Upcycling is the practice of taking an existing product and reinventing it into something entirely new, helping reduce waste and foster a circular economy.
DIY furniture projects made with recycled materials are an excellent way to save both money and the environment. These projects utilize various materials, such as wood pallets, tattered clothing and cardboard packaging.
1. Old car tires
Old car tires can be utilized in many ways. They make excellent building materials and garden decorations alike.
One of the best uses for old car tires is as garden planters. Not only are they sturdy and stackable, but they can be hung to create stunning displays.
These are ideal for both small and large yards, coming in various shapes and sizes. Plus, they’re durable and easy to keep up with.
If you want to add some flair, paint the tire in an eye-catching color or switch up its design. Alternatively, create a decorative tire wall in your backyard for visual interest and visual stimulation.
Another use for tires is to create a pond or water feature. You can easily bury or stack tires to create small or medium sized ponds, keeping them sealed off from external elements and providing protection from pests and diseases.
2. Plastic bottles
DIYers have plenty of options when it comes to recycling plastic bottles and other recycled materials for furniture projects. These tasks are straightforward, enjoyable, and practical all at the same time!
Recycled plastic is one of the most environmentally friendly choices you have, as it saves 66 percent energy compared to manufacturing new items from virgin material. There are numerous upcycling craft projects you can make with plastic bottles, such as planters, pen or pencil jars, unique bird feeders and more.
Create an eye-catching floral display using plastic bottles! All you need is a flower vase, colorful old bottles, and a thermocol ball for this DIY decor piece.
Making use of a bottle as a utensil holder is an efficient way to organize your kitchen tools and keep them organized. Not only is this simple project easy to make, but it will save space on countertops or dining tables too! Add some flair with colored papers or quilled designs and voila – your utensil holder is ready for use!
4. Old window shutters
Repurposing window shutters, whether you find them at a flea market or have been collecting them from past projects, is an excellent way to add character and charm to your home. Plus, these handy little pieces make great materials for DIY furniture projects!
One easy repurposed shutter idea is to use them to construct a bathroom shelving unit. All that needs to be done is attach the shutters to a shelf and add brackets for extra support.
Another fantastic use for repurposed shutters is to transform them into a photo display piece. You can stain them or leave them as-is, and all that’s required to hang your pictures is some clothespins.
For even more creative repurposed shutter ideas, check out this article on making a reclaimed wood screen and this project on how to transform an old drawer into a kitchen island. All these tasks are relatively straightforward but add such charm to your home!