Let’s face it: We all have a bunch of things laying around that seem to have no purpose other than to occupy space. Before tossing them in the trash, consider the following DIY ways to make old items useful. This guide will help you tidy up and declutter around the house without making a dent in your pocket.

1. Old Magazines and Newspapers 

You could just recycle magazines once you finish reading them…Or you could tear out your favorite pages and use them to decorate an empty wall of your home. Get the whole family involved and let each person put up their favorite funny or inspirational images and articles. All you need is some glue, scissors, and a stack of old magazines or newspapers. Click here to see explore different recycled magazine crafts for your home!

2. Broken Crayons  

It’s inevitable for kids to break a few crayons here and there when working on their latest arts and crafts project. Instead of throwing away these broken pieces, upcycle them! Learn how from this great blog post!

3. Old Mugs, Bowls, and Bottles 

Sometimes our favorite mugs, bowls, and bottles end up chipping or simply need to be retired when they’ve gotten enough use. Instead of throwing them away, convert them into light fixtures to decorate and brighten up your home! Click here for step by step instructions.

4. Empty Milk Jug 

Milk is a staple item in almost every fridge… it seems like we need to buy a new carton every other day. When your milk container is empty, convert it into a watering jug for gardening! Here are instructions for this simple DIY idea.

5. Altoid Tins

Whenever you finish your favorite pack of mints, hold on to the container. An Altoid tin can be repurposed to organize all the odds and ends in your drawer!

We hope you’ve been inspired by these ideas and decide to implement upcycling in your own home! Feel free to comment and share some of your own creative suggestions  🙂