Is your kitchen overflowing with coffee mugs? Sometimes it’s good to thin the herd!
Here are some ideas for repurposing those mugs. Just don’t toss them in the landfill.
- Pencil holders on a desk or wherever someone does homework
- Holders for various school supplies, markers, paper clips, rubber bands, etc.
- Perfect sized pots to grow kitchen herbs in the house
- Small vases indoors or out
- Cute small gift holder that you can tie up with cellophane and a bow
- Give them away with a small plant in them (or sell them that way at a bake sale, garden sale, garage sale, etc.)
- Donate to a women’s shelter, halfway house, charity kitchen, etc.
- Donate to GoodWill or other charity resale shops.
- Pass some on to your kids when they leave home. They might even have some good memories associated with a particular cup.
- Handy candle holders for outdoors or during a storm
- Drill a hole in the bottom to hang them upside down outside as a wind chime(String bells or old silverware to clang in the wind.)
- Make a lamp by drilling a hole in the center of the cups and saucers and running the cord of a lamp kit through the stack. This would be cheery in a kitchen, family room, or bedroom.
- Turn them into mini bird feeders! Use Liquid Nails glue to attach the mug or cup and saucer to the top of a garden post. Add bird seed to the cup. Very cute!
- Break them to use in a mosaic. Wrap the cups in newspaper and hit the bundle with a hammer. Cover flower pots, small tables, bowling balls, or figurines with mosaic. Great for outdoor decor, gifts, and even a side business! Click here for some mosaic inspiration (bowling ball gazing ball). And click here for more mosaic project ideas.
I like to collect coffee mugs from places I visit. When I use the cup (and I’m a big coffee drinker) it reminds me of the place. I enjoy that a lot.
Yet I can see there will come a time when I really shouldn’t get any more coffee mugs!
I also collect Christmas mugs for when we have the family over during the holidays. They come in handy for hot chocolate, eggnog, milk for the kids, etc. Again, there comes a time when it’s enough!
When storage becomes a problem it’s time to give them away!