Upcycling: Ideas for the Home & Garden

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Upcycling Home Ideas, Image Source drivenbydecor.com

Upcycled Home Ideas, Image Source drivenbydecor.com

So a new year, a new start? That doesn’t necessarily mean out with the old and in with the new… Today we’re looking at a few a simple ideas on how you can upcycle disused odds & sods into statement home and garden decor items…

Upcycling Ideas for the Home & Garden

I have seen so many uses for old suitcases as garden planters, coffee tables and display cabinets, etc… But I really liked the idea of sawing up and mounting them onto a wall to function as display shelves; a slightly more novel idea, don’t you think?

Upcylcled Book Page Table Runner, Image Source pinterest.com/hipcycle/

Upcylcled Book Page Table Runner, Image Source pinterest.com/hipcycle/

There are also a thousand different uses for old books. If you Google “upcycle old books” you will quite literally find yourself spoiled for choice with articles on how to make use of them… But by far one of the simplest and most effective uses I found was this delicate table runner… Simply glue together your pages to the desired length and then use a paper punch to create a lace-effect edging…

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Upcycled Newspaper Wallpaper, Image Source pinterest.com/hipcycle/

Upcycling

Upcylced Bathroom Ideas, Image Sources pinterestcom/PhillHill/ & pinterest.com/craftyme73/

Then of course you might consider reusing old newspapers for wallpaper. If you can get your hands on stacks of old 70s ones, then it should lend a delightfully retro look and feel to a room. Personally, I think it’s an idea that works exceptionally well in bathroom spaces. Other ideas that work in bathroom spaces include re-purposing old bicycles into washstand features and old wooden baskets into hanging storage spaces…

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Upcycled Shipping Pallet Creations, Image Source inhabitat.com

And if you can get your hands on old wooden shipping pallets, I found several novel and interesting ideas for DIY decor on inhabitat.com… (p.s. I’m sure one could also upcycle old scraps of material to create a patchwork cushion – much like the one featured in the picture above).

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Upcycled Lighting Ideas, Image Source blog.gessat.com

Plastic Chandelier, Upcycling

Upcylced Plastic Chandelier & Globe Shades, Image Source pinterest.com/kelmom25boys/ & pinterest.com/kinneyalli/

I loved the upcycling of old glass bottles into animal lamps, which would of course be ideal for children’s bedrooms but work just as well in modern work-spaces… I also really enjoy the playful, reclaimed plastic chandelier above… What a statement piece for the hallway of a modern home. Alternatively, perhaps the globe lamps are more appealing to a mid-century decor lover…

Upcycling Gardening Ideas

Upcylced Gardening Ideas, Image Source dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com

Upcycling Gardening Ideas

Upcylced Gardening Ideas, Image Source dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com

Upcycling Gardening Ideas

Upcylced Gardening Ideas, Image Source dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com

Upcycling Gardening Ideas

Upcylced Gardening Ideas, Image Source dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com

Upcycling Gardening Ideas

Upcylced Gardening Ideas, Image Source pinterest.com/hipcycle/

I found a myriad of different ideas for upcycling various household items into garden planters, which lend a delightfully eclectic and colourful mood to any garden. For more inspiration you might want to check out this post on Dishfunctional Designs 🙂

Upcycling Candle Holders

Upcylced Candle Holders, Image Source dailydanny.com

And this may be one of my favourite ideas thus far, particularly because it’s the perfect use for leftover Plascon paint… Collect an assortment of glass bottles with necks that will hold a standard sized white candle… Then tip the left over paint into the bottles and swivel it around thoroughly so that the sides get a thorough coating of paint before tipping out the excess paint. Once dried, voila! You have a lovely candle focal piece for your home…

Upcycling Paint Samples

Upcycled Paint Samples, Image Source pinterest.com/PhillHill/

And last but not least, if you’ve recently decided to repaint your home, and in the process have collected a host of paint colour swatch cards, why not consider chopping these up into a pretty wall decoration like the one above?

Happy upcycling folks!

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2 Responses

  1. My mother has gone for the quirky decor look in her garden – using old toilets, sinks and even an old bathtub to plant flowers in. It has become quite a conversation starter 🙂

  1. January 27, 2014

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