Why toss out your old stuff when you can recycle it? We’re digging these upcycling ideas for your kitchenware!
I’m pretty certain everyone has at least one junk drawer in their house. Don’t be shy, you can admit it. I have one in my desk crammed full of stuff that I don’t know what to do with. Some people even have junk rooms. There’s no shame in that. As we go through life, we tend to acquire things. Random things that we never thought we needed that looked good in the store, were a gift from a friend, or were inherited from former roommates. Honestly, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of where it all came from.
However, I’m on a mission to get rid of the junk. Sometimes that means throwing it away, donating it, or finding a new use for it. Frankly, sending stuff off to a landfill just does not sit well with my conscious. For the longest time that just meant that I kept everything. Becoming an upcycler was liberating. I could find a new use for all my old stuff! Things get reused and nothing goes to the landfill. Upcycling is easily one of my favorite things to do.
If you’ve been around the block a few times, you’re bound to have a collection of old kitchenware. I’m talking old rolling pins, mismatched silverware, six cheese graters, Tupperware lids without the matching container (and vice versa), cracked plates, tea cups (that you don’t remember ever using), and oven racks from an oven you haven’t owned in three years. Yes, it’s quite an odd assortment of things.
I come from a family of pack rats, so I can guarantee you I could find all of those items in our home (I’m not joking. I know exactly where most of those unused items are). The odds and ends of your random kitchenware collection might be taking up space and collecting dust, but with the power of the internet, now we can do something with them! And not just any something, I’m going to show you lots of great upcycling ideas for how to make your kitchenware usable again. Don’t get me wrong, I love upcycled art projects, but I’m aiming for some functional upcycled items in this post.
Don’t think you have things to reuse? Think your junk is just junk? Think again. Give me a few minutes and I will show you some upcycling project ideas that will surely change your mind!
Please consider donating any usable items to charity before you cut anything apart. Upcycling is wonderful, but so is reusing!
Rolling pins are great for upcycling projects! The featured image is probably my favorite: rolling pin hooks! Use a piece of reclaimed wood or molding, cut your old rolling pins in half at an angle, and attach to your wood! If you hang your rolling pin hooks in your kitchen, they’d be a great place to hang aprons!
Another fun idea for your old rolling pins are bookends (above)! David at Mod Podge Rocks wrote a great tutorial for how to make your own. Can you imagine your collection of cookbooks nestled between these upcycled bookends?! How cute!
Via Start Stitching
While we’re on the subject of tea cups, turning them into bird feeders seems to be all the rage! I love how the bird seed pours out of the cup and onto the saucer. Plus, the saucer is a great place for all your little birdie friends to perch!
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How cute are these?! This is by far my favorite way to upcycle tea cups. Pendant lights! Tea cups seem to be quite a popular item to upcycle. In my research for this article, I’ve seen hundreds of tea cup projects! If you have lots of tea cups and want more ideas, check out this page (or just search for “tea cup crafts” on Pinterest… you won’t be disappointed).
Everyone has a stockpile of old silverware. Ok, maybe not everyone. If you’re one of the few that doesn’t, but you still want to do this project, hit up your local thrift store and snatch up some cheap silverware. ANYWAY. Back to the project. If you’ve got an old lamp that needs a new shade, make it from silverware! It might look daunting, but it’s really not. Amy from Four Corners Design has a great tutorial on how she made hers.
If you have any silverware left from making your lamp shade, consider using it as a part of this awesome upcycled starburst mirror! To copy this look, you will also need a dinner plate, circular tray, and mirror. To get more details, check out this article. Mirror projects are great because mirrors make small rooms look bigger and brighter. And let’s be honest, what room wouldn’t benefit from looking bigger and brighter?
So maybe you don’t have loads of leftover silverware… do you have a couple old cheese graters? If you have some, turning them into pendant lights is such a cool way to upcycle them! All the holes on the sides (originally for grating) suddenly look so much cooler now that light is coming through them.
I love upcycled lamps. There really doesn’t seem to be much you can’t turn into a lamp or lamp shade. Mason jars, colanders, and even soup cans can be turned into lighting fixtures. To see even more reusable stuff turned into lights, check out this page.
Speaking of cheese graters, they also make for great wall organizers! If you turn your cheese grater upside down and attach it to the wall (as pictured), the opening can hold all your utensils while the handle holds a towel. It requires hardly any work but is much more functional! Now that’s a good upcycling project.
Oven racks are such useful things inside an oven. But if you somehow have ended up with one that doesn’t belong in your current oven, you might feel at a loss for what to do. Look no farther! This oven rack storage system should take all your worries away.
Not going to lie, I have a box full of old Tupperware that I just don’t know what to do with. I’m not using it, but I couldn’t bear to part with it. I was so excited to stumble upon this upcycled Tupperware lid project. Why? Because I love clocks. Do I need to make every Tupperware lid I own into clocks? Probably not. But am I going to? Probably yes. It’s just so cute!! You can never go wrong with having another clock in your house!
Another clock you say? Where the last clock was cute, this clock is astonishing. Honestly, it makes me wish I had old strove grates. HOW COOL IS THIS CLOCK, THOUGH?! I need it. I need it. It’s industrial, it’s upcycled, and it’s a clock. What more could you ever want in life?!
Let’s move to the outdoors for some upcycled garden ideas! If you have a set of old plates that you’re not using any more and need a border for your garden, try out this nice idea! Now, you probably don’t have a large enough set of plates to line your entire garden, but you could use plates for a border around a small flower bed.
Via Country Living
It wouldn’t be a post about upcycling kitchenware without a colander project. One of my favorite colander upcycling ideas is these hanging planters - it’s so easy! Line your colanders with some coco fiber, tie some twine around the handles, add plants, and hang. Now your patio has some awesome upcycled flair!
So what’d you think of these cool upcycling ideas? What makes these projects even more rewarding is that while the item is not being used for its original intent, it’s still being useful. What’s your favorite way to keep your stuff out of the landfill? Let me know in the comments!
**Featured image via bluebirdheaven