13 Super Crafty DIY Home Repurposing Projects

Repurposed headboard.

Here are 13 of our favorite do-it-yourself repurposing projects for your home. These projects feature everyday items like pallets, wine corks, old books, ball jars and even an old slinky. Hopefully they will challenge and inspire you to add a little more of the reuse part of that “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra. With a little imagination and some elbow grease, you can do some really amazing things with everyday items that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

Repurposed corkboard.

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1. “Cork” Board – Like to drink wine, but hate to toss out those corks? Save them up and use them to create a new corkboard. Tutorial from Lauren Conrad.

Repurposed pallet table.

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2. Pallet Table  – Think pallets are only useful to move stacks of stuff around with a forklift? Think again, there are dozens of great ways to repurpose pallets and a pallet coffee table with wheels is just one idea. Here’s a tutorial from Saved by Love Creations.

Repurposed door table.

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3. Door Table – By the same token, an old wooden door can make a sturdy and practical kitchen table. Tutorial from HGTV.

Repurposed ball jar lanterns.

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4. Ball Jar lanterns – For those who do home canning, sometimes one ends up with too many old ball jars and it’s time to repurpose them. Ball jar hanging lanterns are just the perfect thing! Tutorial from The Countru Cook.

Repurposed bookshelf.

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5. “Book”shelf – For anyone who has moved one too many times and decided to downsize some books, consider keeping a few treasures and creating a little curio shelf from some pretty specimens.

Repurposed crate.

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6. Wooden Crate Shelf – And you can do the same thing with wooden crates turned on their sides–use them as shelves.

Repurposed fence headboard.

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7. Fence Headboard – And how about utilizing an old gate or fence as a headboard? It’s on trend as rustic chic too! Tutorial from Make It Create.

Repurposed jewelry display.

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8. Old Frame Jewelry Display – A wonderfully easy way to make hanging jewelry storage is to take an old frame and add some window screening. Tutorial from The Elli Blog.

Pallet vertical garden.

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9. Pallet Garden – Another great idea for reusing pallets is to create a vertical garden by leaning the pallet against a fence or shed. Staple landscaping fabric to the back fill with dirt and plants.

Repurposed toilet paper tube owls.

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10. Toilet Paper Tube Owls – And for a little bit of fun, make some owls out of toilet paper tubes!

Repurposed slinky bird feeder.

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11. Slinky Bird Feeder – This is by far one of the most ingenious ideas on this list and it’s as simple as making a circle with a slinky, holding it in place with some wire hanger and filling it with peanuts. Tutorial from Why Not Do It Yourself.

Repurposed globe lamp.

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12. Globe Lamp – For those with a little bit of electrical prowess, make a lamp from an old globe. Tutorial from Natalme.

Shutter magazine rack.


13. Shutter Magazine Rack – Hang an old shutter for some uncluttered magazine storage.

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Jen Wallace is a communications consultant and freelance writer who writes about everything from independent business tips to the modern history of the American hemline. Jen's passions and interests are varied and include a love for all things fermented, locavorism, cats, and community building among others.