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I feel like every kitchen has one or two cookie sheets that are past their prime. (I’m guilty of holding onto bakeware until the bitter end, so no judgment here!) If you’ve got a few cookie sheets that need to be retired, don’t throw them away until you see what else you can do with them. I think you’ll fall for these adorable crafts — remember, nothin’ says lovin’ like something from the oven! [wink]

Give an old cookie sheet new life by turning it into a tray! See how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...


A tray is a seriously useful thing to have on hand. This cookie sheet tray from BrightNest would be a perfect catch-all for a dresser, or you could use it to serve up a Father’s Day treat. Breakfast in bed, anyone?

Turn an old cookie sheet into this useful kitchen chalkboard! Learn more on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Let everyone know what’s cookin’ with a cookie sheet chalkboard in your kitchen. I also love the idea of using it for grocery shopping lists, as Leanne from The Fancy Life has done here. Check out her post for all the how-to details.

Turn an old cookie sheet into a useful memo board. Check it out on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

If you like the idea of the chalkboard but don’t relish the squeak of chalk, try this cookie sheet memo board from BHG instead. (Bonus: You can use these fridge magnet crafts on it!)

Keep track of time with a cookie sheet calendar! See more on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

I can’t believe it’s already June (!), though maybe I’d be more up to speed on the date if I made a cookie sheet calendar like Angela Fehr did. Get her DIY tutorial here.

Keep little ones occupied with magnetic cookie sheet travel games! Learn more on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

If you’ve got little ones and some car trips planned this summer, this craft is made for you. Nike of Thrive turned cookie sheets into the ideal board game form factor for backseat fun. Magnets hold everything down and the lip of the cookie sheet keeps rolling dice from falling all over the place. Genius! (I can also see this being useful for kids who like to color — like a portable, magnetic lap desk.) See how she did it here.

Which cookie sheet craft do you want to cook up at home? And do you have any unusual craft material suggestions for me? Leave them in the comments below!

9 Responses

  1. Ruth says:

    What a great idea for the car!!! I'm so doing this. Thank you for the great ideas.

  2. Barbara Givens says:

    I would have never thought of cookie sheets for crafts, but these are great. I especially love the tray.

  3. [...] got an email from HGTV telling me that they featured my cookie sheet calendar project on their blog today! Isn’t that cool? It’s one of my favourite projects, and I have taught it as a class a [...]

  4. Lili_HGTV says:

    I'm with Barbara! These are so very clever. And here I thought I'd seen every chalkboard paint craft out there.

  5. Liz_HGTV says:

    This is perfect timing! I have trouble getting rid of things — even super old cookie sheets — but I can just REUSE them instead. I like the fabric-covered idea from BrightNest.

  6. Leanne @thefancylife says:

    Thanks so much for the feature! It totally made my day!

  7. joeanna anthony says:

    Thats is a wonderful idea–to make something lovely likely that. I liked the cookie tray and specially making your own travel games for road trip is also fun.

  8. judyinla says:

    So excited to see these recycled trays. I have tons of round trays from "years" ago that I just couldn't make myself throw away(even though some were very much the worse for wear). I love the idea of using chalkboard paint or using magnets to make a note board, or even covering them with paper or fabric. Yeah! I've just recently redone my kitchen and need to recycle or get rid of some stuff. Recycle here I come!

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