As your pile of old nursing scrubs begins to grow in your closet, you eventually become faced with a decision to make: “Do I toss them or repurpose them?” If you’re anything like me and not the best at “DIY,” repurposing your scrubs may seem daunting, but fear no more. Below are some easy crafts for repurposing scrubs that anyone can do! (And for the crafty DIY-gurus out there, I didn’t forget about you…some of the ideas below are for seasoned crafters.) So don’t throw those old scrubs out just yet—I have 7 great ways you can turn a pair of your old, cute scrubs into something new and fun. And the best part: they’re all budget friendly!
- A Bandana for Your Dog
Take your scrubs that are in “ruff” shape and create a colorful neckerchief for your pup. That way you can still revel in your favorite prints and colors, even if it’s vicariously through your furry fashionista!
- Make a Quilt or Blanket
Stitching your scrubs together is a great way to put your crafting skills to the test. Create a cozy, colorful blanket both kids and adults will love to use! Whether you’re snuggling on the couch, binging on Netflix, building a fort, or sharing with guests, everyone can use an extra blanket or two around the house.
- Create Your Own Trendy Headband
Take a pair of scissors to your favorite old, print scrub top and get to snipping. If you’re feeling extra jazzy, spice your new headband up with a bow, some frills or different color trims.
- A Chew Toy for Your Dog
Ripping up a couple of your old scrubs and twisting them into a chew toy is a great way to keep your dog from gnawing at your most cherished pair of shoes. So grab a few old scrubs and get to work—your shoes will thank you, and so will your wallet!
- Painting Smock
Painting is a great way to destress and channel your inner Picasso, but paint on your clothes can be a major buzz kill. Keep your sanity in check and throw on an old pair of scrubs before you start painting. Splatter? Who cares? Not you. You’ve got your scrub-smock on. Have crafty kids? You’re welcome. Scrubs-smocks are the way to go.
- Clean Your House
Keeping your home clean is a one of those chores that never ends, which is why you can never have enough cloths and dusters on hand. This is where your old scrubs come in. Dust off the bookshelf and clean your countertops with your old scrubs for a home that sparkles.
- Gardening Clothes
For those of you with a green thumb, this idea is for you. Wear your old scrubs while tending to your garden to keep your wardrobe clean and dirt free.