Sunday, March 23, 2014

The art and skill of repurposing items

The skills of repurposing or reusing items is becoming extinct in some parts of the country. We live in a "disposable society" Being frugal is not a part of life as it once was. Grandma was good at using what she had and making it work for her it was part of life. We can follow in Grandma's footsteps by repurposing or reusing items around the house.

Repurposing items can be good family fun. One of our more recent large adventures was turning the no longer needed dog house into a chicken coop. It was a fun family adventure for us. It was a good challenge for the kids. A broken deck will soon be a tree house, and old chimney bricks will someday be a brick oven. These are just some of the big projects we are working on as a family, but there are plenty of little things that you can do in an afternoon.   

 Here is a link to Great repurposing blog post. There are some really great ideas in that post. I hope that it will get your juices flowing and help you to make your home a better place.  

Now it is your turn; leave a comment below telling us about your adventures with repurposing an item or what plans you have for your family.



  1. I don't have a lot of experience with repurposing, but it sounds like a great idea! Your projects sound wonderful.

  2. My hubby is very, uh how do I say it, frugal! So re-purposing happens around here all the time :) I try to sort through a lot of our stuff in the spring, fall and generally whenever I have some extra time for that. Thanks for sharing, Rachael @Diamonds in the Rough (

  3. How timely! We are studying all of what you mentioned in our science curriculum this week :) We do re-purpose around our home quite a bit. I have turned baby diaper boxes into pretty storage containers with some fabric and modge podge. I reuse old tshirts for kids shorts and undershorts for girls (for under dresses). I reuse old sheets for cloth napkins. We reuse formula containers for lego storage. We reuse plastic food containers (like cheese or lunch meat) to use a drawer dividers. That is a few off the top of my head. I do have hopes of turning an old beat up dresser into a new tv table- that is a work in progress though :)

  4. Thanks so much for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! I hope to see you back again today. :)

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