When it comes to crafting with just about any material, we’ve always been fans of choosing ones that are a little bit unconventional. By that, we mean that we love making neat DIY projects out of things that you wouldn’t necessarily normally look at and think of as a “craft supply”. We’re particularly huge fans of that idea when the material we’re working with is actually a household item that can be creatively upcycled! For example, we recently found a bulk pack of unused kitchen sponges in our pantry while we were cleaning that we’d forgotten about and never used. We didn’t need that many sponges for our dishes, so we found ourselves browsing the Internet looking for inspiration for things to turn the sponges into and we were actually pleasantly surprised by how many awesome concepts we came across!
Just in case you’re as intrigued as we were about the idea of making things with sponges, here are 15 of the most creative and unique designs and tutorials we uncovered in our search.
1. Grass cottage made from sponges
Have you been doing some summer gardening in the backyard and caught the attention of your kids, who are now intent on plating their own garden too? Well, you could take them out and start a beginner’s plot in the backyard if they’re a little older, but if they’re still quite little then we think perhaps you might get along with this fantastic sponge house idea a little better! Check out how
2. DIY sponge holder for the kitchen sink
Are you actually looking at that pack of sponges you found and thinking about how you could really used them for your kitchen but you’d still like to get creative with you how store or use them? In that case, perhaps this simple but stylish sponge storage solution featured on
3. Sponge boat bath toy
Are you feeling very interested indeed in the idea of cutting your sponges to pieces and using the pieces to build something new for your kids but you’re just not sure they’re quite old enough to be interested in the grass seed idea we showed you earlier on our list? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how
4. Sponge cut cement soaked letters
Rather than making something for your kids, are you sort of intrigued in the idea of using sponges to make something for yourself, but you’ve taken great care to cultivate a rustic chic or industrial inspired aesthetic and you’re just not sure how sponges will fit into that? Then we’d like to direct your attention to
5. Sponge water bombs
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about DIY sponge based water toys but you’re convinced that your kids would actually prefer to play with something they can use outside in the sprinkler rather than in the bathtub, since it’s still so hot out where you live? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how
6. Sprinkle sponge letter gift toppers
Were you absolutely enamoured by the idea of making customizable letters out of sponge pieces but you’re just not sure that the size and industrial appearance of the DIY concrete idea we showed you earlier are quite what you’re looking for? Then maybe these smaller, more colourful letters featured on
7. Sponge painted Minecraft wall
Whether you’re a total Minecraft fanatic like
8. Colour contrasting sponge painted picture frames
We know we talked a lot about ways to repurpose the actual sponges themselves but, if you ask use, sponge painting projects absolutely count as upcycle because you’re using them as tools to create lovely art rather than cleaning supplies! That’s why we couldn’t help putting these super cute sponge painted photo frames onto our list. Check out
9. Funny sponge fish with fins
Are you still very interested indeed by the idea of making cute bath toys from your old sponges but you’re just not sure the boat idea will work because the sponges you’ve got available are the bigger, squishier kind rather than the very dense, harder ones that they recommended in that previous tutorial? Then we think perhaps this adorable sponge fish project outlined step by step on
10. Sponge dabbing paintings
Are you actually completely in love with the idea of painting a lovely mural using sponging techniques but you’re just not sure you’re ready to tackle a project as big as the wall mural we showed you earlier on? Then perhaps a miniature version that’s just the size of a framed painting or a canvas will be a better choice for you. We’d encourage you to take a look at how
11. Colourful canvas art using tape and sponges
Can you tell we’re completely in love with the idea of using your spare sponges to create painting based projects? Then we’re sure you’ll understand just how much trouble we had in choosing between the techniques that are out there… as well as why we ended up bookmarking and trying all different kinds rather than settling for just one. One of our very favourite ways to paint with sponges is to create negative space stripes with tape and use sponges to blend covers right over it, peeling the tape up once everything has dried. Get the full details for trying it out for yourself on
12. DIY Beauty Blender sponges
Have you been mildly intrigued by a few of the ideas on our list so far, but you’re still convinced that there’s a way to reuse your sponges for yourself rather than your kids without just making decorative letters? Well, beauty enthusiasts rejoice, cause we’ve finally found the perfect tutorial for you! Check out how
13. Sponged and stencilled lip sweater
Are you still feeling quite intrigued by the idea of doing some sponge painting but rather than creating freehand images on canvases or walls, you’d rather try your hand at upcycling some fashion while you’re repurposing your old sponges? Then we think this adorable stencilled shirt craft featured on
14. DIY sponge soap dish
Just in case you’re the kind of thrifty person who would rather repurpose your old things into something very practical and that you might actually use, rather than something you’d simply place on the mantel like decor, here’s an awesomely crafty tutorial featured on
15. DIY sponge aquarium filter
Pet lovers rejoice, we’ve finally found the upcycled sponge tutorial for you!
Have you created crafts made of sponges before as well and you really enjoyed the crafting process, but you don’t see anything quite similar to what you created on our list? Tell us all about how you did it or link us to photos of your finished product in the comments section!