Recycling and upcycling have recently received a lot of attention. Who’d have guessed that stuff sitting about the house, which most people ignore, might be transformed into something helpful and attractive? Before you toss out unneeded or undesirable objects from your home, take a moment to consider all the beautiful things you could do with them. You don’t always need to spend money on home décor or organizers since you probably already have everything you need; all you need is a fresh pair of eyes and a little imagination. With a little time, effort, and some arts and crafts tools, you can easily change many common items into something unique. We’ve gathered some ideas to get you motivated and ready to start reusing your unused goods.
Making comfortable pillows out of upcycled fabric
If you want to sew, you undoubtedly have a lot of unused materials laying around, and it’s such a shame to throw them away. It’s an excellent time to start upcycling if no one else has a use for them.
Throw pillows are a great way to add color and texture to any room. Who wouldn’t want to hug them? They’re soft and comfortable, and they’re terrific cuddling pals. Make some creative designs and cut the fabric with them. You may begin sewing your throw pillows after cutting the cloth. What a wonderful activity for those days when you’re stuck at home!
Broken mugs can breathe new life
Chipped or cracked mugs are often thrown away right away. However, before you head to the kitchen and start hunting for broken cups, you should think again. They are still useful.
Planters can be made out of less-than-perfect mugs and cups. They get a new lease of life when you repurpose them, and it’s not as tough as you may think. Simply insert pre-potted plants into the cup, water when needed, and place the plant in direct sunshine.
Turn old rope into a brand new rug
Sometimes all a home needs is a one-of-a-kind piece to complete the appearance. It might be a unique piece of decore or something as basic as a rug. Rugs are easily available in stores; but, because they are mass-produced, you are getting something that most others have as well.
Why not manufacture your own rug to ensure you get a one-of-a-kind piece? Making your own requires little work. All you need is some rope, which you may twist into whatever shape or form your heart desires. There are plenty of ideas on the internet to get you started. Take a peek at what this ingenious individual accomplished.
Making a tray out of an antique frame
Do you have an old frame that no longer matches your home’s current decor? Keep your composure and don’t toss it in the garbage. It might be used as a serving tray or recycled into something different. You still don’t trust us?
Take a look at that upcycled wonder. If you attach some fabric and interesting metal handles, it may quickly become a talking piece. It will not only look nice, but it will also be useful for entertaining visitors. They’ll be enthralled for hours.
New uses for old clothes
We don’t see the point in spending money on expensive clothing for youngsters who would outgrow it in a matter of months. It’s the equivalent of flushing thousands of dollars down the toilet. There are several options for repurposing your clothing to create products that your children will like wearing.
Checking your wardrobe for unwanted button-down or t-shirts is a terrific method to design unique things for your children while also saving money. Cut the fabric from another dress or a design, and with a little stitching, your child will have a new garment. Sewing is a talent that will never go out of style.
Turn off the lights and turn on the flowers
It may be time to change the lightbulbs if you arrive home and find yourself standing in the dark even after turning on the lights. What do most individuals do when they’ve resolved the problem? When they quit operating, they are thrown away.
However, you are not obligated to do so. The antique lightbulbs are still useful. You may use them to make vases. Yes, you read that correctly. Simply remove the filament and they’d make attractive and unique flower vases.
Give a new meaning to your spare tire
Spare tires in the garden aren’t exactly appealing. Unless you repurpose them into something helpful, like a patio table, they might make your house appear messier than it is. You might wonder how you go about doing it.
To begin, consider what color scheme you’d like to use for the majority of the patio. Before you start painting your chosen color on the old tires, make sure they are clean. Get a round glass and put it on top of your work of art, and your masterpiece is ready to be appreciated!
You’ve come to the correct spot if you’ve discovered an antique chandelier in the attic and don’t know what to do with it. Because they may be turned into planters and utilized to beautify your home. You’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner when you’ve done enhancing it.
