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Upcycled Décor

Today we have a great post by the folks over at Erie Construction.  Here are some fun upcycling ideas!


Looking to decorate on a dime? Or perhaps you’d like to help out the Earth by being a little more green? Good news! You can do both of these things easily with upcycled home décor. Using materials you already have, some creativity, and a bit of elbow grease, you can make beautiful items to decorate your home with. Take a look at some of these quick and easy projects using upcycled and repurposed items from around the home.

Using Jewelry

Once you lose an earring, you might as well throw the other away right? Wrong! You can use lonely jewelry and older jewelry that you don’t wear anymore for upcycling projects. Give these pieces a second chance by re-crafting it into something you can appreciate. Try recycling big pieces like broaches and watches into glamorous refrigerator magnets or Christmas ornaments. Smaller pieces can be adhered to photo frames, coasters, or anything else that could benefit from a little bit of shine.

Extra Wallpaper

If you’ve ever tackled a wallpaper project then you know how you’re left with awkward scraps of paper that are too small to apply to the wall. Instead of tossing the scraps, transform them into something beautiful! The scraps can be cut into shapes and used as a decorative boarder in a small bathroom or kids room. You could also use it to line drawers or shelves for an unexpected pop of color in everyday items. Another solution would be to frame the wallpaper and use it in another room of your home to subtly carry the pattern through your home.

Paint Chip Picasso

If you live in an apartment, or perhaps you just don’t want to deal with the hassle of painting, you can inject your home with coloring using just the paint chips! If you find a few colors you really  like, but are unable to actually the walls, use the paint chips to create art. Cut and arrange the chips on poster board that has been cut to size and glue them in place. The more chips, the better! It adds color and texture to the art. Slip the poster board into a frame and mount on the wall. Larger frames that can hold more chips have a bigger impact. Instant art!

Bottle Vases

Glass wine, soda, or beer bottles have probably been tossed into the recycling bin at your house without a second glance. These bottles are perfect for recrafting into beautiful decorative vases for your home or office. First rinse out the bottles and peel away the labels. The bottles can be wrapped in yarn or rolled magazines or newspaper. Clear bottles look great when collaged with tissue paper. If you want a more modern look, a few coats of high gloss white paint will make these tall vases a stunning addition to any home.


This article was written by Erie Construction. For more tips on home improvement, follow Erie Construction on Twitter.