From Trash to Luxury: 60 Ideas on How to Reuse Objects in Your Home Decor
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Reusing objects is extremely important for the environment. In times when sustainability has been much discussed, we need to be aware and change some habits. Recycling is a great way to reduce the volume of waste and create beautiful and useful pieces for the most diverse functions. You can reuse objects in the decoration, such as pallets, fair crates, cans, pet bottles, corks and even old furniture, just use your creativity. They can be used both for decorating and to help with organization.
In addition, these objects are also a great option for those who want to renovate the decor more economically and without major investments. Check out 60 creative and inspiring ways to reuse different types of objects.
1. Crates can become a shelf
In this room, the crates were used to make a small bookcase, which served as a support for the plant pot. It’s super easy to make, just stack one box on top of another. Here, they were used in their natural state, but it is also possible to paint them in the color of your choice.
2. Beautiful flower vases made with glass bottles
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This simple and charming idea is a great way to enjoy the glass bottles we have at home! To achieve this photo effect, you need to paint the bottles inside. Choose the colors of the inks and use a syringe to pour them into the bottles. When applying the paint, keep turning the bottle so that the paint covers all corners. Then let it dry well, placing the bottles upside down for a few hours and then upside down. When they are very dry, the vases will be ready to decorate your house.
3. Glass bottles can also be turned into a lampshade
Another really cool option for reusing glass bottles is to make a super stylish and personalized lampshade. There are many possible models to make. These two in the photo were created by artisan Nana Duarte. See how to do it.
4. A super charming organizer box
This flamingo organizer box is made from a simple cardboard box. In this example, it was used to store paint pots, but you can store and organize different objects. To decorate, the artist Danny Martine’s used felt, EVA and colored ribbons; materials very easy to find. Learn step by step!
5. A special corner for plant pots
This little plant corner was made only with wooden boards and some bricks. Simpler impossible! If you have leftover bricks in your house and you don’t know what to do with them, this idea can inspire you to reuse them in a super creative way.
6. A great way to organize your little ones’ toys
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This toy organizer is made from cardboard cylinders, but it can also be made from paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, or even cans. The piece works as a mini-shelf that serves both to organize and to display toys.
7. Wall niche made with Popsicle stick
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The Popsicle stick is one of the coolest materials to use when it comes to reuse and recycling. There are many different possibilities to create! Here, artisan Karla Amador used the toothpicks to make a super-stylish hexagonal wall niche. Check out the tutorial !
8. To decorate and light the house
Look how beautiful these lanterns made with glass jars are! In addition to the pots, artisan Leticia used candles and leather to finish. They can be used to make beautiful decorative compositions in different environments in the house. See how to do it!
9. PVC hangers
PVC pipes can also be reused! Here, they were attached to the wall and used as clothes racks. The colorful painting made all the difference, making the pieces more cheerful. This is a great option for those who like industrial decor style.
10. Tires can enhance the garden
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How about transforming that old abandoned tire in a beautiful potted plant? It can make your garden even more beautiful and authentic! To copy this example, simply separate two old tires of different sizes and paint them with whatever colors you like best. Then, just place the smaller one over the larger one and cut the top of the small tire to receive the soil and seedlings.
11. A new function for the old window
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Look how cool this idea is, the old window turned into a mirror with key rings and letter cases! It has become a multifunctional piece and even added a special touch to the decor. The artisan kept the old window aesthetic, leaving the piece rustic and stylish. Want to do one of this at home? See step by step.
12. Reusing old jeans
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You know those old jeans you don’t wear anymore? It can also become beautiful and decorative pieces for your home. Here, it was used to make a pillow cover and to line the dome of a lampshade and a pot of plants. The set was beautiful and left the room super charming. Learn how to do it.
13. The analog camera can become a lighting fixture
Who said that the analog camera is no longer useful these days? Even if it’s no longer used for taking pictures, it can turn into a super authentic lamp full of personality. This idea is perfect for anyone who enjoys vintage and retro style decor.
14. Corks are multifunctional
Here, we see several possibilities for reusing cork stoppers. With them, it is possible to create many useful and decorative objects. In this example, it was used as a cup holder and bottle holder, as a plant vase, as a tray and even to decorate a glass pot.
15. The fair box that wanted to be a piece of furniture
The fair box is one of the most transformed and reused objects. Here, it turned into a beautiful little table, with a special space for the plant vase! It can be used in different environments in the house and is super easy to make.
Check out the step by step.
16. Don’t discard old and scratched CDs
CDs don’t have to go to waste either, they can become this beautiful mobile with stones. This piece is especially beautiful in outdoor areas, such as porches, balconies, backyards and also in windows. The project is super easy, follow the tutorial.
17. That vinyl you no longer listen to can become a decorative clock
This Audrey Hepburn style watch is made from an antique vinyl. The idea is also very simple to make and you can choose the patterns you want for your watch. Another option is to leave the vinyl’s aesthetic apparent and place only the hands.
