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Upcycling: 20 of The Best Examples We've Seen

Here at Drench, we appreciate innovation and fantastic ideas, however great or small. In recent years, the focus on being environmentally friendly has grown substantially, opening the doors to methods of recycling waste materials and breathing new life into tired items. This is the process of upcycling. Upcycling is defined as the ‘process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value’.

Put simply, it’s about rejuvinating and combining your old tat into something funky and useful around the home. There are thousands of fantastic examples of upcycling different bits and pieces around the home. Here are our favourite 20 upcycling examples from around the globe:


1. Use old toilet rolls as cable organisers to prevent getting tangled up

2. Mount old spanners on the wall to make shabby chic robe and utensil hooks

3. Convert an old briefcase and mount it on the bathroom wall to make a fantastic cabinet

4. Convert old bulbs into oil lamps or candles

5. Make a funky key hanger from old Lego

6. Old CD spindle cases make great bagel caddy’s

7. Mount old cutlery on the kitchen wall to make some cool tea towel hangers

8. Plug holes in the garden fence panels with old marbles for a colourful sunshine experience


9. Make some stylish shelves from a handful of old books and wall mounts

10. Use retro badminton or squash rackets as wall mirrors

11. Convert an old bicycle into a bathroom vanity unit

12. Turn an old dining chair into a towel hanger and shelf combination

13. Create a retro love seat from an old freestanding roll top bath

14. Convert an old bicycle wheel into a wall hung clock


15. Convert old light bulbs into wall hung flower vases

16. Hang up parts of an old wooden pallet to make a stunning wine shelf unit

17. Dangle used whisks with a handful of LED lights for some stylish and ambient ceiling lighting

18. Upcycle yourself a buttoned chair using an old briefcase  with some wooden legs and a bit of cushion

19. Use an old barbecue skewer and some vinyl records to make yourself a retro cake stand

20. My personal favourite – use an old shampoo bottle to create your own makeshift waterfall tap (quality not guaranteed)


Hopefully the 20 ideas stated above have given you some insights into how you can do your bit for the environment by upcycling within the home.

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