My Unusual and Useful Uses for CUTE Things! Ideas for your stuff!

5 cute items turned useful!

I love cute stuff (okay I'm stating the obvious) but I love it even more when I can actually use it everyday.  Cute stuff isn't so cute when it's covered in dust.



I also have some marbles and beads at the bottom.
I also have some marbles and beads at the bottom.

5. Glass Fishbowls

I use a cute glass fishbowl to holster all of our remote controls. It looks cute on a coffee table or bookshelf and we always get compliments when we have guests over.

We have a second one that holds all of our pocket change. It looks cute and the wide opening is perfect for sneaking your hand in to grab quarters if you're in a hurry.

You could also use a pretty fishbowl to keep track of receipts or small office supplies that otherwise crowd your desk.

Cover the bottom with beads, marbles, or aquarium rocks for extra cuteness.

Rock on!  The bottom of my vase is filled with bouncy balls too.
Rock on! The bottom of my vase is filled with bouncy balls too.

4. Vases

I love recycling a pretty vase (especially if it's colored) into something useful that I can enjoy looking at.  I've got a red frosted one in my kitchen for my large obnoxious utensils like wooden spoons and spatulas.  I also have a purple vase in our video game room with about 6 sets of RockBand drumsticks tossed inside like a Rock'n'Roll bouquet.

Vases are also great for pens and pencils, straws, and toothbrushes.  Size and shape can be great for one use but not for another.  I love to buy vases from antique stores.  My local antique stores have e-mail newsletters that advertise special sales or hours and I usually go buy it on sale and with its purpose in mind.

My fiance loves when my bobby pins are contained and under control.
My fiance loves when my bobby pins are contained and under control.

3. Egg Cups

Egg cups are cute and if you've got an especially cute one, use it for more than just Easter or breakfast. I've got a cute pink polka dot one in my bathroom that holds my bobby pins. Use one in the kitchen for toothpicks. Use one in your work space for paperclips.  Now it may not be functional-- but you could display a few with fake eggs in them on a little shelf in your kitchen as cute art.

If you love this idea but don't own any yet, don't worry! Check out your local thrift and antique stores. I picked up this pink and white one at a grocery store around Easter time.  Fake eggs come in different colors and some are more realistic than others. Check your local craft store or online. They're easiest to find in springtime as soon as the Easter stuff hits the shelves.

Q-Tips inside for safe-keeping!
Q-Tips inside for safe-keeping!
A Rainbow of Gypsy Tea Tins!
A Rainbow of Gypsy Tea Tins!

2. Decorative Tins

I have the cutest tins that were purchased from GNC with Tea inside. I don't even drink tea! I bought these JUST for the tins. I display them on a shelf in my master bathroom and each holds something different. I use them for Q-Tip and cotton ball storage. You could also store bobby pins, chap stick, tampons. You could even use them to hide your medicine cabinet undesirables like Preparation H or Monistat cremes.

Use them in the kitchen for coffee, tea, or sugar.

Antique stores have great tins to use for similar purposes. Some are legit while others are modern reproductions, but they're both gorgeous and handy nonetheless.

The tins pictured are color-coded to make it easy for my fiance.  The gold tin has Q-Tips because ear wax is golden brown.  Haha.  Gross-- but useful.  

My favorite Christmas movie of all time!  I love this tin!
My favorite Christmas movie of all time! I love this tin!
These tins keep my liquids upright and my feathers uncrushed.
These tins keep my liquids upright and my feathers uncrushed.

1. Christmas Popcorn Tins

I love these things. I have a million, but I buy another every year, espcially if it's a new design. My favorite was the "It's a Wonderful Life" tin.

Clean out the popcorn remnants and dry outside without lid if you want to get rid of the popcorn smell. I buy all my Christmas bows on clearance after New Year's for the following holiday season, as well birthdays etc. I keep them lose inside the popcorn tins with the lid secured and the tin stored flat and upright and my bows stay beautiful until I'm ready to use them.

Use them to organize your leftover holiday cards and stationary for next year. Use them for delicate decorations that would otherwise get smashed or misshapen.  The tin in the picture keeps delicate crafting supplies from getting crushed.  Save and fill with cookies and candy and regift next year.

Use them in the kitchen for food storage (flour, rice).

Heather says: I love cute stuff, but I love it even more if I get to see and use it every day. Feel free to share your own unique uses for cute stuff in the comments below.

All pics were taken using the hipstamatic app on my iPhone.

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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

This is great! I have a few antique egg cups, now I know what to do with them: put them to work!

I'm always looking for things to do with all of the little bottles (perfume, medicine) that I somewhat collect, and realized a few years ago that they're perfectly sized (and capped!) to hold seed beads and other tiny craft items. The big popcorn Christmas tins are great for keeping dogfood from attracting mice, too. Voted up and etc.


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Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

I have a fascination with finding the odd use for the odd thing. Although not as cute as a Christmas tin, I used my old metal baking pans as trays to organize medicines. Just pull them off the shelf and there they all are. Particularly useful when keeping medicine out of children's reach:)


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retired06 5 years ago from Oregon, USA

Some very good ideas! I love decorations that are both cute and useful. Thanks!


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great Hub. I have similar arrangements around my house. Great for storage and organization and great to look at. And best of all, most of my cute stuff came at a terrific price discount at the local Good Will. I don't buy shoes or clothes at Good Will, but books, vases, bowls, candlesticks, curtains, pillows, rugs....a wonderful place to shop when money is tight, but you still want some useful and cute (beautiful) things for your home or office.

P.S. I thought I was the only person who stored their fragile Christmas ornaments in large popcorn tins. :)


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Alayne Fenasci 5 years ago from Louisiana

This is a great article! The pictures really helped me visualize the suggestions. I think after breakfast, I'll go dig out my favorite enormous crystal vase (so heavy the cat can't knock it over) and empty out some of the awkward kitchen utensils that keep my kitchen drawer from sliding closed. That annoys me multiple times a day, and you just fixed it! Thanks for the great hub and congrats on your nomination.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Congrats on your nomination! This is such a great idea for a hub. Why not put those cute items to use at home?


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I Am Rosa 5 years ago from Canada

Congrats on the nomination - it's well deserved! Great article. I didn't even realize that I organize my home the same way :-) Voted up, interesting and useful.


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. I have a bunch of Gypsy Tea tins I have been saving because they're too cute to throw away. Thanks for the ideas.

Namaste.


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

So wise and practical. Love it!

Congrats on your Hubnuggets nomination! To read and vote, this way http://pattyinglishms.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub...


Eddie-Perkins 5 years ago

You are right Heather, these are cute ideas. I love the Christmas tins. Welcome to hub pages and congratulations on your hubnugget award! Vote up and Useful


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

Very Cute!! Congratulatins on your hubnugget award! I too like cute stuff that is useful! Voted up, useful and interesting! Good luck! Welcome to HubPages!


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

Voted up and awesome...I like what Heather Says. Cheers.

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