Home Confetti: New Uses for Old Things

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Uses for Old Things

One of my favorite features in Real Simple magazine is their column, "New Uses for Old Things." It's full of "why didn't I think of that?!" moments. The column is all about finding uncommon uses for common household items. Just the type of stuff I love! They have a whole gallery featuring these little tips on their website for home entertaining. Here are some of my favorites, that you may be able to use.

We all have old bangles sitting in our jewelry boxes. Use them as napkin rings to add some fun to your place settings. Love this one: Y'know those jelly-feeling window clings stores sell for every holiday? They make great drink markers or just a way to dress up your glasses!
Use flavored lollipops as stir sticks. Make sure to use flavors that complement your drinks. Plus, the lollipops will make a great conversation piece! Pretty glasses make pretty candle holders. You can even turn the glasses upside down and set larger candles on the bottoms.

Finally, look to your office supply store for party ideas, too. Here's a clever idea to keep kids occupied–use a dry erase board as their placemat. And dress up your gifts this season with colorful bag tags or keychains that are a gift in themselves.

If you have a new use for an old thing I would love to hear it! I'm always looking for new ways to do things. These ideas and more "New Uses for Old Things" can all be found on RealSimple.com here.


  1. What clever ideas. I'll have to check out the site. Love the eyechain~gift tag idea.

  2. This is one of my favorites in Real Simple as well!! By the way, is that sand in the wine glass/candle holders? I think I can use that idea!

  3. Jen: You could use sand, or small pebbles. I've even seen epsom salts used.

  4. I am all over the Real Simple ideas as well. One of my favorites is using tomatoe, pear, apple containers or muffin containers for your christmas bulbs! One of those, "why didn't I think of that!" Robin Z.


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