5 Fun Upcycling Home Projects

Is your house slowly starting to look like a serial hoarder lives in it? We all have stuff lying around our homes that serve no purpose yet we are not throwing them away because one day they might come in handy. With the help of upcycling, all these stuff can quickly be turned into something useful and beautiful. Get inspired by these 5 DIY ideas.

  1. Wine Bottle Chandelier

Before: Wine bottles

After: Chandelier

This chandelier would fit perfectly into your dining room, especially if you have a high ceiling and a solid wood table. Take a few empty wine bottle, wash them and remove the labels. With a glass cutting tool, score the bottles near the bottom, and then knock the bottom off with a hammer. Insert the sockets and light bulbs into the bottles. Next, take a wood plank and make circular holes in it in which you will fit bottlenecks. Add hanging chains and suspend your new chandelier from the hook on your ceiling.

Wine bottles as a chandelier

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  1. Eclectic Shelving

Before: Wooden crates

After: Footwear shelving

You can pile your shoes in the corner of your entryway forever, or you can make these practical wall shoe boxes. Apple boxes are perfect for this DIY project, but any other kind of wooden crates would do. Take the boxes, sand them well, paint them, and hang them on the wall. Match the color of your new shelves with the rest of the interior. Candy-colored boxes will give a really whimsical touch to your home, while using just a clear wood finish is a much more sophisticated version.

Wooden crates . Eclectic decor

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  1. Lampshade Vase

Before: Glass lampshade

After: Vase

An outdated and often the last-of-its-kind lampshade has a huge upcycling potential. With a little bit of paint, it can be transformed into a vase or planter. Clean your lampshade thoroughly, then apply primer to it so the top coat would be more durable. When the primer dries well, apply the top color. Add fresh cut flowers to it and place it on a table, or fill it with soil and plants and hang it on your balcony.

Lampshades made into vases

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  1. Magazine Chair

Before: Magazines

After: Stool

All those stacks of magazines that you have been collecting can still remain stacks of magazines but with an actual purpose. You will need two thick and strong belts and a pillow. Simply strap the magazine pile with belts and add the pillow to the top. If the pile seems unstable, you can add more belts, just make sure you place them perpendicularly to each other. For a really cool effect, you can put your stool on a wooden plank and mount four casters to the bottom of it.

Magazine stool

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  1. Shiny Backsplash

Before: CDs

After: Mosaic

When it comes to E-waste, usually the only way to prevent hoarding is to hire some eco-minded enterprises like the green rubbish removal from Sydney. However, your old and scratched CD collection can still be transformed into something beautiful – a mosaic backsplash. Cut the CDs with plastic cutting scissors to pieces of desired size and shape. Separate the bigger pieces from the smaller ones, then distribute the bigger pieces over the entire surface where you plan to make the mosaic. Now use the smaller pieces to fill in the gaps. Pay attention to the color of the CDs. They do not all behave the same way when light shines on them. This is precisely the colorful effect you wish to achieve, but make sure you do not group all the CDs of one color in one corner of the mosaic.

CD mozaic

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Which project do you like the most? 🙂

 

Decor Inspired by Fashion Magazine Covers

Do you have stacks and stacks of old magazines with whom you just cannot part? Are you a fashion buff with closets filled with fancy clothes and accessories? If you are, then why not proudly show off your elegant clothes and decorate your home at the same time. Get inspired by fashion and make your home as elegant and stylish as you are.

Frame your favorite Magazine Covers

Magazine covers can be great source of art and decor. Cut out vintage covers, frame them and arrange them around the house. Stick to one theme to avoid too much color and mess, and hang your new artwork above your bed, dressers or even in the kitchen. Old record covers also make a great artsy decoration, so frame a few of them and immortalize your idols. Another great inspiration for bringing fashion into your home is cutting out fashion photographs from the glossies and displaying them in plain frames. The same thing you can do with ads of big designer clothes, perfumes and makeup. Organize any of these in shapes and patterns on your walls and bring elegance and style into your home.

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Show off you Shoe Collection

If you cannot wear every pair of shoes every day, it does not mean you cannot look at them.  Set up a few small display shelves in different heights on your walls, and proudly present your beauties. A few acrylic boxes with your favorite shoes can also be arranged around the house and bring style and love for shoes into your home. However, if you do not want to spread them around the house you can simply organize them into a glass shoe closet and put them in your living room. This way you will always know where your shoes are, and they will make a nice artsy addition into your home decor.

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Treat your Clothes like Art

Some clothes really deserve to be treated like art. If you have any such pieces, consider putting them in a frame and displaying them in your living room. However, cloths do not have to be absolutely stunning to become a decoration in your home. Hang a row of jeans on an orderly set of hooks and above them put up a few framed photographs and bring a whole new look to your room. Sometimes, running out of closet space could be a good thing, since you can introduce an interesting decor by hanging your shirts and blazers onto a sleek rack and putting them on a display. Another way of bringing color and pattern into your home decor is framing some of your stylish scarves and putting them up on the wall. For a more stylish effect of your clothes, you can mount a couple of wall lights in different colors and create cozier atmosphere.

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Mount a Magazine Rack

Being a fashion lover includes tons of magazines just lying around your house. Since this is kind of messy, you can look after you local bistros and set up a stylish magazine rack into the seating area and arrange latest issues of your favorite magazines. This will bring color into your home, and you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee comfortably while going through your organized magazines.

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Expose your Jewelry

Jewelry of any kind can be a great addition to your fun decor. Set up some orderly hooks below your window and neatly hang your necklaces. You can also put your bracelets on a bracelet rack and leave them on the dresser. Pin your stylish earrings on a board and complete the jewelry display in your room. All of these accessories can introduce texture and color in your room, making it more alive and unique. If you do not want to expose that much jewelry, you can simply organize them into vintage and decorative boxes, and leave just a few of the pieces outside, for the better look and style.

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As you can see, none of your fashionable pieces have to or should stay in the dark closet. Let the fashion inspire you and trigger your creativity for creating a more interesting interior design and comfort of your home.