6 Amazing Upcycling Ideas For Old Cake Pans And Baking Sheets

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking, baking, and experimenting with new recipes, then sooner or later your pans and baking sheets are going to start looking a little banged up. But instead of throwing that old kitchen equipment away, you can transform your pans into some amazing new household fixtures. These 6 upcycling ideas will show you how to turn that old baking sheet or grimy cake pan into a cute miniature shelving unit, bird feeder, or even a new clock. Put some spring back into that old springform pan's step and accent your home!

1. Round Floating Shelf

You'll Need:

  • old springform pan
  • drill
  • 2 wooden boards
  • saw
  • 8 screws
  • 8 metal washers
  • wall hook

Here's How:

1.1 Remove the bottom of the springform pan and drill 8 holes into the ring: 2 holes next to one another near the top and 2 holes next to one another near the bottom on both sides of the ring. Make sure the holes are evenly spaced on both sides, so that the shelves will be straight. 

1.2 Saw the wooden boards to fit inside the ring of the springform pan and use a drill to screw the boards into the ring, lining the wooden boards up with the holes you drilled earlier. Place a metal washer in between the ring and the screw to keep the shelves secure.

1.3 Screw a wall hook into the wall and hang up your new round floating shelf!

2. Serving Tray

You'll Need:

  • old baking sheet
  • drill
  • 4 screws
  • 2 pull handles
  • mosaic tiles
  • glue
  • powdered grout
  • sponge

Here's How:

2.1 Drill 2 holes in each side of the baking sheet. These holes will be where the pull handles are attached, so make sure the holes are positioned accordingly.

2.2 Attach the 2 pull handles to the baking sheet with screws.

2.3 Glue mosaic tiles onto the surface of the baking sheet.

2.4 Mix the powdered grout with water and use a damp sponge to spread it evenly over the surface covered in mosaic tiles. Let the grout dry, wipe off any excess powder, and your serving tray is ready to help you serve!

3. Bird Feeder

You'll Need:

  • old bundt cake pan
  • 2 small wooden blocks
  • twine
  • birdseed

Here's How:

3.1 Cross the 2 wooden blocks over one another and tie them together securely with twine.

3.2 Flip the bundt cake pan over so that the open side is facing up and pull the twine through the opening in the center. The wooden cross will prevent the pan from slipping off of the rope once the bird feeder is suspended.

3.3 Fill the bundt cake pan with birdseed and hang it up in a tree. The bird feeder should be covered when it's rainy so the birdseed doesn't get moldy, and make sure to hang it in a place that cats can't reach!

4. Hanging Spice Storage

You'll Need:

  • old baking sheet
  • drill
  • twine
  • 2 adhesive hooks
  • magnetic storage jars

Here's How:

4.1 Position the baking sheet horizontally and drill 2 holes near the top: 1 in the top lefthand corner and 1 in the top right. Thread a piece of twine through each hole and make a knot at the top.

4.2 Attach 2 adhesive hooks to the wall and hang the baking sheet on them. Fill some magnetic storage jars with spices and stick them to the baking sheet for easy spice storage!

5. Clock

You'll Need:

  • old quiche pan
  • drill
  • spray paint
  • permanent marker
  • clock mechanism with hands

Here's How:

5.1 Drill a hole in the center of the quiche pan and spray paint it the color of your choice.

5.2 Use a permanent marker to write numbers according to where they belong on a clock on the inside of the spray painted pan.

5.3 Attach the clock mechanism and hands to the pan and hang your new clock on the wall.

6. Decorative Chalkboard

You'll Need:

  • round cake pan
  • ribbon
  • tape
  • chalkboard paint
  • paintbrush
  • wall hook

Here's How:

6.1 Tie a ribbon around the round cake pan and secure it with a bow.

6.2 Tape the inner edge of the pan and paint the bottom with chalkboard paint.

6.3 Attach a wall hook to where you'd like to hang your decorative chalkboard, and once the chalkboard paint has dried, remove the tape and hang the chalkboard on the wall hook. This chalkboard is great for writing messages and hanging notes up with magnets.

The next time you decide that one of your old pans is too worn out for the kitchen, try one of these easy DIY upcycling projects. Before you know it, your whole home will be filled with cute homemade accents!

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