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.
Make Lights from Broken Globes
Has your globe come apart at the seams? If it has, and you don’t want to or can’t glue it back together, use it to create these really unique lights instead. These are great for kids’ rooms or you could even have them in the kitchen if you wanted. They are functional and educational at the same time. You can paint the insides a contrasting color before you mount the lights to really make them stand out or just leave them their natural color. Either way, these lights are sure to spark a conversation.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables
Turn Broken Crayons and Empty Jars Into Colorful Candles
Empty jars or vases and a few broken crayons may normally end up in the trash pile but you can combine them and create really colorful candles. Just melt the crayons and pour them in color by color. You could do these in old Mason jars for a really rustic looking candle or use any glass jar that you are planning to throw out. These would make really neat gifts if you wanted to combine a couple in a basket and they take very little time to create.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Notimeforflashcards
Turn Broken Jewelry Into New Pieces
You can take broken jewelry pieces and put them together to create stunning bangle and cuff bracelets, and it really doesn’t take that long. Just take your broken jewelry and a few jewelry making tools if you have them (if you don’t, they’re really inexpensive at your local craft store). You can make unique and very creative pieces that match your style or create something special to give away as a gift. There is no need to throw out those old costume jewelry pieces when they’re broken. Just make something completely new with them.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Hellohydrangea
Create Magnets from Broken Jewelry
Take old broken earrings, necklaces and bracelets or broaches and create beautiful magnets from them. You just have to glue the jewel to a magnet and then use them to keep your refrigerator or bulletin boards beautiful. If you have larger pieces then you can make a magnet from them or put smaller ones together to create a pattern and then glue to a magnet. Hot glue works fine to keep the jewels on the magnets and your refrigerator will look elegant and stunning when you dress it up with your old broken costume jewelry.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Livelovediy
Make Bird Feeders From Broken Teacups
If you have a chipped or broken teacup and a saucer that you plan on throwing out, make a bird feeder with them instead. You can make these in about an hour and you only need a teacup or mug, saucer, glue that is waterproof and something to hang the feeder on or with. Add your birdseed and you have successfully turned that trash into a treasure. Your birds will love their new feeder and you will love the simple elegance of having a beautiful teacup and saucer in your yard.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Blogglebeans
Turn Broken Jewelry Into Cabinet Pulls
Broken bracelets, earrings and necklaces can be used to create beautiful cabinet pulls for the bathroom or kitchen, whatever your preference. You just take that broken jewelry and glue it to a threaded post. You can pick up packages of threaded posts with screws at your local hardware store for around $1 or so. Use epoxy glue or something similarly strong to hold the jewels in place. Larger pieces of costume jewelry are going to work best or if you have smaller pieces you can glue them to a base and then glue to base to the post.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Threescoopsoflove
Make Christmas Ornaments With Broken CDs
When CDs become scratched or chipped, they aren’t going to work properly any longer. Instead of throwing them in the trash, use them to create mini disco ball ornaments that can grace your tree this coming Christmas. You just have to break the CD (assuming that it’s relatively still intact) and then use a hot glue gun to glue those pieces to glass ornaments. You can try this with Styrofoam balls as well if you want but glass works much better. You can do clear glass or cover ornaments in different colors with the silver CD to create a really colorful look.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Cremedelacraft
Make A Potpourri Bowl From a Broken Globe
If you have an old globe that’s broken in some way, you can take the best half and create a beautiful bowl for displaying potpourri or if you paint the inside, you could even use it as a whimsical serving bowl. You will need a round wooden plaque to glue to the bottom of the globe in order to keep it level when it’s full but you can pick these up at your local craft store for very little. Or, if you have a piece of plywood, just cut one yourself. Then simply glue the globe half to the base and have a great bowl. If both halves of your globe are in good condition, you can make two bowls.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Premeditatedleftovers
Create Nightstands From a Broken Desk
If you have an old desk that is broken, worn out or otherwise damaged, you don’t need to throw it out. Instead, use it to create matching nightstands. Even if the top is completely beyond repair, you can make nightstands out of the desk and then simply sand and paint them to match your current bedroom décor. This works best with desks that have the same number of drawers on each side or you could just create one stand out of the desk if you want or if it doesn’t have matching drawers on each side.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Sugarbeecrafts
Create A French Styled Bench From Broken Chairs
Instead of tossing those old broken dining chairs, take them and create a stunning French inspired bench. This is one of the most elegant projects for broken furniture and one of the easiest as well. You will need two chairs of the same style and you’ll need to create a wooden “box” for the bench seat. Then basically paint it whatever color you want (white makes it look very elegant) and add a light cushion. This is a great seat for the foot of the bed, an entryway or just about anywhere else in your home and you can make it for virtually nothing (compared to buying one at hundreds of dollars).
