10 Simple Ways To Upcycle

Upcycling is taking something that was once previously owned and turning it into something new.

A lot of people think that upcycling is simply taking something new and making it better. While that is fun, and I do it myself, it does not fall into the realm of upcycling. It's being an awesome crafter.

Now does that mean an upcycled product has to be 100% reused. Well I think that would be pretty darn hard (but possible). I use new thread and sometimes even the occasional new material to make the necks of some of my upcycled T-shirt dresses. I would definately consider those upcycled.


With that said here are ten ways you can upcyle:

  1. Wrap presents with newspaper instead of buying new wrapping paper.
  2. Take that old T-shirt you haven't worn in years and make a pillow, childs dress, or a more fitted version of the previous tee.
  3. Oatmeal containers make great drums or banks.  Mod Podge or paint can spruce them up quite a bit.
  4. If you have a piece of furniture that feels drab a little paint can go a long way.
  5. Fabric scraps make great stuffing for stuffed animals, pillows, you name it.
  6. Old photo frame + a coat of paint + wallpaper or cool fabric = awesome
  7. Turn that T-shirt into a halter top.
  8. Compost (using food scraps to make new soil should count!)
  9. Take junk mail and make a pinata with the kids and some glue and water.
  10. Mod Podge the cover of an old book to make a new conversation piece.
What are your ideas. Please comment below.



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