Need a new shelf, furniture, or a lamp? Before you go shopping, look in your backyard, trash bin, or your neighbor’s patio for “upcycling” materials that can bring new life to old things, there are no rules in creativity!
A cool top-hat can become a modern lighting fixture. If you do not have a hat collector in the family, look for discarded chapeaus at consignment shops or even garage sales.
Create a miniature closet out of old wooden folding chairs. It can provide much needed shelf space and a rod to hang clothes — perfect for small dorms or studio apartments!
A Book Is Its Own Bookshelf
A favorite read is transformed into a stylish bookshelf for little treasures. Plus, you still get to keep the book!
Unique Coat Hanger
A beat up wrench becomes a sturdy hook to hang your heavy winter coats.
Wine Bottle Pendant Lamps
After enjoying the bottle the first time ’round, you can re-use it to light up your world.
Wine Bottle Chandelier
Leftover wine from a family gathering gets a makeover as a classy chandelier.
Cute Tea Lights From Bottle Caps
Save the leftover wax from burned out candles and re-melt it into these bottle cap tea lights. You can purchase cheap candle wicks in bulk, either online or from your local craft store.
Light Bulb Oil Lamps
Spent light bulbs can still give off light when re-purposed as an unusual oil lamp.
Drum Set Chandelier
Drum up some visual interest in your “garage band” room with this rock’n chandelier.
Kids Skateboard Play Table
Old skateboard decks are a perfect platform for your mini-me’s to do crafts, paint, or have a picnic lunch.
Piano Book Shelf
A discarded piano can become a unique bookshelf!
That Bicycle Sink
An old bicycle stands in for a modern sink, while the basket conveniently stores hand towels. Let’s hope the tires don’t ever get a flat!
Relaxing Bathtub Couch
When is the last time you relaxed in your bathtub couch?
Suitcase Chair or Pampered Pet Pad?
If you invite guests to sit in your suitcase chair, they may have to shoo away your dog or cat from their new favorite sleeping spot.
Rainbow Room Divider
Plastic clothes hangers can be stacked and packed to make a colorful room divider.
Color TV Aquarium
The frame from a vintage box TV set is transformed into an aquarium. No more watching black and white fish!
Careful now, your tennis racket “mirror, mirror on the wall” may have a “backhanded” response.
The wheels of time are turning on this unusual bicycle wheel clock!
Bagel Lunch Box
An old CD spindle case is a perfect match for a toasted multi-grain bagel with smoked salmon and avocado.
Pop Bottle Broom
A plastic soda pop bottle is reincarnated as a broom.
Cosmetic sewing surgery can turn a plain Jane mitten into a stunning Chipmunk starlet!
Roll With It
Empty toilet paper tubes can be used to organize all the cable clutter from TV’s, tablets, cell phones, computers, etc.
Unlimited Credit Guitar Picks
Bad credit or no credit – as long as you can find a piece of plastic and a guitar pick punch, you have an unlimited amount of wealth to create masterful music!
Cassette Coin Purse
Convert a 1980’s cassette tape into a coin purse to hold your Susan B. Anthony’s and a rolled up $2 bill.
Stained Glass Fence
A well marbled fence is a treat to the eyes when the sun sets. Just don’t catch your kids fingers ruining your quickie fix-it job!
An old PC tower lives on as a mailbox. Is it PC to ask if the mailman will deliver your e-mail?
While not many people will have a use for a PC mailbox or will ever see a discarded piano, we are all surrounded by basic items made of wood, plastic, metal and glass. All materials take time and energy to create, and aren’t always efficient to recycle. Before you throw something in the trash, think about whether or not it’s a treasure waiting to be rediscovered.