Repurposing Ideas

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little glass bottle or perfume bottle as

~Hanging Bud Vase~

wine corks and a secondhand frame as

~Rustic Cork Board~

stacked teacups and saucers as

~Whimsical Jewelry Display~

photographs by Melissa Placzek

Have you turned a recycled find into a repurposed treasure lately?

I’d love to hear your ideas!



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  10 comments for “Repurposing Ideas

  1. Dana
    February 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    When I get my jewelry tree done, I’ll have to show you the pictures. It’s all old and (mostly) costume jewelry, and if it turns out anywhere near as beautiful as the ones my mom, Aunt Winnie, and Grandma have/had, I will be so happy! I love the rustic corkboard idea, up there! Did you drink all that wine, or buy the corks? LOL :-O

  2. Melissa
    February 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I’d love to see the jewelry tree…it sounds fantastic!

    *ahem* um…yes, I must confess, I did drink all of the wine these corks represent…but, I am going on my third week of only drinking the vino on the weekend…part of my day zero project. I feel better already 😉


  3. Dana
    February 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Very nice. I’m sure if I had kept them all, I’d have plenty enough for a board of my own. 🙂 Did you see the pic on FB of my mom’s jewelry tree? Her’s is Christmas-tree shaped, but it gives you an idea. I don’t know which folder I put it in… if you want, I’ll post it on the wall so you don’t have to go slogging through ’em all.

  4. Melissa
    February 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Oh yes! Please post the pic!

    and, speaking of corks, I have a basket the size of a clothes hamper full. I’ve been saving them for about 15 years. I’ll make ya a cork board if ya want 😉

  5. Dana
    February 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I would LOVE a cork board! *gets giddy*
    I’m going to go find that pic now. It will soon be on my FB wall for you to see.

  6. Melissa
    February 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm


  7. February 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    i made a cork board like that once, and with the corks i have, i’d say it’s about time for another!! 🙂 i suppose i don’t repurpose as much as using every little scrap of my material. i do tend to use many pottery mugs as planters, and large glassware (one is a sort of trophy) as water plant containers or fish bowls. candle lids as tea light candle holders, brandy glasses as same…

  8. Kimber Dunn
    February 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve been saving my wine corks too, but so far not enough to make anything good with. Going to have to work harder at it I guess!! LOL

  9. Melissa
    February 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Maria-these little cork boards work just as good as the Office Max variety and they’re way prettier! I say one for every room! LOL…have you ever considered making braided rag rugs with strips of your scrap material? I bet you have a bunch! 🙂

    Kimber- When I see you I will donate a bag of corks to your cause 😉

  10. Dana
    February 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I think I have been spending way too much time on Facebook. I was trying to find the “like” button for your latest comment, Kimber. 😐

    Maria… you got me thinking about all the stuff I use for things other than their intended use. I try and find a practical use for everything I have, instead of it being “merely” decoration. Just one example: My brother got me a set of Stacking Dolls when he was in Russia, and I keep jewelry in one, paperclips in another, movie ticket stubs in a third, etc. Goes back to the saying, “Don’t just SIT there — DO something!”

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