Upcycle It: 50+ New Ways to Use Old Stuff

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We get it. It's hard to let go of the stuff you love. But you don't have to throw away all of it! Repurposing a beloved object maintains its meaning, prevents waste and gives it a functional use. These are our best ideas for upcycling your favorite things.

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DIY Seashell Hanging Planter 01:30

Add coastal charm to your patio or porch with this easy-to-make planter.

It's sad to discard tokens from trips. But, the good news is, postcards, concert tickets and seashells can be used at home. Keep these decorating ideas in mind when you head out on summer vacay.

How to Make a Wall-Mounted Shipping Pallet Wine Rack

How to Make a Wall-Mounted Shipping Pallet Wine Rack

Store your wine in rustic style by putting a new twist on a standard, wooden shipping pallet.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Now THIS is how you upcycle a pallet. See how to do it, plus, get 29 more repurposing ideas.

T-shirt hoarders, take note. Those old shirts from college and beyond aren't doing you any favors just laying in a drawer. Either donate them or get creative with one of these DIY projects.

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Use these nail polish hacks to repair tears, avoid tarnish and more.

Who knew nail polish had so many applications other than outfitting your digits in bright hues?! Plain terra cotta pots, votives and even phone cases (see video) just look prettier with a nail polish paint job.

Creative Ways to Upcycle Soup Cans

Creative Ways to Upcycle Soup Cans

Hold on to your discarded soup cans, and use them to create lofty candle holders.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Recycling is great, and, by all means, keep doing it. But, if you want to get crafty, consider these ideas for using tin cans around the house.

3 Ways to Reuse Corks 01:22

See clever tricks for upcycling wine corks.

Saving wine corks for a clever DIY project sounded good a few months ago, but now you've amassed approximately two bajillion corks and have exactly zero project ideas. Here are 11 ways to actually use items you've been collecting.

Upcycle a Hutch Into an Outdoor Bar and Buffet

Upcycle a Hutch Into an Outdoor Bar and Buffet

Have an old hutch or cabinet at home that’s just collecting dust? Turn it into a beverage and food station for your outdoor entertaining area. Add a mini fridge and wine glass racks, and you’ll have yourself a multifunctional piece of furniture for serving and storage in no time.

Hutch + paint + power tools = outdoor mini bar. See? Math isn't so hard. Now, get to work upcycling that old, unused cabinet into a multifunctional bar and buffet. This is how to do it.

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Tin watering cans are commonly found at dollar sto

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Rustic White Photography

No planters? No problem! Just use these common items to hold your beautiful blooms instead. Here are nine alternative planter ideas.

DIY Curtains From Bed Sheets 01:12

Get a high-end look at a low price with these repurposed DIY curtains.

This might be the most genius hack ever, and a life-saver for you dorm dwellers on a budget. Add some privacy and shade to your bedroom with a beautiful set of bed sheets.

Drawer Liners

Drawer Liners

Even a junk drawer deserves some love. Lining shelves and drawers with bright, cheery paper will inspire you to keep everything organized and in its place.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Bookmark these ideas for December 26 when you have more wrapping paper than you know what to do with. Or, use these tips the next time you buy a roll to use on a single birthday present. Here's how to use up leftover wrapping paper.

Recycled Sandbox Garden

Recycled Sandbox Garden

Put that old sandbox to good use- repurpose it for a fun, kid-friendly garden chocked full of healthy fruits and veggies.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Even if you don't have kids, this sandbox garden is perfect for small spaces and much cheaper than building a raised bed from scratch. Here's how to make it.

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