Unexpected Decor Ideas for Eco-Friendly Crafters


This article is brought to you by Dan Whiteside. Dan blogs about DIY and gardening topics at DIY Newbie, where he discusses a variety of home improvement projects.


If want to spruce up your home, there are loads of ways to do it. You could of course hit the shops, but that might take its toll on your wallet. Why not consider upcycling some old items and give them a whole new purpose? This is easy to achieve by using things around your home and beyond that are no longer in use. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking…


Unusual bookends

Whether you’re an avid reader or more of a fan of DVDs, you can be a little bit creative with the way you display them. Books look great on shelves but to stop them tumbling over you’ll probably need a bookend. Rather than purchasing one, why not use an old telephone handset, or if you’ve old toys  lying around, cut them in half and stick either side of the shelf for a quirky prop.


Make bowls from old vinyl

At one time, a vinyl collection would have been the pride and joy of many people. However, due to advances in technology, some records are likely to gather dust. Even if you do still use your record player there’s likely to be a couple of records you can with which you can bear to part. Use them to create some eye catching bowls – all you need is a baking tray, a metal colander and an oven. Turn the colander upside down on the tray, put the record on top and place inside at around 200 degrees. Keep an eye on it and when it begins to melt get to work on bending and shaping it as you desire (while being careful not to burn your fingers) and you’ll soon have some original items to show off! If you’re looking for another fun and thrifty craft to help you decorate your space, try making your own Colorful Upcycled Button Bowl. This simple project will help you add a  fun, colorful touch to your space.


Bar stool desk

If you’ve recently invested in some new furniture and have old bar stools left around, or know a venue that does, don’t let them go to waste. Add wood to the top of two of two chairs to create an unusual yet perfectly functional desk. It could save you a fortune and help the environment, too.


Wine barrel table

Old wooden wine barrels might not be something you have lying around the house but that’s not to say you won’t be able to pick them up.  The oak will look great in your home and serve as a functional place to rest your glass. There are a number of ways you can add finishing touches, such as adding an additional layer to the top of the barrel and even cutting a door in to it for a little storage space. It’s even been shown that it’s possible to turn them into an arcade machine!


Re-use an old jar as a glass

Old jars can serve multiple purposes, from storing small items such as nails and screws to serving as a unique glass. Mason jars are inexpensive and can be bought in bulk. Use them to create storage items like Colorful Bead Jars – you can stay organized and enjoy the look of your beads at the same time. If you’re hosting a cocktail party then why not personalize each jar for your guests and serve up your drinks in them with a straw. Pretty Pink Mason Jar Cups are a fantastic baby shower or wedding shower craft idea and can be given as favors at the end of the day. Best of all, you don’t have to spend a fortune on them – simply use recycled glass jars, decorative paper and embellishments you have on hand.


What have you made with recycled items?


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