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7 Ways to Upcycle While Spring Cleaning

May 12, 2017 | Categories:

If you want to spruce up your wardrobe or home this spring but don’t want to spend a lot of money, consider upcycling. This environmentally-friendly practice is when you take household items, clothing, or anything else that you think is on its last leg and could be tossed out and turn it into something new, useful, and beautiful! Upcycling is a great natural living tactic for people who want to save money and reuse the items they already have while freshening up their home and personal style’s look.

Upcycled Decor

You don’t need to buy new bedroom furniture! Give an old dresser a fresh new look by repainting it a different color. We like this white dresser that Ann Marie at TwiceLovely.com added a beautiful gray damask stencil to.

Turn an old entertainment center into a child’s dress-up play area where she can store costumes, shoes, and accessories. Find out how one mom did this redesign here at SophiaGraceCo.Blogspot.com.

You can change the look of a room’s décor simply by updating your pillows with new fabrics, or, we like these quote-covered pillows done with a fabric marker and lettering stencil kit on Amanda’s WitandWhistle.com blog.

Upcycled Clothing

As a regular exerciser, fitness writer, I love finding fresh takes on workout clothes and athleisure apparel that you’ve loved to threads. Check out Shirts.com’s Awesome DIY Gym Tanks and Upcycled Shirts.

If you have a ratty old T-shirt that’s almost bit the dust, cut it up into shreds and turn it into a new scarf. Find out how to make one at Ms-Notsoperfect.com.

Wondering what to do with that beloved pair of jeans that’s torn at the bottom or has stains that won’t budge? Cut your jeans up and turn them into handbags! From clutches to summer totes to messenger bags and gardening basket covers, we love the creative options on BetweenNapsOnthePorch.net. Now you won’t have to kiss that favorite pair of jeans goodbye—you’ll have a new way to wear them!

Upcycled Garden

Before you throw tin cans in the recycling bin, consider turning them into flowerpots for your garden. Learn how to make a recycled tin can flower caddy on ByStephanieLynn.com.

You can also turn old furniture (like a desk with drawers), small tote bags, and leather shoes or boots into flower holders. Get a ton of ideas for ways to take your old, used indoor items and find new outdoor uses for them on this “planters and vases” slideshow on DIYNetwork.com.

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