Repurpose Common Household Items



We’ve all seen dozens of crafty ideas for used wood pallets and Mason jars, but there are so many common household objects that can be reused in practical ways rather than going to the landfill or even the recycling bin. Not only do you reduce what goes in the bin, but you may not need to buy new stuff and its attendant packaging, almost sure to end up as waste.

Here’s a baker’s dozen of quick and easy practical ways to reuse and repurpose.   

In the Garden

I love the idea of turning parts from broken terra cotta pots into plant labels in the herb garden. It give the garden such an authentic Mediterranean feel. Learn how here.

What to do with all those wine bottles after a big dinner party? How about creating a unique border for a flower garden or outdoor path. If your family doesn’t produce enough empties, it should be easy to collect them from friends and restaurants so you can make this clever project. Gardening guru Shawna Coronado gives you the how-tos.


You can always save empty egg cartons for a neighbor or farmers’ market vendor who has chickens, but save a few for yourself. The best earring organizer I’ve ever had is the one using the bottom half of an egg carton—a pair per cup. Just trim off the top half of the carton and place the bottom half in a dresser drawer. Any type of egg carton will do. Egg carton cups will also hold rings and jewelry pins.

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