Upcycling Common Household Items

Upcycling Common Household ItemsIf you take an honest look in your home, you will find tons of things you can easily turn into something else that is useful and will save you money. Upcycling Common Household Items is a great way to save money and become a bit more Eco-friendly. Upcycling isn’t just for making crafts and kids projects. It has become a great way to use all kinds of common household items to create things you need.

Upcycle clothing: Old t-shirts are great for making things like reusable bags, soft quilts, throw pillows and even simply to use as cleaning rags.

Use glass jars for storage: Glass jars that things like pickles, sauces and other foods come in can be cleaned and have labels removed to be used for storage. Use chalkboard labels and store thins like screws, buttons, beads and other crafting or hardware supplies in them on a shelf in your shop or craft room. For larger jars, label and use them to store flour, sugar, dry beans and pasta.

Wooden pallets are excellent for home décor: Everywhere you look on Pinterest you see fun upcycled pallet projects. These can be found free a lot of times and make great project starters. Signs, outdoor seating, tables and more can be created for your home at the fraction of the cost with wooden pallets.

Use old squirt bottles for many projects: Squirt bottles from things like ketchup, mustard and salad dressings are great for using with kids paints and easy crafts, but also for things like pancake batter for special shaped pancakes.

Use old suitcases for storage and end tables: Old suitcases have recently become a popular item to upcycle. Grab a few simple legs at you hardware store, some paint and a screw gun to rate a unique end table that doubles as storage as well.

These are just a few of the things that you can use around your home for multiple purposes. Upcyling common household items is not only a fun project for your family, but a great way to save money on things that could be considered splurges otherwise.



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Jenny is a SAHM to three children. She is a frugal mom, loves to live a good life and not over spend. Jenny can be found running 5Ks and marathons while encouraging her family to follow a healthy lifestyle. When not on the run she enjoys creating new family friendly recipes.

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    April 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I LOVE the idea of turning an old suitcase into an end table! I’m going to research this!

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    Julie Wood
    April 25, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I always recycle old clothes and make nice rags. I like the idea of using an old suitcase as a table. I have an old suitcase that is unique and I want to do this with it. Thanks for the idea!

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      Michele Brosius
      April 25, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Clothes that need recycled always end up in our rag bag, too!

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    Sarah L
    April 27, 2015 at 1:12 am

    I always re-use glass bottles and squirt bottles. Very handy.

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    Jennifer Herman
    April 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    What great ideas! I never thought to use a suit case as a place to store extra items. Thanks for the info!

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