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REPURPOSING is so hot right now. At least if you’re on Pinterest or Tumblr, that is. If the most hardcore “upcyclers” are to be believed, there’s no such thing as trash anymore. These folks turn old yoga mats, washing machines, and even dumpsters into cool repurposed items with new and clever uses.

1. Luggage to medicine cabinet

Vintage suitcases — too cool to throw out, but not built to handle today’s batshit-TSA airports. This is my favorite suitcase repurposing project. Add a mirror, hang it over the sink, done. (Source: limitsizenerji)

2. Card catalogue to mini bar

“You have a card catalogue in your den?” “Yes, I own so many books, I’m forced to use the Dewey Decimal system. Just kidding, I’m a wino.” (Source: The Sugar Monster )

3. Wine barrels to drum set

As a percussionist, I can’t help but wonder what kind of sound those shells would get. Is there any resonance? Eh, whatever. It looks cool. (Source: Econesting )

4. Climbing rope to chandelier

Created by Son of Nils, these lamps are “made of used climbing ropes that have been in action in various places all over the world.” Source: (Son of Nils)

5. Tennis racket to mirror

There are tons of things out there that can be repurposed into a mirror, by simply…gluing a mirror on it. But I think the tennis racket is my fav because it looks like a giant’s handmirror. (Source: The Berry)

6. Skateboard to sconce lamp

This one, created by MFEO, is a vintage board with brass hardware. Modern skateboards would work too…although they might not look as classy in your study. (Source: MFEO)

7. Dumpster to swimming pool

Insert ‘dumpster diving’ pun here. This New York City mobile pool project is the endeavor of Macro Sea, a company that specializes in projects that combine art, repurposed items, and urban renewal. (Source: Macro Sea)

8. Washing machine to fire pit

I vastly prefer s’mores to clean clothes, anyway. Play it safe and surround the pit with bricks or stones if you’re grilling on the grass. (Source: Memoirs on a Rainy Day)

9. Newspaper to yarn

All I can think is “what would happen if I knitted a newspaper yarn sweater and got caught in the rain?” But according to Green Upgrader, this stuff is only slightly less durable than real yarn. Maybe I should just start with a scarf. (Source: Green Upgrader)

10. Globe to lamp and bowl

Here’s what I would do with this: Hang the globe lamp directly above the kitchen table, then fill the globe bowl with colored marbles and center it on the table right below the globe. It looks cool in my head. Maybe I should buy a kitchen table so I can do this. (Sources: Happiness Is and Indulgy)

11. Suitcase to chair

These luggage seats will go around my globe table. I’ll have map napkins, airplane trays, and…maybe I’ve taken repurposing too far. (Source: Fuck Yeah Upcycle)

12. Suitcase to boom box

These BoomCases are handmade by the three employees of Mr. Simo and are fully customizable. And also, wicked cool. (Source: Mr. Simo)

13. Vintage plane parts to furniture

Austin Powers-esque bed brought to you by Motoart, a company that specializes in creating corporate and home furniture from old plane parts. (Source: Motoart)

14. Vespa to rolling chair

So rad. Even better, the Barcelona-based company responsible for these also makes car seat sofas with headlights. (Source: Bel&Bel)

15. Light bulb to greenhouse

Now imagine a few dozen of these strung around your patio. Or hanging from a skylight. They’re just beautiful, and apparently pretty easy to make. (Source: Imgur)

16. Bucket to rocket stove

According to the folks at Root Simple, the best fuel source for this homeade five-gallon stove is twigs, and is great for boiling and frying. (Source: Root Simple)

17. Credit cards to guitar picks

While you could try cutting your own picks, it’d be a lot easier with the Pickmaster Plectrum Punch. Definitely a cool way for a guitarist to turn old bank cards, gift cards, and carton lids into useful repurposed items. (Source: Firebox)

18. Floppy disk to notebook

Love this one. They look pretty hip, and the cover is nice and sturdy. Too bad I haven’t had a floppy in my possession in about a decade. (Source: Environment Team)

