When something breaks, the temptation is to simply go out and buy a new one.
However, as this collection of photographs show, some people rely instead on a little lateral thinking.
The repairs may not be pretty but, for the most part, they seem to do their job.
From a pair of shoes fashioned out of cling film, to a hand-drawn clock and torches sellotaped to a car bonnet to replace broken lamps, there’s ingenuity in spades in the gallery below.
But maybe don’t try them at home. Especially the ones involving wires.
Stitch it up and start the engine! A fibreglass car exterior is given new life with some plastic ties stapled through it
A clock with a third of its dial missing is still pinned to a wall, with a fresh set of numbers drawn in behind it
One-way ticket to a spillage! The broken stem of this wine glass is fixed with a snapped-in-two pencil and plenty of elastic bands
No shoes? No worries! This commuter has crafted footwear out of cling film
Back in action: A broken tap has new life breathed into it using a bendy straw
Let’s hope nobody gets hungry and brings this structure, which depends on a fruity joint, down with one bite
Two headlamps strapped to the bonnet of this car provide a short-term solution to broken headlamps
When the glass on these headlamps smashed, the owner of this car, registered in Russia, simply added a quartet of plastic bottles to the front
Lateral thinking or totally misguided? When a wiper blade goes for a burton, a glove replaces it…
Pot hole need repairing? Simply find a few paving slabs that fit in the space…or even if they don’t fit in the space, that’s fine too
The sentiment might be there…but really, there is no band aid in the world that will fix a rust hole
It’s the right shape at least: A brush is used as a makeshift wing mirror on this car…
Mind the puddle! A gaggle of bricks protect – in a half-hearted fashion – passers-by from coming a cropper in this puddle of water
Wire would you? This clip ties provide zero insulation…leaving live wire exposed
Trust the little man in green: a lego character is somehow used to connect cables