Upcycling 101: Repurposed School and Classroom Items

Upcycling 101: Repurposed School and Classroom Items

Now that we’re knee-deep in September, I think we can officially say that summer is ending, Fall is nearly here, and school has most definitely started! I don’t know about you, but I am definitely a fan of vintage/classic classroom staples- rulers, globes, pencil sharpeners, lockers, desks, and everything in between. Who would have ever guessed how hot a trend this would be? Go ahead, Google “Schoolhouse Décor”…it’s totally a thing.

And while trendy home décor stores and catalogues will try and tempt you with new-to-look-old cubby hooks and pretty colored inkwell bottles, I prefer the real deal. And my guess is that you do, too! Plus, there are some amazing repurposing ideas out there…which means that the thrill of the hunt for vintage “academia” is officially ON!

So, if you’re looking for some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place…ready for an education in repurposing? Let’s put our thinking caps on with this fun round-up of project ideas from the classroom…

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Vintage Ruler Clock

Vintage ruler clock DIY

 

Melted Crayon Christmas Ornaments

DIY Christmas ornament craft melt crayons

 

School Desk End Table

vintage school desk end side table

 

Three-Ring Binder Hooks

Wall hooks from a three ring 3-ring binder

 

Paint Brush Holiday Wreath

Green paint brush holiday christmas wreath

 

Film Reel Bird Feeder

vintage movie film reel bird feeder upcycle

 

Vintage Flashcard Wall Art

repurpose flashcards to make DIY wall art

 

Overhead Projector for Stenciling

Using a vintage overhead projector to help paint furniture stencil

 

Slide Carousel Embroidery Floss Organizer

Old slide holder carousel embroidery floss organizer

 

Bookshelf Dollhouse

Repurpose bookshelf into a dollhouse

 

Slide Curtain/Shade

Use vintage photo slides to create a window curtain

 

Vintage Typewriter USB Keyboard / Docking Station

Vintage typewriter docking station USB keyboard

 

Ruler Drawer Pulls

Vintage ruler yard stick yardstick drawer pull

 

Roll-Down Map Art

Vintage map chart roll down wall art repurpose

 

Metal Locker Kitchen Console Table

Vintage metal locker repurpose console table DIY

 

Pencil Sharpener Lamp

Pencil sharpener lamp DIY

 

Globe Succulent Planter

DIY globe planter

 

Christmas Tree of Books

Old book Christmas tree

 

Yard Stick Clock Hands

yard sticks as clock hands with bicycle wheel

 

Filing Cabinet Desk DIY

Filing cabinet desk hack

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What a fun trip down memory lane, right? So which one is your favorite?? I’m pretty sure I need at least one slide carousel…and that typewriter as a docking station is out of this world! Cheers to all the teachers out there for doing a job I could never do- both of my parents are retired teachers! And cheers to my fellow junkers and pickers who are forever on the hunt for the perfect treasure… everyone gets an A+ and a gold star today.

Craft on!

S


 

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Comments

  1. I adore this post! I loved school as a little girl and was a teacher for 27 years! I bought my old-sch teacher’s desk so I could take it home with me when I retired! It is one of those huge oak desks with the little pull-out shelves on the sides. One of my most prized possessions. I am amazed at the prices I see on school desks and lockers these days! These ideas are truly charming.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Gretchen! Both of my parents were teachers (now long-retired) so I, too, have an affinity for classic classroom supplies. The projects people make are really quite amazing. 🙂

  2. Some of those are really creative. I have a ton of old binders so the three ring binder hooks sounds like a good idea.

  3. wow these are amazing! The ruler clock and the ornaments are my favorite, maybe because they seem simple enough for me to do. But the ruler clock reminds me of something my geometry would have, she always had quirky unique things in her classroom.

  4. Hi Sarah, these are great!!!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment on my trash can planters. I tried to reply directly to your comment but you came up as a no reply blogger. HUGS
    Christine from Little Brags

  5. So many great ideas! I’m a sucker for anything with maps, so I absolutely loved the globe planter.

  6. I love these projects! Made me feel so bad though about the things I’ve gotten rid of or thrown away. I just sold the pencil sharpener at a garage sale last Spring! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  7. What a wonderful roundup of ideas! I was going to pick a favorite….but there are 4 or 5 that I REALLY like. Gonna go find me some rulers!

  8. As a teacher, crafter, artist and blogger, I love what you have done with the school supplies and furniture! It gives me so many ideas! Thanks for sharing

  9. These are so fabulous ideas. I love them all. My daughter is teaching. This is her first year teaching and she is really struggling.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hey, Trish, thank you. I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s struggles. My friends who are teachers struggle immensely- not with the kids, but with everything else that gets in the way of doing their job well. 🙁

  10. I love these ideas! Especially that first ruler clock. What a cool project.

  11. Sarah, you are without a doubt, one of the cleverest people I know! Thanks for sharing this at Five Star Frugal. Pinned and shared on Facebook. Love, Mimi xxx

  12. So many great and unique ideas.
    Have a great week.
    Denise

  13. Wow! The melted crayon ornament looks really cool. I am participating in an ornament swap and I might have to try to implement that idea. Awesome! Thanks for linking this up over at Welcome Home Wedensday…make sure you stop by again this Wednesday & link up more awesome work 🙂

  14. Eye Candy! This post had so many great ideas for salvaging and repurposing old gadgets and gizmos. It’s like browsing a magazine.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      That’s what I love about putting together these round-ups…it’s like creating a mini-Pinterest board to share, and this one was extra special since I love all things classroom!

  15. Thank you for putting this round up together & sharing with us at Friday Favorites! I am in love with the ruler clock! Have a great week.

  16. Those were awesome! It’s like taking the industrial theme and making it into a A+ project! Thanks so much for sharing it with “Let’s Talk Vintage!” today!

  17. I love the ruler clock at the top and the pencil sharpener lamp. So creative. So unlike me to think of those things. Awesome round up!

  18. Love that ruler clock! My mother is a teacher and I think she would love to put something like that in her classroom. I see a great homemade Christmas present in her future! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday.

  19. I have always wanted one of those dollhouse bookcases. These ideas are genius!

  20. I love vintage school items! Have collected quite a few items. You’ve shown some fun and creative ideas. Especially love the ruler drawer pulls and the pull down map. Thanks for sharing withSYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  21. So many great ideas!! I love the floss organizer – that would be perfect for my cross-stitch closet! 🙂 #HomeMattersParty

  22. These are wonderful projects. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Hope you join us again this week!

  23. i love all the cool projects, the paint brushes are so cute! Thanks for sharing this on Dream Create and Inspire.
    Maria

  24. Hi Sarah! I just loved the school ruler clock so much that is one of my features this morning for “Let’s Talk Vintage!” Thanks so much for linking up! ~Jill

  25. Too many cool ideals, I would love to find some of these vintage items! Nice round-up of goods, [TUT]

  26. Hi, Sarah. I love all of them, but the three-ring binder hooks is my favorite!! There are so many genius out there!
    Thanks for sharing at #2usestuesday

  27. I love your roundup of school supplies repurposed. My personal favorite is the pull down world map. I am on a quest for one to use in my house. Thank you for sharing your fun post at Vintage Charm.

  28. How delightful and ingenious! I love the bicycle clock, the old locker console table, and the succulent planters from the globe. Keep up the inspiration! I love flea markets and often remember how some of my favorite bloggers – including you – used some of the things I find.

  29. That repurposed ruler clock idea is just awesome!

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