Looking for ways to reuse old kitchen stuff? Check out these 35 unique ideas to reuse and repurpose old kitchen items.
I hate throwing out ‘once useful items’ don’t you? I was faced with this recently when did some spring cleaning and cleaned out my kitchen cupboards and drawers because I just couldn’t fit another thing in them!
My first thought was to donate these items but my creative mind started going and I decided to upcycle them. And, a trip to my local Fleatique sparked even more ideas with a few inexpensive, vintage finds.
So clean out your kitchen cupboards and utensil drawers and take a look at these super easy DIYs that will give new life and purpose to your old kitchenware!
1. Baking Pan Message Board & Catchall
Repurpose a cookie sheet and tin bread pan into a lovely message board and catchall. To make one, grab an old metal cookie sheet and a loaf pan, drill holes and attach the loaf pin with small screws.
I used chalkboard paint from Dollar Tree to make a chalkboard at the top and you can also use magnets on this board. If you plan to use chalkboard paint, I recommend roughing up the surface with light grit sandpaper before applying it.
2. Shamrock Trinket Dish Made From Tart Tins
Repurpose a few heart-shaped mini tart tins to make shamrock trinket dishes. I used napkins and Mod Podge to decoupage my tins but you could certainly use acrylic paint. The stem is a wooden spatula with part of the handle cut off.
Fill the tins with lucky coins, wrapped candies, or shamrock trinkets to decorate for St. Patty’s Day. If you’re looking for heart-shaped tins, check out antique stores, garage sales, or find them here on Etsy.
3. Cheese Grater Flip Calendar
Make an old grater slicer useful again by turning it into a flip calendar.
Fold a flat metal grater in half and drill four holes in the top (front and back) and attach laminated month and date cards with binder rings. If you’d like to make your old flat metal grater into a flip grater and use the same art shown, you can download it here –> Flip Calendar Art.
4. Mason Jar and Wood Spoon Turkey
Make this cute turkey mason jar and wood spoon decoration to add to your Thanksgiving table or kitchen decor. You’ll need about five wood spoons, a glass jar, and acrylic paint in fall colors. Check out the full tutorial here.
5. Patriotic Pan Lid Flag Holder
Old enamel pan lids like these have so much character! I snagged these at the flea market to make this beautiful nostalgic flag holder. This was a really easy upcycle. I just spray-painted the top lid blue (it was a worn-out beige) and decorate the bottom one with permanent vinyl lettering before bracing them to a wood board.
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6. Fluted Pan & Corkscrew Caddy
This simple caddy can be used for utensils or as a catchall for crafting supplies or other small items. The hole on this fluted jello pan was small so I was able to glue a wine cork to the center using E6000 and add a corkscrew for a handle.
7. Potato Masher Book Ends
Potato masher makes great bookends! I found these vintage mashers at the Fleatique but you may have a couple in your utensil draw already. If not, you can find vintage ones here.
8. Spoon Handle Recipe Box
Decorate an inexpensive unfinished wood box or spruce up an existing recipe box by adding a decorative spoon handle.
To make a spoon handle, bend a spoon into an arch (heat in hot water first if needed); then drill two holes into your spoon and add small screws to secure it.
9. Framed Vintage Cookie Cutters
I love cookie cutters, especially vintage ones with unique handles. Anytime I run across them at a yard sale or flea market, I pick them up. They’re usually only a dollar or two and they make me happy!
If you have a few of these little gems hidden away in a kitchen drawer, put them on display in a nice frame! And if you need a few more to add to your collection, check out these vintage cookie cutters on Etsy.
10. Cookie Cutter Candle Holder
I found a bunch of gingerbread cookie cutters at my local Fleatique but you also buy them here (on Etsy).
My mom had these exact ones when I was growing up and we used to make gingerbread cookies every Christmas with them.
To make this candle holder you’ll need about five cookie cutters, paint them if you like, then simply string wire ribbon through the handles and tie them around a glass vase!
11. Cookie Cutter Mason Jar Toppers
This brings me to my last cookie-cutter idea!
Use them as toppers for mason jars and fill them with cookie mix or candy to give as gifts or use them as pretty kitchen storage jars.
