Don’t we all want to do our bit for Mother Nature?
Imagine the amount of waste that gets sent to landfills every year, not to mention the pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production of different materials we use every day.
Deep down, you know that one day, global warming is going to get to you on a personal level. So why not start making little changes at home?
With a little bit of imagination you can take your home from drab fab through upcycling: “The act of taking something no longer in use and giving it a second life and new function. In doing so, the finished product often becomes more practical, valuable, and beautiful than what it previously was.” (UpcycleThat.com)
Upcycling is a distinct concept from recycling, as the latter breaks items down to their base materials so they can be remade into a new item. With upcycling, materials aren’t broken down; they’re just improved to the same or better quality and repurposed.
Here are six upcycling ideas that will bring one-of-a-kind items into your home, challenge your craft repair skills, and improve your green cred.
Idea #1: Use Old Tins Cans & Bottles For Plants
Get a botanical pick-me-up when you see your plants in used tin cans and bottles. Even without the plants, these items make for great wall décor.
Idea #2: Used Glass Bottles as Pendant Lights
Make your ceiling shine a little brighter with old bottles. Hanging them on old driftwood? That will make your guests stare even longer upward with this clever upcycling move.
Idea #3: Repurpose wooden crates
From making them into shelves on walls, or even as a space for more décor, you can never go wrong with crates. They’re great for storage with a hint of character–as long as there’s space in your home, you’ll definitely find a use for these old things.
Idea #4: Rethink Upholstery
There’s no need to totally replace your sofa or chair. Change the foam and cover, and you can give your space the refresh it needs without blowing your budget.
Idea #5: Use old ladders as a space saver
Hang towels and other linen on old ladders to save space, and grant a lot of character to any free corner you have in your home.
Idea #6: Reinvent old chairs, window frames, shutters and bike wheels for your walls
Give new life to your wall with these one-of-a-kind items you can make into wall décor. Saving them from the landfill eases the burden on the environment, they can live a new life in your home serving as shelves or as display platforms.
So there you have it, six ideas for taking your home from drab to fab! Think of upcycling as refashioning items into something very unique. As every piece brings a little bit of history to it, your home will have more beautiful stories as well to tell with it.