Tips for Repurposing Items

smart ways to repurpose

If you’re looking for methods to reduce your waste and save money, then you might want to consider a few repurposing ideas. With a little insight and creativity, it’s surprising what can be made from items that would otherwise be discarded.

Repurposing items is an excellent method to both recycle items and save money. A wide range of things can be repurposed and reused. When you recycled and repurposed items, you’re not just saving money but also the environment by reducing the amount of waste that’s put into landfills and the number of virgin materials that are used to make new products.

Repurposing means taking one item and changing its use. As an example, if you take waste paper and repurpose this into memo pads or notebooks, then you’re repurposing. Creative thought is all you need to repurpose and reuse items.

Some Repurposing Ideas

To get you started, here are some repurposing ideas.


The creation of new clothes from old is one of the most common repurposing ideas. Almost all garments can be repurposed. You can make baby leggings from discarded wool jumpers or women’s skirts made from pillowcases. Aside from creative thought, you also need some necessary sewing skills for repurposing a variety of clothes.


Bags and purses can be made from a variety of materials, such as recycled plastic carriers. Depending on your skills and creativity, the original items can be completely disguised.

Household Accessories

repurposing everyday items


The most famous early form of repurposing for so many years was lamp bases made from wine bottles. In recent times, repurposing is much more complex and adventurous. Furniture can be made from a variety of unlikely and unusual items, soft furnishings can be made from vintage fabrics or clothes, and decorative items can be created from anything that forms an exciting accessory. One of the most popular is glass countertops made from recycled glass.

Garden and Patio

Another great way of repurposing items is in the garden. One of the most popular is utilizing discarded car tires to create a container of growing potatoes. Old baths or basins as planters are also a convenient means of repurposing items in the garden. Broken ceramics and tiles can be used to make garden mosaics. Old railway sleepers can form effective garden benching.

Recycled decor


Finding Items to Repurpose

The variety and availability of things for repurposing become scarce as repurposing continues to grow popular. Many people in business make a profit out of repurposing items, and many people find and sell items that can be repurposed. Therefore, the competition of finding interesting things for repurposing becomes stiff. However, there are still many places that have areas where unwanted items are placed.  These items are often free for people to take away. Thrift stores and garage sales are also excellent sources of things great for repurposing.

Tips for Repurposing

If you want to put your repurposing ideas into practice, here are some tips that can help you.


  •         Junk to treasures – While there are many ways to turn waste into usable items, sometimes this can take a bit more work. Wooden items may still need treating against woodworm. There are instances wherein you need to take apart things before getting the usable parts completely.
  •         Safety – Always have safety considerations when repurposing items. Some old paints contained lead and asbestos. You need to do your research before undertaking a significant repurposing project.
  •         Skills – Repurposing ideas are a great start, but putting them into place requires skills. Fortunately, many of these are easy to learn and practice with relative ease.

Repurposing can be an exciting way to own interesting and new items while being kind to the environment. With creative minds and a few skills, most items you see can be given a new lease on life.