Repaint the chandelier in your favorite color and add terracotta plants or cups to the top. It’s totally up to you whether you paint the planters the same shade or a different one. Choose the ideal plants, place them in the pots, and suspend them in an appropriate spot.
Give the gift of popsicle sticks
If you got carried away at the grocery store last time and bought a lot of popsicles and ice lollies, you might be wondering what you’ll do with the sticks. Can you make something helpful out of them? Yes, you certainly can! How?
Making ornamental cubbies for plants and trinkets out of the sticks. Find some designs on the internet and decorate the sticks in your desired color scheme. If you like a more neutral look, just varnish them. Glue the sticks together in the shape of your choice, and you’ve got an immediate wall improvement with your personal touch.
Hold on to your cutting boards
When you buy a new cutting board, the first thing you typically do is toss the old one in the trash or store it somewhere where it will be forgotten. But why do that when you could do something more with it, like make it into a piece of décor?
You don’t require a large number of items. Only an old cutting board, chalkboard paint, and chalk are required. Before applying a layer of priming paint, ensure the cutting board is clean and dry. It’s a good place to scribble some notes and put them on the wall.
Turn old shirts into a meowing good time
Keep your old t-shirts since they may be utilized for a variety of purposes. They’d make great carpets, and if you have a cat, you can put them to even greater use. T-shirts make excellent cat shelters. Yes, that isn’t the first thought that comes to mind, but bear with us.
Spending a lot of money on stylish cat homes is a bad idea. You may simply make a one-of-a-kind one on your own. Only a few wires, cardboard, and, obviously, t-shirts are required. Simply bend the wire into the desired form to make a kitten tent.
Sitting below the belt
Because chairs, particularly the seat portion, are subjected to a great deal of weight, seats are often among the first sections of the chair to wear out or get damaged. Instead of replacing the old chair, you may just add additional seats. Repurposing old belts is a simple solution to this problem.
Yes, you read that correctly. Old belts make sturdy, one-of-a-kind chair seats that everyone will appreciate and enjoy sitting on. Fasten the belt lengthwise, ensuring that all belts are parallel to one another. Repeat the process in the width direction, passing over and under the previous belts to create a woven look, and you’re finished!
Old pallets can learn new tricks
If you come upon a wooden pallet, don’t toss it away; it’s a terrific recyclable item. Pallets will not only save you money, but they will also benefit the environment. Pallets may be transformed into a variety of items, including tables.
A pallet, stain, and wheels are all you’ll need. Because this art project requires time and energy, you may want to undertake it over a weekend when you are not working. You may make a rolling coffee table by staining the pallet and attaching the wheels.
Branching out with your decor
You likely have a few trees in your backyard if you have a green thumb and enjoy gardening. Aside from the clearing and trimming of fallen leaves, having trees is ideal since you have access to any fallen branches.
You can make a robust tree branch into an attractive light fixture if you locate one. The picture above is only illustrative. You don’t have to do it exactly as they did, and you may use your imagination to come up with something unique.
It’s always time for dominoes
Dominoes and other board games were ubiquitous years ago, but with the emergence of mobile tablets and other gaming devices, they have lost their appeal in the home. You might wish to create a new clock if you clean your closet and discover a big box of dominoes that have been neglected.
With a little elbow grease and imagination, you can easily make this fantastic clock. Aside from the dominoes, you’ll need some wood planks, strong glue, and a rudimentary understanding of watch mechanics to make a timekeeping piece of décor. Start working on the project now; time is running short.
Two bottles of Coke on your ears…
If you have coke metal pops, or any other metal pops, you may make unique earrings that will be the talk of the town.
For the earrings, all you need are some metal soda pop tops, a screwdriver, and a few hooks. Drilling through the metal cap and attaching the earring hold with little wires should be done with caution. You can always resell them if this is a smash.
Turning corks into vases
Do you consider yourself a wine connoisseur? If you want to complete this project, that’s great. If you’ve made it a habit of collecting the corks from every wine bottle you come across, you’ll be pleased to learn that you can turn your cork collection into vases.
