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
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.
Option two: knockoff Anthropologie Jars. Using chalkboard paint.
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
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.