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Upcycling project ideas

If you’ve got a real knack for breathing new life into old belongings and furniture, or if you want to dip your toe into the world of upcycling for the first time, you’ve come to the right place. In view of upcycling day 2020 (June 24th), we have some of the best ideas for turning unwanted items into a DIY project.

Dish rack becomes a file organiser

Do you have a spare/old dish rack hanging around? Bring it back to life as a file organiser – the file separators are already there as the plate holders, so all you have to do is bring it to life with a lick of paint.

Glasses case becomes a mini kit

Found a glasses case ready for the rubbish pile? Why not create a mini kit from it ready to pack up with you for the next academic year? You could make a mini first aid kit including plasters and painkillers, or a mini-sewing kit with some needles and thread.

Mascara wand becomes a cleaning tool

Getting to the bottom of your mascara tube? Why not fashion the wand as a cleaning tool? Those pesky tiny nooks and crannies can be hard to get in to for a good clean, but the mascara wand is small enough to do most of the work for you.

Jumper becomes a scatter cushion

That feeling when you catch a thread on your knitted jumper and a hole appears… fear not, transform it into a stylish scatter cushion for your new studio. All you need is said jumper and a sewing machine – search ‘turn my jumper into a cushion’ on YouTube.

Food tin becomes utensil holder

Save one of your used tins and upcycle it into a utensil holder for your new studio. You can breathe some life in to it by giving it a lick of paint or sticking a photo from back home across the outside. Make sure you open the tin with a clean edge opener so as to not create a sharp hazard.

Glass bottle becomes new light feature

Got an empty glass bottle hanging around? Make sure you give it a good clean and then thread some battery-powered fairy lights through the neck of the bottle – what a transformation!

Straws become travel-sized toiletries products

Got some old plastic straws in the cupboard that could do with a new home? Turn them in to travel toiletries – if you’re going away for the weekend, this is perfect to keep your packing light as you can fill the straws with enough product need for your travels. Simply fill the straws with the product and seal them at either end with a match.

If you can’t get around to starting your DIY project today, you don’t have to wait until 2021. It’s never too early/late to start thinking of the planet by doing something fabulous like turning a pre-loved item into something new. Don’t forget to let us know on social media how your DIY project is coming along.

Written by the Nurtur team