A Beginner's Guide to Upcycling

Aug 12, 2019, 13:19 PM by Thea S
Updating your space doesn't have to cost a fortune - trust us! Sometimes all you need is inspiration and a little elbow grease.

If you’re a fan of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, you’re probably familiar with the term “upcycling.” It refers to the process of repurposing items you already own to create something artistic and useful. While Pinterest is full of upcycling inspiration, these tips will help you get started on manageable projects that are fun for the entire family!

DIY project

Start Small – Transforming those pallets of wood in your basement into reclaimed wooden furniture sounds like a fun (and impressive) beginning to your upcycling adventures, but often it can require considerable skill and technical know-how. Begin with something your kids can do, so you have the opportunity to hone your skills before embarking on a more formidable task.

Keep a Tight Budget – The whole purpose of upcycling is to recycle stuff you already own. Resist the urge to spend a lot of money on additional materials. For most projects you probably already have the items you’ll need. If you don’t t have everything, track your purchases and keep them to a minimum.

Make It a Party – Easy upcycling undertakings are a great opportunity to bond with family, friends and neighbors. Identify an item a lot of people have but aren’t using and invite people over for a craft night. At the end of the day, upcycling is all about finding beauty in the reuse of your possessions.

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