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. 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!
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