59 Times People Gave Old Things A New Life By Upcycling Them


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 Unused Bags, It's Time To Do Some Handicraft

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

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#3 Turned An Old Fan With A Bad Motor Into A Lamp

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

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#5 Ultimate Upcycling! Abandoned Car To Airbnb!

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#6 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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#7 My Vintage TV Barn Find Turned Into My New Bar Cart

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#8 IKEA Backpack

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#9 Upcycled 3 Old T-Shirts Into 1 New One

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#10 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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#11 This Rug Used To Be A Bunch Of Ugly T-Shirts

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#12 Turned An Old Office Credenza Into A New TV Stand

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#13 IKEA Bags Into Windbreaker

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

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#15 I Turned Old Perfume Bottles Into Room Diffusers

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

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#17 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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#18 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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#19 Upcycled An Old Candle Lid

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#20 Made A Fairy Succulent Garden Patio Area With A Broken Pot

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#21 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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#22 Repurposed An Old Cable Spool Into A Table For My Zero Waste Store

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#23 Teacup Birdfeeders Made By Me

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

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

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

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

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

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#29 Denim Friends From Old Jeans

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

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#31 I Made This Cosy Pj Set From My Old Blanket And I'm So Happy With The Outcome Since I've Never Made Shorts Before!

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#32 I Initially Thought This Was A Photo Organizer Or Recipe Card Holder, But It Appears To Be A Floppy Disk Organizer! Anyway, I Fell In Love With Its Little Roll Top At The Thrift Store And Took It Home To Upcycle Into A Charging Station. It’s So Nice To Have A Way To Hide All The Ugly Cables!

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

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#34 Earrings Who Lost Their Mates Turned Into A Charm Bracelet

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#35 Handpainted Them. Love How These Turned Out!

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#36 From Ruined Jeans To An Area Rug

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#37 Took Two Old Shirts And Made Two New Ones!

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#38 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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#39 I Turned An Old Dresser Into A Microwave Stand!

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

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#41 My Old Favourite Jeans Turned Into A Pen Roll

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

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

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#44 I Needed A Travel Pill Container For A Big Trip. Rather Than Buying One, I Made One Out Of An Old Altoids Tin And An Old Plastic Membership Card

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

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

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#47 Something I Made From Old Bicycle Parts And Christmas Lights

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#48 Upcycled Bicycle Wheel

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#49 I Turned A 1952 Rca TV Into My New Home Bar

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#50 Turned A Thrifted Blanket Into These Ridiculous Sweats

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#51 My Mom Made This Pig Planter

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#52 Repurposed My Old Bike As A Shirt Rack

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#53 A Bed Made Out Of An Old Towel And Stuffing From An Even Older Soft Toy, For My Cat!

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#54 Vintage Tiny TV Upcycling!

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#55 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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#56 Got This Pillowcase At A Local Thrift Store For 50 Cents! Flipped It Into A Cute Purse!

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

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#58 Used A Paper Towel Roll, Hot Glue, And Some Leftover Rope From Another Project To Make A Cat Scratcher For My New Kitten

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#59 My Neighbour Was Throwing Out An Old Bench. I Gave It A New Lease Of Life

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