Unique DIY home decor ideas using things we normally throw away.
We toss a lot of things in the garbage or recycle bin that we could easily upcycle into trendy home decor. Upcycling is a great way to save money and also show our creativity.
1. Spam Cans
Save Spam cans and plastic fruit containers to upcycle into unique plant containers or desk organizers. Make your home decor shine by using metallic spray paint.
DIY Recycle Project: Spray Paint Spam Cans To Use As Succulent Pots
2. Beer and Soda Cans
Wow, these were fun to make. Use old beer cans or any type of aluminum cans to make fun vases. The vases in the photo above are a West Elm knock-off project where the vases were made of concrete and cost $45 per "vase."
How To Upcycle Aluminum Cans Into Vases
3. Plastic Water Bottles
We drink a lot of bottled water around our house, so do we put the bottles into the recycle bin or make cute projects like these vases? We make cute home decor vases.
Spring Decorating: Recycled Water Bottle Vases, Tacky or Classy?
4. Coffee Cans
Recycled coffee cans can be used to store things in the kitchen, bathroom, or where ever. You can also paint them pretty to use as kitchen tool caddies or remote control storage.
Upcycle A Coffee Can: Painted Vase For Spring Flowers
How about re-covering benches or dining room chairs with old jeans and any pretty fabric like the curtain I used in this bench upcycle?
Upcycling Denim Jeans: How To Recover A Fabric Seat With Denim
6. Bed Springs
Oh my goodness! Bedsprings from antique beds are the best. Upcycle them to display Christmas ornaments, dyed Easter eggs, beach memories, and more. I made a candle holder and set it on a bed spring.
Upcycled Lamp Parts Candle Holder | Planter | Candy Dish
7. Garden Rake
A garden rake head is light enough to hang on your front door as a wreath. Glue faux succulents, Spring flowers, or Fall flowers to the wreath and hang it from an old leather belt.
Upcycled Craft: Succulent Plant Rake Wreath
8. Compact Disc
Glue compact discs together to form a wreath. Add a decorative bow and change it out with the seasons.
9. Movie Reels
You may have old movie reels packed away, or if not, you can usually find them at flea markets. Create all kinds of wall decor using the reels. Try wrapping sisal rope around the reels where the film strip would normally be and glue faux succulents to the middle of the reel.
DIY Idea For Old Movie Reels | Succulent Plant Display
10. Furniture Pulls
Order magnets from Amazon or pick them up at a local craft shop. Just ensure they are a number 6 grade or above so they stick well to the refrigerator or magnet board. Use glue to adhere old drawer pulls to the magnets.
DIY Magnets Made With Vintage Keys And Old Hardware
11. 13 Upcycled Jewelry Ideas
Pretty projects using jewelry.
12. 12 Throw Away Things To Upcycle Today
Keep a lookout for old pairs of jeans that might be in danger of being donated or tossed out - they are invaluable in the upcycling world.
12 Throw Away Things To Upcycle Today
Thanks for reading Petticoat Junktion, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.
Kathryn Marie Wasylak
Awesome ideas! Really got me thinking- and looking at "junk" In a new way.Great way to start my day-creativity.