Hello! We are Upcycle That and we love Upcycling! We curate and create the best upcycling ideas. Why? Because Upcycling is a great way to reuse materials and reduce our footprint. Look through our menus and browse by materials or end uses. To learn more about upcycling check out our about page. Get ready to think about that box of unused items a little differently.

Boiler Lamps

Here’s something we haven’t thought of before, what happens to old espresso machines? Willem Heeffer has turned them into absolutely stunning boiler lamps! We love the industrial chic look of this collection. Read on to find out more about these awesome pendants and floor lamps.

Boiler Lamps

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Record Clock Art

This record clock art is awesome! We’ve seen vinyl records turned into clocks before, but carving pictures into the vinyl is a fresh spin. These cool record clocks are made by DMT waste art, a group of 3 artists living and working in Osijek, Croatia. Read on to find out more about their process and inspiration.

Vinyl Record Art

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Reclaimed Wood Art

We came across this funky, reclaimed wood art on Instagram. The artist is Ridley Stallings from Savannah, Georgia. Ridley is a folk artist. She has a talent for reclaiming materials from old Southern homes and transforming them into handcrafted works of art. Read on to find out more about her process.

reclaimed wood art

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Trash Fashion

Have you heard of trash fashion before? Trash fashion is the intersection of art, design and fashion. It’s wearable art made from repurposed materials. We love the idea of taking old and discarded materials and transforming them into one-of-a-kind designs. This upcycled outfit by Janet Lee & Lorraine Kwan is a brilliant example. It’s called Candy Carousel and it’s made out of plastic food lids.

trash fashion

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Volkswagen Dresser

We don’t normally post furniture makeovers, but not every piece is this Volkswagen dresser! Larissa Haynes of Northeast Ohio calls it a wonderfully redeemed piece of furniture. Larissa brings life to cast-off furniture with her small shop, Prodigal Pieces. She transformed an outdated, art deco cabinet to become this awesome Volkswagen dresser!

Volkswagen dresser

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Danube Bridge Project

The Danube bridge project is set to become the largest upcycling project of its kind! The City of Linz in Austria is having a creative contest to solve the challenge of how to upcycle its 120 year-old bridge. This public innovation project is aimed at architects, engineers, designers and artists from Linz, Austria as well as the rest of the world. There’s €10,000 in prize money available. How would you best upcycle an old bridge?

Danube Bridge Project | Upcycle That

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Bottle Cap Art

Engineer by day and artist by night, Josh Stolberg creates incredible bottle cap art. Back in college he began to collect bottle caps for no apparent reason. Several years later he had amassed thousands of caps! He started tinkering with them and then one day he created a full suit of armour out of bottle caps. By December 2013 Josh Stolberg was making all of his Christmas presents out of bottle caps. Since then he has been busy making commissions, signs and gifts – all out of upcycled bottle caps.

bottle cap art

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Coffee Leaf Art

We’ve seen coffee leaf art before, but this is our first time seeing the coffee on the leaf and not the other way round! This inspiring new medium is brought to us by Ghidaq al-Nizar, an Indonesian upcycler who used to be a latte artist. Al-Nizar uses the remnants of his morning coffee to create gorgeous coffee watercolours.

Coffee leaf art | Upcycle That

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Denim Cushions

These denim cushions are a lovely way to upcycle old jeans! Annemette Magnus is a Danish upcycler who specializes in reusing denim. She was drawn to denim as it is a very strong material. She also loves working with all the varying shades of blue. The patchwork and plaiting techniques she uses were inspired by rag rugs. Read on to find out more about her denim cushions.

denim cushions

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