10 Unique Ways & Fun DIYs to Upcycle Everyday Items

Do it yourself (DIY) projects are more popular than ever. In fact, according to Technavio, the DIY industry is expected to be worth $13.9 billion by 2021. As the adult version of arts and crafts, DIY projects are fun, gratifying, and of course, we love them because they do wonders for the planet.

Instead of hitting the trash or recycling bin, here are 10 fun and unique ways to upcycle everyday items with crafty DIYs:

Bottle Bird Feeder

This soda bottle bird feeder is super easy to make and is a fun activity to do with kids:


If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, here’s a version that requires a bit more building:


Mint Container Headphone Holder

We spend a third of our lives sleeping, a third working, and it feels like another third is spent untangling our headphones! Try this quick and easy project for a fashionable solution:


Another alternative for your old mint tin; turn it into a travel candle!


Coffee Can Planter

Develop your green thumb with this coffee can turned adorable planter:


Patron Bottle Soap Dispenser

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. Whip up some margaritas and then turn the bottle into a soap dispenser!

**Green tip: instead of buying a plastic soap bottle to fill up your new masterpiece, find a refill or bulk shop near you.

Upcycled Glass Vase

A little paint and yarn can do wonders.


Rug Storage Basket

Channel your inner Marie Kondo and turn your old rugs into storage baskets:


T-Shirt Produce Bag

This one is doubly amazing. Not only do you get to put an old t-shirt to good use, but you avoid using those plastic produce bags at the market!


Repurposed Denim Bibs

Who knew a pair of old jeans could become an adorable and handmade baby shower gift?!


Gilded Honey Bears

Oh so cute—and practical!


Book page gift bags

Turn your favorite paperback into cute little bags for gift cards, jewelry, or other small items.


There are so many amazing benefits to a good old fashioned do it yourself project. You save money, you get to create something beautiful, and you’re doing your part to live a greener lifestyle. And, what’s better then getting a compliment on your decor and being able to say “thanks, I made that!”?

If you try any of these projects, let us know how they turned out in the comments below!

Nicole Grossberg
Author: Nicole Grossberg

Nicole Grossberg is a freelance writer with a passion for sustainability and doing her part to save the planet. She’s usually seen with a reusable water bottle, coffee tumbler, or stainless steel straw—no single use plastic allowed! When she’s not writing you can find her at a Yankee game, in the kitchen cooking, curled up with a good book, or drinking iced coffee. She currently resides in Astoria, NY.

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