If you've never heard the buzzword ‘upcycle,’ you’ve probably been off to the moon. The trend of creative reuse is all about transforming ​products that would otherwise end up in the trash.

Why? Because it’s is a great way to reuse materials and reduce our footprint. Plus, it’s fun and if you're still not convinced, below we have plenty of evidence of people using their skills and ingenuity to give old stuff a new life.

From a handcrafted tote bag made from a bunch of plastic bags to an old grill transformed into a cute herb garden, nothing seems impossible for these handy people. Scroll down, upvote your fave remade objects, and be sure to share your own upcycling ideas in the comments below!

#1

This Kind Man Is Recycling Old Camp Coolers To Make Warm Kitty Shelters For Winter! How Cool Is This?!

This Kind Man Is Recycling Old Camp Coolers To Make Warm Kitty Shelters For Winter! How Cool Is This?!

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Lovefunnyreviews21
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3 months ago

Such a kind man! The kitties will be purrrleased!

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#2

I Take Plastic Shipping /Bale Straps From Hardware Store Waste, And Make Sturdy, Functional & Fashionable Baskets! (My Cats Also Love Them At Every Stage)

I Take Plastic Shipping /Bale Straps From Hardware Store Waste, And Make Sturdy, Functional & Fashionable Baskets! (My Cats Also Love Them At Every Stage)

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago

Wow, how do some people come up with these ideas. Great way to recycle those plastic strips.

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#3

The School Security Guard Decided To Save The Discarded Benches And Gave Them A Second Life

The School Security Guard Decided To Save The Discarded Benches And Gave Them A Second Life

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Potatogamers2
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3 months ago

Wow that must've been very hard work! Well done, they look great!

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Every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste. If all this waste was put on trucks, they would go around the world 24 times. This stunning amount of waste is partly because 99 percent of the stuff we buy is trashed within 6 months.

Luckily, more and more people are now becoming aware of the damage of the waste they produce and the footprint they leave on their planet by consuming stuff on a daily basis. Sustainable consumption is a way to do more and better with less, meaning that we give old products a whole new life.

To find out more about the now-trending practice of upcycling, we talked to Lina Survila, an editor-in-chief of Abstract Stylist magazine. “Upcycling is a re-use of no longer desirable items. It can be something that has lost its function or simply doesn't spark joy anymore,” Lina explained this buzzword.

#4

Pulled Out Of A Trash Heap. It Was One Part Of A Military File Cabinet. Thorough Cleaning, Paint And A Little Shining Up Followed By Wrapping It In Wood From My Scrap Pile. Added Some Legs And Bingo Bango!

Pulled Out Of A Trash Heap. It Was One Part Of A Military File Cabinet. Thorough Cleaning, Paint And A Little Shining Up Followed By Wrapping It In Wood From My Scrap Pile. Added Some Legs And Bingo Bango!

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Gin. No tonic
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3 months ago

Bingo Bango indeed!

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#5

This Rug Used To Be A Bunch Of Ugly T-Shirts

This Rug Used To Be A Bunch Of Ugly T-Shirts

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Potatogamers2
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3 months ago

Very nice!

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#6

I Convinced My Friend To Not Throw Away His Old Fencing And Let Me Build Him Garden Boxes. How Do You Think They Came Out?

I Convinced My Friend To Not Throw Away His Old Fencing And Let Me Build Him Garden Boxes. How Do You Think They Came Out?

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

I think that your friend would've regretted otherwise. What wood ya know?

real._.izuku
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3 months ago

I'm a simple person. I see dad joke, I upvote

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denzoren
Community Member
3 months ago

This is such a good example of recycling...and you also get to plant stuff! Great job!

Sam Chilton
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I did the same sort of thing for my Mum. She had a planter that was very weak and started falling apart, so I reinforced/replaced bits with old fence and wood they were going to throw away. It's survived years longer than it would have!

jknbt jknbt
Community Member
3 months ago

or make raised bed planters out of them

WolfGirl23
Community Member
3 months ago

We actually did this exact same thing!

Nope
Community Member
3 months ago

I think they came out great. I'm glad all that perfectly good wood didn't go to waste.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
3 months ago

They came out great!

Sharon Heim
Community Member
3 months ago

Wonderful!

Viv Hart
Community Member
2 months ago

Great idea!

Marsha Traub
Community Member
3 months ago

Incredible and amazing!!! thank you for thinking what you could do.....you truly are a hero!!!!

TexasWoman
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3 months ago

Look even nicer that they sort of have an antique finish/look and weren’t painted.

Deb Dedon
Community Member
3 months ago

!I have old fencing!

