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Turning old, unwanted things into something unique and exciting is so much fun! I especially love when I can reuse an object that is already in my possession to create something new.
I’ve always been a fan of the upcycling process because it’s such a creative way to give unloved objects new life. That being said, nothing compares to finding other ways of using your possessions—even if they are items you thought were useless before.
I’m sure there are literally thousands of other upcycling projects out there. Still, these DIY easy upcycling ideas are the ones I liked the most. I hope you’ll find some inspiration for your creations as well.
This awesome idea, found on Elizabeth Joan Designs, will let you upcycle any unwanted boxes into these pretty storage baskets. And who hasn’t got a tonne of Amazon boxes lying around asking to be turned into something nice? She also has a tutorial to make the basket liners, so make sure you’ll check it out as well.
If you’re a coffee-lover, I bet you’ve got many of these cans stacked up, waiting to be turned into something useful and pretty. The idea is simple and doesn’t require many tools and materials.
Just some spray 2-in-1 primer and paint, a power drill, clothesline rope, and seashell necklaces(but you can use whatever you want). The final results would look awesome in a beach/marine-themed interior.
This project is so awesome I had to look twice to actually tell that it’s been made out of paint stirrers. It’s so simple and looks fantastic. All you need is some supplies like paint stir sticks, a round mirror, a stain, gorilla glue, a wall hanger, and that’s it.
Great idea for a quick weekend project, and I bet it would also look great with a rectangular-shaped mirror.
Super easy idea for creating shelving space using wooden crates. Although the concept comes from Thea’s Mania blog, which is a non-English site, and the tutorial isn’t in English, it’s pretty simple to make. You just paint or stain the crates and hang them on the wall in some sort of organized composition that you like.
Tip. use Brave browser to translate this tutorial to English.
Do you have a plethora of glass jars just sitting around collecting dust? With some stencils, spray paint, and a little patience, these upcycled jars can become cute stenciled vases for your home! Read on to learn how I turned my old jars into these cuties.
Have you got a spare plastic flower bucket somewhere in the house? Then you must try this super easy and quick upcycling project. Ugly to pretty in no time 🙂 I’m sure you can make one for the garden as well.
This is a fantastic idea for Christmastmas It looks great. It’s simple and yet pretty. Although it’s already January when this post is being published, I’m sure you’ll appreciate this project next time around.
I am so excited to share this springtime DIY project with you. It’s a super easy design that you can do in just minutes to brighten up your home for the new season! The supplies I found lying around- were an old candle, a crayon, and a few old branches. Create this beautiful blossom vase to welcome spring into your home!
I’m sure you’ve seen all these fancy wooden toy kitchens for the little ones. They’re adorable but so, so expensive. They literally can cost hundreds of dollars. So when I saw this upcycling project, I was sure I wanted it on my list. It’s so cute 🙂 And not that difficult to make as well
This is another simple and quick little project that can be done in the afternoon. So if you’re bored with your plain utensil holder, this idea is excellent to add a little bit of character to your kitchen.
If you’ve got one of them cd racks stored away somewhere(who collects CDs nowadays?), you can quickly turn it into a planter. Claire, over at Claire Abbelle Makes, used fake flowers and put it in the garden. But I’m sure you could use some glass bottles, use fresh flowers and put it somewhere indoors.
If you have some old phones collecting dust, you can easily turn them into these clever bookends. However, if you don’t but you really like the idea, you could give it a try and check Craig’s list or some other places. Garage sales would be a good idea too.
If you have more wine bottles or any nice spirit bottles, this is another quick and very simple project. The steps in this tutorial include drilling in the glass. But if you’re not comfortable doing it, you can easily get around it and use battery-operated led lights with a bottle cork. They come in a variety of colors as well.
Who doesn’t enjoy long, warm summer evenings? Sitting in a garden with a glass of wine or a book. I know I do. To enjoy it even more, you can add to the ambiance using warm lights and decorations. I love this blue bottle, torches. So easy to make and a fantastic way of adding that holiday, beachy feeling.
If you’re bored with old rectangular mirrors, this project may be right for you. Recycled old wooden tennis rackets turned into mirrors. They’re different and unique. And pretty easy to make but require a professional to cut the mirror to the racket shape. Then you just need some strong glue or mounting tape, and it’s done!
This idea must be the cheapest one on this list, but it looks great, and it’s not difficult to make. All you need is a lot of toilet paper rolls and some supplies like glue, scissors, spray paint, and hairpins. And, of course, your imagination to create any design you like.
If you happen to have one of these old suitcases and don’t know what to do with it, this idea can definitely help you. You can upcycle it to match your decor and use it to store your precious little bits.
I love what Christy from Confessions of the Serial DIYer has done with it. Check her post for full instructions.
Upcycle an old picture frame to a chalkboard and put it somewhere in the house. You can then leave cute messages for your loved ones, or if it’s a bigger size, perhaps use it as a notes board in the kitchen.
I wish I could try to make this one, but unfortunately, the ceilings in my house are way too low 🙁
The steps are easy to follow, and you can experiment with different wine bottle colors, too(like clear or even blue). Check the tutorial at Remodaholic or watch the video below.
So, what do you think? Are you inspired to take on a new upcycling project? I hope so! These ideas are cheap and easy to make, and they can really brighten up your home or workspace. If you’re feeling creative, why not try making one of these projects your own?
Don’t forget to pin it to your upcycling ideas board:)
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Kasia is the owner of the Upcycle This DIY That. She's a DIY/upcycling enthusiast. If she's not painting, sanding, or drilling, she's writing about power tools or tips for various DIY and upcycling projects that make the creative process easier and more fun!
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