Category: Metal

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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Handlebar Bike Rack

A handlebar bike rack, what a clever DIY! We must admit, we’ve been chewing on upcycled bike rack ideas for awhile now. How did we not think of this?! This handlebar bike rack is exquisitely simple to make, looks gorgeous and works brilliantly. Follow the jump to find out how to make your own.

handlebar bike rack

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Birdcage Planter

Do you love succulents as much as we do? If so, odds are you will love this birdcage planter. This birdcage planter makes for an easy upcycle. With little more than succulents, a birdcage and soil you can add a splash of greenery to your home or garden. Find out how to make your own birdcage planter!

Birdcage Planter | Upcycle That

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Tin Robots

Have you ever seen any of those gorgeous tin toys of yesteryear? These tin robots by French artist Daphné Burge remind us so much of them! Daphné Burge is a found object artist. She collects metal tins, bakelite, porcelain and other vintage odds and ends. Using imagination and a touch of whimsy, she transforms these objects into tin robots and a menagerie of metallic animals.

tin robots

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Best DIY Advent Calendars

Can you believe that it’s almost December? We’re getting excited to do some holiday upcycling and thought we’d kick it off with the top 5 best DIY advent calendars. Advent calendars are fun to make and receive and really build excitement up to Christmas. We’ve made one using muffin pans but also want to share some great ideas using clothespins, matchbooks, tin cans and newspaper. Read on to see our list of top 5 best DIY advent calendars.

best DIY advent calendars

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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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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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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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Upcycled Costume Inspiration

With New York Fashion week just over and Halloween around the corner we feel the time is right for a bit of upcycled costume inspiration. This mermaid tail was part of RUBY’s collection for last year’s South African Fashion Week. The collection was entitled: Waste not, want not.

upcycled costume inspiration

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