J
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3 months ago

Brilliant :)

Dorrie Kowalski
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3 months ago

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lionelle Grosdemanche-dien
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3 months ago

Súper cool

Tina Joubert
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3 months ago

Great idea

HorseMuse
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3 months ago

Great creativity, recycling, and outcome!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 months ago

Awesome, many people want a garden, but unable to do all the bending, Me for one !!!

Ashley Wright
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3 months ago

Superb!

Josey Griffin
Community Member
3 months ago

Very good, now they aren’t junk.

Judy Watson
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3 months ago

very smart idea=*..*=

Ginger DaCosta
Community Member
3 months ago

Can he come to my house? My fence looks like that and I can't lift it up. I would love rsised garden beds. Great neighbor

Jean Thompson
Community Member
3 months ago

You had great imagination to come up with these. They look good and really useful.

katboxjanitor
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3 months ago

Perfect repurposing - If your friend didn't want them I hope you were able to re-home them!

Zella Haesche
Community Member
3 months ago

you did a great job!

LJ williams
Community Member
3 months ago

Beautiful

LJ Robinson
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow!! Terrific!!

Christina Gude
Community Member
3 months ago

Grrrreat!!! And they look great, too!

Mary Ross
Community Member
3 months ago

I had my husband cobble together old fencing and painted a Green Man on it. Outside art!

Sinéad Quinn
Community Member
3 months ago

They look great! I like that they have legs.

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes!!

Norart
Community Member
3 months ago

I think the chemicals used in pressure treating the wood are going to leach into garden soil, where the plants will absorb them and your friend will soon be consuming small doses of those chemicals. If the wood is old enough it might contain arsenic

Debra Trayler
Community Member
3 months ago

Love 'em!

Sue
Community Member
3 months ago

I think I'd like to have you as a neighbor!

DAISY
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3 months ago

PRETTY DARN NICE AND QUITE NEIGHBORLY OF YOU! KUDOS TO YOU!!!

udw
Community Member
3 months ago

great

Diemond Star
Community Member
3 months ago

They turned out great!!!

Katinka Min
Community Member
3 months ago

They look fantastic. Man, it is so effing hard to find used wood, where I live. A fence like this would be a treasure!

Mazer
Community Member
3 months ago

Spot on

Nadine Bamberger
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3 months ago

They not only look good, they also serve a great purpose.

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“Creative upcycling is becoming more and more popular as people are looking for new ways to express their creativity and stay original,” she said and added that “the sustainability aspect is a strong motivator to give items a second life.”

When asked whether people are becoming more aware about producing less waste in their daily lives, Lina assured us that this is definitely the case. “People are definitely talking more about conscious lifestyle choices than they used to.”

But it’s not all up to them. If we talk about the greatest impact in producing waste, we need to realize that “big changes, especially in the fashion industry, should come from big brands making their supply chain more clean and transparent.” So the companies that produce huge amounts of stuff, like the famous fast fashion brands, are really the ones to blame.

#7

Earrings Who Lost Their Mates Turned Into A Charm Bracelet

Earrings Who Lost Their Mates Turned Into A Charm Bracelet

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Llewella
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3 months ago

That's smart, I've got a lot of those orphans

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#8

I Turned An Old Microwave Cart Into A Rolling LEGO Stand For My Daughters For Christmas

I Turned An Old Microwave Cart Into A Rolling LEGO Stand For My Daughters For Christmas

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago

Super cute idea

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#9

Upcycled 3 Old T-Shirts Into 1 New One

Upcycled 3 Old T-Shirts Into 1 New One

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Johnny Rodriguez
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3 months ago

Looks like 'somebody that I used to know'..

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“The more we upcycle, the more we choose not to buy something new. It's like making dinner from scraps—you use something most people would throw away, and you save money,” Lina said. She’s also a believer in a conscious lifestyle that’s something to be affordable for all and not reserved for the people with higher incomes.

You can upcycle virtually anything, from clothes and accessories to household objects. “I upcycle paper boxes and bags, glass bottles, and old textiles. For example, you can upcycle your old bed linen to small kitchen napkins or towels. Also, use boxes as containers for storage, build compartments in your closet from them,” the editor concluded.

#10

Turned An Old Fan With A Bad Motor Into A Lamp

Turned An Old Fan With A Bad Motor Into A Lamp

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80 Van
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3 months ago

It would be super cool if the light bulbs could spin.

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#11

Made Some Shorts, A Bucket Hat And A Bag All From One Old Jacket

Made Some Shorts, A Bucket Hat And A Bag All From One Old Jacket

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Bobert Robertson
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3 months ago

If only he had a matching jacket to go with that gear

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#12

A Rose For My Partner On Our Anniversary, Made From Recycled Cutlery

A Rose For My Partner On Our Anniversary, Made From Recycled Cutlery

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Nope
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3 months ago

That's pretty cool

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#13

My Vintage TV Barn Find Turned Into My New Bar Cart

My Vintage TV Barn Find Turned Into My New Bar Cart

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Johnny Rodriguez
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3 months ago

More entertaining than real TV..