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Anoregoncottage
Make Cool Hangers From Broken Chairs
The backs from broken chairs can be used to create very unique and cool hangers. You simply have to remove the backs (or pick them up if the chair has completely fallen apart) and then add the hanger hardware. While you probably won’t want to make a ton of these for filling up your closet, they do give you something to do with those broken chairs that is useful and helps you to keep that trash out of the landfill. Plus, they’re whimsical enough to make wonderful gifts.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Likecool
Turn Broken Chairs Into Lawn Swings
A chair that has lost its legs is utterly useless in the dining room but it could be perfect for the lawn – when you make it into a swing that is. You can take old chairs and simply paint them, add some hardware and hang them from the porch or a large tree in your yard. This is a great idea for anyone who has a few dining chairs that they are considering throwing out because the legs are not sturdy. Just turn them all into swings, paint them different bright colors and decorate your lawn with them.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Thisdiylife
Turn A Broken Bicycle Into a Pot and Pan Rack
You don’t need the entire bicycle for this project, just the wheel. Bicycle wheels are the perfect size for hanging pots and pans and because they are round, you can create a turntable type rack from them so your pots and pans will always be easy to access. You just have to attach the hanging hardware to the wheel so that you can affix it to the ceiling. Then add the hooks for your pots and pans. This makes good use of broken bicycles and gives you a bit of organization in the kitchen.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables
Make A Crib Mobile From Broken Bicycles
This isn’t nearly as difficult as it sounds. You don’t actually hang bicycles but you can make a great mobile with the wheel of a broken bicycle. The circle is actually perfect for the shape and the spokes on the wheel are great for hanging things. This would also be a great idea for solar system projects when you have to have the planets, sun and moon hanging in sequence. The round shape allows the mobile to turn easily and you can add just about anything you want to capture the attention of your little one. You could even put a music box on it if you wanted.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Numinationavenue
Build A Fire Pit From A Broken Washing Machine
You don’t actually need the entire washing machine for this project – just the inside drum. You can build a great fire pit for the backyard and save part of that washer from ending up in the dump at the same time. You will need to use a high heat paint and there is a bit of work involved, but not nearly as much as you may think. The washer drum gives you the perfect shape so your fire pit will be perfect and it’s really easy to create. Just imagine the fun you’ll have sitting by the fire on cool nights and you save a bit of trash while you do it.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Apartmenttherapy
Turn A Broken Dresser Into Shelving
If you have a broken dresser, you can use the drawers to make wonderful map shelves. This is great if you have a dresser that you are turning into something else and you don’t really need all of the drawers. You can add a map to the bottom of the drawer and then hang it flush on the wall to create a shadowbox type shelf that will hold little collectibles. This is such an easy project and doesn’t require that the drawer be in perfect shape so even if the bottom is falling out, you can create these shelves instead of chucking that old dresser in the trash.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Olivebites
Turn Broken Ladders Into Bookshelves
Broken ladders are certainly not something that you want to continue to use. If you have an old wooden ladder that is simply not safe for use any longer, don’t instantly throw it out. Instead, take it apart and use the two sections as matching bookshelves. You can create a great rustic look with those old ladder sections and either hang them on the wall or just sit them up against the wall (assuming that you sturdy them up, of course). Each ladder rung will hold books, collectibles or just about anything else you need on there.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Barelymeasured
Turn A Broken Washing Machine Drum Into A Coffee Table
If you love the industrial look or you just want a coffee table that is fun and unique, take the drum out of your broken washing machine and make it into a table. You can cover the top with a round piece of glass (that you’ll want to have cut) and then use the inside to store things or create a little shadowbox effect. The possibilities for this one are endless. You can also use a wood top if you prefer or install lighting inside so that your coffee table helps to illuminate the living room.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables
Turn A Broken Suitcase Into A Table
A broken suitcase (the heavy vintage ones) is not likely going to do you much good unless you take the time to turn it into something really useful. By adding legs to the suitcase, you can create a great table that is perfect for the living room or the foot of the bed. You can store things inside the suitcase so it’s great for keeping the room organized and it’s got a really neat vintage look to it which is perfect for those who love that type of décor.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Designsponge