Use, reuse, upcycle

Monday 19 October 2015, 03:01 PM

Terry Hawkins
Digital Marketing Executive , LifeSearch

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If you are concerned about being green as many of us are today, then you probably already recycle materials in and around your home.

That’s great but it’s even better to upcycle as recycling requires a lot of  energy or water to break down materials. Upcycling only requires your own imagination and elbow grease.  It will stir up your creative spirit, you get to practice your skills  with new materials and ultimately get free NEW stuff! Who doesn’t love free stuff right?!

Here’s 5 ideas to get you started!

1) Personalise your walls

Pallets are great for any rustic pieces you are looking to create and instantly add style and grace to any room.

Most importantly you can tend to find them for free on local free ad websites or even at a local warehouse, with some paint and a stencil at the ready you can create something really unique!

Stag picture upcycle

2) Jam Jar Cocktails

Any old jam jars you have lying around the house can quickly become something special to make a talking point at your next party or event

Simply give the jam jar a thorough wash, decorate accordingly and fill with your best Strawberry jam inspired Daiquiri…and enjoy!

Simple & really unique!

Jam jar cocktails upcycle

3) Toy Garden Plamters

When your kids begin to grow out of their toys, instead of throwing them away give them a lick of paint and use them as planters for flowers or herbs.

Your nosey neighbours wil be envious of your unique garden décor.

A great quirky way to brighten up your garden.

Toy garden planter upcycle

4) Coffee table suitcase

If you’re feeling extra crafty why not use the legs of an old table, give them a coat of paint and a light sand (to give them a shabby chic effect) then screw them on to an old suitcase to create a vintage styled coffee table with storage.

Not only stylish and great to look at, but practical too.

Coffee table suitcase upcycle

5) Memory Frames

This one is a bit of a twist on a memory box and a great little way to create a display for everyone to see!

Take the back off of an old photo frame and replace with chicken wire, then use decorated pegs to attach small trinkets and photos.

Voila!

Memory frame upcycle