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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

3 easy upcycling projects to get you started

With the school summer holidays almost over and the expense of Christmas on the horizon, it looks like my dream home is still a long way off. I definitely need a re-vamp for the autumn though and I am considering taking on an upcycling project to keep me busy at the weekends and improve my craft skills. I wasn't quite sure where to start so searched Pinterest for these three upcycling projects to kick start that creative flow…


Upgrade a tired old office chair with a pretty duvet

Do you have a swivel chair that’s seen better days? Perhaps it’s only use is for dirty clothes or as a resting spot for papers because a wheel has broken or the seat stuffing has sagged? It needn’t stay like this! Here’s how to upgrade yours… 

You will need: 
  • Wheels – castors from Tente UK are a good choice 
  • A pretty duvet cover that you no longer want or use
  • Staple gun 
  • Scissors
  • Small pliers 
  1. It’s a simple case of first taking some time to remove the castor wheels from your chair – these can usually be removed by simply unscrewing them. 
  2. Next take one side of your duvet cover (it might be a good idea to cut your duvet in half) and place this over your chair, cut it to size. Choose a thicker material duvet set that will be resilient to all the bums that will grace the seat once you’re done! 
  3. This step is optional – take your pliers and pull out the staples holding the fabric already on the chair out and remove this to expose the stuffing. 
  4. Take your staple gun, turn the chair upside down and begin stapling the duvet neatly to the bottom of the chair. Ensure it is attached tightly, it’s best to get someone to help with this step. 
  5. Take your new castor wheels and screw these into the feet of your chair to finish.

Turn pillowcases into garment bags 

You’ve already chopped up the duvet, so it’s time to get to work upcycling those pillows too! Garment protecting bags created from pillow cases are so easy to make, here’s how…

You will need: 
  • Pillow cases 
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue 
  • Iron 
  1. Slit the seamed end of your pillowcase using the scissors, to create a hole for the hanger to poke through. 
  2. Take your fabric glue and apply a thin layer around the edges of this hole to stop the seams from fraying. 
  3. Once the glue has dried, iron your pillowcases to give them a crisp finish and then pop them over the hangers of garments you want to protect. And you’re done! 

Wine cork planters

Do you get through a few bottles of vino a week and have been saving up the corks for something special in the future? Then use them to create cute planters that you can place in rows along the windowsill or bookshelf. Here’s how…

You will need: 
  • Wine corks (as many as you want to create planters for, plus a couple spare just in case one breaks) 
  • Apple corer or a small sharp knife 
  • Cactus compost or DIY sand and perlite soil – here’s a tutorial 
  • Small succulent plant 
  • Sharpie pen (optional)
  1. Take your wine cork and carefully cut a small hole into one end, then take your apple corer (or continue using your knife if you don’t have one) and carefully push this into the cork. Try not to wiggle the corer/knife too much, as this may cause the cork to split. 
  2. Once you have created a hole around half way into the cork remove any excess and then carefully push your soil into this, don’t fill it all the way to the top. 
  3. Take your succulent plant and place this into the cork, then secure in place with more soil. 
  4. You can decorate your cork using a Sharpie, or leave it au natural. 


3 easy upcycling projects to get you started

Let me know if you have any ideas for simple upcycling projects to get me started! 

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  1. What cute little ideas!! I have upcycled a few pieces of furniture but always looking for more new projects!!

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