Top 10 Upcycling Ideas

Jul 29, 2020by Olivia - F&F

Are you looking for some creative, eco-friendly DIY projects? Repurposing and upcycling unused household items ensures that nothing goes to waste! Take a look at our top 10 upcycling ideas for some trash-to-treasure inspiration.


1. DIY Face Mask

With more people being encouraged to wear face masks for public safety, it's becoming difficult to get your hands on them — and the disposable packs are becoming more expensive as demand grows. Australian authorities say that masks are likely to become an increasing feature of life as we learn to live with COVID-19. 

Homemade cloth face masks are a great alternative to single-use, disposable masks. This easy guide from The Guardian runs you through how you can make your own face mask, with a simple quick-cut T-shirt face mask. 

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2. Plastic Bottle Herb Planters

Are you looking for a super-simple way to grow your favourite herbs? Upcycle your extra plastic bottles into self-watering herb planters! 

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3. Hand-Painted Terracotta Pots

Got some old, dull terracotta pots lying around? Transform your indoor or outdoor area by painting cute patterns on them! This would be such a great project to do with friends or family, or just by yourself for something fun to do. We love these adorable (and simple!) painted pots by Clever Poppy

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4. DIY Cotton Rounds

Looking for a simple, reusable alternative to disposable cotton rounds? Easy — make them yourself! The best part is that you can use any fabric with any pattern, as long as it is relatively durable. These cotton squares by A Daily Dose of Mom  are simple to make and are perfect for makeup removal or applying toner (plus, the cactus pattern is adorable!) 

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5. Repurposed Candle Jars

We all have a few burnt-out candles lying around, but they’re too beautiful to throw out — right? Instead, you can repurpose them into jars, pen holders, makeup brush holders, cotton round holders, or anything else you can think of. Give it a try! If you haven't got the time, check out our Reusable Makeup Removers from Green + Kind

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6. Fabric Gift Wrap

Repurposing fabrics into gift wrap is a genius upcycling hack. Wrapping gifts with fabric (as opposed to non-recyclable paper wrap) is more economical and eco-friendly, plus, it looks beautiful! Also, the receiver of the gift can use their fabric wrap over and over again. 

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7. Repurposed Dresser Drawers

We’re in love with these dresser drawer planters! If you have old dresser drawers, why not repurpose them into a self-watering planter? You can even paint the exterior of the drawers for a burst of colour. This project would be great for Spring or Summer. 

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8. Repurposed Tin Cans

There are so many different ways to repurpose the humble tin can — from bird feeders to planters, to cutlery holders — the possibilities are endless. We like these simple and beautiful tin can lanterns. 

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9. T-Shirt Produce Bag

Got some old t-shirts lying around? These simple produce bags can be made with any t-shirt! With a few cuts and minimum sewing required, you can make a pile of colourful storage bags to keep your groceries fresh and organised.

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10. Old Tea Set Bird Feeders

Lastly, one for the kids! This simple bird feeder is a great activity for your kids to do. Plus, your kids can learn about native birds in the process!

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Are you keen to try any of these amazing upcycling ideas?

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