Who knew you could turn pieces of trash into unique & interesting treasures? If you love crazy cool upcycled DIY projects, you’ll adore these ideas! 

Hey, friends! If you fit any of the following categories, I’d strongly encourage you to keep reading this post:

A. You want to redecorate your home, but you can’t afford brand-new expensive home furnishings and accessories.

B. You are super artistic and love crafting.

C. You have way too much time on your hands and wouldn’t mind using that free time to make some killer cool home decor.

D. You love turning broken or junky things into something beautiful.

Do some or all of these describe you? If so, you should definitely keep reading! Before I move on to my upcycled DIY ideas, I should just let you know that if any of the above fits me, it would definitely be D. I love turning pieces of junk or trash into something unexpected and beautiful. Sometimes, what at first appears to be the most worthless piece of junk can turn into the most unique, wonderful home decor accessory. That’s my heart right there friends! I love seeing beauty in the ‘un-beautiful’ things in life!

Okay, okay, let me get off my soapbox and move onwards with these super cool, fun, and inspiring upcycled DIYs! These projects vary from beginner level to more advanced so no matter what your crafting skill level may be, there should be a DIY upcycle here that will suit your taste and style.

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Upcycled DIY Linen Rug Crochet Hardwood Floors Rag Rug

Via Dream a Little Bigger

Here’s a fresh upcycle project brought to you by Dream a Little Bigger. I think this DIY idea is totally awesome! Sure it’ll take some time and quite a bit of elbow grease, but I can tell just by looking at it that once you complete this rug, it will be well worth the work. This upcycle DIY is perfect if you have any leftover rags or that ol’ Twin XL sheet set in the back of your closet from your college days! Simply gather your fabric, get some scissors, and some giant crochet hooks, and get to work. DISCLAIMER: you must know how to crochet in order to complete this DIY. Don’t know how to crochet? No worries! Why not sew large pieces of braided fabric strips together to create a mockup of this upcycled linen crochet rag rug. Put your mind to work and let your imagination run wild!

Upcycled DIY Project Zip Tie Lamp Shade Blue Ombre Orange Flowers Sunburst Mirror

Via Charming Ink

Who knew that there were way more uses for zip ties than you’d expect!? At first glance, I would never have guessed that this super chic lamp is made of zip ties. I think the reason why this lamp shade is so stunning is the fact that it incorporates ombré color blocking into the design. So, if you have a plethora of zip ties in a variety of colors, this is the upcycling project for you! Plus, it’s not difficult to make. In fact, if you know how to zip a zip tie, then you can totally make this lamp shade. What does that mean, friends? This DIY is friendly for beginner crafters. Check out this page to learn how to make this yourself.

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Upcycled DIY Metal Filing Cabinet Chalkboard Paint Pink Flowers Home Office


You may recognize this filing cabinet from a previous post, but let me tell you why I’m talking about it again. If I had to think of a few of my favorite things, two of the things that would make the list would be organizational drawers and chalkboards. The fact that this upcycled DIY combines two of my favorite things blows my mind! I love this DIY! This project is especially great if you have any ugly metal filing cabinets hanging around. If so, then you no longer have to be depressed about how ugly they are. Get yourself some chalkboard paint and transform them. This upcycled decor project is totally beginner-friendly as well! You can totally re-vamp the way you organize your office with this DIY. You can easily create a calendar on the side!

Upcycled DIY Rope Tire Ottoman Living Room Hardwood Floors Indoor Plants

Via Houzz

This project is better for more advanced DIY-ers. If you don’t have access to or don’t know how to properly use power tools, this may not be the upcycling DIY for you. I think the end result is absolutely stunning though! This rope ottoman would look great in just about any home. Just by looking at it, would you have guessed that the base is actually made from a tire? Need proof? Just look at the image below!

Upcycled DIY How to Make a Tire Rope Ottoman

Via Handimania

Check it out! The proof is in the pudding! Isn’t it awesome that this DIY project is made of something as unusual as a tire? I think that’s pretty cool! I’d love to get a super large tire and make this ottoman. Then, once it’s all finished, I’d love to set it in a corner, throw some pillows on it, and place a bookshelf by it! Wouldn’t that make an awesome reading corner?

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Upcycled DIY Light Bulb Vases with Pink Flowers Babys Breath Hanging DIY Planters

Via Sweet Society

Light bulb moment! Check out this genius upcycled DIY project. Who would’ve thought of turning old light bulbs into stunning, minimalist flower vases? This idea is so simple, but so chic that it’s genius! Seriously? I could go on and on about this repurposed lighting idea. These hanging vases would look great in your home or even as party decorations! Imagine how cute these would look hanging at a wedding or in your backyard. Even the two from the featured image would be lovely for weddings, parties, or to just add a little pop of flower power to your home decor!

Upcycled DIY Utensil Plant Markers Outdoor Living Wooden Utensils

Via Country Living

Here’s an awesome DIY! Back when my roommates and I first moved into our apartment together, we all had a plethora of silverware and utensils. We ended up just getting rid of over half of them because we had way too many. If only I had known about this, I could’ve invested in a fresh herb garden for our deck and used our extra silverware to make these awesome plant markers! Find out how to do this DIY here!

Upcycled DIY Book Page Wallpaper Bedroom Bedside Tables Throw Pillows Picture Frames

Via A Well Dressed Home

Last but not least, check out this DIY (not necessarily an upcycle project) that can entirely transform the look of your home! If you have a family member who has a vast, old, well-worn, never-read, some-what neglected book collection, this is perfect for you. This is a project that just about anyone can do! All you need to do is take old book pages and paste them on your wall from floor to ceiling! Voila! Now you have an awesome and unique DIY wallpaper. Don’t allow your old books to collect dust any longer. Instead, turn your trash into treasure! This is a DIY that I’ve actually done in my own home. I love it so much that I felt it would be wrong of me not to share it with you!

So that’s all friends! I hope you enjoyed this upcycled DIY post. Never underestimate the possibilities of junk. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can turn any piece of trash into treasure.

Did you love these upcycled DIY projects? If so, let us know in the comments below. Be sure to share this post with all your fellow DIY-ers and crafters. Thanks for reading! ‘Til next time!

**Featured image via Not on the High Street