19. Yoga mat to laptop sleeve

Brit actually offers 20 cool options for repurposing yoga mats, but this laptop sleeve is my favorite. The flip flops and wine bottle stopper are pretty cool too, though. (Source: Brit)

20. Cassette tapes to lighting fixtures

This one’s pretty classy, but if I could find my old shoeboxes of cassettes, things would be a bit more colorful. Fluorescent, actually. (Source: Make Magazine)

21. Light bulb to oil lamp

According to Recycled Light Company, this thing burns for over five hours. Which is more than I can say for the last bulb I bought for my bedroom. (Source: Recycled Light Company)

22. Piano to water fountain

Apparently, an employee of Piano Works in Atlanta took this irreparable piano home and turned it into a planter that pumps out 2,000 gallons of water an hour. Oh, and it’s freaking beautiful, too. (Source: Piano World)

23. Thrift store painting to badass monster art

I don’t know if this counts as repurposing, and I don’t care. This is too cool not to include. Artists Chris McMahon and Thryza Segal pick up landscape paintings from thrift stores and add their own beasties. Prints are available (I recommend the cowboy lassoing the octopus-dog looking thing). (Source: Twister Swifter)

What are your favorite repurposed items? Share a link in the comments.

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About The Author

Michelle Schusterman

Michelle is a musician, writer, and teacher just trying to see the world while doing what she loves for a living. She's taught ESL in Salvador, Brazil and kindergarten in Suwon, Korea, and now she's a full-time freelance writer living in Seattle (just to keep the city alliteration going). She'll try pretty much any food once and believes coffee is its own food group.

  • Sally Stegeman Faust

    Some (most?) of this is bullshit, but I still read it.

    • Kelly Jazzy Klawonn

      I’m totally down with the mobile pool project.

  • Carlo Alcos

    How cool are these? I love that credit card to guitar pick idea!

  • Holly Edgell

    This is great — each item cooler than the next!

  • Dan First

    Check it out!

  • Kenny Calame

    some of these are actually pretty cool ideas.

  • TomAnn Tilley

    Mosquito zapper to Guitar Hero game controller: http://www.tomtilley.net/projects/bugzapper/.

  • Faith Fisher

    Love it!

  • Jerome Pennington

    Lol’d at the last one.

  • Scott James

    Love the list. I made a rocket stove like that but mine was much uglier; I now have a new standard in beauty to strive for!

    We’ve got lots more reuse and upcycle inspiration at http://www.trashbackwards.com. Stop by for a visit!

  • Ashish Shukla

    Whole list posted here are very beautiful http://www.saaria.com.

  • Kathy McCurry

    You just never know what you can do with old things that quit working and give them a new idea and they are reworking!

    • http://mobilepricesnews.com/ Mobile

      These are amazing ideas…dumpster to swimming pool is really fantastic

  • Kathy McCurry

    You just never know what you can do with old things that quit working and give them a new idea and they are reworking!

  • Kathy McCurry

    You just never know what you can do with old things that quit working and give them a new idea and they are reworking!

  • Glenn Stanton

    Why do children think they are reinventing the world by doing stupid crap.

    AWESOME

  • Glenn Stanton

    Why do children think they are reinventing the world by doing stupid crap.

    AWESOME

  • Kevin Lewis

    Where’s the darn Pin It Button!

  • Kevin Lewis

    Where’s the darn Pin It Button!

