A bathtub that's a bit more comfy
A bicycle wheel and rulers makes for an ingenious clock
Glue your favourite pair of ornaments to blocks to make pretty bookends
These logs have been chopped and varnished for a naturalistic coat hook
Those odd buttons you never use can be made into an eclectic bracelet
Try an upcycled Christmas tree this year by using plastic bottles
Lego will always be cool. Glue it together to make things like keyholders, salt and pepper shakers, coasters and wall art
Hey if your car gets written off...
An open trunk is upcycled to be an elegant chair with added quirk
Barrels make for extremely funky chairs
These are quite a popular gift. Turn your old records into dessert bowls or you can buy them from gift stores online
When shelves themselves become upcycled works of art
Upcycling is where you recycle items to give them a new, better purpose than they previously held.
If you’ve been inspired by the Week 2 Upcycle challenge on The Block NZ, the gallery above has some more quirky ideas!
Think outside the box. If you copy an upcycled idea from the internet add your own spin on it with your favourite coloured paint or artwork.
Give the item a rigorous clean before modifying. It’s tempting to start tinkering straight away but you might need to sand and wipe wood, iron clothing and giving materials a dust.
Before you start, find interesting nicknacks like buttons, door knobs and wallpaper to keep on hand for random bursts of inspiration
Save your scraps. The bits you remove from this item could be used for your next item
You can just make artwork. Your upcycled item doesn’t have to be practical. If you want to make a crazy sculpture, make a crazy sculpture.