9 Genius Ideas for Dollar Store Cooling Racks


Remember this spice rack hack we shared a week ago?
Project via Lori @[url=http://www.thestonybrookhouse.com/2015/02/easy-1-diy-spice-racks.html]The Stonybrook House[/url]
Project via Lori @[url=http://www.thestonybrookhouse.com/2015/02/easy-1-diy-spice-racks.html]The Stonybrook House[/url]
You guys flipped over this clever cooling rack repurpose, so we decided to see what else creative Dollar Store shoppers have done with these racks, and we have some awesome ideas to share with you!
While most people use Dollar Store cooling racks for cakes and cookies, there are at least 9 amazing reasons to rush to your local Dollar Store, even if you’re not in the market for baking supplies - and here they are!

1. Turn it into a jewelry holder

Photo via Rea @[url=http://www.homefor4sweethome.com/2013/09/diy-earring-holder.html]Home For 4 Sweet Home[/url]
Photo via Rea @[url=http://www.homefor4sweethome.com/2013/09/diy-earring-holder.html]Home For 4 Sweet Home[/url]
Pair an inexpensive rack with a dry erase board and some pretty paper, for a stylish spot to stow your jewelry.

2. Or frame one and add it to the wall for long necklaces

Photo via [url=https://www.pinterest.com/pin/143130094377174250/]Lisa on Pinterest[/url]
Photo via [url=https://www.pinterest.com/pin/143130094377174250/]Lisa on Pinterest[/url]
When dresser-top storage won’t just it for your long, dangling gems, line them up along a framed cooling rack on the wall.

3. Use them as oven racks in a toy kitchen

Photo via [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/lemoncadet/4238559832/in/pool-1000474@N22/]Beth Lemon on flickr[/url]
Photo via [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/lemoncadet/4238559832/in/pool-1000474@N22/]Beth Lemon on flickr[/url]
They look so much like the real thing, that maybe your kids will stop whisking away your kitchen supplies for playtime.

4. Make a budget-friendly tie rack

Photo via Nikki @[url=http://www.thesaltypineapple.com/2010/08/lets-tie-it-on.html]The Salty Pineapple[/url]
Photo via Nikki @[url=http://www.thesaltypineapple.com/2010/08/lets-tie-it-on.html]The Salty Pineapple[/url]
Add a ton of tie organization to your man’s closet using two cooling racks and a couple of zip ties. If you want to dress your design up a little, line the rows with ribbon.

5. Organize plastic container lids (finally!)

Photo via Lilly @[url=http://www.listotic.com/easy-kitchen-organization-tips/4/]Listotic[/url]
Photo via Lilly @[url=http://www.listotic.com/easy-kitchen-organization-tips/4/]Listotic[/url]
One trip to the Dollar Store is all you need for this clever container lid organizing hack. Simply place a cooling rack over a shallow plastic basket, and line your lids up in the slots - voila!

6. Make a Crate & Barrel-worthy basket

Photo via Patty @[url=http://www.nuestrasaventurasentexas.com/2011/05/crate-and-barrel-basket-knock-off.html]How Sweet It Is[/url]
Photo via Patty @[url=http://www.nuestrasaventurasentexas.com/2011/05/crate-and-barrel-basket-knock-off.html]How Sweet It Is[/url]
Attach a few cooling racks together, to create a stylish basket for books or throw blankets for a fraction of the store-bought cost!

7. Add it to a gallery wall

Photo via Rachel @[url=http://smileandwave.typepad.com/blog/2013/05/more-plants-please.html]Smile and Wave[/url]
Photo via Rachel @[url=http://smileandwave.typepad.com/blog/2013/05/more-plants-please.html]Smile and Wave[/url]
Hang a cooling rack up among you gallery wall display, so that you can change up the decor by attaching pictures, notes, or even colorful jewelry.

8. Hang earrings against your closet

Photo via Karen @[url=http://sewmanyways.blogspot.ca/2013/05/thrifty-thursdaycooling-rack-for.html]Sew Many Ways...[/url]
Photo via Karen @[url=http://sewmanyways.blogspot.ca/2013/05/thrifty-thursdaycooling-rack-for.html]Sew Many Ways...[/url]
Stick command hooks to a free wall or door of your closet and hang a cooling rack, to create plenty of space for earring storage in the ideal space for matching your jewelry with your outfit.

9. Make a material hanger

Photo via [url=http://love2dreamdoyou.blogspot.co.il/2012/04/material-hangers.html]I Love to Dream, Do You?[/url]
Photo via [url=http://love2dreamdoyou.blogspot.co.il/2012/04/material-hangers.html]I Love to Dream, Do You?[/url]
Tie a cooling rack to a free plastic hanger, to create the perfect place to organize your various lengths of material.
Which idea are you going to try first? If your favorite cooling rack hack isn’t in this list, share it with us in the comments below!
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1 question
  • Edwina
    on Sep 26, 2018

    Any ideas to store purses.

    • Lisa Sinclair
      on Jan 26, 2019

      You could use the same rack, but add "s" hooks to hang the purses by their handles. I actually have seen bigger racks used in baking pans, .

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  • Thelma
    on Sep 16, 2018

    I love your rack ideas. I plan to use the spice rack, plastic covers holder and in my sewing room for fabric holding planned projects. Thankyou thank you thank you!

  • Eva Smith
    on Dec 11, 2018

    I think there are a lot of great ideas.

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