  • Mitzi Eaton

    Maya. even though Rosa`s report is shocking… on monday I bought a brand new Lancia Straton from bringing in $6005 this-past/5 weeks an would you believe ten grand last month. no-doubt about it, this really is the most-rewarding I’ve ever had. I began this 4 months ago and pretty much immediately started bringing in at least $77 per-hr. I went to this web-site, http://ddp.net/quy

  • Mitzi Eaton

    Maya. even though Rosa`s report is shocking… on monday I bought a brand new Lancia Straton from bringing in $6005 this-past/5 weeks an would you believe ten grand last month. no-doubt about it, this really is the most-rewarding I’ve ever had. I began this 4 months ago and pretty much immediately started bringing in at least $77 per-hr. I went to this web-site, http://ddp.net/quy

  • Mitzi Eaton

    Maya. even though Rosa`s report is shocking… on monday I bought a brand new Lancia Straton from bringing in $6005 this-past/5 weeks an would you believe ten grand last month. no-doubt about it, this really is the most-rewarding I’ve ever had. I began this 4 months ago and pretty much immediately started bringing in at least $77 per-hr. I went to this web-site, http://ddp.net/quy

  • Luis Espinoza

    I love your collection of nice ideas to decorate home!

  • Luis Espinoza

    I love your collection of nice ideas to decorate home!

  • Abdulla Memon

    nice

  • Abdulla Memon

    nice

  • Abdulla Memon

    nice

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  • Iona McCubbin

    I thought I was good at recycling till I saw this site. Absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kent Wicklund

    Gotta love the creative out of the box thinkers.

  • Pedro Jose Gutierrez

    I didn’t know repurposing was a thing, I’ve done it with old things I’ve recovered from my parents before. I might try some of these out there’s some really cool ideas!

  • Murat Kayacan

    So cool. I like especially the suitcase for the boombox..

  • Murat Kayacan

    So cool. I like especially the suitcase for the boombox..

  • Francesco Brutto

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  • Hoa Xuan

    I love your nice ideas, thank.

  • Hoa Xuan

    I love your nice ideas, thank.

  • Matt Volanti

    Recycling to the max!

  • Timothy M Cocores

    I have some old suitcases I found on street that I want to make into something thank you for the awesome motivation.
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  • http://www.frugalfanatic.com/ Addi Ganley

    I love using old items to make use for something new!

    • Nitesh Dhyani

      is there any way so that i also can do it Addi…
      Nitesh

  • iyan from threesheet

    lol. cool stuff.. I’ll try to make it one of those awesome…:D

    • Poorvi Shetty

      Haha! Yeah!

  • Iwan Purwa

    very impressive ….

  • makenna

    MAKE A CAMREA OUT OF A ARIZONIA CAN!!!!!!

  • otsuzo

    this post is cool, nice to see some creative ideas got juiced up!

  • Typhon

    Piano aqueux… <3

  • http://www.inativespeaker.com/ InativeSpeaker

    These are amazing ideas…dumpster to swimming pool is really fantastic, Yoga mat to laptop sleeve..i must really try it :)

  • Kia Diette

    something borrowed something blue something old something new… love it.. the lightbulb fish tank was my fave.

  • Mary Stewart

    as Tammy explained I didn’t know that you able to profit $7913 in 4weeks on the computer. description DROP80.ℭℴℳ

  • http://roadharma.com/ Arty Om

    Wow! This is cool stuff!!

  • DRAGONROOK

    As for the “Keg” drumset, the resonance would have to be strange, like conga’s but with much thicker sound blocking, however I think they could be exceptionally different, and very interesting. The problem I see here is, at least in my area, kegs are hard to come by. Even when you can find even one, the person selling it usually wants a fortune for it, and by the time you buy the hardware and heads it would probably be cheaper to buy a commercial kit.

  • DRAGONROOK

    As for the bucket stove, good luck finding steel buckets, I haven’t seen any but those that tar comes in for a very long time, and burning the tar out of those is one seriously stinky, smokey process.

  • Safaa Alasfar Deirea

    Great ideas

  • Cari Dugan

    I love the globe lamps! Such a great idea!

  • http://mobilepricesnews.com/ Mobile

    Great Art of Vespa to rolling chair and Light bulb in green house.

  • Texasdan

    You, my dear, have just jarred my brain enough to get off my @ss and do some creatin’. Many thanks.

  • Vyushti

    Love this post!

  • Saloni Brit

    Superb creativity, great ideas.

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