If you don’t have enough corks, ask your pals for some. Get a plain glass vase and attach the corks to it with some adhesive. The cork vases in the shot are only for illustration. You may combine them in any way or pattern to make a one-of-a-kind thing.
Never pack anything but books again
Not only can old luggage elicit nostalgia, especially when they are passed down through the generations, but they also have a lot of character. You don’t see these very often these days, so if you manage to come across one, save it.
You may always change it into a bookcase if it no longer serves as good travel luggage owing to age difficulties. Tear out the interior and install some sturdy shelves that can hold a lot of weight, and you’re ready to show off your impressive book collection.
Turning corks into keychains
An image of key chains made from wine corks is yet another example of how beneficial wine corks can be. Keys are among the items that people frequently misplace, and a terrific solution to avoid this is to recycle corks.
Simply punch a hole in the cork, connect a keychain, and secure the key. They make for some amusing keychains. Just remember to keep the keychain in your bag, or else you won’t be able to enter inside the home.
While we’re talking about keys
We have locks and doorknobs that make fantastic key holders. The issue with keys, once again, is that we constantly seem to misplace them. Isn’t it nice if we had a spot in the house where everyone could simply store their keys?
This is a fantastic answer to the issue. Old doorknobs and locks were used to create this unique key holder. When not in use, hang them on a piece of wood and dangle the keys over them or insert them into the locks.
Saving pennies for a rainy day
Are you fed up with your plain vase? Why not adorn it with some bling? We’re confident you have more than a few pennies stowed someplace because they are infrequently used today. Put them to excellent use by integrating them into your home decorating.
All you’ll need for this project are some spare pennies and an old, weary, and uninteresting vase. Glue the coins to the vase one by one, and when you’re done, your vase will be filled with ka-ching. It will bring some glitz to your life.
Hold on to your old bottles
Empty bottles are rarely thrown away these days, regardless of where you are in the globe; they generally wind up in the recycling bin, but that isn’t the only use for them. They may also be reused to make useful household goods.
If you don’t have a soap dispenser, simply grab an empty bottle, add a nozzle, and a dispenser that fits, and you’ve got yourself a completely functional soap dispenser! It is entirely up to you whether or not to label the bottles.
Turn an old suitcase into a dollhouse
As previously said, old luggage may be converted into a variety of items, one of which will most likely thrill your little girl. An old suitcase may be transformed into a fantastic playhouse. Before you begin customizing the interior of the luggage, make sure it is clean.
Apply some chalkboard paint to the exterior of the home and sketch a stunning house design. You may utilize shelving and barriers to build several house levels, and you can add little furniture to make it more lifelike.
Shards of CDs become a mosaic
Everything nowadays is digital. People used to purchase CDs to listen to their favorite songs and performers, but those days are long gone. Everything can now be downloaded into phones, which, although more convenient, has rendered CDs and DVDs mostly useless.
However, many CDs at home have become unplayable as a result of this. If you have a large collection of CDs that you haven’t listened to in ages, you may use them to decorate a few items around the home, such as trays. When you offer tea to guests the next time they come to visit, they’ll be astounded.
The many uses of corks
It’s hard to overestimate how many different ways you can reuse corks. In this example, an enterprising person has discovered that corks can make excellent bathroom mats because of their buoyancy and water resistance.
Of course, you don’t want to simply roll away. You need to cut the corks in half before attaching them together so that you have a sturdy mat to stand on.
Make a bag out of a shirt
We all have that one beloved t-shirt that we wear every now and then, causing it to fade and become loose sooner than the rest of our clothes. Most people would stop wearing it and throw it away if this happened.
The good news is that we won’t have to discard our old and worn garments. It’s always possible to turn them into bags! Simply cut fringes at the bottom and remove the sleeves. To seal the bottom of the garment, braid the fringes together.
