We’re big believers in the idea that one person’s so-called trash is another person’s treasure, so we scoured the Internet to find incredible ways to transform everyday items into quirky and clever home accessories. Time to put on your DIY hat and get crafty with these 22 easy projects.
22 genius ways to upcycle everyday objects
Washing machine-drum fire pitOutdoor fire pits don't come cheap. Instead of blowing your entire backyard budget on one, ask around to see if anyone’s getting rid of an old washing machine. With a little paint and some elbow grease, the inner drum becomes a stylish place to set up a summer bonfire.
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Faucet hooksWho doesn't love those old-timey hot and cold knobs? Avoid the hassle of vintage fixtures and use them as towel hooks instead.
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Vintage-book laptop caseYour favourite vintage book just became a protective sleeve for your laptop, thanks to a zipper, a little thread and glue.
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Pipe planterNow that gardening season has finally arrived, we can’t get over how costly (and boring) planters are. If you want to add a little personality to your greenery, pick up some old PVC pipes and a can of metallic spray paint to create a cool vessel for your ferns and spider plants.
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Pillowcase garment bagsOld bedding doesn’t need to be tossed out or turned into rags. Set aside some of your favourite pillow cases and use them as garment bags to give your clothes an added layer of protection against dust.
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Coffeepot terrariumTerrariums are all the rage, but those glass vessels can be très cher. Get creative with other glass vessels in your house—like an old coffeepot—to create your own one-of-a-kind terrarium.
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Plate wallAn assortment of pretty plates looks lovely clustered on a wall. Choose monochrome plates in different shapes and sizes for a more uniform look or mix it up with different patterns for a more eclectic feel.Liz Marie Blog
Mason jar chandelierIs there anything you can't do with Mason jars? They certainly make for an impressive DIY chandelier. Take note: This project will take some time and care but is totally worth it in the end. Not convinced? You can always just buy one ($127 at Etsy).
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Tennis Racket MirrorsUpcycling never looked as chic as these vintage wood tennis rackets turned wall mirrors. If you're not ready to cut glass, you can just buy one ($123 at Etsy). But you could totally make it yourself!
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Window frameUpcycle an old window into an intriguing photo display with nothing more than a bit of twine.Cindy Albright via Flickr
Drawer bulletin boardBefore you toss that old dresser, set aside one of the drawers. With a little glue and corkboard, it becomes a really pretty bulletin board with a built-in shelf, perfect for a home office.
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Seat belt key holderYou could buy this genius key holder ($29 at Thabto), but that seems pretty foolish when you can just as easily make it yourself.
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Painted paddlesOutdoorsy? Take two (or more) old paddles, add some decorative paint and hang them on your living room wall. Or pick a pair of these up from Norquay. Artisan painted canoe paddles, from $275 ea. at NorquayNorquay
Doily Pendant LampStatement lighting can be super pricey, but we’ve just discovered the perfect DIY, which beautifully incorporates your grandmother’s vintage doily collection. It’s amazing what you can do with a balloon and a little glue. You can buy a metal version, but it'll cost you ($180 at Snob Stuff).
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Bottle LampTable lamps are kind of a staple décor item, but man, can they get expensive! We love these simple coloured-glass ones ($154 ea. at Pottery Barn), but you can get a similar look with an old wine bottle and a little elbow grease.
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Vintage-game artHang a vintage game board on the wall for a whimsical look or combine pieces in a frame like this cute collage of Charlie Harper flashcards.Pure and Noble
Ladder shelfMore interesting than your standard floating shelf, all you need is a few screws and brackets and you’re done. Easy peasy.
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Album artworkTurn your favourite vinyl into wall art by placing your favourite album covers into square frames. $19 ea. at Urban OutfittersUrban Outfitters
Suitcase side tableCome across some old suitcases in the back of the attic? You may have hit the jackpot. Breathe new life into them with a fresh coat of paint then stack them bedside for a unique side table (with bonus storage).
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Shutter boardShutters look surprising but fun on walls and they're also a great way to display photos. Just stick your favourite pics between the slats for a prettier version of a corkboard.Eleanor Boynton via Vintage Indie
Tea towel printsSome dish towels are too pretty to dry your hands on; frame and hang them in your kitchen (or elsewhere) instead! You can find cute vintage towels online or at second-hand stores, but new ones work just as well, too. Susan Fitzgerald via Flickr
Light Bulb VaseNow that everyone’s making the switch to energy-efficient, save your old incandescent bulbs from piling up in the landfill and turn them into clever little bud vases. We like the idea of setting up a few of them in the kitchen to keep your favourite herbs refreshed. Like anything, you can buy these bad boys ($31-$40 at Etsy). But if you're feeling crafty....
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