“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
- Thomas Edison
Using an item for something other than its intended purpose is a great way to get your creative cogs working.
Creative problems will often mean that you have to come up with creative solutions, so forcing yourself to repurpose an item can help you to think outside the box.
Because of the familiarity with the objects around you, it’s easy to take advantage of their purpose and not see them for anything other than their intended purpose.
Find an everyday item around your home and ask yourself: “What else can I do with this?”
Think about what properties the object has — its shape, weight, function, etc.
Use old CD’s to make a mirror or smash them up and use the playing side to create a mosaic type bowl.
Forks can be bent, glued to a board, then turned into a coat hanger.
An egg box can be used to plant seeds in.
An extract from the forthcoming book Think It! Make It! by Richard P John