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11 Shockingly Cool Repurposed Items

Upcycling is a process that helps give old things new life and sometimes a more valuable use. It is environmentally friendly but can also be a fun and creative way to breathe new life into old, everyday items. Here are some great examples of things you can upcycle.

1. Kitchen Ware

tea kettle upcycle

2. Home Decor

Our home decor represents us and our personal style. Think twice before donating or trashing your old decor. Fabric with a pretty design and gorgeous colors can be repurposed as a seat cover or a window valance.

3. Belts

upcycle old belts

Belts come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. Find a few that speak to you and attach them to trays or wood boxes as decorative handles. Painted Wood Crates For Organization And Decoration

4. CD’s

upcycled cd wreath
upcycled cd wreath.

The days of cd’s and cd players are over. There are all kinds of things you can make with old cd’s. Try this cd wreath…Easy DIY CD Wreath

5. Pallets

wooden pallets for transporting building materials
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Wooden pallets don’t have to go to the incinerator. They can be upcycled into furniture objects such as coffee tables, bookshelves, or bed frames. They also make suitable outdoor decor like garden boxes or planters.

6. Plastic Bottles

upcycle water bottles

One of the most familiar waste items of the modern world, plastic bottles do not degrade naturally. They can, however, be upcycled as bird feeders, planters, or even hanging lamps. They can also store small items for future use.

7. Aluminum Cans

repurpose aluminum cans into vases

No need to spend extra bucks buying pencil holders, planters, and candle holders when you can make some yourself using tin cans. If you’re a Japanese culture fan or seek a calm, romantic ambiance, tin cans are also perfect for making charming outdoor lanterns.

8. Old Furniture

horse eaten chest trash to treasure furniture transformation


Moving into a new apartment and the old woods don’t fit? You can make refurbished chairs or even repurposed dressers from old furniture you no longer need. A fresh paint coat or some extra hardware could give your old furniture a second chance at life.

9. Vinyl Records

red record cover and vinyl record
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The records have served your ears with musical delight; they could appeal to your eyes in a second if you make alluring wall art or home decor out of them. Vinyl can also make good bowls or coasters. Stop trashing them when the music stops.

10. Jeans

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Transform your worn jeans into seat covers, wrap vases with them, cut out the pockets and attach them to wood to use a pencil holders!

11. Books

Man with books
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Is your shelf fully booked, and you have books you no longer have extra space from? You can make some new bookshelves using books. You can also make planters or even lampshades. Books can be upcycled to create unique home decor like book page wreaths.

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Woman Wearing Many Different Elegant Engagement Diamond Ring in Beautiful Girl Finger.
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Join the league of thrift store lovers who have found the coolest things in the most unforgettable of thrift marketplaces. Rare paintings, vintage clothing, and Renaissance-era furniture have been found in thrift racks, and here are a few thrift store finds by real people that will make your jaw drop. 10 Coolest Things People Found in Thrift Stores

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Denim Upcycling Ideas, Using Old Jeans, Repurposing Jeans, Reusing Old Jeans, Upcycle Stuff. Woman seamstress cut and repair old blue jeans in sewing studio.
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Upcycling isn’t just a way of life; it’s a state of mind. Recently, experts in the field of upcycling converged in an online forum to come up with the best items to maximize any upcycling project. From Mason jars to used crayons, you’ll be shocked at what can be repurposed into truly unique pieces.

12 Throw Away Things To Upcycle Today

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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