I have five metal school desk. I would like to repurpose them into something but I am brain blocked in what I can do with them. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions.
Posted by tkamka 6 years ago
I have a number of these rings. I was given some free fabric samples and these secured them all together, like binder rings but huge. They are 6" across, hinged on one side, with threaded closures along the straight section. Does anyone have ideas about how to repurpose them? Not much comes to mind except charm necklaces. Maybe something for a Halloween costume?
Posted by starshipminivan 4 years ago
The motor in our electric dryer died and SWMBO decided that we were going to replace it with a new energy efficient model. So now I've got an old electric drier to get rid of. seems a shame to just take it to the land fill. So what good ideas does anyone have for repurposeing/upcycling an old electric dryer?
Posted by evil_jweller 6 years ago
Looking for ideas to repurpose M-6/8 oxygen bottles/tanks. I sure these can be used for something cool. Thanks for any ideas
Posted by Tygrant 3 years ago
My soundtower quit working. It powers on but no sound from an ipod or from component audio cables in the back. Are the speakers themselves repurposable perhaps by removing the electronic boards and replacing with a Raspberry Pi? If not, it's going to the dump.
Posted by mazelady 12 months ago
I have tons of the plastic trays from frozen dinners and want to find ways to repurpose them into some kind of craft that can be made by kids in an afterschool setting. Any ideas?
Posted by bdteach3197 9 years ago
In the last 6 months, I had a 40" hd tv, a modem, a 27" monitor and a laptop all quit on me for various reasons. I'm wondering if I take them apart if there are any parts that are worth salvaging. I have only a basic understanding of electronics but love to tinker and want to take up arduino projects. What would you salvage if it were you? MK
Posted by MalindaK2 1 year ago
I would like to see a contest rewarding the best idea for repurposing aluminum screw-top cans! There are some brilliant people out there that should be able to come up with great ideas to keep these out of landfills. Budweiser and Coors cans are the ones I am talking about. Thanks for considering this, Fatgnat
Posted by fatgnat 1 year ago
Hoping some creative minds can help me figure out a way to reuse a metal over-the-door shoe rack - not the"pockets' but the old school inverted U shape for about 18 pairs. Sorry -for some reason the upload pic isn't working - but it's 6 "U" on each of 6 rows with two side bars holding them together and two hooks at the top. I took it apart so I have 6 U rows and the two sides. I haven't figured out anything creative enough to justify mucking around with it, other than drilling holes in a vertical board to push the shelf in horizontally, and hanging lightweight things from it. There are easier and better solutions than using this in that case. Any ideas? Thanks/.
Posted by EmmaS6 3 years ago
Do you want to re-home your unwanted items or looking for useful goods? Check out www.wastekon.com A free web service that helps people get rid of their unwanted items in the community by giving them to others who can make use of them. We will help to reduce the landfill and to start you can sign up for an account on the site and start listing your unwanted items.
Posted by JayCe88 2 years ago
I have a box full of unused cell phones and smartphones. Some were the higher end ones of their time such as Blackberry Storm and HTC Touch. I would like to find ways to repurpose these as they are still good and have wifi and bluetooth capabilities. I was thinking maybe security cameras or robots that can be accessed via the internet to monitor my home and pets while away. Any ideas or links would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by Marcaine Art 6 years ago
Www.greenwala.com (an online green social network) is looking for crafty DIYers to share their repurposed project ideas with them for a future article. Might be a great way for people here to gain exposure -- here's the article link -- http://www.greenwala.com/community/blogs/all/1344-Creative-Crafters-Share-Details-About-Your-Repurposed-Fashion-Projects'''ALSO, www.greenwala.com has a few new crafty contests running, but one in particular is called "Choose To Reuse".It asks participants to photograph an original repurposed design of their own creation.Here are some examples of what other contestants have already submitted:1) vinyl record garden planters2) shower curtain turned into wearable "hoodie"3) old sink turned "hand-tiled bird bath"Take a look at the rest of the entries here and then gear yourself up to submit your own cool, repurposed design -- http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests'''The most creative reuse will win a new HP Mini 110 XP Notebook and a Deskjet D2660 printer!Good luck and have fun!!
