11 Simple Upcycling Ideas for Anyone to Try


No one enjoys throwing away items that are still usable, but as a society of resource hogs, we have become immune to our waste. So I’m always encouraged when I see creative and simple upcycling projects that almost anyone can try to do. Of course, there are more complex ways to upcycle for people with some expert skills, such as welding. If that’s a skill that you have, there are a lot more things that you could upcycle into new furniture or decorations. When welding, make sure to wear a welding face shield to keep yourself safe. Before now, welders have been able to upcycle tables and gates into a range of different things, ensuring that nothing gets wasted. However, not everyone knows how to weld, so we have gathered a list of simple DIY projects for anyone to complete! These 11 upcycle ideas were picked by me because they are cool, and even better they are easy enough for any capable person to create. Plus, by reusing and upcycling, you’re also saving money too (and, let’s face it, we’re all looking to read more on how to save money around the home these days)! You may not need a quiver for kids or you may not want a planter made of boots, but you probably are interested in a suitcase as a medicine cabinet. Something for all tastes and interests, I hope. At the very least it will get you thinking about upcycling your belongings rather than tossing them in the trash. Long live Earth!

1. Old Boot Planter

Upcycle old boots into a planter! Love this idea for reusing old rain boots, simple and cute!



2. Suitcase Medicine Cabinet

Suitcase is upcycled into a medicine cabinet.



3. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Add a touch of farmhouse charm, a simple Mason jar was upcycled as a soap dispenser by drilling a hole into the lid, then inserting a pump from a discarded plastic soap container



4. Brown Bag Gift Tags

Upcycle Brown Paper Bags as gift tags.



5. Quiver for Kids

Simple Upcycled, No-Sew Kids Quiver.



6. Fork Candle Holder

Gorgeous and simple upcycled candle holder.



7. Metal Door Plate Key Holder

Old Metal Door Knob Plate & Skeleton Key…re-purposed into a funky wall key holder. Or if you’re not ready to let go of your old door knob plate just yet, why don’t you replace it with these stainless steel sheets from somewhere like Aluminium Warehouse, (www.aluminiumwarehouse.co.uk/stainless-steel) to make it last for a bit longer. But just think, how cool would a wall key holder be? Now you would have no excuse to forget or lose your keys!

key holder

no source door keyring holder

8. Mason Jar Herb Garden

Upcycling mason jars to MASON JAR HERB GARDEN



9. Painted Jar Flower Vase



10. Coffe Can Stores Trash Bags

How to upcycle a coffee can into a useful plastic bag dispenser – love this simple tutorial.



11. Gift Boxes as Wall Frames

Upcycle boxes into little paper frames

simple upcylcing ideas