How to Reuse Old Cookie Sheets

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Recycle cookie sheets into something useful and creative.
Recycle cookie sheets into something useful and creative. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Over time, cookie sheets become rusty and old. Once you replace them with shiny new ones, you may wonder what to do with your old cookie sheets. Though they aren't suitable for baking any longer, repurpose them as something totally different and cool. People will be surprised at what was formerly a plain old cookie sheet once you get done recycling it. It's good for the environment and less wasteful to recycle items instead of tossing them aside.

Things You'll Need

  • White Con-Tact paper
  • Dry erase markers
  • Chalkboard paper
  • Chalk
  • Bag
  • Spray paint
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Magnets
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes

Make a dry erase board that your kids can use when you are traveling. Stick white Con-Tact paper over the inside of the cookie sheet, and attach a bag with dry erase markers and an eraser. Keep the board in the car for long, boring trips. Alternately, stick a sheet of chalkboard paper on the other side and add chalk to the bag so kids will have some variety.

Recycle the cookie sheet into a magnetized memo board. Spray the entire sheet with spray paint and let it dry. Use spray adhesive glue to attach a pretty piece of scrapbook paper to the entire inside of the sheet, and add some magnets. Hang up the board and use it for notes, reminders and other paper items.

Put your plants on top of the cookie sheet. This keeps the area under your plants neat and clean, and allows for easy transfer if you are moving the plants. The edge of the cookie sheet keeps water and dirt inside so nothing escapes on to your floor.

Let your kids get as messy as they want while there is a cookie sheet under them to catch any spills. Place the sheet under kids while they are painting, gluing or using glitter to keep the craft mess contained. Store paper and craft supplies on the tray when you are not using it and you can easily grab your stuff when you are ready to craft again.

Paint the tray with pretty acrylic paints and use it for a serving tray. When guests come over, serve coffee or tea using your tray, or let kids eat from it, as it makes an ideal TV tray. Set the tray on the coffee table as a catch all for keys, jewelry or pens.

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