Taking your old junk and turning it into something useful for the home is the next big thing in interior design. Here are some of the most innovative, affordable up-cycling projects that you can get stuck into.
10 – Fork Door Handles
Change up your old kitchen cupboard handles by removing them and replacing with upside down, drilled-in forks.
09 – Paper File Bedside Table
Take a paper file from the office and lay it sideways before drilling it into the wall in the corner of a room. This is perfect for top bunk beds where there’s nowhere to put a lamp or book.
08 – Wooden Pallet Garden Furniture
Paint old wooden pallets, stack them at different heights and add scatter cushions to create quirky garden furniture on a budget.
07 – Dinosaur Toy Toothbrush Holder
Grab one of the kids’ old plastic dinosaurs and cut toothbrush sized holes in it. Place it in the family bathroom for an innovative take on a child’s toothbrush holder.
06 – Wallpapered Mason Jars
Make use of that spare patterned wallpaper by rolling a piece up and putting it in a mason jar. The pattern showing through on the outside will complement your excising papered accent wall.
05 – Record Snack Bowl
Grab one of your old records and place it on top of a metal colander in the over for a few minutes. When it starts to melt, mould it around the colander and take it out to set; you’ll be left with an unusual snack bowl for parties and movie nights.
04 – Spoon Tea Light Holders
Bend the bottom of a few spoons and attach the handles sporadically to a wooden panel on the wall. In the cupped part of the spoon, place a tea light and you’ll have yourself some up-cycled tea light holders.
03 – Wooden Crate Coffee Table
Take a few old wooden crates and sand them down before arranging them in a square shape. Simply drill them together before varnishing and you’ve got yourself a new coffee table!
02 – Cassette Pencil Holder
Those old cassettes that are gathering dust could be stood upright and glued at the corners to form a square shape. It’ll create the perfect office pen holder for any music lover.
01 – Action Figure Bookends
Grab one of the kids’ hollow plastic action figures and cut it in half at the waist. Stick each half on the underside and on top of a shelf to create bookends in a child’s bedroom.