repurposing and upcycling junk roundup

novica It’s not unusual for me to get a bit carried away when scouring the net for these roundups and this one is no exception. There are some very creative people in the world re-visioning the most mundane of objects. How about a handbag from tyre inner tubes? Or a wine cork bath mat? And my absolute favourite: a parking metre repurposed to a donation collector for the homeless. The bag on the right is made from soft drink can pull rings crocheted together.

Many of the links below are not tutorials but examples of creative ways people have repurposed junk and turned it into a business. The idea is to stimulate the imagination so that you can find your own creative ways to repurpose what you would normally throw out.


instructables
Reusing light bulbs @ Instructables
simpleorganic
Repurpose receiving blankets @ Simple Organic

Wine cork bath mat @ Crafty Nest
renest
Reuse plastic bottle tops @ Re-nest
whatimade
Egg cup from a bent fork @ What I Made
balkantango
Bag from inner tubes @ Wig Archer
uncommongoods
Recycled wet suit into iPad case @Uncommon Goods
imagination soup 
Repurpose golden books @ Imagination Soup
momcentral
Furniture from hockey sticks @ Mom Central
spincushion 
Upcycled bra strap head band @ Spin Cushion
bunnytales
Garden markers @ Bunny Tales
instructables2 
Hard drive magnets in a knife block @ Instructables
skiptomylou
Cupcake stand @ Skip to my Lou
aprtmenttherapy
Repurposed drawer @ Apartment Therapy
alphamom
School art notebooks @ Alpha Mom
giverslog
Handlebar bag @ Giver’s Log
futurecraftcollective
Upcycled lunch bag @ Future Craft Collective
miscellanyofme
Upcycled water bottle carrier @ Miscellany of Me
uncommongoods
Recycled chalkboard clock @ Uncommon Goods
petapixel  
Broken lens flower pot @ PetaPixel
Ornamento
Spoon bracelet @ Ornamento
ecoterre
Electrical wire ring @ Ecoterre
howjoyful 
Repurposed shirt to dress @ How Joyful
ankeart
Floppy disk storage @ Anke Art
 songbirdsinnesting
Tin lanterns @ Songbirds in Nesting
houseofhepworths
Capri juice wrapper bag @ House of Hepworths
kojodesigns
Furniture from old palettes @ Kojo Designs
yesterdayontuesday
Upcycled organisers @ Yesterday on Tuesday
kleas
Wool sweater pot holders @ Kleas
carolynshomework
Braided t-shirt coasters @ Carolyn’s Homework
momscraftyspace
Montessori-style crayon holders @ Mom’s Crafty Space
makezine
Porch from vinyl records @ Makezine
whatisworking
Repurposed parking metre to donation collector @ What IS working

Comments

  1. says

    Very timely this one. I am currently making a school art smock from some left over material and a small skirt for an elastic topped pocket. Will remember to add it to my blog when it is finished.

    Some great ideas there!

  2. Linda says

    Almost on topic – I am trying to work out how to restore my wire clothes racks – the plastic coating is coming off and they are getting rusty. Any thoughts?

  3. says

    Hi Astrid, I would love to see them when you’re finished.

    Hi Linda, we picked the plastic coating off our airer and wrapped the wire up with packing tape. It’s lasted like that for about a year now. And no more rust stains on our clothes.

  4. says

    Making a memory box for grown up daughter (29), I just wrapped in tissue the library bag she use to take to school, made from one of Nanna’s old dresses, circa 1960. The dress was repurposed and now it is an archived memory:)

    • says

      Good question! I was just thinking about that the other day as I want to replace some of ours in the near future! I have no idea, but maybe some readers might know.

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