The process of converting useless products into new materials or products of better quality or higher value.
According to Wikipedia, upcycling has shown significant growth across the United States. For example, the number of products on Etsy tagged with the word “upcycled” increased from about 7,900 in January 2010 to nearly 30,000 a year later — an increase of 275%!
Upcycling is different than recycling in that when we recycle a product, that product is reduced back down to its raw materials (plastic, paper, glass, etc.), and then re-used to manufacture other products made of those materials.
Upcycling involves taking old things and repurposing them as crafty new things.
What have you upcycled around your house?
This fun and festive DIY project is perfect for decorating and gift giving too. All you need are mason jars, masking tape, flocking or glittery spray paint, fake snow, fake trees, hot glue, and glitter if you like.
We found this eco-craft on the Homebody In Motion blog. Check out detailed instructions and other decorating tips there.
We found this stylish upcycle project on A Beautiful Mess. Not only do the old phones make great book ends, they are also a fun conversation starter for the under six crowd who are growing up in a world without landlines and will probably have no idea what they are.
See below for step-by-step instructions.