Top 10 Creative and Best Repurposed Refuse Skips

I HATE gardening! I have tried, and tried to enjoy it, but just don’t like it. I do gardening in fits and phases, so when I am feeling “up for it” I will have a go. And this week I have been trying to get rid of a load of bricks from an old wall, so what I did was hire a rubbish skip. The problem was that after I chucked some dirt and loose gravel into it, it then started to rain and filled up! Right now it is sat in the front garden looking like a tramps swimming pool! But that gave me an idea…


Top 10 Creative and Best Repurposed Refuse Skips


Refuse Skip made into swimming pool
Refuse Skip made into swimming pool

10 – Not as rubbish as it seems!

I rather like this idea of a skip turned into a swimming pool since I first saw it in my post “Top 10 Non Genuine Parts” the only difference is that this one is done rather well with swimming pool tiles and a pool ladder attached for easy access.

Refuse Skip made into car park
Refuse Skip made into car park

9 – “Everyone try to remember where we parked!”

While this seems like nothing more than a funny image, it is, in fact, a statement, because this car belongs to someone who refused to park in the paid car-park and instead parked in a disabled bay without any right to be there! So the local rugby team who had heard the argument take place, picked up the guys car and kindly trashed it for him!

Refuse Skip made into art
Refuse Skip made into art

8 – Art can sometimes be rather rubbish!

When is a rubbish skip worth £95, 000? It seems the answer is when it is a work of art by “David Batchelor” for an arts festival in Brighton, UK. Best of all is the amazing name he used to capture the essence and soul of the artwork, he called it…”skip”…please shot me.

Refuse Skip made into garden
Refuse Skip made into garden

7-  The Dumpster Planter

Not a bad idea at all, what at first looks like a rather imaginative skip planter is, in fact, a work of art called “SkipWaste” by Oliver Bishop-Young!

Refuse Skip made into Boat
Refuse Skip made into Boat

6 – Pirates of the Dumpsterbean

To showcase the evolution of a boat this TV presenter “Tom Cunliffe” decided to make a boat made almost entirely out of a skip! Despite me trying my best I couldn’t find anything else out about it, because for some reason I would love to know more!

Refuse Skip made into Car
Refuse Skip made into Car

5-  They don’t call them mobile rubbish tips for nothing!

This rather amazing mobile skip was seen at the ‘Wheels Day’ event in Aldershot, UK and just cracked me up from the moment I saw it. In fact, I would go so far as to tell you all that it reminded me of my first car! (A Morris Minor) because that drove much like a skip as well!

Refuse Skip made into Hot Tub
Refuse Skip made into Hot Tub

4- The Bubbly Dumpster!

Can’t afford a hot tub? Well, why not do what Michel de Broin did and turn a skip into a hot tub! This rather odd recycling hack can hold a very impressive 1649 litres of water! And after a hard days dumpster diving you might well need one of these to unwind.

Refuse Skip made into Coffee Shop
Refuse Skip made into Coffee Shop

3- This isn’t Starbucks!!!

Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten turned ordinary dumpsters into coffee shops and drinks bars in Ultrecht, Netherlands. The project called, “Straatlokaal” was to make people think about waste removal, recycling, and reusing. I’ll have a double junkachino please!

Refuse Skip made into half-pipe
Refuse Skip made into half-pipe

2- Grind the skip and gain some air!

How much fun can a skip that has been turned into a half-pipe really be? Well, it seems that once again artist Oliver Bishop-Young (from number 7) decided to find out! I love skateboarding so I would definitely have to have a go in this.

Refuse Skip made into Ping Pong table
Refuse Skip made into Ping Pong table

1 – You played like rubbish! But I blame the table.

Seems you really can play Ping Pong anywhere with this rather creative skip turned into a games table! Not a bad idea at all, and if the worst happens and you play badly, you could claim it was not a regulation table.

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  4. I love to see things turned into something else with a few tools a little paint and a lot of ingenuity. I think I would paint my skip – looks a bit nicer. Not sure I would want to buy coffee from the one you show, doesn’t look all that appetizing.

  5. “a load of bricks from an old wall, so what I did was higher a rubbish skip” This had me envisioning a big pile of trash until I realized you meant “hire”.
    For me gardening is taking care of plants whereas messing around with bricks is more a job for a mason.

  6. haha… to small to swim in it but it would be a perfect size for my dogs … for sure much cheaper option that buying or building one. Thank you for sharing

  7. No.8… Hahaha cannot believe that! No.3 I thought was a pretty cool idea, it could become a new chain of coffee shops that are found in out of the way, unusual places called ‘skipbucks’ heh 😉 I think No.1 has to be a favourite… clever idea! 🙂

  8. I have no idea sometimes, I have noticed my posts getting more and more random. I wonder what i will be blogging about in a years time?!? Probably ran out of ideas by then. *LOL*

  9. *LOL* I was waiting for someone to say that. And as for the pool, it really is very tiny with a big ladder. I think it is supposed to be more art than practical.

  10. I can remember struggling when the kids were at school and had to dress up for a character or something, I could never ever think how to do it or what to use.

    Now, I can think up stories and blogs any time!

  11. Thanks Russell. The British-ness of your posts always make me smile. I mean that in the best possible way. As they said in Liverpool back when I lived there, “they’re brill” 🙂

  12. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoy hearing the different terms you use for things in Wales. What you call a skip, we call a dumpster. You are broadening our horizons when you talk of things that we don’t have in America. I want the hot tub one. It seems like a much cheaper version of the real thing. The pool is nice, but way too small. Very good post, keep it up! 🙂

  13. Where do you come up with this stuff?? LOL I don’t know whether to think it’s good recycling or dumpy recycling! Sorry, just couldn’t help myself. Although I did kind of like the garden idea….

  14. Old, rustic looking boots, there was the obligatory watering can, a snake-charmer’s basket, a wine rack (for a vertical attempt… didn’t last long!) miss-matched tea cups (tiny plants!) – it all depends on how many flowers I managed to get in my car and what I broke the year before! I’m a bit of a menace in the garden!!

  15. If you didn’t like their coffee would you be entitled to say it was rubbish.
    Some very ingenious ideas there, the pool at the top seems very small compared to the ladder, maybe it’s just the photo angle…

  16. I’m loving the half pipe! But only because the one and only time I ever tried skateboarding I was rubbish!! Ho ho ho!

  17. That is a clever idea for a coffee shop – I really enjoyed that one and the planter. As someone who repurposes lots of stuff to stand in for planters, it appealed!

  18. I totally agree. Okay, we’ll leave the top 10 animals in the pool and the ones that do want to join but can’t swim, we’ll put in the skip then. Deal? LOL!

  19. I love the coffee shop. Looks like my first apartment hahaha!!! But seriously, I’ve always wanted a swimming pool. I don’t think dumpsters come that small here but I love the idea. Wonder if you could fit a ceiling fan into the coffee shop…… Hmmm

  20. Very creative indeed! Love the swimming pool. That can also be used some of those cute animals I took from your previous post, you know..for the animals that don’t swim that well. LOL!

Which one did you like?