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Trash to Treasure: Simple Upcycling Projects to Try

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Upcycling has become a great way to reuse items we would normally toss away. All types of materials can be used to create one-of-a-kind pieces to showcase in or outside of the home. All it takes is a little creativity and the right materials to get started.

Reuse Old Trash

Old T-Shirts

When you have old tee shirts to toss away, dress them up so that you can wear them again. Cut off the sleeves add slits, or tie up the sides. You can even create a quilt or pillow covers with the t-shirt. The material is wonderful for those who love to sew.

Broken Picture Frames

Keep old broken picture frames around for revamping. Take out the glass in the frames if there are any. Take thin wire and fasten it to one side of the back of the frame and pull it tightly to the other side and fasten. Do this several times, creating several rows. Hang pictures using clothes, pins, or even hang up jewelry.

Wooden Pallets

Use wooden pallets to create shelving, wall hangings, bed frames, sofas, and chairs. Not only are these great frames for such amazing creations, but they add storage as well. You can paint or stain the wood and add seat cushions, pillows, and blankets to make them cozier.

For a fashionable upcycle, use old sweater sleeves to create leg warmers. By cutting the sleeves to size and hemming the top and bottom, you can create a leg warmer. Let the top of the warmer come right to the top of the boot so that it shows slightly. Add lace, buttons, or any other details you want to the top of the hem.

Mason Jars

Old mason jars, wine bottles, and baby food jars can be painted and used as vases or candle holders. This adds a rustic look to your home’s décor. Place them sporadically around the home to create unison between all rooms.

Worn Out Jeans

Use old jeans to create purses, stuffed animals, and other items. Denim is a strong and desired material. It can be used to create just about anything. You can even cut a pair of pants into a skirt or pair of shorts. Just make sure you have sewing needles, thread, or even a sewing machine that can efficiently sew through the denim material.

There are so many wonderful ways to upcycle old materials and items. Try to think outside of the box and come up with some of your own unique creations.

Written July 17, 2015 by Christopher Luciano

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