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10 best wealth out of waste creations you can do at home

Recyclable and non-recyclable waste accumulates in every home. But the difference between an unimaginative person and a resourceful one is the former would dump those waste objects in the trash, while the latter will put them to their best use. If you think that you fall in the second category of people or are willing to, this post is for you. 

Creativity is a virtue that fuels big ideas and pushes us to think from a different perspective. Like celebrating virtual birthday parties in virtual escape rooms. So, don’t let the artistic genius die, no matter how straight forward your professional career is. With these “wealth out of waste” ideas, you can get in touch with your creative side and learn to benefit yourself by reusing scrap! Read further to learn more! 

1. Photo frame with popsicle sticks 

The next time you eat your favorite ice candy popsicle, don’t throw away the stick! Instead, you can collect them and make some eye-catchy photo frames! 

How to make: 

  • After you wash and dry the popsicle sticks, use acrylics paints to add a touch of color. 
  • Use a glue gun to attach the sticks in a square/rectangle shape. 
  • Attach your photograph to a white sheet of paper and stick it onto the photo frame! 

2. Storage compartments with old shoeboxes 

Next time, you don’t have to throw away your shoeboxes as you can use them for clutter (including toys, stitching supplies, stationery, and art commodities) storage!  

How to make:  

  • Cover the old shoebox with a glue and papier-mache mix to hide the original design. 
  • After it dries, add a second coating and get ready to decorate! 
  • Stick sequins or paint a picture of your choice on it. 
  • Then, label the box based on what you are going to store in it. 

3. Hanging Lanterns with tin cans 

You can make pretty lanterns out of food tin cans for a festive look with a zero-cost charge! 

  • Collect a bunch of clean tin cans and make holes in a designer pattern. 
  • Paint the tin can with multi-surface acrylic paints (preferably solid colors.) 
  • Attach a light bulb to them and hang them up using an aluminum wire! 

4. Designer shirt-dress with old CDs 

Have you noticed the colorful rainbow-like designs on CDs? You can use this quality to make a plain white shirt look classy and creative!   

How to make: 

  • Cut up your old stack of CDs into small triangles using a sharp pair of scissors. 
  • Glue them near onto the collars of your shirt using fabric glue for an eye-catching look! 

5. Piggy bank with plastic bottles 

Now you can save up money or spare change in a plastic bottle! Put those soft drink bottles to some use! 

How to make: 

  • Make a slit big enough to let a coin slide through on the side of the bottle. 
  • Cover the bottle with paper mache and paint it pink to resemble a pig. 
  • Draw a pair of eyes on the top and paint a nose on the bottle cap region of the bottle. 
  • Your DIY piggy bank is ready-to-use! 

6. Flower vase using glass bottles 

Do you want to decorate your desk with a lovely flower vase? You don’t buy a vase when you can make one at home! 

  • Cover the bottle with papier mache and glue and start painting a design of your choice. 
  • Try to make your design as minimal as possible. 
  • After it dries, fill it with water and put in a flower or two! 

7. Birdhouse with milk cartons 

Do you love watching birds feed? Bring your dream to life by making a birdhouse! 

  • Take a clean carton and make a circular hole to store the bird food. 
  • Paint the carton with subtle colors and stick a popsicle stick under the hole for the bird to sit on. 
  • Fill it with bird food and hang it on a tree branch using an aluminum wire! 

8. Jewellery hanger with a garden rake 

Do you have a garden rake you don’t use? Turn it into a jewelry hanger! 

How to make: 

  • Separate the metal tooth of the rake and spray it with a solid color. 
  • Save the necklaces from tangling by hanging them onto the tooth! 

9. Stitching supply compartments with matchbox 

Do you find it challenging to store small stitching accessories like buttons and sequins? Try making matchbox storage! 

How to make: 

  • Paint an old matchbox in the design of your choice. 
  • Slide the box out and store the small objects! 

10. Cloth bag out of unused t-shirts 

Do you have a pile of T-shirts you have grown out of or don’t like anymore? Use it as a laundry bag or tote bag! 

How to make: 

  • Turn the cotton inside out and cut out the collar and sleeves. 
  • Sew the open edges to make the bottom of the bag. 
  • Use the sleeves to stitch handles, and you’re done! 


While helping you avoid extra costs to buy unreasonably expensive decorative items, these DIY projects also help you find your creative genius! Implement one of these ideas at home and make wealth out of waste!

Author Bio: Charlotte Lin is a content creator at She’s a passionate young woman, mother to an amazing nine-year-old, and an avid reader. Over the years, writing has helped her explore and understand the world as well as her own self. She loves to travel, meet new people, and spend quality time with her daughter. You can find her on LinkedIn.


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