18. Even the powder soap box can be transformed
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Looking at it like this, it’s impossible to find out that this bookcase was made with a box of washing powder, isn’t it? To make one of these at home, cut out the soap box and then line it with fabric or decorated paper, you can also use the contact. To give even more charm to the piece, the artisan chose to put details in lace.
19. Decorating the house for Christmas
Now, a great tip to decorate the house for Christmas: a handmade snow globe made in a small glass jar! This is another creative way to reuse glass jars. In addition to being super easy and quick to make, it looks amazing! And if you want to use it in decoration for the rest of the year, you can choose other themes to assemble your globe. Learn how to do it.
20. An authentic and recycled case
Cookie and snack cans are great objects to be reused, as they allow many possibilities for crafts. In this example, a potato can was used to make a fluffy case. Check out the step by step.
21. A creative idea for reusing caps
If you like to drink with friends, keep the bottle caps, they can become beautiful decorative pieces! Here, a frame was made with different models of beer caps; a great idea to decorate living spaces, such as the barbecue corner, for example.
22. Who said that a burnt out lamp is useless?
It is also possible to recycle burned out light bulbs. Here, the lamp was used as a prop for this beautiful hand-painted comic, serving as a vase for artificial plants. In addition to this idea, another very common option for crafting with lamps is the creation of terrariums.
23. Pet bottle boats
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Here, we have another simple and very cool recycling idea: a whaleboat made with a pet bottle! It can be used at home, to store and display sweets or even to decorate party tables. Want to learn how to do it? See the tutorial.
24. A beautiful kitchen furniture
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This shelf with shelves and hooks was made with pallets. In this example, it was used to decorate the kitchen and display mugs and cups. Note that she also has little hooks on the sides, which can be used to hang dishcloths, aprons, and other objects. Wasn’t it amazing? Learn how to do it.
25. After enjoying a good wine, put the bottle away
After a celebration with friends or that romantic evening, the bottle of wine can have a new use. A very creative and authentic idea is to make this beautiful wind chime to enhance the decoration of porches and outdoor areas. Special emphasis on the spoon, which was also reused as one of the pendants in the piece.
26. The old TV became a modern garden
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These days, nobody uses tube TVs anymore, right? So, if you have one of these at home and were thinking about disposing of it, get inspired by this idea and reuse the device’s casing. One of the possibilities is to create a garden with your favorite plants, the one in the photo was made with cactuses.
27. From toothpaste box to pencil holder
Product packaging is one of the biggest responsible for the large volume of waste we generate. Therefore, recycling is essential! Here, it was the toothpaste box’s turn to turn into a pencil holder. Check out the step by step .
28. A different calendar
One of the coolest things about recycling is the creativity in creating new objects. In this example, we have a super cool and authentic calendar made from recyclable materials. Each side of the cube has a number, so you can organize it according to the date. And in the rectangles, you select the month and day of the week. See the tutorial .
29. Puff never hurts
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These beautiful puffs were made with tires! It may sound difficult, but it’s a simple project to do. The materials used were basically two: a rope, to finish the base; and a patterned fabric to make the seat. It was amazing, right?
30. The pet bottles turned into smiling little pots
Look how cute these decorated pots are! They were made with a pet bottle and crochet! This set is so cute it would look perfect in baby and toddler rooms. It can be used to store cotton, tissues, diapers, clothes and even small toys.
31. To keep paper tissues close at hand
This handkerchief holder was made with a can of chocolate milk. It’s a really cool idea to make scarves accessible and still decorate environments. You can also use it as a napkin holder or toilet paper. Learn how to do it .
32. Magnets with messages
If you are one of those people who love to fill their fridge with magnets, this idea is perfect for you! Instead of buying a bunch of magnets, make your own by reusing plastic caps. Here, they were even painted with blackboard paint, to write messages. See step by step .
33. A sustainable Christmas tree
Here, we have another idea for a Christmas decorative piece: a Christmas tree made from pages of magazines and newspapers. A super simple and charming recycling project!
34. All natural and organic
Organic waste can and should also be reused. In this example, the coconut shells have become a natural pot for the little plants! It was beautiful, right?
35. A flamingo to store remote controls
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Flamingos are super in fashion, there are many embellishments and prints with this design. Taking advantage of this trend, how about learning how to make this remote control port? It was made with just a bottle of liquid soap. Check out the step by step .
36. Renew and reuse an old drawer
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Do you have an old drawer at home and don’t know what to do with it? You can make it a super useful piece for your home. Here, she turned into a wall niche with little hooks to organize jewelry and enamels. A very creative and functional idea! Follow the tutorial .
37. Who said that a broken guitar is useless?
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Even a broken guitar can be reused. Here, he turned into a sort of bookcase with shelves to display decorative objects. It’s an excellent idea to decorate the house, especially if the residents are musicians or like music.
38. Tableware holder
Look what a nice idea to decorate and organize the dinner table! This cutlery holder is super practical and makes everything easily accessible during meals. It is made of tin cans, a wooden sign and a leather handle. The cans were attached to the plate with nails, forming a single piece. But, if you don’t want to keep the cans, you can leave them loose on the table, which is also beautiful.
