Musical Instruments from Weapons

Musical instruments from weapons make for a very interesting and unique upcycle. Mexican artist Pedro Reyes has created 47 musical instruments from over 6,000 seized weapons. The weapons were confiscated by the army and police in the dangerous Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez. The resulting musical instruments from weapons is called the “Disarm” project.

musical instruments from weapons

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DIY Laptop Case

With the Northern Hemisphere going into winter and the Southern Hemisphere going into summer it’s a great time to think about which sweaters you aren’t using anymore. Found something you aren’t wearing? Perfect. This DIY laptop case will put it to use again as a stylish cover for your laptop.

DIY laptop case

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Egg Carton Flower Lights

We are presenting these egg carton flower lights by popular request! Making them is a fun, easy process requiring not much more than a string of lights, a few egg cartons and some paint. While simple to make, these egg carton flowers can dramatically dress up a plain set of Christmas lights. Read on to find out how to make your own.


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Upcycled Robots

Robots walk among us, upcycled robots that is. French artist Gille Monte has a passion for creating upcycled robots from found metallic materials. We love the retro style of Monte’s creations, they’re like something out of the Jetsons! Read on as we ask Gille Monte about his personal process of making robots.

upcycled robots

When Gille Monte wrote to us to share his upcycled robots, we were intrigued by the cool design aesthetic and various mixed metals used. We feature many different kinds of upcyclers and artists on Upcycle That, but happen to have a soft spot for robot creators. It seems like some people just have a special knack for creating them. So we had to ask Monte, what does it take to create upcycled robots?

upcycled robots

Monte says while not a welder, he’s always loved tinkering with metallic objects. He loves giving abandoned objects a second life and is a self taught robot creator. For inspiration Monte looks to the shape and appearance of the found object. For instance he will start with a metal box, fire extinguisher, or electric casing and consider it as the body of a robot it could become. From there he begins to visualize a robot.

upcycled robots

2 years ago Monte started his blog, documenting the process of creating upcycled robots. For each robot Monte makes he also includes a fantastical imaginary story about it’s origin. The robot above is supported by the story of Pandora’s box.

upcycled robots

To find his metallic bits and bobs Monte looks in the trash, secondhand shops and is gifted many worn parts from family and friends. When he does buy pieces Monte says they are very inexpensive:

The raw material doesn’t cost me a lot, second-hand flatware is sold for almost nothing.

Monte says for him, the most gratifying part of the process is giving a second life to objects that would otherwise have been wasted. We have to agree, that’s one of our favourite parts of upcycling as well.

Source: Gille Monte (In French)

Halloween Spider Decorations

It feels like Halloween would not be complete without Halloween spider decorations. We decided to get super creative with these. Our spiders are made from wine corks and our spider web window displays are crafted from old windows. The hand spun spider webs are supported by loofah mesh! We love the results. Read further to find out how we did it.

Halloween spider decorations

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Halloween Book Page Decor

What do you do with old books that are falling apart, yellowing and fragile? Sounds like the perfect material to use for creating Halloween book page decor. With a retired book, a printer and some vintage clip art you too can create awesome spooky decorations. Plus we’ll show you how to make this sweet Trick or Treat Halloween bunting!

halloween book page decorations

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Upcycled Tables

These gorgeous upcycled tables are created by Herso, a Dutch furniture making team. Herso create mixed wood tables by gluing small pieces of discarded wood together. Their mission is to create beautiful, high-quality wooden furniture from waste wood. The resulting seamless upcycled tables speak for themselves.

upcycled tables

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Bat-Yam Pavilion

A glittering tin can pavilion rises up in the municipality of Bat-Yam in Israel. The Bat-Yam pavilion is a honeycomb like structure made of old soup cans. The pavilion transforms an otherwise unoccupied lot into an inviting public space.

bat-yam pavilion

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Halloween Candy Holder

As part of our build up to Halloween we just knew we had to have an upcycled Halloween candy holder. We played around with a used plastic bottle and this Frankenstein candy holder emerged. This was a super fun upcycle to make and has gotten us even more excited about Halloween! Read on to find out how to make your own Halloween candy holder.

halloween candy holder

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Washing Machine Drum Lights

These washing machine drum lights are the latest invention of Helsinki based, Dutch designer Willem Heeffer. These lamps are made from used washing machine drums and powder coated in 1 of 6 retro chic candy colours. We love their cool industrial look.

washing machine drum lights

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