Get crafty with these upcycling projects

Fancy doing some crafts but don’t have anything to use? Or perhaps you just want to turn old items into something useful? Either way, upcycling is the answer.

Here are some cool things you can do with items that you may have around the home…

Decoupage has you covered, literally

Decoupage is a great way to upcycle pretty much anything – from furniture and lampshades, to frames and mirrors. It involves cutting out paper in the design of your choice (magazines, wallpaper, or even your children’s drawings) and pasting it onto an object, like a collage. Once you’re finished, you can varnish the item to seal in the design. This article by Prima offers a brilliant insight into getting started with decoupage.

Paint pot into ice bucket

Chances are you may have an empty paint bucket lying around somewhere. So why not turn it into an ice bucket to celebrate all your DIY accomplishments? Follow this guide by Hey Let’s make Stuff to find out how.

Chic teacup candles

Who said upcycled crafts can’t be chic? If you’ve got pretty teacups that never leave the cupboard, give them a new lease of life as a candle. This simple how-to from Hobby Craft tells you everything you need to know.

Bottle Pot plants

Brighten up your home with a recycled bottle paint pot. Decorate however you like and place on show for everyone to see. This easy craft is something everyone in the family can help with – check out this handy guide from Hobby Craft.

Tin can lantern

Make something for those long summer nights – pop holes in a leftover tin can, make a handle and paint, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful lantern. This video by Builders SA shows you exactly how.

Hair pin holder

If you live with something who uses hair pins, you likely find them EVERYWHERE! Here’s an excellent solution from Laura Trevey that uses an upcycled Tic Tac box to keep things neat and tidy.

Tiny magnet planters

If you don’t have space for a bottle plant pot, how about these wine cork planters? Perfect for tiny succulents and an adorable decoration for your fridge, you can’t go wrong. Follow this guide on Upcycle That to find out more. Plus, there are loads of other great activities on the site too.

Something for the kids

Tired of bored kids? Check out this handy article from Epic Adventures that shows you how to recycle everyday objects into fun instruments, toys and even a bird feeder. Great and simple activities that the whole family can take part in.

Where there are things to throw away there are things to upcycle. It’s nice to do your bit for the planet and keep yourself entertained at the same time. Happy upcycling!

  • SMARTY Team
  • July 30th, 2020