DIY pasta containers
Tall canisters are commonly used to hold chips and other food products, and you can always reuse them to help save the environment and reduce waste. They’ll look fantastic on your kitchen countertops.
Take the labels off the canisters and wrap them in the paper of your choosing. Make some labels for each container so you know what kind of pasta is inside. Your homemade pasta containers will look wonderful and be useful.
Scrabble is another great board game that people used to play a lot back in the day. However, you will be unable to play the game if you lose part of the tiles. Most of us have misplaced tiles at some time, and you may still have your old scrabble game stashed away in a drawer.
You may build coasters out of the remaining tiles instead of throwing them away. Take some corkboard and cut it into the form you want. Glue the scrabble tiles on it. You may even come up with a nice message or spell out someone’s name.
Turn a pallet into a swing
Pallets, as previously said, can be upcycled for a variety of purposes. We showed you how to turn them into portable coffee tables before, and now we’ll show you how to turn them into swings. Pallets blend nicely with a nautical motif because they are commonly found in shipping yards.
Get some robust hooks, a thick rope, your preferred paint color, and, of course, the palette. Assemble the swing as shown in the picture, then add some throw cushions for added comfort. This might quickly become the center of attention in your home.
Turn old jeans into a new ottoman
A pair of well-worn and well-loved jeans can fade and hole with time, but you don’t have to throw them out just yet; they still have a long life ahead of them. This is a project that will take time and work, but the end product will be well worth it.
To complete this project, you must be able to sew. Simply follow the instructions outlined in the graphic above to create something you’ll enjoy. Cut the designs, stitch them together, then stuff the remaining fabric with some cotton filler to give your old jeans a new lease of life.
Apart from being worn, jeans have a variety of applications. We’ve already shown how to repurpose worn pants into a new stool. You’ll now learn how to construct a new bag. Turn a pair of pants that no longer fit or are out of style into something useful.
Sew the base and connect an old belt that will be upcycled to act as a strap; wide-legged jeans are perfect for this bag. A lovely backpack may be made with a little effort and sewing abilities.
Make wall art out of a t-shirt
Years ago, band shirts were worn by everyone and anybody on the street. They were quite popular at the time, but they have since fallen out of favor. If you still have any concert memories stashed away in the back of your closet, now is the time to bring them back to life.
Make wall art out of them. They’ll make great and edgy decorations for your home. To support the garment, all you’ll need is a glue gun and some cardboard. Not only will your guests admire your design flair, but they’ll also start a conversation about prior concerts you’ve seen.
Make organizers out of jeans
Because of their versatility, jeans are one of everyone’s favorite pieces of apparel. Depending on the wash and style, they may be worn for both casual and semi-formal settings. Most individuals have a surplus of worn-out jeans in their closets that they don’t wear.
You can transform worn pants into organizers by repurposing them. Another issue at home is organization, especially if you have little children. Simply cut the pockets and belt loops out of the old jeans, stitch them together, and hang them on a rod. You’ll receive a colorful organizer that everyone will enjoy using.
Ever consider spooning your wall?
Color and pizzazz may be brought to the walls. Nobody wants to live in a house with boring walls because homes with boring walls are uninteresting homes. If your walls are in need of a refresh, consider painting them a vibrant color or hanging some eye-catching wall art.
Instead of tossing away plastic spoons, you may recycle them. Start putting the spoons into the design of your choice using glue and cardboard. If you paint it a bright color, you’ll have tres chic wall décor.
Make a basket out of old jeans
We haven’t shown you everything there is to know about repurposing old jeans. Jean organizers, jean stools, and jean bags have all been spotted thus far. You can now make jean baskets out of discarded, unwanted jeans. This is a time-consuming project that you can complete over the weekend.
To cut at minimum 2 pairs of jeans into strips, you’ll need scissors and a lot of patience. The length of the strips should be determined by the diameter of the basket. Once you’ve gathered all of the strips, weave them together like you would any other material, and you’ll have a wonderful denim basket.
