10 Easy upcycling ideas for national Recycle Week

Seeing as the majority of items in my home and wardrobe are second-hand (or rescued from a skip), Recycle Week is one of the highlights of my year. It gives me a chance to shout about all the wonderful things you can make from unwanted furniture or waste materials – just take a look at these fun upcycling projects:


Only last week I posted a tutorial video on my YouTube channel to show you how to customise old clothing or charity-shop finds with some fun and happy slogans. I refreshed my on-its-way-out jumper and it’s now one of wardrobe staples for autumn – so cosy!


I very rarely buy any brand-new tech, because it depreciates massively as soon as you peel off that protective cover (although I know just how satisfying that moment is – ahhh!). Nonetheless, you don’t have to settle for second best just because you’re buying a refurbished item, as my new smartphone revamp proves! I’ll be sharing the step-by-step project to create three DIY decals on my blog next week so keep your eyes peeled for this!


We all know that waste plastic is a huge problem and it seems difficult to refresh it once it’s degraded over years of use. But I’ve found a super-easy way to restore faded and stained plastic so that you can easily bring those garden loungers or desk chairs back to life.


I also love to share other bloggers and designers who have done a great job at DIYing their homes, including Melanie Lissack’s customised furniture that you won’t believe was ever flat packed and stylist Tamsyn Morgans’ upcycled home with pastel pallet kitchen.


I can’t deny the fact that everything in my garden is upcycled – from the cable reel table and scaffold board benches to the pallet decking and outdoor kitchen. But why not, eh? The materials I used were cheap OR FREE so it’s cost me practically nothing to create a relaxing space outdoors.


And one of my most famous garden projects is the outdoor bar that I made from pallets! It’s how many people find my blog (Google and Pinterest are my friends for this project!) and my pallet bar has even been repurposed as a plant bar! It’s been published in magazines – and has even briefly appeared on ‘Love It or List It’ on Channel 4 eeee!

If you want some inspiration for recycling anything you’re getting rid of feel free to browse my DIY category for home and garden ideas and check out my creative projects category for sewing and upcycling tips.

Please share your own upcyled clothing or DIY projects in the comments below, I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to!



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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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