The NY Times found students that have come up with creative ideas for using cheap objects.
Here are some of my favorites:
Drawers, found on a sidewalk without their dresser, were used as wall mountings by Ms. Brumder.
Galen Wolfe-Pauly, a student at the Cooper Union, made a bed frame of stacked honeycomb cardboard.
Lauren Chapman, a student at Yale School of Architecture, used recycled light bulbs as candleholders.