of the Reader Challenge is to inspire others to create something and keep an item out of the trash pile. Thanks so much for your sweet note!
You’re so creative. I love the repurposed tree branches!! I would love it if you stopped by my blog next Monday and shared these on my More the Merrier Monday link party! diyhshp.blogspot.com
Hi Jamie and thank you! The tree branches are one of my favorite projects too. Thanks for the invite, I’ll definitely try to stop over!