5 Ways to Upcycle Old Household Items

Are you a hoarder? Well, there’s a better way to manage your old stuff and craft them into something beautiful for your home. Check out the following do-it-yourself projects with which you can create something innovative from something unwanted.

Are you a hoarder? Well, there’s a better way to manage your old stuff and craft them into something beautiful for your home.

Even if you have no waste materials gathering dust in your attic, you can forage around your neighbours and collect some nice materials that can be moulded into something gorgeous. As the saying goes, ‘one man’s trash is another’s treasure’.

Check out the following do-it-yourself projects with which you can create something innovative from something unwanted.

1. Bottle Vases

Got any wine bottles and liquor bottles lined up after all those heavy nights of partying? Don’t throw them away. It’s not only liquor that they can hold.

The different shapes and sizes of beverage bottles makes for some beautiful décor pieces. You can cover them up with anything like magazine pages, newspapers, colourful yarns, twine or any other fabric that looks a bit unusual.

Fill the vases with water, place some beautiful flowers, and you can use them as centerpieces on your dining table or atop the living room shelves.

2. Denim Bracelets

What do you do with old jeans? Throw them away? Do that no more.

Get some thin bangles that you have, and wrap them up in pieces of the fabric. Tie them up with thin iron threads or twine, and you have your very own fashionable Denim bracelets. Gift them to a friend or flaunt your own style.

3. Denim Baskets

It’s not just bracelets that you can make from old denims. Cut them up and stitch them down to make an all-purpose basket. They can be both decorative and be used for storing stuff.

Besides, the denim fabric is so much better than plastic, and will go nicely with your home décor.

4. Jar Planters

All the small jars you get with stuff like jams, marmalades, pickles etc. can all be put to a greener use. Fill them up with garden soil and plant little flowery plants in them.

You can hang them up in your kitchen, dining room or living room, giving your décor a greener outlook. Opt for transparent jars instead of opaque ones, so that you can see the soil. It gives an earthier feel to the decoration, plus your interiors would be filled with fragrance of the flowers.

5. Bottle Chandeliers

Bottles can always be reused and made into elaborate decorative pieces without breaking a sweat. Group a few wine bottles and cut out their bottoms.

The bottoms can either be cleanly cut or it can be irregular depending upon your taste. But take care to chaff the irregular bottom edge else someone might cut themselves.

Drop small a bulb holder into the neck, from the top, and screw in small bulbs. You can opt for different colour bulbs, if you are going for a discotheque feel; else putting in yellow or white light should be enough to get you a smart chandelier.

Far more items can be added to this list, so let us know about any products you’ve upcycled in your home!

Nisary Mahesh

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