“Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value.”
Repurposed items work best when they fit in with your existing home decor. If you have a coastal-themed living space, you might like this project from Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do it Yourselfer. She completely transforms this vintage suitcase into an item she wants to display in her home. Check out her tutorial to learn how to transform an old suitcase in a similar style.
Old doors are commonly upcycled into things like headboards and furniture. Jen from Craft-O-Maniac came up with a brilliant idea to use an old door in her entryway mudroom area. Head over to her site to read more about the process and see a ton of before and after photos.
Another clever way to upcycle clothing is to turn old shirts into pillowcases. Pillowcases can get expensive, so if you have a sewing machine and some basic sewing skills, this tutorial could end up saving you a lot of money. Virtually any spare fabric you have will work for this project.
Picture frames can be upcycled into a variety of different items. One functional way to give a frame new life is to turn it into a chalkboard. You can either draw on some art or use it functionally for grocery lists and other command center tasks. Check out the tutorial to find out how this is done.
Find all the DIY guidance below
Thespruce: Upcycling Projects for All Around the Home
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