Posted by elizahleigh 9 years ago
Hi everyone. I posted this on the Answers section, but thought that this would be a good place too. One of my dear cats had to eat a special food for a while and I ended up with several composite metallized bags (picture attached). In my country there are no options to recycle this kind of material. It's very sturdy and it will take many years to break down and that's why I don't want to throw it in the trash bin. Here there are many beautiful upcycled tote bags made with regular pet food bags which are fused and/or sewn, but these metallized bags are very hard. I wondered if someone has an idea on how to upcycle, repurpose or reuse these bags. Many thanks in advance, Ana.
Posted by avictoria wo 5 years ago
I just saw a couple of fun green-themed contests over at www.greenwala.com (an online green social network) -- maybe someone here will get lucky? I think there's something for everyone. Here are the different options:1. creatively reuse something that you would have otherwise trashed -- just submit a photo of your repurposed item along with a small description. 2. create an eco-themed t-shirt design 3. take a picture of you (or someone you know) hugging a tree 4. submit a video of you cooking your favorite healthy green recipePrizes include a $250 Whole Foods gift card, $250 in cash, a new digital camera, and an eco-friendly HP laptop and printer.Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests
Posted by elizahleigh 9 years ago
I came up on a broken air compressor where basically it is a functioning electric belt driven pump. Does anyone have any suggestions what I can do with that thing? It also has the mini tank with it.
Posted by Chingasman 7 years ago
I have an old military parachute which has been sitting in a box in my garage for years. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can reuse it, other than jumping out of planes? It's in really good shape but I have already reused all the paracord.
Posted by brentbull 8 years ago
Greenwala, the online green social network, recently posted an article asking creative crafters to share details on any repurposed fashion items that they've created: http://www.greenwala.com/community/blogs/all/1276-Creative-Crafters-Share-Details-About-Your-Repurposed-Fashion-Projects Well, if anyone out there has a project that they're particularly proud of, please e-mail me via Greenwala with a brief description of your creation (along with a photo of it if available) and I'll feature it along with many other community creations in an upcoming DIY Fashion post.*********************************************************************************************************Also, they're running a few creative DIY contests that will probably appeal to everyone here.One in particular, called "Choose To Re-Use," just asks entrants to upload a photo of the most creative reuse of something you would have otherwise trashed. The most unique entry could win a new HP 110 XP Notebook and a Deskjet D2660 printer! They also have contests for an eco-themed t-shirt design, best recipe and tree hugging photograph, but I thought that people here would really like the "Choose To Reuse" theme the most. Just thought I'd give everyone the heads up!!
Posted by elizahleigh 9 years ago
I have a quick question. I made myself an electronic cigarette that runs off of AAA batteries. It works quite well, it has a heavier hit than those commercial e-cigs like Blu. The only problem is, probably because I keep smoking it like a regular cigarette, the batteries don't last long. There may be another underlying reason, but I'll deal with that later. I have three 3.7v Li-Ion batteries laying around that I used to use with my HTC G2. My question is: could I repurpose these batteries as a power source for my e-cig? I've seen some articles on repurposing them, but they don't exactly explain the method. Does it only require making the positive and negative contact as noted on the battery? So...out of four contacts, I'd only be using the two?
Posted by krisley 5 years ago
I am in the materials-gathering phase of a planned project to build a handheld stabilizer system for use with my dSLR camera when I shoot video (for an example of what that kind of is and does, look http://freeflysystems.com/products/movi/m10/). I have a number of older or decommissioned hard drives and optical drives laying around and wondered if I couldn't repurpose the motors from them to use as the axis motors for my stabilizer. The SimpleBGC board from Alexmos is built to drive brushless DC motors such as the spindle motors found in hard drives. My questions would be if this would work and whether they would be "strong" enough to turn and hold the camera carriage according to the controller's signals.
