DIY Upcycled and Recycled Items to Make your House a Home

By Lauren Caggiano on November, 13 2020
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Lauren Caggiano

Lauren Caggiano is a Fort Wayne-based copywriter and editor with a nerdy passion for AP Style. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, thrift shopping, fitness and travel. Learn more on her website:

As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression and your home decor is no exception. Whether your style is Mid-century Modern, boho, rustic, contemporary or a combination of themes, you don’t have to spend a small fortune to create chic conversation starters in various rooms1 in your house.

DIY Ideas on a Budget

Pinterest has no shortage of DIY, recycled and upcycled home decor projects to keep you busy during the cold winter months. Here are a few ideas to bring out your crafty side while sticking to a budget:

Any bibliophiles out there? This book-turned-photo-frame project is calling your name! Give an old book new life, while showcasing memories. The best part? You can complete this project in under 15 minutes.

 Chances are you have a drawer of shirts you never wear. You know those once from your high school or college days you keep around for sentimental reasons? If you can’t bear to part with them yet, this project might be a good compromise. (Sorry, Marie Kondo.) Give those threads a second life as upcycled coasters! All you need are t-shirts, tape and superglue.

On the note of t-shirts, this DIY apron makes a great rainy-day project. This one requires absolutely no sewing and is perfect for crafting, cooking, or even for kid’s art projects.

Any Boho babes out there? This hanging shelf will take your living room to new heights, pun intended. All you need is the plant, and you have yourself a Insta-worthy shot.

Why have an ordinary mass-produced rug when you can make a special DIY one? Raid your closet or head to your local thrift store to find wool sweaters and let the fun begin! This rug is as cozy as it is aesthetically pleasing.

On the surface tin cans are nothing special, but this project will flex your creative muscles. As this blogger suggests, you can repurpose them, giving them a second life as silverware caddies. All you need is 10 minutes.

On the note of cans, a paint can have great potential as an ice bucket. Just in time for holiday entertaining, you can show off your artsy side with this one.

Any plant mamas out there? With a little imagination and some supplies, you can transform a basic lantern into a succulent planter.

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the craftiest one of them all? It’s you! This sunburst mirror makes a great addition to a foyer or bathroom and is striking yet simple. Your friends and family will never know that spoons provide the shape and texture. It can be your little secret.

Speaking of texture, dress up a basic lamp with one of these fun, DIY lampshades made from recycled materials. From paint chips to drinking draws, you won’t believe how these objects are used to create some drama. You’re welcome.

Feeling inspired yet? Skip the pricey décor and try your hand at these budget-friendly creations.

Plus, just imagine how great it'll feel when guests ask where your homemade planter is from.