Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Repurposed Items: Using Daily Items The Way They Aren't Meant To Be Used

Today's post is a collaboration with Emma from Listen To The Ocean (I already mentioned her in this blog in several occasions, so a lot of you might know her already by now), and it's about a subject that has always fascinated both of us: repurposed items! Or what's the same, using daily items the way they aren't meant to be used in the first place. It would be similar to upcycling, but while upcycling is about converting broken, wasted, or useless items into something useful (which is also totally fascinating and we should make a post about it at some point), repurposing is about using items (that are not broken, in fact they can be new) in a different way than what they're originally designed for. Examples are endless, and in this post we'll just share some of them, probably the most popular ones.

Pinterest is full of repurposed items inspiration a lot more original than the ones we share here, but these photos are taken at hour homes, with items that we own and we use the way they're displayed in the photos. Don't expect something new, as I said before, most of the ideas in this post are known by everybody right now. But we hope that you'll still enjoy the post, and that this is going to help spread the love for repurposing!

Cake stand used as spices rack

Coffee Mugs used as pencils and brushes holders.

Screw organizer used to store embroidery floss by colors

Mason jar used to keep ribbons

Ikea Spices Rack used as a punches holder

Glass yogurt pot used as a candle holder (with some sand on the botton to hold the tealight candle)

Ceramic teapot used as a jar to keep coffee capsules

Teacup used as cactus pot

What about you? Do you like using repurposed items? Do you think it's fun to use things in a different way than what they were designed for on first place? Share your thoughts with us!


  1. I love things like this! I can spend hours and hours browsing pinterest for ideas :)

    Jodie Marie | à la Jode

    1. Thanks for your comment Jodie! I know right? It can be so addictive!

  2. Thanks for the collaboration, it was nice posting together, we should do it again some time. :)

  3. I'm a fan of using everyday things in different ways, too! I love finding things at thrift stores or on sale and incorporating them into my decor. Good post!

  4. Using household items I try to do. I'm not this creative tho. Thanks for the ideas. Keep em coming.

  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE repurposing items. These images are fantastic. :)

  6. Great ideas! We use coffee mugs like this all the time. I love the cake stand idea for a spice rack! :)

  7. I love the cactus teacup holder! i like to reuse glass jars. i'm keeping my homemade deodorant in a baby jar..

  8. I love the ideas, my fav is the candle holder one, simple yet perfect

  9. I love finding new ways to use things that are just sitting around the place not really being used. I like the punch holder!


  10. Those are neat ideas! I can't believe I haven't thought of using a mason jar to hold ribbons. I have so many ribbons and so many jars. That's a great tip. Thanks!