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7 Amazing Upcycling Ideas

Literally transform trash into treasure with these easy upcycling ideas.
Difficulty: Easy
April 22nd is Earth Day, the perfect time to take a look at how we live and what we throw away! Your recycling bin or garbage can can be a great place to find items that can repurposed in a whole new way.
You won't believe what this asian inspired Faux Flower Planter started out as...
An empty plastic box! Add wooden feet with hot glue, paint the tub and feet with acrylic paint, then dab on gold paint to distress. Place a faux flower, rocks, moss and bamboo inside. Your gorgeous flower will never fade.
These stylish containers are great for storing pens, pencils and other desk supplies.
Drill a hole in the top of a tea cannister, and add a small knob. Cover the container with scrapbook paper and add number stickers.
Stash those recipes in a cute box.
You can find these strawberry containers for free at many grocery stores. Just add acrylic paint, scrapbook paper and stickers.
Stow all those crafty bits and pieces away in a repurposed egg carton! Paint, scrapbook paper, baker's twine and a few embellishments takes it from plain to pretty.
Don't toss that show box lid! It's make from super strong cardboard. You can upcycle it into a photo frame. You just need paint, scrapbook paper, ribbon and embellishments.
Rinsed out tin cans and a piece of wood make a great portable Herb Garden.
Paint the cans and wood. Drill a hole in each can and in the wood and use screws to attach.
Add some twine and plant markers to make it even cuter.
An empty cornstarch container makes a fantastic sewing kit.
Cover the top with batting and fabric and add some fun "sewing" trinkets. Add your sewing essentials and you're good to go!

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Ask the creator about this project

  • Cindy Trobaugh
    Cindy Trobaugh Sioux City, IA
    on Apr 3, 2014

    Love Love! Thanks

  • Shirley Steffen
    Shirley Steffen Chehalis, WA
    on Apr 21, 2014

    Why does everyone think they need to make up words today? Upcycle.... why not use the word that has been around for decades, Repurpose.

    • Shirley Steffen
      Shirley Steffen Chehalis, WA
      on Apr 21, 2014

      @Shirley Steffen Ok, I just noticed that 'repurpose' is in the article too, but it was not mentioned on the news segment. We don't need to add a stupid madeup word when there is a perfectly applicable word already in use.

  • Sharon @ mrs. hines class
    Sharon @ mrs. hines class Spring, TX
    on May 9, 2014

    great ideas!

  • Heather
    Heather United Kingdom
    on Nov 14, 2014

    Love it. great idea no matter what word it is called. Pretty and serviceable too.

  • Donna
    Donna Cosmopolis, WA
    on Nov 14, 2014

    hey Shirley Steffen, calm down over there in Chehalis! Words have been added to ALL languages since... forever! I like the little Argo cornstarch box idea.

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