Posted by brian.ragle.1 3 years ago
Hi, I have gathered a small museum of once exciting electronics that are now fairly useless, either because of damage, or just being outdated: Ipod touch - broken, older MP3 players, inkjet printers, old cell phones, blackberry, palm pilot, digital cameras, to name a few. I know most of these could be sold for a bit on ebay, but I hold onto them imagining some magical repurposing of them some day. I know there are several instructables covering some of this stuff already, I think it would be usefull to lots of people to have it be a focused catagory or challenge here, what with the quickly growing pile of unused old technology most of us are amassing. With all these things having some very cool components like camera's, tiny motors, screens, chips, drives, gears, and so much more, it seems to me it's an untapped resource for loads of us who just don't have the time or expertise to do much about, without help from some of the geniuses here on instructables.com. If this catches on somehow, or it already exists somewhere and I've missed it, please let me know! Thanks!
Posted by joknrok 8 years ago
, OK, this may now look really messed up, but here's the body: Hi, I have a few things I've loved and cherished over time that are our of service for one reason or another, and I'd really like to find some repurposing ideas for these wonderful techonolgies. I have an ipod classic 80gb (broken internal ribbon cable, maybe hdd,; ipod touch 8gb (fried ..water damage), BB pearl 8100 Same: water damage and just old, used the hell out of it...: Epson inkjet printers, basic modern freeby printers that I never use because ink is too expensive.... So I love this site, and thought there would be a place somewhere for some dedicated repurposing of things such as these. If anyone can point me to this area of the site, if it exists, I'd be super happy and thnakful, and apologize for this messy post.. OK sorry, this may not come out well. Using google chrome. Can't see anything I'm typing into the message body!!. Hi allHi allHi alls
Posted by joknrok 8 years ago
I am doing a project to repurpose a Westinghouse KX-241 switchboard meter as a CPU process meter for my PC. To to this I will have to make a new scale for the meter. Here is the type of meter in question: http://www.allsbrookelectric.com/media/0e/a20792a12cc1c0e3dc7d2f_m.JPG The scale on the meter I have does not match the scale I need, which is 0 to 100 (percent). This is a simple task: Just remove the scale from the meter, scan it, and modify the image as necessary with Corel Draw. Then print the new scale on glossy paper and adhere it to the top of the meter scale. Simple. Except, if you notice in the picture, the scale of the meter is not all flat. The outer edge of the scale where the lines are is angled outward. If I try to apply a printed scale to this, the printed scale will have creases where the paper negotiates the angled portion. Any ideas of how I can manage this without creases?
Posted by LesB 5 years ago
Hi All, I have a spare Sonicare Flexcare travel charger, which is used to wirelessly charge my toothbrush. I've tried to charge a Nexus phone with it, but it didn't charge - I think this can be for two reasons - some kind of incompatibility, or the distance was too high due to the little round bulge on the charger. Does anyone have an idea if this might work? I didn't want to remove the bulge before some inputs from the forum :-) To charge a Galaxy S3 I'd need an insert to stick to the battery, but that's cheap enough. Thanks, Daniel
Posted by DanielF4 4 years ago
I have a 7 person hot tub with no pump and an undiscovered leak. Replace the pump and chase down the pipes. Repurpose the wood siding, cover or the shell. This creative community can surely find a use much better than the dump for this resource.
Posted by user866753 3 years ago
My homemade marble cannon the MC-200 has, and can be repurposed to fire hundreds of airsoft bb's at once. It is too dangerous (not to mention hefty... It's 6 feet long!) to fire directly at people, so it makes a good mortar. I only ended up paying $20 for it is the best part too.
Posted by Dr meat201 10 years ago
"I think mobile homes are a blight on the planet... Attractive, affordable housing is possible and I'm out to prove it." - Dan PhillipsA man in Texas has started a program to build low-income housing out of trash and other found and donated materials. I know you are probably thinking to yourself "oh great, another beer can house," but these homes are actually quite artfully done. He is on a crusade to prove to the world that you can build stylish housing out of discarded materials. Completely self-taught and working with a limited crew, he makes highly-crafted and sturdy houses. He also requires that the eventual owner helps in the construction of the house so that they have a larger stake in its future.Check out the full New York Times article and don't miss the slideshow.
