Category: Inspiration

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 She transformed an outdated, art deco cabinet to become this awesome Volkswagen dresser!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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Vintage Cutlery Reuse

These custom-stamped vintage spoons are such a lovely reuse of vintage cutlery! Jade Holli is an avid gardener, upcycler and vintage collector from Melbourne, Australia. We love her whimsical garden markers made from vintage cutlery! Read on to find out more about her process and inspiration.

vintage cutlery

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Debrand Services

Here’s an interesting thought, what happens to branded materials when companies don’t need them anymore? Debrand Services in Vancouver B.C. set out to tackle this problem. Seven years ago Wes Baker was working in experiential marketing. He noticed that lots of branded event materials went to waste post-event. Because they were branded, these items couldn’t be donated. Wes founded Debrand Services to offer corporate businesses an alternative solution.

debrand

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Bottle Houses of PEI

Inspiration strikes in the most unusual ways. Édouard T. Arsenault began to build these incredible bottle houses in 1980. He was 66 at the time and had received a postcard from his daughter of a glass bottle castle in British Columbia. Inspired to create his own bottle house, Édouard began collecting glass bottles from his community in Cap-Egmont, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

bottle house

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Pallet Hope Chest

This gorgeous pallet hope chest is more than just a furniture piece, it’s a success story. We love hearing about upcyclers that have turned their passions into businesses! Candice and Mike Jenness starting making these stunning reclaimed wood hope chests as a way to bridge the financial gap from their day jobs. When their Etsy shop, Looney Bin Trading Company, reached over 300 sales, they were able to make the switch to working full time for themselves.

pallet hope chest

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Drawstring Bags

Drawstring bags are both fashionable and functional. They are essentially dressed up backpacks! We are loving these upcycled drawstring bags by lilidili. lilidili is the small business of Hungarian upcycler Lili. The lilidili drawstring bags are upcycled from old tablecloths, bedsheets and clothing.

drawstring bags

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