You’ve probably heard of upcycling before, but if you’re not sure what it is or how to do it, this article will fill you in. Upcycling is one of the fastest-growing trends around and there are many reasons why it’s so popular. It saves money, reduces waste and helps us create beautiful things at home.

What is upcycling?

Upcycling is the process of taking something old and making it into something new. When you upcycle, you give new life to an existing object, reducing waste and using materials in a new way. It’s a great way to get creative and make something unique out of items that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled.

Upcycling can take many forms:

  • Recycling discarded materials like bottles and glass jars into jewellery or flower vases.
  • Turning old t-shirts into rugs or pillowcases by painting them with fabric paint.
  • Using reclaimed wood from pallets to build furniture like tables or chairs (sometimes called pallet wood projects).

What can be upcycled?

Anything. Anything that can be reused, repurposed or recycled can be considered upcycled. If you’re not sure if it is, try to imagine the item in a new form and see what comes to mind. If it sounds like something you might want to buy or use yourself and the process of making it into something else wouldn’t be harmful to the environment, then by all means go for it!

How to upcycle

If you’ve never tried upcycling before, here’s how it works. First of all, you need to find an old item that has sentimental value or holds some sort of personal significance for you.

Your first trip to a charity shop might not yield much success, but keep looking until something catches your eye; there are plenty of items out there waiting to be turned into something new and beautiful!

Then take the object apart and assess its components—what parts do I want? Can I salvage any of these materials? What can I do with them? Once this is done, get creative!

Try combining two different items together or use what you’re working within a completely different way than originally intended. It’s also possible that nothing from your source material can be salvaged; if so, just let go—it’s important not only to remember where things came from but also how they got there in the first place!

Things that you can make with used shipping pallets

  • Storage: You can use shipping pallets as storage solutions. If you need extra closet space, consider building a wardrobe using shipping pallets.
  • Furniture: Shipping pallets are great for furniture making because they’re sturdy and lightweight, which makes them easy to work with. You can create an entire set of furniture using shipping pallets.
  • Garden Furniture: Gardening is a favourite pastime for many people, but it can be difficult to find good-looking garden furniture that’s also affordable. Shipping pallets are inexpensive and come in many different shapes and sizes so they’re perfect for creating unique pieces of garden decor that will last you years!
  • Decorations: You’ve probably seen plenty of examples of people making things out of old wooden crates or metal barrels before; why not try something new? Check out our tutorial on how to turn an old wooden crate into a functional filing cabinet!

Upcycling in the garden

You can also upcycle things in your garden. If you’re tired of buying new wooden pallets for your compost bin, why not reuse some old ones? You can pick them up for free at many stores or businesses that use them for shipping. Just remove the slats from your old ones and stack them together to use as a bin or even a raised bed!

You can also make benches out of discarded pallets & tables. This is a great way to utilize those old wooden slats and create something useful while saving money on buying new materials and adding to landfills.

With just two pallets, it’s easy to build a trellis that will provide an additional structure for growing plants like beans or cucumbers vertically along its sides (rather than letting them sprawl over the ground).

After building this type of structure on posts next to your patio, you’ll have plenty of room left over where they were once placed–and now there’s room left there too!

Upcycling is exciting and a great alternative to shopping.

Upcycling is exciting and a great alternative to shopping. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to make your home feel new again, or if you just want a fun project that will help express your creativity and reduce the amount of waste in our landfills, then upcycling is just what you need!

Upcycling means taking something that already exists and finding a new use for it. For example, if one day all of the buttons on your favourite shirt break off, don’t throw them away!

Instead, try making them into earrings or charms for jewellery. Or maybe even make some buttons out of fabric and wear them as bracelets instead!

It’s easy to get started; all you have to do is think about what materials exist around you at home or work that could be used in an interesting way (i.e., not just “re-purposed”).


Upcycling is a great way to reuse old or unwanted items and create new things. It can be used in many different ways and it doesn’t have to cost much money at all! If you are interested in learning more about upcycling then we recommend visiting our website where there are lots of different ideas on how you can do this yourself.

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