Repurposing and Upcycling can save you money and we all know the joy it brings.
I have loved creating stuff out of waste from early on in life. I used to think of ways to put old, abandoned stuff to use.
When we reuse things, we help a wee bit by not having the stuff dumped into the landfill.
This Native American Proverb “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,” sums our environment threatening lifestyle and how we must not take our planet for granted.
Using old clothes: Old clothes can be reused/repurposed or upcycled in multiple ways. I often keep old bed sheets, curtains, etc. to be turned into cloth bags. For past 3 years, on my son’s birthday I get these cloth bags made locally and give return gifts in them.
My mother in-law had a huge collection of sarees, some brand new and some older than me, each one of those a beauty to treasure. But fabric has its shelf life too and there isn’t much you can do once it starts to fray. There are a few of her beautiful Banarasi silk sarees from her wedding trousseau that were fraying, still some part of me couldn’t let go off those gorgeous beauties. Guess what I did? I retained the heavy, intricately designed borders and Pallus and got them turned into table runner, serving trays and framed wall art pieces.
Similarly, other special clothes like my son’s first few t-shirts/rompers, a t-shirt that I gifted to my husband on his birthday before we got married, all these clothes hold special places in our hearts, keeping them in the wardrobe will only make them go worse. Here’s a video showing how you can use old clothes.
Using old storage containers-
Think before you think of discarding old stuff. I turned a 32+ years old Aluminum container into a stool/pouffe/Mooda. check out the video to see how!
It was a simple exercise using -acrylic paints, Shilpkar airdry clay by Fevicryl. The doughnut cushion was purchased from amazondotin.
Up-cycling old plates in wall plates-
The beauty and magic of Up-cycling is that it can transform anything, all you need to do is add a dash of creativity.
During pregnancy I was at my creative best and I turned old plates into beautiful wallplates using fancy tissue and old wrapping paper .
I recently added one more wall plate to the old set and thought of sharing it with you all. I will soon do a Step by Step video on using #wrapping papers and other material for Decoupage. Till then stay tuned.
Do let me know what you think of these easy up-cycling decor ideas.
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