Category: Inspiration

Film Negative Art

Upcycling artist Nick Gentry has a gorgeous new collection of film negative art. Gentry is a London based artist who loves to work with obsolete materials. We’ve previously featured Gentry’s beautiful floppy disc art. In his latest collection he uses film negatives to create incredible portraits.

film negative art

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Pinball Birdhouses

Here’s a thought, what happens to pinball machines when they are beyond repair? Upcycler Dan Burfield turns them into pinball birdhouses! As an avid pinball collector and restorer, Burfield sometimes finds pinball machines that can’t be fixed. He gives these machines a second life as pinball birdhouses.

pinball birdhouses

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Doorbell Phone

We love a good upcycled Kickstarter and this doorbell phone is just genius. It’s a wireless doorbell mechanism that turns an old rotary phone into a doorbell. The rotary phone rings when someone presses on your doorbell! Read on to find out how this fun upcycle works.

doorbell phone

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Traffic Sign Chairs

These traffic sign chairs were created from cast off traffic signs and old, school chair frames. The style of these chairs was inspired by origami and the resulting design is edgy, urban and cool. Better still these chairs are comfortable and perfect for outside use – the traffic signs were made to be outdoors!

traffic sign chairs

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Upcycled Guitars

Something interesting is happening in Detroit. Wallace Detroit Guitars are taking dissembled wood from abandoned homes, and repurposing them into gorgeous upcycled guitars. The reclaimed wood inspires memories of Detroit’s musical legacy. Former Motor City houses are transformed into high-end guitars.

upcycled guitars

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Upcycled Hats

We are delighted to introduce Samantha Procter, who makes unique, upcycled hats from unwanted materials. Samantha creates her gorgeous upcycled hats from everyday materials such as linens, blankets and various trims collected over the years. We adore her whimsical designs and dedication to the British Arts and Crafts tradition of hat making.

upcycled hats

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Old Tyre Sculptures

These old tyre sculptures created by Korean artist Yong Ho Ji are next level. Created from shreds of old tyres, Yong Ho Ji’s art features larger-than-life creatures, mythical beasts, human-animal hybrids and ferocious animal species. Some of these old tyre sculptures are up to 9 feet high! Especially impressive given that tyres aren’t the easiest material to work with.

old tyre sculpture

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Junk Kouture

Happy Earth Day everybody! Earth Day is a special day for us as it marks the birthday of Upcycle That. Today we are turning 2 and wanted to share something extra special. For us the heart of upcycling is turning waste into resources. By reusing what we already have, we are able preserve our planet for the next generations. Upcycling as a concept appeals to people of all ages and we especially love to see younger people getting involved. Today’s featured upcycle, Junk Kouture, is an annual high-end upcycled fashion competition held in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This unbelievable outfit shown was handcrafted by 3 talented high school students out of plastic milk cartons. Read on for the full story.

junk kouture

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