Instead Of Tossing Out His Old Strainer, He Drills A Large Hole In The Bottom. His Reason? AWESOME!

Updated April 13, 2016

In our current budget-conscious culture, it’s more important than ever to get the full value out of our products. This had led to an incredible surge in DIY projects, tutorials and advice all over the internet, which gives you plenty of great ideas to try!

We collected some of the best ways to turn some extra items around your kitchen into something beautiful, functional and entirely new – make sure to check out all of them below.

Place-mat Vase

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If you recently purchased some new place-mats and have some old ones laying around, why not put them to good use? Learn how right here.

Burner Cover Magnet Board

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Stove burner covers are so rarely used that you may not even have any at home. If you happen to have some laying around collecting dust, this is a super easy way to turn them into a functional magnet board, perfect for leaving notes or even displaying your favorite photographs.

Kitchen Stool Planter

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Extra chairs and kitchen stools can be made into beautiful planters more easily than you could ever imagine. All you have to do is remove the seat cushion, give it a little spray-paint love and your planter is good to go!

Serving Tray Chalkboard

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Chalkboard paint is wildly popular on the internet and for good reason – it can make pretty much anything into a chalkboard. Add some to an old serving tray for the fanciest note board you have ever seen.

Utensil Drawer Bedside Organizer

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Instead of throwing away your old wooden utensil drawer organizer, turn it into something useful by moving it to your bedside table. You can store jewelry, sunglasses, your keys, fragrances – pretty much anything that you don’t want to lose.

Drying Rack Mail Sorter

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Question of the week: If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Mail can really start to add up if it isn’t organized, so put that drying rack to good use and clean up those envelopes and packages.

Ice Cube Paint Palette

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If you don’t have a paint palette laying around but are feeling particularly creative, don’t ruin your inspiration by heading to the store. Instead just reach in the freezer and grab the ice cube tray.

Magnetic Baking Sheet

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Baking sheets are already made of metal, so you don’t need to add anything fancy to make them magnetic. Dress it up with some pretty contact paper and you can start posting notes in seconds.

Wine Rack Organizer

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If you own a wine rack but no wine, actually start using that wedding gift by putting glasses in the slots instead. Now your useless rack is the perfect organizer for cords, pens and pencils, screwdrivers and really anything else you could think of.

Dinner Plate Clock

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By using a clock kit and a ceramic drill bit, even the most inexperienced DIYer can turn an old, fancy dinner plate into a perfectly functioning clock in just a few minutes.

Pot Holder Emergency Kit

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It never hurts to have a few essentials laying around, just in case. Learn how to store them in style right here.

Pot Holder Curling Rod Cover

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If you have even more pot holders to reuse, they make a great traveling case for your curling iron.

Fork Curtain Holder

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This one is truly ingenious and requires basically no effort. Bend a fork around and it turns into the perfect curtain holder in just seconds!

Pot And Pan Planter

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Old pots and pans are usually a great size for medium to large plants that just won’t fit in those smaller ceramic pots.

Pasta Strainer Lamp

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A strainer or colander can easily be turned into a stylish lamp in just a few steps – you just need to know the right way to do it.

Tin Can Lights

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Tin cans don’t have much of a use, unless of course you know how to turn them into these awesome pendant lights!

Cooking Board Tablet Holder

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Instead of investing in some costly accessory for your expensive tablet, turn an old cooking board into the perfect stand by doing this.

So which of these kitchen item upcycling ideas is your favorite? Share with us in the comments!