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12. Salt Shaker Tassels
Make beautiful shabby chic tassels using mini salt shakers and tops from old salt shakers. These decorative tassels can be used in so many ways such as tie-backs for curtains, to decorate baskets, or as a drawer or light pulls. I used a combination of ribbon and ripped fabric scraps to make them.
13. Muffin Tin Easter Egg Tray
Don’t throw out an old muffin pan, with a little paint you can make it into a beautiful holder to display Easter eggs! Just give your old pan a scrappy coat of chalk paint and decorate.
Muffin tins also make great storage trays for small items. Use them to organize your junk drawer, sort and store small beads, or as an organizer for hair accessories.
14. Muffin Tin Key Hook
Turn a vintage muffin tin into a decorative key holder! These eight-cup tins are a little hard to find but if you snag one, add a few hooks and turn it into a farmhouse-chic key rack.
15. DIY Bird Feeders
Old pans, strainers, and utensils make perfect bird feeders! Fill them with birdseed or suet cake. Just make sure you leave a place for your feathered friends to sit and enjoy. Get the suet cake recipe that I used here from Our Recipe for Success.
16. DIY Tiered Trays
Tiered trays made from repurposed kitchen items are easy and inexpensive to make.
If you happen to be cleaning out your kitchen cupboards then you’ve probably stumbled upon a few dishes, trays, or even multiple sets of cake pans that you could repurpose into a beautiful tiered tray.
For more ideas and details, hop on over to my post –> 6 Unique DIY Tiered Trays Made With Flea Market Finds.
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17. Spoon Jewelry
Don’t throw away old spoons, upcycle them to make handmade statement jewelry! Paint them with patina ink if you like and glue beads and charms, buttons, sequins, glass gems, and pieces of sea glass to them using E6000.
18. Vintage Silverware turned Jewelry Organizer
Make this beautiful jewelry organizer out of old silverware and a thrift store picture frame! Just heat up silverware in hot water and bend them around a curved object to make hooks. Drill holes in each and use small screws to attach them to a picture frame.
I love this hanging solution, it’s pretty and functional. No more time spent trying to unknot my necklace chains and bracelets!
19. Glass Kitchen Canister Mini Fairy Garden
Oversized glass canisters are great for pantry staples but if you find you have an extra one or two, why not make it a fun fairy garden container?
I filled this large glass canister with sand from Dollar Tree (table salt would work too) and shells to make a fun beach fairy garden filled with beach miniatures from The Little Hedgerow. I love the miniatures from this seller because they are so detailed. The beach chair was originally white but I painted it aqua. I also bought a mini miniature bistro set from the same shop and I’ll make sure to share that display once I find the right container!
20. Teacup Gifts
There are so many uses for teacups. Use them as planters, a bird feeder, or pour beeswax in them to make candles! Here I’m using one as a small gift holder. Just fill a pretty teacup with chocolates and your favorite tea bags to give as a thoughtful gift or wrap one up to add to a sunshine basket to make someone’s day!
21. Teacup Sconce
And another use for teacups…make a teacup chandelier or wall sconce.
I gave this old wall fixture a refresh with spray paint and add two floral teacups to make a new, pretty candle holder. The cups were glued to the fixture using E6000 and I added a flameless tealight to each.
22. Teacup Gnome
Here’s a different use for old teacups and saucers. Make a teacup gnome.
I found this cute gnome at the Fleatique and snapped a picture. How cute is this little guy! If you have mismatched cups and saucers, this might be the perfect upcycle for them.
23. Colander Fruit Bowl
This is a really simple idea but I thought it was worth noting. Repurpose a pasta strainer to hold fruit. Use a single colander as a stand-alone fruit basket or string two together to make hanging baskets.
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24. Pretty Soap Dispenser
Turn a vintage syrup dispenser into a pretty soap dispenser. I gave this one a fresh coat of sea glass spray paint and I used my Cricut Maker to make a stencil for the word ‘wash’. This dispenser is so cute and brings a little bit of a vintage vibe with it.
