10 Interesting Ways Household Junk Can Be Useful

Household junk doesn’t always have to end up in the landfill. Before you dispose of them or bring them to your local recycler, think about how they can be purposeful for you.

With just a little fragment of your creativity, you can turn any household junk into something useful. Rubbish such as old glass bottles, tin cans, newspapers and magazines are recyclable. You can use them as your raw material to create functional products out of them.

Below is a list of 10 interesting ways household junk can be useful.

Plastic bottle planters

Turn plastic bottles into creative planters. This is as simple as cutting plastic containers into your desired shape and depth. You can also paint your planters if you want to add colour.

Can organisers

There are many things you can make out of tin cans. One of the easiest crafts you can do is to make can organisers. You only have to wash them and remove any sharp edges to ensure safety. Steel cans can serve as a pen holder, toothbrush container, or an organiser for small toys. 

Glass bottle and jar as flower vases

The transparency of glass bottles and jars makes for attractive centrepieces. Some bottles even come in colours like green, brown, and red. You can transform this household junk into beautiful decorations such as flower vases. 

Mason jar candle holder

Mason jars are more than just for storing food items. They can also serve as gorgeous candle holders to subtly illuminate your house. 

Home decors from newspapers and magazines

There’s a myriad of ways on how you can make home decor out of newspaper and magazine pages. You can fold them to make origami decorations for your centrepiece.

You can also do paper mache craft to make decorative items such as bowls, lanterns, and Christmas ornaments. Aside from these, you can also make a wreath out of shredded magazine or newspaper pages.

Potholder or floor mats from scrap fabric

You can cut into pieces your old clothes and linen that are too damaged to donate and sew them to make potholders or floor mats. You can also repurpose them to become a patchwork rug which can be an attractive addition to your home’s interior decorations.

Plastic spoons and forks decorations

Instead of throwing disposable utensils from your fast food takeouts, why not turn them into something useful that can last for a long time?

There are a lot of creative things you can do with plastic spoons and fork. One of which is creating a wreath by gluing them together to create layers in a circular pattern. Likewise, you can do the same technique to decorate your mirror and make floral decorations.

Pillowcase from an old shirt

Got any old shirt that you can’t or don’t want to wear anymore? You can transform it into a pillowcase. You only need to cut and sew your shirt so your pillow can fit inside it. 

Corkboard from wine corks

There are a lot of crafts you can do with wine bottles, but what about the corks? If you have a collection of wine corks at home, you can glue them together to make an eye-catching corkboard.

It’s perfect for pinning reminders, bills, and pictures and is also an attractive decoration for your home.

Bottlecap coaster

Many people don’t realise how they can also reuse bottle caps, and that’s why a lot of this rubbish item ends up as litter or in landfills. If you don’t have a coaster at home, you can try making one out of gluing bottle caps together.


Recycling household junk is a great way to showcase creativity and resourcefulness. Not only are you creating valuable things for your own benefit, but you’re also helping the environment by reducing waste in landfills. When you recycle, you’re extending the product life of your household items and turning them into valuable resources that can be used repeatedly.

Aussie Junk can help you with your sustainability journey. As your most reliable rubbish removal company in Sydney, we guarantee that we practice environment-friendly methods to deal with your rubbish at home.

Our team of expert rubbish removalists always ensure to collect, sort, transport, dispose of and recycle your waste most efficiently and sustainably possible. We recycle as much as possible to send the least amount of rubbish to landfills.

Don’t hesitate to contact us anytime at ‪0435 569 921‬. We are open 24/7, so you can contact us for your same-day rubbish removal needs.

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