My neighbor had a lot of building work done over the summer. There was a constant skip/dumpster in our road. I managed to rescue some chunky bits of wood from this skip. I combined some of it with roadmaps to make some gorgeous map ornaments (see here). But with another piece, I made a cool custom neon sign for my son.
I have 3 boys and they all have a bad habit of swinging chairs on to 2 legs. Often it ends up with one of them swinging back too far and landing on the floor. Occasionally the strain is just too much for the chair and a leg snaps. Instead of throwing away the latest kitchen chair casualty. I decided to upcycle it into some unique kitchen storage just like I did with my awesome bathroom storage unit (see it here).
The other day I was having a clear out of my wardrobe when I came across a rather boring ugly old white faux leather handbag, I don't even remember having. Instead of throwing it out I decided to save it and use it for a fun upcycle. I was going to turn it into something bright and colourful for my desk.
Every morning I walk my dog in the local park and stop at the Kiosk for a cup of coffee (they give out free dog biscuits). There is a pine tree next to the kiosk with the cutest little pinecones. I just can't help popping a few of the pinecones in my pocket. I decided to use some of the pinecones for a fun fall Mason jar upcycle. I love upcycling Mason jars and made some gorgeous Map Mason jar banks (see here) before, that was very popular.
These aren't any old tassels, well they are actually as they are made from scraps of old jeans. ( I have a thing about upcycling denim you can see all my creations here). With the way, I make these tassels, unlike other tassels you won't get any loose threads they are very robust. Tassels are everywhere at the moment. They are on bags, shoes, round the home on lamps, cushions, and rugs. They are the new pom poms. I'm a bit of a sucker for household trends especially when they are a bit whimsical. You can use my tutorial to make denim tassels of any size.
Sometimes a makers just got to make! That’s what I felt about this paper flower wall decoration once the idea popped into my head. I'd always fancied making paper flowers and this was a perfect way to showcase them.I also have a lovely pineapple stenciled table (see here) in my lounge and thought that a piece of pineapple wall art would look great above it! Why a pineapple? I would be lying if I said it was my favorite fruit (that’s mango), it’s in my top ten though. But, it’s the best-looking fruit as it comes in its own cool package and screams summer to me!
I'd picked up this old mirror a few months ago from a thrift store for a few pounds (about $5). It had been sitting in my loft waiting to be transformed. It wasn't until I sorting through my fabric scraps that I finally got the inspiration I needed to upcycle the mirror.I wanted to make a frame that would match the gorgeous colorful sweater rug (see it here) I made a few months ago.I have never shied away from colour. My mother is always the most colourful dressed woman in a room. Her home interior style reflected this. This love of colour seems to have rubbed off on me. The use of fabric was a great way to add colour and pattern to the rather plain mirror frame.
One of my favourite things is to personalize my upcycled projects by using maps of places that are special to me and my family. You can see all my past map projects here.My other second favourite thing to repurpose is old jeans. so I was super happy when I managed to use both these materials, maps and denim, with this cool and unique floor lamp upcycle.I especially love the old road maps printed on linen paper that you can often find really cheaply in thrift stores and online on sites such as eBay. But I often find elderly relatives have a stash of out of date road maps they are happy to get rid of.
I couldn't resist these three little wooden bowls when I spotted them in my local thrift (charity) store. All three for £1 ($1.40).They remind me of the wooden bowls that you sometimes get served a side salad in, in a family restaurant. I think they were very popular in the 90's.One of my favourite upcycles is to give things a Marimekko makeover like I did with my gorgeous tin cans (see them here).
The other day I was visiting my local tile shop, helping a friend pick some tiles out for her kitchen. When I spotted some lovely Moroccan tiles.I'd made a Moroccan style wall planter last year out of a pallet (see here) which I'd loved.The samples were only 30p (40 cents) each so I ended up buying some because they were so lovely. The tiles sat on my desk for a few weeks being used as coasters until I got the idea to make these gorgeous planters.