5 Materials Perfect for Upcycling


Kacey BradleyUpcycling is a trendy new way to get rid of unwanted items and turn them into something new. Whether you want to decorate your home with unique, new decor or create a helpful new method for organizing your home, there are plenty of materials you can use to start upcycling today.

1. Wood

The versatility of wood makes it useful for hundreds of upcycling project ideas. It’s become trendy to take apart pallets and use the wood for projects like furniture frames and flower beds. If you feel extra creative, you can create an outdoor jungle gym and obstacle course for your young ones.

Keep in mind that not all wood is safe for re-use. Some pallets are chemically treated and can be dangerous to your health, especially if brought indoors. Always inspect the wood for a stamp, which indicates it was used for domestic transport and was not chemically treated.

sanding wood for repurposing

2. Glass Bottles

Next time you empty a wine bottle or jar of jelly, save the glass for your next upcycle project. There are plenty of fun and easy ideas that can be finished in less than a weekend. Consider turning that bottle into a unique air plant holder, or learn more about glass etching to create the perfect vase centerpiece.

When working with glass, always take the proper safety precautions. If you plan to cut or sand, wear a face mask and eye protection. Heavy-duty gloves should be worn to prevent cuts and slices. It’s also recommended to work outside or in a well-ventilated space.

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