8 Ways to Re-Use Household Items

Thrift can be chic when you use your creativity. Here, we’ve taken a slew of everyday household items and found cool new uses for them. You’ll “recycle” more, throw out less and likely get a little more organized and efficient in the meantime.

1. Melt old candles. Even luxe candles burn down, leaving enough wax to create another candle. We recommend you do just that! Melt down wax from old candles by putting wax in a melt-proof container like a jar or coffee can and insert into pan of simmering water on stove. Once melted, pour into your favorite mold (think shot glasses, old jars, interesting cans, etc.). You can buy wicks online or create your own from cotton string dipped in wax. You save cash and preserve the unused half of an expensive candle.

2. Transform glass jars into organizers. Few things are as multipurpose as these babies. In the garage, mud room or storage area, attach the lids to the bottom of a shelf or beam, then fill with nails, small tools, clothes pins, anything.  In the bathroom, we love them for cotton balls, Q-tips and makeup brushes. And the kitchen? Store all your dried products in them, including grains, sea salts and spices.

3. Fun bottles can become cool glass vases. Funky-shaped or cool-colored balsamic vinegar, olive oil and wine bottles easily transform into vases once the labels are removed. Mix and match sizes and shapes for a chic sideboard display.

4. Turn old shoeboxes into stylish memory cases.
We love covering sturdy boxes with kitschy wrapping paper or fabric and then using them to organize photos and/or other memories from events (like ticket stubs or theater playbills). You’ll save time and money, plus churn out a customized version of the same stuff they sell at Container Store or Pottery Barn.