Giving your home a unique edge

November 13, 2014 • By

If you want to make the interior of your home look unique but you have a limited budget, then there are lots of everyday objects that you can upcycle to give your home an interesting appearance. You don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune and letting your creativity flow will let you really express yourself.

Here is a list of 7 upcycled items to inspire you:

1. Build a bookshelf from an old ladder

By turning a ladder on its side and nailing it to the wall will give you an instant bookshelf. You position it however you like, including using it to fill a blank corner of the room:

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Source: Scraphacker have put together a post dedicated to giving step ladders a new lease of life view the full post here.

2. Use old glass bottles as lamp shades

Forget about buying expensive lamps and collect some used bottles that you simply place over the top of the bulbs. It can create different looks depending on the style of bottle you go for:


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The guys at Factory Direct Craft Blog have put together a comprehensive how to guide on upcycling your old, unused bottles into lamps here. have also put together a post for upcycling wine bottles with a staggering 22 unique ideas.

3. Create a mirror frame from old plastic cards

Cut up old cards and create a montage that you can stick around the frame of your mirror to give it a unique look. It can be as structured or chaotic as you like:



From business cards you can create lampshades and Christmas decorations, from credit cards you can create picture frames and glue spreaders and finally from playing cards you can create gift tags and bags!

4. Use an old bath tub as a sofa

Try cutting an old bath tub in half, throw some cushions on it and it add a couple more legs for stability and hey presto, you’ve made yourself a bath tub sofa:


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If you want to know how make an up-cycled sofa click here, alternatively other bathtub up-cycling ideas can be found at

5. Make a mirror from an old tennis racket

It’s easy to take the strings out of a tennis racket and replace them with an oval shaped mirror to make a brand new frame:


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Instructions on how to build this work of art can be found here, if you’d like to upcycle your old tennis rackets into something else look no further than, some of the inspirational ideas include wall sculptures and jewellery hangers.

6. Use old books as a shelf

Making an ‘invisible shelf’ is a great way to decorate a room. If you put up some brackets on the wall and use an old book as the main platform, you can make it look as if it’s floating:


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 An in-depth tutorial on creating invisible book shelves can be found at

7. Create a pallet/crate table

Why pay lots of money for a coffee table when you can make one from old pallets? It can be a great way to bring a rustic feel into your home:


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Michelle Kenneth has put together a feature on up-cycling wooden crates, she has some great ideas including shelves and a chaise lounge. You can find even more inspiration for old crates and boxes on Pinterest.