39. Luminaire with plastic spoons
I bet you never imagined that you could make a lamp with simple plastic spoons, did you? But know that with creativity and willingness to recycle, anything is possible!
Check out the step by step !
40. To keep the kitchen well organized
This kitchen organizer is made from several recyclable materials: an antique wooden tray, a can of sauce, and a filing cabinet hook. It was amazing and super functional! See how to do it .
41. Enjoy that old broken chair
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An old, broken chair can become a support for hanging potted plants. Cool huh? And to add even more charm to the piece, it was covered with calico fabric.
42. Colorful and fun lighting fixture
This colorful light fixture was made with rolls of paper! It’s very easy to make, just stick the rolls and then coat them with waxed paper of different colors. Then secure the rolls to the string with the bulbs. The effect is a lot of fun and can also be used in party decoration.
43. Glass jars can be turned up to picture holders
Glass jars are very versatile and allow you to create a wide variety of creative and original pieces. The picture frame is one of those different ideas and it looks beautiful! In addition to this simpler version, you can also decorate the inside of the pot with pebbles, beads and even colored liquids. Check out the tutorial .
44. To plant a homemade vegetable garden
Here’s another option for recycling food cans. In this example, they turned into beautiful cachepots for planting spices and homemade herbs. The interesting thing about this idea is that the cans were attached to a wooden board, which hangs on the wall, turning into a kind of picture. See how to do it .
45. The old suitcase gave way to a stylish sideboard
An old suitcase can be transformed into a beautiful and stylish sideboard. This piece is cool, because in addition to being beautiful, it also works as a chest. So, you can use the space inside it to store items you don’t want to expose.
46. A colorful and fuzzy coaster
Guess how this cute little coaster was made; only with a CD lined with fabric and pompoms! It’s very easy to make, just choose the fabric you want and cover a CD that you no longer use. Then just glue the pompoms on top. Remembering that you can also make pompoms at home.
47. Mini Crate Shelf
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Bookshelves are always useful at home, both for organizing and decorating. So, how about having a recycled and sustainable bookcase? This one was made with stacked fair crates, where each one got a different color. See step by step .
48. Customized Grocery Jars
Here, milk cans have been turned into groceries jars with lids and all! A super simple and very charming idea to store food in the kitchen. Learn how to do it .
49. Rescuing a broken bicycle wheel
If you have a broken bike at home that is useless, how about reusing the wheels to make beautiful decorative pieces? Here, the wheel was painted and decorated with flowers. Her effect on the wall was very much like a mandala.
50. A door that organizes kitchen utensils
If you’ve recently decided to replace the doors in your house and don’t know what to do with the old ones, here’s this inspiring idea! After a nice painting and some hooks, it was perfect for organizing and displaying the most used kitchen utensils in everyday life. Do you have a more creative idea than this?
51. A bright unicorn
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Look how cute this unicorn comic! It was made with EVA and cut CD pieces. If you love unicorns and like the idea, check out the walkthrough .
52. Form letters with stoppers
Corks can also be used to form letters. It’s really cool to use in party decoration or even to decorate the house with your name’s initial. Learn to do .
53. Handmade candles in decorated cans
You can also use the cans to make beautiful, fragrant handcrafted candles. Here, even the tuna can was reused and all were decorated with beautiful handmade paintings.
54. Another original idea for decorating and lighting
What to do with a glass bottle, a piece of wood and a flasher? A lamp, of course! Thus, you reuse the bottle and extend the life of the flasher, which is normally only used at Christmas.
55. Cute bag for kids
This children’s bag was made from a cardboard toast box. How about giving your little one one of these? It is very important to work this type of art with children, so that they understand the importance of recycling. Follow the tutorial .
56. Apples from a pet bottle
This charming work done with pet bottles can be a great idea for decorating themed parties and events. It can also be used as a souvenir or even as a decorative item in the house. Learn to do .
57. A special cassette tape board
Currently, no one listens to cassette tapes anymore, but that’s not why they need to be discarded. In this super original idea, the ribbons were hand-painted and turned into a beautiful comic.
58. Give your old phone a new look
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You sure remember that old phone, don’t you? Even if you didn’t live when it was used, grandmas usually have it at home. And who said he deserves to go to waste or be kept in the closet? With a simple painting, you transform it into a beautiful vintage decorative piece with a modern touch.
59. A fully recyclable Christmas wreath
You don’t need to buy several Christmas ornaments for your home, just get inspired and make your own! This wreath, for example, was made with toilet paper rolls.
60. More personality for ice cream pots
Everyone has a bowl of ice cream at home. So, instead of using them just to store beans, how about making organizers? Margarine pots can also be used for this same function. .
Did you like our tips? These examples show that we don’t need to spend a lot to have a beautiful and functional decoration. If you have a lot of objects that you were thinking about discarding, let your imagination run wild and turn them into useful pieces for your home. Recycled objects can add more character to your home and you’ll still be contributing to the environment. Get inspired, create and recycle!