3 quirky and chic ways to upcycle at home

These days we’re all looking to be more sustainable with the way we live in our homes. We know it’s better for us, for the planet as well as our bank balances.

And for those of us that are after a side of crafty with our eco-living the number of ways you can upcycle, rework, remake and recycle our homewares are endless.

Adam Powell, Sydney stylist, and DIY enthusiast is here to show us just a few of his favorite upcycling projects that you can try right now.

Upcycle your T-shirts and bedsheets into wall art

Our fashion addiction can sadly be one of the leading culprits when it comes to the world’s landfills. But there is actually a way to use these items that will not only stop them going to landfill but also beautify your home.

Macrame and natural dyeing are back in vogue, just like this gorgeous charcoal table runner from Mathias.

The 70s trends of macrame and natural dyeing are definitely back in fashion so it’s time to give your lacklustre old threads a new and sustainable spin, according to Adam.

“T-shirts, sheets, tea towels and dresses can all have new lives as gorgeous textured wall-hangings that will brighten your home and make great gifts.”

Cut your old clothes into thin strips to create new and stunning homewares. Picture: Tamara Graham

Don’t know how? Find a class in your local neighbourhood like this one at Sydney’s Upcycle Studio.

It’s a great way to not only learn a new skill but get to know your like-minded neighbours!

Try pallet furniture

This by-product of factories around the world can be used around the home in a myriad of ways.

From beds to coffee tables, planters to shelves, wooden pallets can be remade and repurposed for almost anything.

Pallets are a recycled timber-lover’s dream building material. Picture: Getty

DIY ombre rope basket

Got clutter? Who doesn’t?

Which is why rope baskets are great to have around the home to use as planters or storage for all the things you’d prefer weren’t lying on the ground.

Not only are they useful for storage and a chic way to add the warmth of natural textures to your spaces, they’re also easy to make yourself out of items you’ve already got lying around!

Not only do they act as storage but you can also use them as planters. Picture: Tamara Graham

These babies are easy to tailor to your own colour theme to suit your space, according to Adam.

“You can play around with different sized shapes and cluster together. They’re super cheap to make and a fun quirky home storage option.”

Scroll down for the full guide on how to make your own ombre rope basket

What you will need:

  • Cotton Cord
  • Hot glue gun
  • Metal or glass bucket
  • Baking paper
  • Spray paint
  • Masking tape

How to make an ombre rope storage basket

1. Start by coiling the rope around itself, gluing every few centimeters.

Start by glueing the rope in a spiral shape. Picture: Tamara Graham

2. Keep going until the coil is the size of the base of the vessel you have chosen to model it off.

3. Wrap the bucket with the baking paper, this will help prevent the cord sticking to the bucket.

4. Start coiling the rope tightly around the base of the bucket and continue until you reach the height you want. Cut and glue down the end.

5. Use the backing paper again to mask of the top section of the basket.

Spray the basket in your choice of colour. Picture: Tamara Graham

6. Lightly spray with the darker colour first around the base of the basket. Then with the lighter shade, lightly spray more towards the top

7. Wait for paint to dry before popping in a plant or filling with toys that have somehow ended up on the floor.

8. High-five yourself for being so crafty in your efforts to save the planet.

Picture: Tamara Graham

Originally published as 3 quirky and chic ways to upcycle at home by Erinna Giblin. Author at realestate.com.au.