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4 ingenious upcycles that you need to try for yourself

Posted on 9 May 2016

If you’re looking to add a few quirky features to your home, you might want to think about giving upcycling a go. It’s true, not all of us are as handy with a saw as we’d like, but you don’t need to be able turn match sticks into an armchair in order to upcycle. In fact, we’ve found that some of the most ingenious upcycles come from simply repurposing everyday objects. Here are four of our favourites that you need to try for yourself.

Not sure where to start? Here’s our quick guide on how to get involved in upcycling.

1. Light bulb vases

 light bulb vases

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Before you throw away your dead light bulbs, why not see if you can repurpose them in your home? By taking off the bottom and removing the filament, you can easily transform them into suspended vases which will certainly make an impact!

2. Bicycle wheel clocks

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If you’ve got an old bike just sitting in your garage, try turning one of the wheels into a clock. The above bike wheel clock was created using an existing clock’s mechanism and hands, along with spray painted brass house numbers. Incredible, right?

3. Whisk candle holders

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Looking for a cheaper alternative to lanterns? Well, you can actually use whisks instead. Simply loop a length of wire through the hoop at the top, slot in your tea light and voilà, you’ve got one of the easiest upcycles around!

4. Book page table runners

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If you’re a lover of literature, book page table runners are a brilliant way to add a bit of personality to your home. Another unbelievably simple upcycle, just tear out pages of your old books, add a decorative pattern and attach them together. The hardest part? Bringing yourself to tear apart your favourite novels.

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