We’ve all heard of recycling, where you send your used paper, plastic, glass and metal to re processed and used again. This is a necessary activity and greatly reduces the garbage produced and saves resources. But have you ever heard of “upcycling”?
Upcycling is where you take items that would otherwise be trash, and turn them into something more. Either pieces that are functional, or that are purely decorative. You can actually make quite a variety of nice decorations for your home all made out of upcycled materials (if you don’t believe me, check these ideas out: http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/decorating-ideas/news/g2315/creative-ideas-for-upcycled-home-decor/).
So as you can see, you’re only limited by your own ingenuity and creativity. And honestly, lack of either can be remedied by looking for ideas and techniques online.
Now, you may start getting excited to see what you can make for your home, but if you’re like me, don’t have a lot of “junk” lying around to use. Fortunately, junk isn’t all that expensive. You can get DIY materials at garage sales, flea markets, pawn shops in Hollywood, thrift stores, etc. Then you’ll have some stuff to work with.
An important factor to keep in mind is that if you want your home to look nice with your DIY pieces, you’ll need to try to stick to a theme. Now, in some of the examples in the link above, the upcycled piece didn’t match the rest of the room. Yet it was in such contrast that it didn’t CLASH with the rest of the space. So if you’re only thinking about making one or two things, then you’re probably safe in whatever you choose to use and make.