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40 Things You Don’t Have To Throw Away

Some of these lifehack-slash-DIYs are simpler than others, but all of them save good things from a trip to the landfill. And no, mason jars aren’t on this list.

1. 1. Shoe Boxes

One word: Robots. Directions — pretty simple to follow — here.

2. 2. Old Candle Jars

Maybe you’ve seen this on Pinterest, but never bothered to find the source. Here’s one of the many tutorials out there. Now you just have to finish burning a candle.

3. 3. Altoids Tins

So there are dozens of things you can do with those little aluminum boxes, including decoupage. It’s a cute way to store buttons, or disguise contraband. Directions here.

4. Altoids Sours Tins …if you have them around.

Now you can heat up a cup of old coffee with the help of discontinued candy. Maybe you could grill a burger, over time — learn how to do it here.

5. 4. Cereal Boxes

Transform them into a little painted box to store all of your essentials, like your pincushion. Also uses scrap wood (but maybe you can find a way to just use the fabric-covered cereal boxes). Directions here.

6. 5. Broken Clothespins

Because if you actually have clothespins lying around, they’re probably broken. How-to here.

7. 6. A Ripped T-Shirt

Don’t trash it, sew in a zipper instead. Directions here.

8. 7. Soda Cans (and more cereal boxes)

Just in case you need to make your own flashlight one day. Directions here.

9. 8. Beer Bottles

Celebrate the Game of Thrones premiere with your very own goblets. Maybe even made from Game of Thrones official beer bottles. Directions here.

10. 9. Old Film

This project isn’t exactly practical, but it’s pretty. Directions here.

11. 10. Baby Food Jars

Baby break your favorite salt shaker? Take your revenge by using their empty food jars to replace it. Directions here.

13. 11. Pringles Cans

Once you pop, the fun don’t stop…especially with the help of a little lace. You could also decorate with washi tape. Or paint them black. Originally here.

14. 12. Broken Crayons

Grown ups can color, too. Directions here.

15. 13. Liquor Bottles

Maybe grown ups can color and drink AT THE SAME TIME. Then use the empty bottles for almost sophisticated soap dispensers.

16. 14. Round Wafer Cookie Tins

Not sure what you’d store in these things. Maybe crafting supplies. Maybe sugar and flour? Directions here.

17. 15. Old T-Shirts

For those of you with small children, or with friends with small children. These shirts on The Cheese Thief, who used this tutorial.

18. 16. Paint Cans

With the help of toilet paper and some isopropyl alcohol, you can make sure you’re never stranded in a cold car again. Directions here.

19. 17. Leftover Paper Cups

It’s hard not to buy too many paper cups, because you never want to run out during a party. Now you can make something pretty with him.

20. 18. Gerber Graduates Puffs Containers

Or whatever vase-shaped trash you make. It uses dollar-bin duct tape, directions here.

21. 19. Magazines

Now you can do something useful with those ads for overpriced shoes. Directions here.

22. 20. Burnt Out Tail Lights

Our only problem with this: we don’t have a car. How sad. Directions here.

23. 21. Clorox Wipe Containers

Organize your craft supplies, tools, cat toys, or whatever’s lying in a pile on your floor with this tutorial.

24. 22. Starbucks Coffee Stirrers

You should click on this just for the beautiful instructional graphic this blogger made.

25. 23. Honeybears

You know you want gold-leaf bears with flowers sticking out of their heads. Directions here.

26. 24. Cardboard boxes

Bake a pizza in this zombie apocalypse-ready oven (no word on how well it performs, though). Directions here.

27. 25. Last Year’s Calendar

Or cards. You don’t even need the gift tag puncher, just a pair of scissors. Learn how to do it here.

28. 26. Tin Cans

You could plant little flowers in these if your desk is already super organized. All you do is spray paint the cans then glue them together — originally here.

29. 27. Wine Corks

You’ll just have to drink a lot of wine. No problem, right? Directions here.

30. 28. Old T-Shirt

Knitters will especially appreciate. Directions here.

31. 29. Cassette Tapes

So you’re digging through your attic and find old cassette tapes. It’s like making a yarn pom pom, but shinier — find out how to here.

32. 30. Forks

Why you’d be throwing away good forks is a mystery to us. But since you insist, we vote you turn them into bracelets instead. Directions here.

33. 31. Bottle Caps

Because after making beer bottle goblets, you’ll have lots of extra bottle caps. It’s a little complicated but pretty all the same.

34. 32. Peanut Butter Lids

So you’ll never be lost (iPhone batteries only last for so long). Directions here.

35. 33. Extra Straws

You probably want ones that haven’t been used. Directions here.

36. 34. 50 Shades of Grey

Turn it into an erotic photo holder, instead. Because for some reason you spent money on that so-called novel.

37. 35. Old Circuit Boards

By artist Franco Recchia, and not a DIY. But awesome anyway.

38. 36 & 37. Wine Bottles and To-Go Containers

Hang it outside your window so you can see the hummers up close. Directions here.

39. 38. Wooden Boxes

Grow your own little herbs for yummy food, directions here.

40. 39. Mexican Food Cans

Or really any cans. The bright colors work well with the succulents, though. Originally here.

41. 40. Plastic Grocery Bags

Then pack them with juicy raspberries. You’ll need a sewing machine for this one.

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