Repurposing Ideas

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A couple easy, whimsical ideas for you…

photographs by Melissa Placzek

~Teacup as Compote~

Transform old teacups into whimsical compotes! They’re ideal for serving little appetizers, dips and spreads. They’re also a fun way to present small dessert items like cookies, truffles and cupcakes to guests. So cute for a brunch, garden party or for formal afternoon tea!

Simply invert teacup, dab about 5 dots of hot glue around the bottom edge of cup. Gently press a coordinating saucer onto the inverted teacup (rim-up so cup and saucer are bottom-to-bottom…see picture above.) Allow glue to dry for a few hours before using.

~Bracelet as Curtain Tie-Back~

A fun way to use bracelets you no longer wear… or thrift store costume jewelry! I’ve used necklaces for this purpose too…just wrap them around the area of the curtain you would like to secure and clasp closed. So pretty!

What are your favorite repurposing ideas?


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  2 comments for “Repurposing Ideas

  1. Kimber Dunn
    January 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Love these ideas! I’ve seen something similar to the tea cup thing, with different types of plates & cups, and then placed on a pole/stick and used as a garden decoration. I’m looking for something to put on my dresser to hold misc items and think I’ll hit the thrift store and make one of the above sets to do the job! Unique and original – perfect for me!

  2. admin
    January 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I’ve seen the garden decorations at flea markets and craft boutiques! So sweet! Another idea along the same line as the teacup compote: Buy glass candlestick holders and attach a glass dessert plate to it to make a taller serving dish. I’ve never actually made one of these but saw one while visiting a tearoom recently. 😉

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