Many of us turn to literature for comfort. When we are pleased or unhappy, we turn to literature for comfort. There are several options if you have a lot of books at home and don’t know what to do with them. You can offer them to your local library or to someone who is in desperate need of books.
You may also use them to make attractive shelves. Get a sturdy wall mount and mount the books on it. The largest one is at the bottom, and the tiniest one is at the top. You’ll have floating bookshelves as a result!
Over the garden wall
During the epidemic, everyone appeared to resort to gardening to relieve loneliness and deal with the difficult times. If you wish to showcase plants in a unique way, we have a suggestion for you. Look around your home for any unused frames or an old frame that has seen better days.
For this project, an old wooden frame would be ideal. Nail chicken wire to the back of the frame to keep it in place. Connect the succulents to the cables one by one, and you’ll have a 3D work of art that will have everyone talking. However, don’t forget to water your plants.
Put your records on…the table
Because most music is now digital, just a few individuals still listen to vinyl albums. Because you can store music to your phone or computer, you don’t need large record players. Many vinyl LP albums are no longer playable.
For this project, you’ll need a planter stand, a glue gun, and a vinyl LP record. Wipe the record clean, then use hot glue to adhere it to the edge of the planter where it will be put. Place the record on the planter, and your vinyl record side table is complete.
Soda carton planters
Plastic is one of the world’s most serious challenges nowadays. By recycling plastic, we may contribute to environmental protection. If you have liter drink bottles on hand and enjoy plating, you’ll want to participate in this project.
You can repurpose liter drink containers into unique and interesting planters with some paint, color pens, and a lot of ingenuity. You may enlist the aid of the youngsters as well, as they will undoubtedly like this. Take a look at the image for some ideas.
Make creative pencil holders out of telephone books
Telephone directories are relics of a bygone era. They are no longer made in large quantities, and no one looks through them for a number. Nowadays, we just save one another’s contact information on our phones. So, what are you going to do with your old phone books?
You may use them to make one-of-a-kind pencil holders! Toilet paper rolls, scissors, glue, and tape are required. Construct any form you like with the telephone book; for this project, they used toilet paper rolls to make a spherical shape and then glued the phone book pages in place. You may also use paint to decorate your freshly made pencil holders.
Make your jewelry really pop
Plastic beverage bottles that aren’t biodegradable virtually invariably end up in the garbage. They are one of the most significant sources of pollution, but you can help save the environment by making a container for keeping and exhibiting your jewelry.
A drill, liter soda bottles, washers, and a metal rod are all required. Cut the bottoms off several liter drink can bottles and drill a hole in the center with care. Add a few of the bottoms to the pole and you’ll have a handy place to store your jewelry.
Make the custom rim job count
You probably have a few tire rims hanging around if you’re someone who likes to save things even if they’re no longer in use. You don’t need many; for this project, even a single one would suffice. You may make a clever chore wheel out of your old tire rims.
This way, there will be no disagreements about who is responsible for what and when, and it will also appear more edge. Before gluing the wood pieces to the wheel, cut them out and paint them using blackboard paint. See how the middle spoke spins by mounting the tire rim on a wooden piece.
More CD mosaics
Most of us would create CDs and give them to friends a few years ago, before everything went digital and downloading tunes became a thing. However, that is no longer the case, and if you used to like burning CDs, you may still have lots of them laying around.
Fortunately, they can still be transformed into decorations, so you don’t have to throw away the money you spent on them. Cut them into little pieces and attach the CD bits to whatever ornament you have, such as a simple Christmas ball.
Turn old shirts into rugs
You don’t have to throw away your old shirts because they may be utilized for various purposes, such as carpets. How much do you spend each year on rugs? You may eliminate that expenditure from your budget by turning your old shirts into carpets.
You might be better off polishing your crochet skills before you attempt this project. But, if you’re already an expert, then it’s just a matter of slicing your shirts into long strips and crocheting them together. Before long, you’ll have cleared out your closet and crafted a fun new rug.