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#14

Turned An Old Office Credenza Into A New TV Stand

Turned An Old Office Credenza Into A New TV Stand

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ADHORTATOR
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3 months ago

Impressive!

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#15

Made A Fairy Succulent Garden Patio Area With A Broken Pot

Made A Fairy Succulent Garden Patio Area With A Broken Pot

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Chrissie Mörbe
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3 months ago

Oh my goodness, this is absolutely adorable!!!

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#16

The Drink Tray I Got From A Cafe Is A Reused Milk Carton

The Drink Tray I Got From A Cafe Is A Reused Milk Carton

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago

Hey if it works.

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#17

I Repurpoused My Old Grill Into A Small Herb Garden! I Hope All The Seeds Grow Soon

I Repurpoused My Old Grill Into A Small Herb Garden! I Hope All The Seeds Grow Soon

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Stacy S.
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3 months ago

Great new garden bench.

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#18

Handpainted Them. Love How These Turned Out!

Handpainted Them. Love How These Turned Out!

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ivan bolitekurac
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3 months ago

Weird Mozilla browser but ok

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#19

Picked Up A Used Cardigan That Turned Out To Look Much Better In The Picture Than In Person, So I Turned It Back To Yarn And Crocheted The Yarn Into A Cat Bed (I Didn't Use A Pattern)

Picked Up A Used Cardigan That Turned Out To Look Much Better In The Picture Than In Person, So I Turned It Back To Yarn And Crocheted The Yarn Into A Cat Bed (I Didn't Use A Pattern)

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Megan
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3 months ago

I now want a cat so I have an excuse to have a cute bed like this in my house!

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#20

IKEA Backpack

IKEA Backpack

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Oskar vanZandt
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3 months ago

Those blue bags (the material) are almost indestructible... that backpack will last as long as the seams etc. do.

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#21

A Neighbor Was Giving Away This Kid Size Chest Of Drawers For Free, So I Snagged It And Made It Into A Quarantine Bar

A Neighbor Was Giving Away This Kid Size Chest Of Drawers For Free, So I Snagged It And Made It Into A Quarantine Bar

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Potatogamers2
Community Member
3 months ago

I liked the 'before' one more. But everyone has their own taste and the job is well done!

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#22

Swater Not Won Since 1996 And A Zipper From An Old Bag = Wool Overall For My Kid

Swater Not Won Since 1996 And A Zipper From An Old Bag = Wool Overall For My Kid

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Potatogamers2
Community Member
3 months ago

Perfect!

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#23

Turned A Thrifted Blanket Into These Ridiculous Sweats

Turned A Thrifted Blanket Into These Ridiculous Sweats

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Lovefunnyreviews21
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3 months ago

Keeps you toasty warm!

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#24

Unused Bags, It's Time To Do Some Handicraft

Unused Bags, It's Time To Do Some Handicraft

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ivan bolitekurac
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3 months ago

This doesn't look like plastic in the 2nd pic

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#25

I Read That A Lot Of Donated Clothes End Up In Landfills Anyway, So Started Saving Our Old Fabrics/Textiles That Didn’t Seem Nice Enough For Resale. Finally Used Them To Make This Pet Bed!

I Read That A Lot Of Donated Clothes End Up In Landfills Anyway, So Started Saving Our Old Fabrics/Textiles That Didn’t Seem Nice Enough For Resale. Finally Used Them To Make This Pet Bed!

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TmKhr
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3 months ago

That looks comfy!

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#26

A Raincoat For My Dog Made Out Of A Broken Promotional Umbrella (She’s Not Impress)

A Raincoat For My Dog Made Out Of A Broken Promotional Umbrella (She’s Not Impress)

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Diana
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3 months ago

Well, I am!

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#27

Teacup Birdfeeders Made By Me

Teacup Birdfeeders Made By Me

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Johnny Rodriguez
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3 months ago

What about the price tags? Do your birds have money?

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#28

Made A Bag For My Mom's Yarn From Old Window Screen

Made A Bag For My Mom's Yarn From Old Window Screen

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Miss Cris
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3 months ago

Nice!

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#29

Repurposed An Old Cable Spool Into A Table For My Zero Waste Store

Repurposed An Old Cable Spool Into A Table For My Zero Waste Store

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Alloydog
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3 months ago

I've got one of those in my back-garden at the moment, with stuff on. It's not so much a "table" yet, as I haven't tarted it up at all, rather it's a "cable-reel that I use for putting stuff on" :)

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#30

My Old Favourite Jeans Turned Into A Pen Roll

My Old Favourite Jeans Turned Into A Pen Roll

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Hannah Edwards
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3 months ago

I love the embroidery on it. I’m going to do this!

