8 Genius Upcycling Ideas For Household Items


I hate being wasteful and wanted to create a list of the best upcycling ideas I could find.

I was surprised at the awesome creativity I discovered. Most of these ideas use common, everyday, items which you can find in the home or garden.

Here are 8 ridiculously brilliant upcycling ideas:

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Creative Reuse Ideas For Household Items

Words: 8 Genius Upcycling Ideas with image of tic-tac-toe and t-shirt bag

#1

Upcycling a T-SHIRT into a BAG

Image of a stripy bag made from a t-shirt

UPCYCLING CLOTHES: Here’s a cool, eco friendly, idea! Tracy from TheThingsWellMake.com shows us how to make bags out of standard t-shirts. What a great way to give new life to tired clothing. Link:

HOW TO MAKE A T-SHIRT BAG

#2

Upcycling an old CURTAIN into a BEAN BAG

Image of a BEAN BAG CHAIR made from a curtain - Upcycling Ideas

UPCYCLING IDEAS FOR THE HOME: We often get bored of our decor before the curtains actually need replacing. It’s a shame to throw away such quality, heavy duty, fabric. Luckily, Andrea from HungaricanJourney.com shows us how to make a bean bag chair from old curtains. Link:

MAKE A BEAN BAG CHAIR FROM CURTAINS

#3

Upcycling a BAG (and PAINT ROCKS) for a TIC TAC TOE GAME

Image of TIC TAC TOE Painted Rocks Game

UPCYCLING IDEAS FOR KIDS: Sometimes, you purchase things that come in handy little drawstring gift bags. You don’t want to throw the bags away, as they are made from fabric, but you don’t really need to store the item in there, so it’s likely to sit in a drawer somewhere. Christine from WhereTheSmilesHaveBeen.com shows us how to make use of these bags, in creating a Tic-Tac-Toe Travel Game with painted rocks. Link:

PAINTED ROCK TIC TAC TOE GAME

#4

Upcycling FABRIC into PLACEMATS

Image of colourful PLACEMATS made from fabric

UPCYCLING CLOTHES: Clothing does get worn and tattered over time, but don’t just throw them away. Claire from PillarBoxBlue.com explains how you can make these creative placemats from strips of old fabric. Link:

UPCYCLED FABRIC PLACEMATS

#5

Upcycling WIRE SHELVES into a DISH DRYING RACK

Image of Kitchen DISH DRYING RACK made from Wire Shelves

DIY UPCYCLING: Here’s a clever idea for small kitchens! Danielle from DiyDanielle.com shows us how to make a space saving drying rack from old wire shelves and left over bits. Link:

HOW TO MAKE A DISH DRYING RACK

#6

Upcycling A HOODIE into a CLOTHESPIN APRON

Image of a CLOTHESPIN APRON made from a old hoodie - Upcycling Ideas

UPCYCLING OLD CLOTHES: Teenagers grow fast, and get through a lot of clothes. Diana from DianaRambles.com shares the smart idea of making a clothespin apron from the pocket of an old hoodie.

DIY HOODIE POUCH CLOTHESPIN APRON

#7

Upcycling a SWEATER into GLOVES

Image of gloves made from a sweater

UPCYCLING A SWEATER: Another great clothing hack. Annette from FiberArtsy.com shows us how to make these fingerless gloves from an old knitted sweater. Link:

HOW TO MAKE GLOVES FROM A SWEATER

#8

Upcycling SHOE BOXES into VINTAGE SUITCASES

Image of VINTAGE SUITCASES made from shoe boxes

UPCYCLING BOXES: This is a fun idea! Claire from PillarBoxBlue.com shows us how to make these awesome vintage storage suitcases from empty shoe boxes. Link:

MAKE SUITCASES FROM SHOE BOXES

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