When Trash Becomes Treasure: The Joy of Repurposing & Upcycling

Lately, I have been on a repurposing kick.  It’s an area of my green journey that I didn’t visit as much before.  Many things I would have thrown out or recycled, have suddenly found a second life, a reincarnation into something new and inspiring.  So, please enjoy this photo essay of upcycling and repurposing by myself and other bloggers.

Turning Old Jars Into Gems

Why recycle when you can reuse? Remove labels from jars by soaking jars in water for an hour or two.  After that, labels will easily come off .

 

Jars for Storage

Nut butter jars now store whole nuts. Spice jars are refilled with bulk spices. A small jar now houses rose petals for tea.

 

Store an avocado, carry your lunch or put homemade nut mylk in repurposed jars.

Store an avocado, carry your lunch or put homemade nut mylk in jars. The possibilities are endless.

Make your own wholesome dressing and put in a mason jar.

Make your own healthy dressing & put in a mason jar.

Other Containers Creatively Reused

An old mug houses a bottle cleaning brush.  A jar is reused to hold veggie scrub brushes.  A tiny clay pot hold steel wool.

An old mug houses a bottle cleaning brush. A jar is reused to hold veggie scrub brushes. A tiny clay pot holds steel wool.

Clockwise:  A spray bottle is reused to contain vinegar and water to condition my hair. A bath salt jar gets a second life holding a homemade body butter.  A silicone lid from a broken travel mug becomes the perfect soap dish.  A protein bar baggie now houses one of my many sample soap bars.

Clockwise: A spray bottle is reused to contain vinegar and water to condition my hair. A bath salt jar gets a second life holding a homemade body butter. A silicone lid from a broken travel mug becomes the perfect soap dish. A protein bar baggie now houses one of my shampoo bar samples.

A jar lid becomes a plant dish.

A jar lid becomes a plant dish.

A strawberry container upcycles into a linen closet organizer.

A strawberry container upcycles into a linen closet organizer.

 

Coming up, here are some of my favorite upcycling ideas from others:    

A chair becomes a towel rack and shelf. Courtesy of the blog, Twisted Sifter.

A chair becomes a towel rack and shelf. Courtesy of the blog, Twisted Sifter.

Incandescent lightbulbs become mini hanging vases.  Courtesy of Red Ship.

Incandescent lightbulbs become mini hanging vases. Courtesy of Red Ship.

Oh, lovely.  A bike is held by old bike handlebars.  Courtesy of Upcycle That.

 A bicycle is held by old bike handlebars. Courtesy of Upcycle That.

Apparently, all you need is a glass cutter and very coarse sand paper.  Courtesy of The Art of the R's.

Apparently, all you need is a glass cutter and very coarse sand paper to transform wine bottles in glasses. Courtesy of The Art of the R’s.

Who wants this beautiful lamp made from a wine bottle?  Courtesy of HGTV.

Who wants this beautiful lamp made from a wine bottle? Courtesy of HGTV.

This mirror is made from collected sticks that are painting white and attached to a mirror.  See HGTV on how to do this.

This mirror is enhanced from twigs that are painted white and attached to it. See HGTV on how to do this.

An old wine box transforms into shoe storage.  Courtesy of Twisted Sifter.

An old wine box transforms into shoe storage. Courtesy of Twisted Sifter.

 

Ever wonder what to do with old, mismatched kitchen utensils?  Courtesy of Twisted Sifter.

Ever wonder what to do with old, mismatched kitchen utensils? Courtesy of Twisted Sifter.

Need to decorate?  How about framing an old piece of wood with character?  Courtesy of HGTV.

Need to decorate? How about framing an old piece of wood with character? Courtesy of HGTV.

Transform your old jars into a decorative herb garden!  Courtesy of Camille Styles.

Transform your old jars into a decorative herb garden! Courtesy of Camille Styles.

 

Have you ever repurposed or upcycled?  What ideas would you like to try? Share the inspiration in the comments section below.

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5 responses to “When Trash Becomes Treasure: The Joy of Repurposing & Upcycling

  1. Reblogged this on Green Lizard's Blog and commented:
    This is a really useful set of ideas for repurposing household items to give them a new life.

  2. Love these suggestions, particularly transforming wine bottles into glasses.

    I cut out the little ribbons in tops and dresses that shops use as an aid to hang them. Generally they’re completely unnecessary – I use them on handmade cards instead!

  3. Joanna, that sounds very creative! Lately, I have been saving things that might make nice wrapping paper or homemade card.

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