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#31

Denim Friends From Old Jeans

Denim Friends From Old Jeans

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ADHORTATOR
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3 months ago

my daughter made a whale :-)

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#32

Got This Pillowcase At A Local Thrift Store For 50 Cents! Flipped It Into A Cute Purse!

Got This Pillowcase At A Local Thrift Store For 50 Cents! Flipped It Into A Cute Purse!

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Nannychachi
Community Member
3 months ago

Twice a year our local furniture store gives me their fabric upholstery swatches. Some are leather and I make purses with them. I used a lot of the fabric ones to make stuffed bunnies for kids at Easter.

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#33

A Knit A Sweater Made Entirely Of Old /Scrap Yarns I Had Lying Around

A Knit A Sweater Made Entirely Of Old /Scrap Yarns I Had Lying Around

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Alexandra Davis
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3 months ago

I would wear that. So unique and different

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#34

Repurposed A Diaper Box + Some Contact Paper Into A Little Bookcase For My Son

Repurposed A Diaper Box + Some Contact Paper Into A Little Bookcase For My Son

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Tess the ferret
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3 months ago

what's contact paper?

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#35

My Mom Made This Pig Planter

My Mom Made This Pig Planter

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ADHORTATOR
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3 months ago

Oink! :-)

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#36

Ultimate Upcycling! Abandoned Car To Airbnb!

Ultimate Upcycling! Abandoned Car To Airbnb!

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Otter
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3 months ago

Who wants to sleep in something out in the yard, with no curtains???

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#37

Bought A Men's Shirt For $3 And Turned It Into A Twin Set!

Bought A Men's Shirt For $3 And Turned It Into A Twin Set!

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Samantha PandaNotBored
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3 months ago

I like this.

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#38

I Turned An Old Dresser Into A Microwave Stand!

I Turned An Old Dresser Into A Microwave Stand!

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Ian Smith
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3 months ago

It looks nice, but I wouldn't want to bend over for the micro.

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#39

Update! TV With Cats (And You Can See The Chandelier I Made From An Old Vase)

Update! TV With Cats (And You Can See The Chandelier I Made From An Old Vase)

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ADHORTATOR
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3 months ago

finally something interesting on TV!

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#40

Turned An Old Mannequin Hand And Gold Metal Tray Into A Light! (Not My Idea Originally, I Saw Some Similar Online)

Turned An Old Mannequin Hand And Gold Metal Tray Into A Light! (Not My Idea Originally, I Saw Some Similar Online)

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Johnny Rodriguez
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3 months ago

Please hold the line..

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#41

From Ruined Jeans To An Area Rug

From Ruined Jeans To An Area Rug

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imontape
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3 months ago

Banana for scale

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#42

Upcycled An Old Candle Lid

Upcycled An Old Candle Lid

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Mommitude Attitude
Community Member
3 months ago

This is really a neat idea!

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#43

IKEA Bags Into Windbreaker

IKEA Bags Into Windbreaker

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Potatogamers2
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3 months ago

Seems really hot though, the material.

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#44

Old Handmade Writing Desk Turned Into A Changing Table For The New Nursery

Old Handmade Writing Desk Turned Into A Changing Table For The New Nursery

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Potatogamers2
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3 months ago

I like it, but not as a changing table. Too risky in my opinion haha

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#45

Upcycled Bicycle Wheel

Upcycled Bicycle Wheel

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Andrew Gibb
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3 months ago

'up cycled' lolz

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#46

Something I Made From Old Bicycle Parts And Christmas Lights

Something I Made From Old Bicycle Parts And Christmas Lights

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Danieletc
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3 months ago

I could make light of this. But I'll leave it unspoken.

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#47

I Turned Old Perfume Bottles Into Room Diffusers

I Turned Old Perfume Bottles Into Room Diffusers

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Miss Cris
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3 months ago

Good idea and "easy" to copy!

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#48

I Turned My Friend's Old Dress Shirt Into A Crop Top With A Matching Mask And Scrunchie!

I Turned My Friend's Old Dress Shirt Into A Crop Top With A Matching Mask And Scrunchie!

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Cute.

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#49

Took Two Old Shirts And Made Two New Ones!

Took Two Old Shirts And Made Two New Ones!

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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3 months ago

I like how the hem is asymmetrical.

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#50

Upcycled A Thrifted Suit By Painting On It ! It Took Me About 30 Hours, But I Love The Result

Upcycled A Thrifted Suit By Painting On It ! It Took Me About 30 Hours, But I Love The Result

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troufaki13
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3 months ago

A bit tacky for my taste, but impressive work nonetheless!

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