Breaking things is never fun and often means throwing out something before its time. You may have loads of broken tea cups, picture frames, furniture or other common household items that you think belong in the trash.
On the contrary, there are many different projects that you can do with those broken items and create stunning décor for indoors and out, all from things that you may consider to be trash. We have collected a list of 100 different projects that call for those broken items or common household trash.
Repurposing is a great way to keep things out of the dump and to give your home a little décor boost. These projects are relatively easy, take little time and best of all, they allow you to completely repurpose that trash into something useful.
Grab your broken household item and take a look at the different ways that you may be able to bring it back to life. You know what they say – One girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure.
Turn A Broken Picture Frame Into An Earring Holder
When you break (or your kids or pets break) the glass out of a picture frame, don’t throw away the base. Instead, use it to create a gorgeous and very functional earring display. You’ll need some sort of wire (picture wire works really well) to hang your earrings on. Just run the wire across the frame and then hang up your earrings. This is a great gift idea for girls of all ages and you can run as much wire, making as many levels, as you want. If you have longer earrings that dangle, make longer levels.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Kevinandamanda
Create a Play Kitchen from a Broken Entertainment Center
Instead of hauling that old entertainment center off to the dump, take a couple of hours and turn it into an adorable play kitchen for your little girl. The center doesn’t have to be in perfect condition as you can reinforce anything that needs it and it won’t really be expected to hold much weight, anyway. Just a little paint and imagination are really all you need to turn that old eyesore into something that any little girl will get hours of pleasure from. Plus, it’s a great place to store all those play cooking toys.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Diynetwork
Create a Recycling Center with an Old Basket
If you have a rather large basket that seems to be coming apart at the seams, you can repurpose that basket into a great recycling center. The basket doesn’t really need to be able to hold anything so holes in the bottom are perfectly fine. You simply place waste baskets inside the wicker basket for your recycling and then label the sections so you know where everything goes. Not only does this help you to put that torn up basket to good use, it gives you a really attractive place to store your recyclables.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Bhg
Create New Summer Flip-Flops from Old Ones
Instead of throwing out those flip-flops when the straps come loose and you can’t keep them together, consider creating all new shoes from them instead. With just a bit of fabric, you can make these adorable braided flip-flops that are perfect for summer and will allow you to keep those old shoes even when they look like they are ready for the trash bin. You can even make the braided straps from old t-shirts or other clothing that has holes and needs to be thrown out, so this one is a double score.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Makeit-loveit
Turn Baby Lotion Bottles Into Cell Phone Charging Stations
Baby lotion bottles tend to wind up in the trash when they are empty. After all, what could you possibly do with those empty bottles? You can create a really handy cell phone charging station that keeps your cords from being out in the open. With just a bit of fabric, some cutting and a little time, you can make this really handy cell phone charging station that holds your phone and the cord right up next to the plug-in so you save space and your cord is not lying on the floor (which incidentally is a bad place for it if you have pets).
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Makeit-loveit
Make Light Fixtures from Old Wire Baskets
Instead of sending those old wire baskets off to the dump, even when they are completely worn out, turn them into really attractive light fixtures. Even if the baskets have wires that have come loose or have holes in the bottom, you can use them to create the Anthropologie inspired light fixtures that will look great in the kitchen. You just have to prepare the basket and then connect to your pendant light. You can paint it to match your kitchen décor beforehand if you want or just leave it as it is.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ashleyannphotography
Use Broken Pots As Garden Markers
If you have terra cotta pots that are a bit worse for wear, you don’t have to throw them out. You can use them to make gorgeous garden markers. This even works if you only have one pot that’s broken. Just take a few pieces and write the names of your flowers, herbs or veggies with magic marker so that it won’t come off or you could be really creative and paint the names on (you can create a bit of artwork on them as well). If you have several old pots that are not fit for planting, use them to label everything in your garden.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Hardlyhousewives
Turn an Old Dresser into a Cozy Bench
I love everything about this furniture makeover project! The instructions are simple and if you can manage to get one of these old dressers for cheap this is a must do project!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Grillo Designs
Turn Broken Terra Cotta Into Pumpkins
Those old broken terra cotta planters can be used to create beautiful pumpkins. You can actually do this with any number of ceramics so if you have plates or saucers that are broken, use them as well. You just have to make small pieces and then put together a mosaic-like look on a foam ball. This is also a great project for Christmas only you can use holiday colors to create ornaments. They are really easy to make and it beats just throwing those broken planters and plates in the trash.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Craftsncoffee
Create Art with Cracked Plates
Instead of instantly throwing out those cracked plates, why not turn them into art that you can display on your kitchen or dining room wall? This is a great project for plates that are actually broken into two or more pieces. You probably won’t want to glue them back together if they’re shattered but if you have just a few larger pieces, you can just glue them together in this manner and use them to decorate your walls. It’s a really great project for older dishes that you just can’t get rid of even when they are broken.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Homelife
Make a Birdbath with Cracked Planters and Plates
Use those cracked terra cotta planters and those broken or cracked plates to create a beautiful birdbath for your garden. You can use planters of different sizes so if you have several that are damaged, this is a great way to repurpose them. You just have to paint them (if you want) to make them a bit unique and then assemble. You will love putting those cracked plates and planters to better use and the birds will love you for it as well.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Patriciaspots