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Creative Uses for Old Cookie Sheets

Apr 20, 2015
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Diane Hoffmaster

Creative uses for old cookie sheets 

Most people who enjoy baking and cooking, even if it’s every once in a while, have at least one cookie sheet in their cabinet. If you’re like me and have a passion for baking, you’ve collected quite a few of them over the years. While cookie sheets last for quite a long time, eventually they become so old, stained and slightly bent that you need to invest in new ones. However, it’s a shame to have to throw the used ones away when there are plenty of ways to upcycle them. Here are just a few creative ways that you can reuse those old cookie sheets:

•    Use it as a travel table in the car. Scrub the surface of the cookie sheet clean, ridding it of any stains and pastry leftovers. Then, use the refurbished product as an on-the-go tray for eating and crafting purposes when on the road. Your child will love having a flat surface to color on that prevents their crayons from rolling away at every turn.

•    Make a memo board. With just a few coats of paint and some decorative magnets you can turn your cookie sheet into a useful memo board. Turn it into a family craft and have your kids get creative by drawing various designs on the surface or making their own magnets! Hang it up in your kitchen, office area or playroom to keep track of anything from bills to chores.

•    Make a drip tray for your plants. Fill the cookie sheet with small stones and place it on a table. Then, set your house plants on top of it. You no longer have to worry about overflowing the pot when you water your plants.

•    Use it as a décor item for your dresser. Paint your old cookie sheet to match your bedroom décor and place it on your bureau. Use it to hold your jewelry, coins, small containers of bobby pins, or whatever else lives on your bureau that needs organizing.

•    Children’s art and crafts tray. If your child loves glue, glitter and other messy art supplies, place an old cookie sheet on your kitchen table for them to work on. This will protect your table and allow your child to create a wonderful, artistic mess!  

There are many ways to reuse old cookie sheets when the time comes to replace them. If nothing else, you can call your local recycling company and see if they accept them in your recycle bin.

How do you upcycle your old cookie sheets?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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