Isn’t it hard to throw some things away? That’s definitely the case for me; I always think I can make something new out of the old things and I end up keeping them for a future project. Sometimes those projects get done and sometimes they don’t. If you’re that way you might find it difficult to get rid of old pots and pans you don’t use. Maybe they don’t look so great anymore but you just can’t see throwing them out forever. Maybe you won’t have to! After all, there are some things you can make from old pots and pans that will give them a new life while giving you a way to put them to good use rather than throwing them away.
Round cake pans are a good example of pans that can be recycled. Use a couple of them to make a new spice rack. If they’re looking a little worse for wear simply spray paint them. Choose paints that are designed for use with metal for best results. If there is rust in the bottom of the pans it’s necessary to sand these spots down until smooth. Use wooden dowels to assemble the spice rack. You’ll find assorted wooden dowels, in packs of several, at most any craft store. Glue one dowel in the center of the first cake pan. Stack the second pan on top of the dowel and glue it in place. Now you can set spices on each tier of the new rack. If you want, glue another dowel to the top cake pan, in the center bottom, and glue on a wooden ball. That way, you can easily pick up the spice rack and move it.
Make a different spice rack by turning a round cake pan upside-down. Cut a piece of magnetic sheeting – found at any craft store – to make a railing that goes around the perimeter of the pan. The railing will keep the spice jars in place. Cut the magnetic sheeting so that it is long enough to go all the way around the pan. Cut the width so that it is twice as wide as the pan is deep. Cut a picture from cloth or a magazine and stick it to the sheeting. Now wrap the decorated sheeting around the cake pan. It will automatically stick to the pan. If you want, glue on a dowel rod in the center and glue a wooden ball on top. Now you can easily move the spice rack around when needed.
Another use for a round cake pan is to make a unique trivet for holding hot dishes on the table or counter. Turn the cake pan upside-down and cut a large circle of cloth. Drape the fabric over the cake pan and begin gluing it to the pan. Bring the cloth down and under the pan and glue it so that the edges of the fabric are inside the pan. This upside-down pan can be placed on the table or counter to protect the from hot dishes.
If you have a large drawer you can easily make a silverware organizer from a rectangular cake pan. Select decorative paper to attach to the inside of the pan. You can paint the pan and just use the decorative paper for the bottom. Cut pieces of cardboard to use for dividers and glue them into the pan. The cardboard pieces can be covered with the same decorative paper to match. The pan will easily hold most any set of knives, forks and spoons.
Got a sauce pan with a broken handle? The you’ve got a new planter for the kitchen! Cut a round piece of fabric and set the pan in the middle of it. Bring the cloth up and over the sides of the pan then tuck the excess material inside. Set a potted plant inside or use the pan to hold fake plants. It makes a great centerpiece for the table or a nice decor piece for a kitchen counter – or another area of the house.
Make an interchangeable decor piece for the kitchen by starting with an old metal skillet. If necessary, paint the skillet to improve the appearance. Now use magnetic sheeting to create the interchangeable designs. Cut circles of the sheeting then cut pieces of material or images from magazines. Mount the cloth or paper onto the circles of sheeting. Stick one of the circles to the bottom of the skillet then hang the skillet on a wall. Anytime you want, simply remove the old circle, and add a new one. You can create holiday wishes, food themes or “My Kitchen” designs.
Wrap pans without handles in cloth and you can use them as organizers for the bathroom or other areas. They can hold brushes, combs, curling irons, rolled towels and much more. If you’ve gotten new pots and pans but don’t know what to do with the old ones just don’t throw them out! Create new decor pieces instead and you’ll save those pans from cluttering up your local landfill. Plus, it’s fun to make new things from old pans, like decor pieces or helpful items. Go ahead – look in the pots and pans cabinet – you know you’re aching to get started!