Upcycling is Awesome

Have you ever heard of upcycling? It’s a cool new trend that converts otherwise useless or old items into something new. With a little elbow grease you can turn an old pasta jar into a candle lantern or a wood pallet into a small herb garden. Upcycling is a great option for inexpensive gifts as well, and with the holidays fast approaching, everyone needs a few extra low cost ideas for everyone on their list. These are my favorite upcycling projects, courtesy of Pinterest, Etsy and SavvySugar.

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Mason Jar Chandelier

I saw this great upcycling project on Etsy. You can turn a few old mason jars into a shabby chic chandelier. Check out Kara Paslay Designs for a step-by-step DIY project so you can make your own fancy lighting element with a few old jars.

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eReader Covers

You know all those great books from when you were a kid? My dad used to read me Dr. Suess' There's a Wocket in my Pocket over and over. What a great way to remember those classic tales from your childhood with a custom made eReader cover! I found this one on Etsy, but you can DIY with these instructions.

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Mason Jar Planters

Want to start a garden but don't have any place to put it outside your apartment? You can grow your own herbs indoors with these mason jar planters. Buy them on Etsy or make your own.

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Oatmeal box ribbon holder

Need a gift for the crafter in your life? Make them this cute and handy ribbon holder out of an old oatmeal container. It's simple! Just follow these instructions from Curbly.

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Do anything with a t-shirt

T-shirts are so versatile when it comes to upcycling. Turn an old t-shirt into a bag, quilt or scarf. Here's a list of 50+ things you can do with a t-shirt. My favorite is the t-shirt wall art from CraftsnCoffee pictured above.

Have you ever done an upcycling project? Post a picture on Facebook or Twitter!

Kylie K.