3 Inexpensive upcycling projects to warm up your home this winter  

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The arrival of autumn and the festive season has got me thinking about making a few tweaks to my living space to create cosy interior. So, while you’re putting up Christmas decorations all over your home, make sure you’re being sensible budget-wise about decorating your home for the holidays. You actually don’t need to spend money on decorations or décor accessories. Instead, you can re-use what you’ve already got by upcycling. The bonus is that you’ll not only refresh your home for Christmas but you can create some lovely interior pieces that’ll work in your home all year round – what a great start to the New Year that would be, eh?

Britain produces an alarming 280m tonnes of waste each year. Upcycling old furniture and décor is therefore much better for the environment, while also injecting personality and uniqueness into your home design. The festive season is the perfect time to bring a bit more flair and comfort to your home. Here are three upcycling projects to get started on right now..!

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Add Colour and pattern

A bit of colour or pattern does wonders both for your décor and furniture alike. Bold, bright colours are especially welcoming during the holidays and make you feel energetic when entering the house after being outside in the cold. You can add a feature wall with a small pot of paint, or upcycle your sideboard or cupboards with a new colour on the doors. You might not want to repaint glass cabinets so an alternative is to be creative with wallpaper or festive wrapping paper by lining the back of the cupboard.

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Here’s how to do it:

  1. Wash the cupboard with soapy hot water to remove dust and dirt. This will make it easier for the wallpaper to be applied.
  2. Measure how much wallpaper you’ll need and then cut the paper to fit it.
  3. Glue the wallpaper to the back of the cupboard by gently sliding it into place with your fingers, smoothing it down to prevent bubbles.
Dazzle With DIY Lighting 

A well-lit room has a positive effect on your mood and can make you feel warmer. But you don’t have to purchase an expensive light fitting or chandelier. Make your own! If you have lots of jars lying around, collect them and add fairy lights to make a display that’s perfect for your festive table, or in the living room where you and your guests are going to crowd around a cosy fireplace. Here’s my DIY project for making snowy fairy light lanterns.

How to do it:

  • Choose how many mason jars you want in your display. One or two are dainty, while a bunch of them give a lovely rustic feeling to a room.
  • If you want to attach the mason jar lights to a board, use some old wood and paint or stain it to give it a stylish appearance.
  • It might be nice to hang the jars at different heights to add dimension and create a visually striking lighting display.
Warm Up Your Pillows With DIY Covers 

Changing your interior design with the seasons is sometimes as easy as re-covering your cushions and pillows. In winter, you want to use thicker, woollier materials to create comfort. Instead of buying new covers, make your own out of jumpers that you don’t wear anymore. It’s easy and fun to make pullover pillow/cushion covers, as outlined in Country Living magazine (image above). Using pullovers that have decorative elements on them, like bows or ruffles, is especially great to add texture to your interior design. Place the upcycled cushions on a sofa or your bed, displaying different materials and textures. This achieves a lovely layering effect that’s perfect for the colder months when you want to wrap up and snuggle.

try this mountain pillows tutorial by Pillar Box Blue

I hope this blog post has given you some inspiration for your own home. Now that it’s winter you’ll want your home to be a cosy, inviting place, so finding new uses for old cushion covers, furniture, and household items such as mason jars, is the perfect way to upcycle your home for the holidays and have fun doing it. Let me know your tips for upcycling your home this Christmas by leaving me a comment below.

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7 Responses

  1. They’re such a fun project! I’m going to keep hold of any cable-knit jumpers I find this year and sew some mountains myself! 🙂

  2. I love all these three ideas. Lights on dark winter light do make a room feel cozy and there’s nothing like snuggling up to a soft cozy sweater cushion.

  3. Amazon sell something called water beads that are lovely in flower arrangements
    I’ve put mine in jars (Wilkinsons version of Kilner jars) with LED fairy lights. Amazon have these on offer 2 x 30 for £5 and they make the most amazingly pretty lights. Works in other shape jars/bottles too.
    Ebay also do the water beads in single colours. These are so pretty for anytime not just Christmas. I’m currently experimenting with the small jars you get marmalade/jam in and stringing them together.
    I don’t get paid a penny for recommending Amazon, Wilkinsons or Ebay just sharing my discovery. 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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