25. Pretty Daisy Sifter
Upcycle an old sifter to make a beautiful decor piece. Strainers, sifters, or mesh pan covers will work for this DIY. I found this old sifter at the antique store but you can purchase new ones here on Amazon or find vintage ones here on Etsy.
To make the applique, I started by drawing a daisy design onto the strainer with chalk. Then I used yarn and a wide-eyed needle to stitch the design.
26. Pastry Cutter Organizer
Make a cute pastry cutter organizer to hold recipe cards or stationery! Simply drill a hole into a mini wood tray, like this one from Dollar Tree, and attach two or three pastry cutters at the bottom with wire or screws.
27. Cheese Shaker Picture Holder
Grab some copper wire and an old cheese shaker to make this cute picture holder. I used 16-gauge copper wire and curved it around a pipe about seven times and fanned out the wire to make flower holders. Add colorful beads to your floral picks and dollar store gems to the shaker jar to finish.
28. Jello Pan Wreath
Upcycle a copper jello mold or fluted pan into a beautiful wreath. Paint your pan if you like, then hot glue flowers on and add ribbon to hang!
29. Jello Mold Pumpkins
Jello molds come in a ton of shapes and colors. If you have a pair of them, don’t throw them out — make a pumpkin for fall! You can also find these beautiful molds in copper and tin at antique stores, flea markets, and online. Here are a few I found on Etsy: Copper Jello Molds.
30. Plastic Tumblers Made Into A Silverware Caddy
Use an extra paper towel holder and plastic drinking cups to make this quick and easy silverware caddy!
This versatile caddy works well to serve up silverware for a dinner party, as a caddy for the picnic table, or to keep on your counter to hold cooking utensils. Check out the full tutorial here –> Easy DIY Silverware Caddy.
31. Mosaic Picture Frame Serving Tray
Give broken plates new life by making a beautiful tray out of them!
I love how this little tray came out. All you need to make one is a little tile grout, a couple of ceramic plates, an old picture frame, and two cabinet handles. Get all the details on how to make a Mosaic Picture Frame Tray here!
32. Butterfly Whisk
Upcycle a wire whisk into butterfly art.
To make a butterfly, simply shape a wire whisk into a butterfly shape. Snip one of the whisk loops with wire cutters and curl the ends with needle-nose pliers to make the antennae. Then use 28-Guage Stainless Steel Wire (from the hardware store or link to it here on Amazon) to wrap the whisk with colorful beads.
This was a really fun craft and I can’t wait to put a few of them in my flower garden! These would also make cute gifts or make a few to sell.
33. Spice Rack Paint Caddy
If you have an old spice rack that doesn’t seem to be a good fit for your kitchen, don’t throw it out, use it as a paint caddy.
If you’re a crafter, you probably have oodles of paint bottles hanging around. This metal spice rack has a carousel on the bottom so I’m glad I didn’t throw it out. Now all of my paints are neatly stored in one spot!
34. Cheese Grater Windchime
Repurpose an old cheese grater into a beautiful windchime!
To make this windchime, I used a copper pipe we had in the garage and cut it down to size using a handheld pipe cutter. Then I set the pieces in a vice so I could easily drill holes into them! To add a little sparkle I added a few crystals salvaged from an old chandelier.
35. Frying Pan Planter Upcycle
Turn an old frying pan into a pedestal plant stand or birdbath!
I transformed this old pan into a beautiful outdoor planter using Metal Effects Oxidizing Patina Paint and a $4 flea market lamp as a base. This old skillet has been in my basement cupboard for years so I was glad to find a new use for it.
Get all the details on this easy planter upcycle here: Frying Pan Planter Upcycle With A Patina Finish.
36. Pan Lid Hanging Plant Stand
And the old frying pan above came with a glass lid so I turned that into a hanging plant stand as well.
37. DIY Garden Mushrooms
Upcycle old kitchen bowls and jars to make beautiful DIY Garden Mushrooms! Get all the details on how to make them here: DIY Garden Mushrooms Using Thrift Store Glassware.
I hope these ideas inspire you to clean out those cupboards and recycle, reuse and repurpose your old kitchen items! If you have a clever upcycle idea for old kitchen items, leave a message below to share. I’d love to hear from you!
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