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 Patterson Greenhouses made a cute little cottage from kitchen sponges and grew grass seed right from the surface of the sponge until the little cottage looked like the kind of thing you’d find a forest fairy living in.
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 The 36th Avenue will appeal to you most! They show you how to make a little hanger that loops right around your tap and keeps your sponge in its own spot, out of the way but still accessible.
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 Handmade Charlotte created an adorable bath toy by transforming their sponges into a cute boat shaped bath toy that actually floats.
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 Bob Vila because they have the answers! Check out how they made these DIY concrete soaked sponge sculptures that let you make your own custom letters and shapes from scratch.