If you’re wanting inspiration, the answer to your problem is very often right before your eyes. As with all homes, your residence almost certainly has plenty of superfluous items, meaning things that you bought long ago and that spend most of your time sitting around and collecting dust.
So, everything from a beautiful vase you bought at a flea market, to a bunch of empty jam jars are potentially things you can reimagine as something useful and beautiful. Glass, fabric, tin, cardboard, metal, cotton, and plastic are all materials that are easy to work with even if you don’t have handyperson skills. That’s good news, everyone as that means most household items are fair game for upcycling. Here are just a few ideas to give you a healthy dose of inspiration.
That’s right, even something broken or damaged can still be useful. Instead of tossing your damaged dinnerware, consider upcycling your damaged plates by turning them into an eclectic decor piece.
We’ve all had coffee mugs that had their handles snap off. It’s bound to happen over the course of the hustle and bustle of the working day. But a broken mug doesn’t have to be a useless one. Use your broken coffee mug in new and interesting applications such as windowsill planters.
Have a plate that snapped in half? Another upcycling idea you can try is to take the halves of a smashed plate and use them outside as unusual candle holders, allowing broken ceramic to brighten up your nighttime soirees. Chipped plates might not be fit for your dining table, but they are certainly good enough to make a rustic bird feeder.
Magazines the world over are abandoning the print format and going exclusively online, and many of us are now finding ourselves stuck with piles of outdated magazines. That’s a lot of paper to just throw away, especially when you consider all the trees that went into making all those fashion mags. But even magazines can have novel uses. A magazine garland – meaning a garland made up of shapes cut out of old magazines - is a perfect solution.