What is upcycling?

Being an avid upcycler myself I hadn’t realised that many didn’t actually know what that meant so here’s a few examples to help explain…

Upcycling is taking an item and transforming it into an object of higher value or worth. Often taking items classed as rubbish and turning them into something functional, beautiful or both!

Sometimes upcycling is very obvious such as this bottlecap table top project where discarded bottle crowns, destined for the bin, were upcycled as a replacement for a broken glass top.

Foundlings Jewellery is a wonderful example of how the broken and discarded can become an object of beauty

Beachcombing Art upcycle found objects washed up on the coast in their artwork. GM Apple Core

This vinyl clock from Groovy Times is a classic example of upcycling to produce a functional item.

As is this upcycled sheet music frame from Made By Messy Muppet

Sometimes the upcycling is more subtle, here magazines have been used as an alternative to paint, which is only apparent on closer inspection. Magazine Collage by Kirstie Adamson Artist

This cake stand by Cup’n'Saucery is made up of mismatched plates

In the case of this shawl you would probably never realise that this was upcycled from left over wool oddments. Shawl By Trashtastic Knits

or that vintage fabrics have been used to produce beautiful and functional project bags by The Captain & Lovely

Get the idea?

About Kirstie Adamson

Kirstie Adamson is a magazine & junkmail collage artist. Co-Founder of EcoCreate art & craft network and a passionate revamp crafter!


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