Trash Transformations


Stop throwing stuff in the garbage can. Many of those items could be used to improve your life and save you money.

Studio 5 Steals and Deals Contributor Jordan Page shares 10 items that might end up in the garbage, but can be transformed in other ways.


1. Empty tin cans: Clever surprise treats. Take pop-top tin cans, and open them from the bottom with a safety can opener, clean out the can, fill with candy, then hot glue the bottom back on. Make a cute label and use it for clever treats and favors for holidays, baby/bridal showers, etc. (see HERE)

2. Baby formula canisters: Flour/sugar (baking) containers. Remove the label, carefully wash out with hot, soapy water (don’t let the water sit inside too long since the cartons are made of a material similar to cardboard), let dry, then fill with flour, rice, sugar, and any other baking needs. Wrap in scrapbooking paper to brighten up your kitchen.

3. Empty spool that held blank CD’s: Toilet paper holder for camping. (See HERE)

4. Parmesan cheese lid: Fits onto a mason jar. Great for repurposing. (see HERE)

5. Empty egg cartons: Organize/protect Christmas ornaments. (see HERE)

6. Broken pool noodle: Boot supports. Cut the noodle, insert into boots, keeps them standing tall and not toppling over in your closet. (see HERE)

7. Shower caps: Protect your clothes from your shoes in a suitcase. You put your shoes inside the shower cap so the soles of your shoes don’t get your clothes dirty. (See HERE)

8. Old magazines or used Christmas wrapping paper: “Styrofoam ball”. Instead of buying those expensive styrofoam balls to give a project form, tear out old magazine pages, wad them up, wrap in packing tape, and use hot glue to secure your project to it. It works just like a styrofoam ball! See next bullet as an example of a project to make. (see HERE)

9. Empty TP or paper towel rolls: Organize your cords. (See HERE)

10. Shower caps: Protect your clothes from your shoes in a suitcase. You put your shoes inside the shower cap so the soles of your shoes don’t get your clothes dirty. (See HERE)



Jordan has found many more trash transformations. You can find the complete list on her blog at http://www.funcheaporfree.com/

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