Posted by randofo 9 years ago
If you like turning trash into treasure, then you're probably going to love Greenwala's new crafty contest.The green social network is complementing its other green-themed contests with their latest and greatest one, which asks participants to photograph an original repurposed design of their own creation.Some examples of other contestants' creations include:1) vinyl record garden planters2) shower curtain turned into wearable "hoodie"3) vinyl records stitched into a pocketbookTake a look at the rest of the entries here and then gear yourself up to submit your own cool, repurposed design -- http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contestsThe most creative reuse will win a new HP Mini 110 XP Notebook and a Deskjet D2660 printer! Good luck and have fun!!
Posted by elizahleigh 9 years ago
There is going to be a Model Railway Exhibition at the Conservatory of Flower in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. They turned one of the wings into the largest fantasy Model Railroad layout. Landmarks of San Francisco have been built out of Recycled/Repurposed Materials and placed around the layout. It looks really cool.The Conservatory of Flowers is Recycled Acetate File Folder Tabs, Corrugated Plastic and Chess Pieces for Finials. The Chinatown Gate is out of Mah Jongg Tiles and Dice, Portals of the Past is from Cassette Tapes, the TransAmerica Pyramid had 6000 Computer keys, and Coit Tower has Rulers and Yardsticks. There are more buildings also.November 20, 2008 - April 19, 2009Golden Gate Express ExhibitionThere is a video at the link and you can read a news story about it.Model Railway-Conservatory of FlowersPhotosSan Francisco Chronicle
Posted by SFHandyman 9 years ago
ReadyMade magazine just sent us a sample of their neat notecards - the envelopes are made from repurposed old/damaged back issues. They come with plain notes with the ReadyMade logo, and a sticker to use for the mailing address. Neat stuff!Not that you'd cannibalize your own ReadyMade archive for such things, but we've all got magazines and catalogs that would be perfect for such reuse- saving a bit more landfill space is always a good thing!
Posted by canida 11 years ago
Hey, I'm wondering if anyone knows of mods for the Nerf Raider that don't fire Nerf darts. I've modded a few nerf guns, but I'd like to repurpose my raider to shoot something else. I'm looking to make it like an airsoft gun or rocket launcher-type gun. Any and all suggestioins are appreciated. Thanks!
Posted by TacticalTrumpet 6 years ago
I have some nice wall lights but mounting R7S bulbs. These are halogen and of course use a lot of electricity. I have looked everywhere for a compatible LED lightbulb but the problem with all the ones available is that they are designed to fit floodlights, ie. they take too much space and cannot be fit if your socket is a small linear r7s. Attached example of the led bulb shows that behind the connectors the casing takes too much space and this is what is stopping me from using these lightbulbs. Also u can see my lamp and how tight the space is behind the halogen bulb So questions 1 - do you know where i can find such a lightbulb with no space or very little space behind connectors ? or 2 - any instructions on how i can repurpuse the current lamps by replacing the current R7S socket with something else? I dont know much about electrics so i wanted to get a understanding with a step by step process so that i dont blow myself up. pls notice this forum images are not getting saves so here is a link to a album to the wall lamp images
Posted by diegog4 2 years ago
A few years ago I saw a 3D printer that printed using UV reactive resin and a DLP projector and I obviously started thinking about ways to make this for myself. Recently I have been entertaining the idea of repurposing the old CRT technology with phosphors that produce UV light to replace expensive DLP projectors but I couldn't think of an easy way to do that. I was fiddling with various ways of repurposing one of my old CRT monitors when I had a decent idea. Instead of converting electron beams into light to harden resin why don't we harness the electron beams for the purpose of electroplating! Instead of resin we could use an ion solution and build models out of metal! Of course we would still need to replace the phosphors embedded glass screen with a conductive plate to serve as a non-consumable anode. Unfortunately I do not have the time or resources to do this myself so I wanted to post this to the Instructables Community and see If anyone felt this was a worthwhile project. Please let me know what you think of the idea! I would love to see this turn into an actual project.
