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55 New Ways to Upcycle Your Old Stuff

The best things in life are (nearly) free. Go green this year and instead of tossing or donating your old stuff, try one of our project ideas to upcycle it into something new.

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Pocket Change = Slug Repellant

One of the most common garden pests, slugs are bad news — especially for vegetable gardeners, but they're also fond of munching on ripe fruit and all types of seedlings. So, whether you're hoping for a landscape filled with flowers or edibles, slugs are a threat. Deter them with our DIY penny ball that uses the magic of copper to ward off these insatiable eaters.

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Photo: Dane Tashima. From: HGTV Magazine.

Kid Doodles = Gallery Wall

After all, your kids are your favorite artists, right? Put their best work on permanent display by framing, then hanging their drawings as a grouping. Shop your local craft or big-box store to purchase basic frames with white mats so the cost stays low — and their handiwork remains the star.

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith. From: H. Camille Smith.

Pretty Paper = Table Runner

For a colorful table runner that's just as easy on your budget as it is on the eyes, sub gift wrap or even multiple squares of patterned card stock for a standard fabric runner. Bonus: Spills aren't a worry; when the party's over, just toss the stained paper — or, if it's still in good shape, save it to use again later.

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia

Terra-Cotta Pots = Cake Stands

Turn inexpensive terra-cotta pots and saucers into gorgeous cake stands with our easy tutorial, below. With personalized stamped sayings and a trendy distressed look, your friends and family can have their cake and Instagram it too.

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