41 Ways To Reuse Your Broken Things

Just don’t go overboard or you might end up in Hoarders territory.

1. Fill your dyed Easter eggs with beeswax and create tea lights out of them.

More instructions here.

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2. Make plant markers out of broken pots.

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3. Or if you’ve got the artistic skill, make a little micro-garden out of those shards.

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4. Turn a broken table into TWO desks.

Get the instructions here.

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5. A broken umbrella can become one of those awesome kid parachute things.

Sigh, those were the best days of childhood. Get the directions here.

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6. You can also make a waterproof, BAGGU-style bag when you take the metal pieces out.

Get the directions here.

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7. Melt down old crayons to make new ones, using old prescription bottles or film canisters.

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8. Or use empty glue stick containers to make a cool twist-up crayon.

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9. If you see no use for melting crayons to make new crayons, try this crayon wax candle instead.

Get the directions here.

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10. Here’s the adorable bottle cap version.

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11. Salvage ripped flip-flops by making a more comfortable version.

Use an old t-shirt for the straps. Get the directions here.

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12. Turn a pair of worn-out, falling-apart Toms into summer sandals with some creative cutting.

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13. Soak your old Crayola markers in water to create liquid watercolors.

Soak them for 12-24 hours.

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14. Use any broken stemware as candle holders in plants.

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15. Use broken plates as garden edging.

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16. Or use bits and pieces to help with drainage for garden planters.

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17. Save the clips from broken pants hangers.

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18. A broken 3-ring binder makes a cute art kit.

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19. Turn broken jewelry into magnets.

Get the instructions here.

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20. They also make lovely charms for a mobile.

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21. Glue ‘em on bobby pins using industrial-strength E-6000 glue.

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22. Or get meta and make an amazing mega piece of jewelry.

Get the directions here.

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23. Someone made a crazy chandelier out of broken necklaces.

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It looks elegant and shambolic at the same time.

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24. Create holographic Christmas ornaments with broken CDs.

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25. Turn those broken ornaments into glitter.

Just remember to handle with care — they’re still tiny shards of glass.

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26. Never throw out a broken globe:

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27. Because they make great centerpiece fruit or potpourri holders.

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28. A chipped teacup makes a really cute bird feeder.

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29. Even if the glass has broken in a picture frame, it can still become an earring holder display.

Get the directions here.

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30. You can also make glass beads from broken glass.

Check out the tutorial and be sure to follow the safety precautions.

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31. This French-style bench is, amazingly, made from two broken chairs.

Get the instructions here.

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32. Broken chairs can be repurposed into hangers.

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33. Or tree swings.

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34. Worn-out mattress springs work as a desk organizer and pinboard.

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35. An old bicycle tire has many versatile uses, like a baby mobile.

Learn how to make this here.

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36. Or a pot rack.

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37. Or a giant dreamcatcher.

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38. A broken ladder becomes shelves, naturally.

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39. Turn a broken watch into a locket bracelet of sorts.

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40. Or salvage the metal parts and turn one into a magazine holder.

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41. An old washing machine drum makes an industrial-looking nightstand.

Or a fire pit, crazily enough.

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