Posted by gooeyideas 5 years ago
Greetings everybody! I've been lurking around instructables for maaaaany years, but have never been a dedicated maker. On to the point. I made a "bedside lamp" so to speak. It's an olive branch, around which I put a row of christmas lights. They're the simple kind, white with a clicky green controller and about 10 different settings. The setting is remembered until the lights are unplugged, after which they reset. I'd like to keep them on at all times with just an on-off switch, because a twinkling bedside lamp is not of much use. My stepfather told me he'd help (he's an electrician) but we have no clue how the thing actually works (so we can take it apart and just keep the simple on-off cords. The setup is as follows: =)--------------(regular 2 cord electric current cable)----------[ * ]----(5 cables)-----Y---Y---Y---Y Plug------------------------------------------------------------Single Button Controller---------Lights I've followed the cables as well as I could (I've already taped them around the branch at several spots) and lamps connect to different cables. How could I remove the "program" altogether and just make them work with a simple switch?
Posted by kouraf16 2 years ago
Hi guys - This is my first post. Basically I have a ton of IT gear lying around from disassembled laptops etc but I stumbled across an old 3G dongle from the 3 Wireless Network (UK). I think I can unlock it with https://www.dc-unlocker.com but I wondered what else I migh be able to repurpose it into? Could I stream media to it via a USB enabled TV? Any suggestions for projects welcome. Steve
Posted by ZenPro 4 years ago
I recently acquired a point of sale computer/touchscreen from the dumpster outside my work. it runs fine for it's age, albeit it runs windows 2000 NT. My question to you: any brilliant ideas on what to use it for? it can run up to XP, or an equivalent version of linux. not much HDD space, and limited ram. so nothing intense. i just need an idea of what to do with it before the wife wants me to get rid of my "useless junk"
Posted by Maz2004 4 years ago
Seed bombs are little balls of clay, compost, and seeds that you can toss into a vacant lot to try and get some new plants to grow. It's a guerrilla gardening technique and you can see how to make one here. If you just want to pick one up and live in San Francisco you can now buy them from a vending machine. These were designed by Common Studio from LA and repurpose old gumball machines with the benefits going to Project H Design. First Seedbomb Vending Machine Lands in San Francisco!
Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago
I have some old circuts and parts laying around the house and alot of it is just small simple stuff like a broken screen here, broken screen there. Over loaded capsitors etc etc. I was looking for the best idea how to use them all together I have a steam link that has no power input (got pulled out but other than that, mint condition) 2 laptop mother boards with all parts, No heat sink PS3d tv controller board couple smart phones laying around with a few spart parts and cords from desktops and laptops. Just looking for ideas, i can post pictures latter on in the day
Posted by JuggaloRydax420 1 year ago
Craftster is running a contest with prizes we provided for them! You should check it out, but here are the basic guidelines for entering: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is New Year, New Uses! Your challenge this month is to bring new life to an old object in your home. The object could be a houseware piece, an item of clothing, home decor... anything you choose! Your repurposing should transform the object into something entirely new and unexpected. Perhaps you'll finally get to make a lamp out of that vintage, avocado green blender you've been hoarding all these years. Who is part of Craftster and is going to enter?!?
Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago
I'm looking to make a steampunk version of dr who's sonic screwdriver with some LEDs, a tiny recording module for the sound, and I also wanted a little analog gauge with a needle that would activate when the button was pushed. It doesn't have to actually measure anything, I just want the needle to move in some way. i found a little voltmeter on sparkfun that I could probably repurpose, but it's 2x2 inches which is a little bigger than I wanted. I'm looking for something about half that size. Does anyone know of anything that would fit the description, or a way I could fake it?
Posted by sasham43 5 years ago
Anybody know how to determine which legs are which on the IR detector (double transistor) in old-school mice? One leg is common and the other two legs are emitters. Is there a test I can perform with a needle type VOM that could identify the leads? These three legged components are very common and can be used to build really simple and cheap data acquisition of rpm using the microphone jack and 5 volts from a USB port. One leg has extra metal and is likely the common. Still I would like to know if anyone has a test procedure. Thanks to all and keep repurposing everything in your path. It just feels good.
Posted by nickec 11 years ago