I’m so excited about these repurposing projects! I can’t wait for you to try them all. I’ve been thinking about ways that parents can help to cut down the costs of kids things – like clothes, toys, etc. – and during that thinking, I came across these wonderful ideas for turning regular household items into things that your kids will love. There is everything in this collection of ideas from travel games and dresses for little girls to Lego tables and even a really neat kitchen set that’s made from an entertainment center.
As parents, we want our children to have wonderful things. Sometimes however, those wonderful things are pretty expensive and as much as we want to give them to our kids, it’s just not always feasible. Well, now it is. You can make many of those items yourself from upcycled things that you’re probably just going to throw out. I love upcycling and repurposing projects – like I live for them! Have you seen these 45 ways to repurpose cereal boxes? There is seriously a repurposing project for everything in your life.
So, I gathered this list of repurposing projects specifically for things that you can make for your little ones. Some of the ideas in here are sheer genius – I mean, making a Lego table out of a nightstand or creating a toddler swing from an old pair of jeans? Seriously, there are some brilliant repurposing ideas in here. Some of them use adult clothing, some use furniture and others use things that you would normally consider to be trash. Remember these 15 ways to repurpose Pringles cans? These are sort of like that. Turning trash into treasure is always a thrill.
Whether you have girls or boys, or both, there is going to be a project in here that speaks to you. From dollhouses and reading nooks to play roads and Lego tables, you’re surely going to see a project that you, and your little ones, will love. So, start thinking about all of the things you have at home that you need to repurpose and we’ll probably get to each and every one of them.
19. Nightstand Repurposed Into Kitchen
20. Upcycled Drawers Into Under Bed Storage
Old dresser drawers are the perfect under bed toy storage. If your kids’ room is always filled with toys – in the floor and not the toy box – because you don’t have enough room to store them all, you can make additional storage from old drawers. Cars, Legos, stuffed animals, and doll clothes are perfect for storing under the bed and you add wheels to the drawers so they pull out and push back in really easily.
21. Upcycled Shutter Wall Display
These upcycled shutters make a wonderful wall display to show off your kids’ schoolwork and art. Or, you could use them in the kids’ bedrooms as bulletin boards and allow them to display their own art and favorite snapshots. Paint them their favorite color or any color that coordinates with their room and let them supply all the decorations.
22. Papasan Chair Repurposed Into Reading Nook Canopy
This reading nook canopy is gorgeous and the perfect way to get your little ones to read. It’s made from an upcycled papasan chair and it’s a pretty easy build. You’ll have to split the chair in half – you only need half of it for the canopy base. This means that if you have the need for two of these, you have all the materials you need with just one chair.
23. Upcycled Phone Book Turned Pen And Pencil Holder
Here’s a project that lets you turn an ordinary household item into something extraordinary and it’s a project that the kids can help you with. This one takes some work (not too much) and is totally worth the end result. The kids will love storing their pens and pencils or even crayons in this DIY pencil holder.
24. Upcycled Shoe Box Dollhouse
Turn an ordinary shoe box into an amazing little doll house – and your little girl can help! You can also upcycle some of those old magazines with this project and let her decorate with pictures for the interior and exterior of her little house. This is the perfect project to help kids with cutting and pasting and she’ll get loads of playtime with her new dollhouse.
25. Shoe Holder Repurposed Into Organizer
When you take long trips (or short ones with toddlers) you often need things to keep the kids busy. When you have a car organizer, it makes for a much less stressful trip. You can turn an ordinary shoe holder into a great car organizer and keep all of their favorite toys and activities close at hand. There are so many little slots in a shoe organizer that you have room for toys, crayons and coloring books, electronics, and even snacks and drinks. Plus, you can hang the organizer right over the back of the front seat so they can reach all of their things themselves.
26. Soap Dispenser Upcycled Into Water Balloon Pump
Wash out those old soap dispensers and turn them into loads of fun for the kids during the warmer months. This works with any dispenser – soap, shampoo, conditioner, or even moisturizer. Just rinse them out well and add water. Kids can then use their little pumps to fill up water balloons without the mess – and they can fill them outside as opposed to in the kitchen, so there’s less mess all the way around.
27. Suitcase Repurposed Into Doll House
Here’s another wonderful dollhouse that you can create with regular household items. This one takes a suitcase and turns it into a dollhouse. You’ll need a sturdy suitcase for this one, like those old vintage ones. If you don’t have one on hand, you can normally get them at thrift shops for around $5 or less each. Then, paint the outside with chalkboard paint and let her draw in her own windows and doors. The inside is decorated, too – however you want to decorate it.
28. Adult Sweater Into Girl’s Sweater Dress
That sweater that you don’t wear any longer would make an adorable little sweater dress for a special little girl. You’ll need to cut off the sleeves and probably trim it down just a bit. Cutting and sewing are required for this one but it’s an easy project, even for beginning sewing enthusiasts. You can add buttons, appliques or whatever you like to decorate it and she’ll adore wearing it.
29. DIY Hats And Mittens From Upcycled Sweater
That old sweater can also be used to make these cute little mittens and hat for your little one. You’ll need a hat and mittens to use as a pattern and there is sewing required, although it’s not difficult at all. Depending on how many sweaters you have to get rid of, you could make a set for several children or make several sets for one child – she’ll have a different that and sweater set for every day of the week.
30. Parquet Table Lego Repurpose
An old parquet table – you know, the ones from the 1980’s with glass insets – can be turned into a nice little Lego table. You’ll have to remove the glass and then glue in Lego bases into those slots. That gives them loads of room to share their table with others and you can use the bottom to create storage for Legos in plastic tubs or wicker baskets.
31. Changing Table Into Desk Repurpose
An old changing table makes a wonderful desk – as the kids grow, turn their old furniture into new furniture that is especially designed for them. If you have a changing table and you don’t need it, you can easily transform it into a desk that is perfect for doing homework or playing. They’ll even have storage room for books or craft supplies and the back can be a dry erase board or even a chalkboard depending on your preference.
32. T-Shirt Turned Baby Romper
There are so many wonderful baby clothes that you can make from grown up clothing. This baby romper is another great way to repurpose those adult t-shirts. You’ll need to do a bit of cutting and sewing but this is definitely a project that even a beginner can do. It’s also a wonderful way to repurpose those old t-shirts that maybe you don’t wear anymore but really hate to get rid of.
33. Easy Pillowcase Baby Nightgown DIY
Those old vintage pillowcases are too pretty to throw out, but what can you do with them when you just don’t need them for pillowcases any longer? You can turn them into adorable little baby nightgowns. Not only are these nightgowns sweet, they’re also really cool because pillowcases are typically made from lightweight fabrics. These are perfect for summer nights when the temperatures may be too hot for your little one to sleep.
34. T-Shirt Repurposed Into Pants
So, here’s a neat idea – turn those old worn out t-shirts into lounging pants for your toddler. If you don’t have any t-shirts to work with, you can find them all day long at thrift stores for under a dollar. Imagine the cute little pants you can make with some graphic tees and this is a relatively easy sewing project, too. Plus, you get loads of new pants for your toddler, which can come in very handy during potty training.
35. Dining Room Table Repurpose – Kids Activity Table
If you have a dining room table that you don’t need, you can make it into this amazing activity table for your little ones. This is a small table, not one of those rectangular tables with tons of leaves to make them family sized. You can easily turn a round table into a kids’ activity table that will give them a place to play, create, and generally have a blast.
You’ll want to cut the legs down to make the table kid sized and then maybe paint some matching chairs.