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Upcycling: An Introduction

What is it?

To put it simply, upcycling is a combination of crafting and recycling. We all have things around the house that we can repurpose. Upcycling reduces waste and lets you create new products that are useful and fun. Some upcycling projects take time and effort, but there are plenty that can be completed quickly and easily.

Beginner Projects:

These projects are wonderful for the first time upcycler. They can be made with items most people already own. Follow the links to find the original tutorial and get started on these fun projects.

T-shirt Tote Bag

Many people have old t-shirts laying around that they don’t necessarily wear but keep for sentimental reasons. With a few cuts and stitches, those old t-shirts can be redesigned into reusable shopping totes. This project helps reduce dependence on plastic bags and allows people to find a new use for old shirts.

Tic-Tac Organization

Organize Ribbons

Bobby Pin Storage

Little things like Tic-Tac and Altoid containers can be used as cute little storage units. For example, tic-tac containers can be used as ribbon dispensers or to hold bobby pins. The possibilities are endless.


After enjoying a tasty popsicle save the stick instead of throwing it away. These bracelets are easy to make and super fashionable, and they reduce waste.

Scrabble Coasters

Use old scrabble pieces to create these upcycled coasters. This project is good for reusing an old scrabble game that isn’t used anymore. If you don’t have one lying around the house, it would be easy and eco-friendly to find a used one from a thrift shop and give the tiles a new life.

Starbucks Vases

The majority of people regularly purchase drinks in glass and plastic containers. Instead of throwing these containers out, reuse them to make vases or storage containers. With a fresh coat of paint and simple decorations, these containers become efficient storage units that add a fresh decorative touch.

What are your ideas for upcycling?

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