Sustainability

Recycling and upcycling ideas for your home

It feels good to refresh your furniture and wardrobe, but there’s no need to buy new. Read our upcycling ideas and get an environmentally conscious new look.

Five upcycling ideas to try at home

Trash can gardens

Upcycle metal trashcans that you don’t need any more or give a better life to trashcans at the hardware store by turning them into planters. Attach casters and fill with your favourite flowers.

Wallpaper is not just for walls

Wallpaper doesn’t have to be just for your walls. You can upcycle old cabinets and bookshelves with vinyl wallpaper to give tired furniture a fresh new look.

Antique feel cabinets

A big part of upcycling is being able to see the potential and beauty in an old, tired piece of furniture. Cabinets found at flea markets can be repurposed with sanding and painting, returning charm to pieces, saving them from being thrown away, and making a unique, stylish item for your home.

A brass chandelier plus paint

Brass is a striking and beautiful metal, but its look may not fit in with the style of your home. Why not paint that brass chandelier you found at a flea market, to fit in with your tastes.

Quirky dining chairs

You can find lots of seating options at flea markets, but they often don’t come in sets. Unify mix-and-match chairs of different styles by painting and upholstering them in identical fabric.

We hope you enjoy creating your new pieces. Why not encourage others to upcycle, and share this great green method of reducing waste, while brightening your home and wardrobe?

Top Tip


You’re no doubt familiar with recycling food packaging, but what about recycling or upcycling other items for use in your home? We recommend starting small and building up your upcycling ideas. For example, jam jars scrubbed clean of their labels make lovely display storage. Jif products can help you with lots of these processes, by gently cleaning items ready for the next stage of your updating. Be sure to read the label to make sure it’s appropriate for your project.

Key points:

  • If you have items in your home you no longer like, upcycling can help you to repurpose them into items you love.
  • Creative recycle project ideas can include fashions, updating them to make fresh pieces that give you a new look with the added satisfaction of having created them yourself.
  • Upcycling and creative recycling ideas help you save a little money, and it’ll reduce the number of things you waste at home.