10 Simple and Creative Upcycled Creations for Your Home
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 9 min read


  1. Turn a Ladder into a Bookshelf
  2. Transform a Pallet into a Coffee Table
  3. Repurpose an Old Door into a Headboard
  4. Create a Mason Jar Chandelier
  5. Make a Crate Storage Ottoman
  6. Build a Wine Rack from a Wood Pallet
  7. Craft a Bird Feeder from a Teacup
  8. Design a Mirror from Tennis Rackets
  9. Fashion a Wall Clock from a Bicycle Wheel
  10. Construct a Planter from an Old Tire

Are you intrigued by the idea of upcycling and looking for inspiration to bring this eco-friendly, creative practice into your home? If so, you're in the right place! We've gathered 10 simple and creative upcycled creations that you can easily make yourself, adding a unique touch to your home decor while breathing new life into items that might otherwise be discarded. Ready to dive into the world of upcycled creations? Let's get started!

Turn a Ladder into a Bookshelf

Our first upcycled creation is both practical and visually pleasing: turning an old ladder into a bookshelf. This project is perfect for those of you who love reading and are in need of a creative storage solution for your favorite books.

Here's what you'll need:

  • An old wooden ladder
  • Wood planks for shelves
  • Screws and a drill
  • Sandpaper and paint (optional)

To start, make sure your ladder is sturdy and in good condition. If it's a bit worn out, don't worry—you can sand it down and give it a fresh coat of paint. Next, measure the distance between the ladder steps: this will be the width of your shelves. Cut your wood planks to fit these measurements.

Once you have your shelves ready, screw them onto the ladder steps, ensuring they're secure. And just like that, you've created a unique bookshelf from an old ladder—one of many upcycled creations that can add a touch of rustic charm to your home.

Remember, upcycling is all about creativity and making the most of what you have. So don't be afraid to add your own twist to this project. Maybe use a bold paint color for the ladder, or add some decorative elements to the shelves. The sky's the limit when it comes to your upcycled creations!

Transform a Pallet into a Coffee Table

Have you ever looked at a wooden pallet and thought about its potential beyond the warehouse? With a bit of creativity and elbow grease, you can transform a pallet into a chic coffee table—one of many possible upcycled creations.

Here's what you'll need:

  • A wooden pallet
  • Four caster wheels
  • Screws and a drill
  • Sandpaper and wood stain

Start by giving the pallet a good sanding to remove any rough spots and prepare it for staining. Once you've sanded it down, apply your chosen stain, and let it dry completely.

Next, flip the pallet over and attach the caster wheels to each corner. Ensure they're securely fastened to support the weight of the pallet. With that, you've got yourself an upcycled coffee table. Simple, right?

But don't stop there! Consider adding a glass top or painting a design on the table surface to make it truly your own. Upcycled creations are as much about personal style as they are about sustainability. So go ahead, let your creativity flow, and transform that pallet into a coffee table that's both functional and stylish.

Repurpose an Old Door into a Headboard

Ever thought about how you could give that old door a new life? How about turning it into a unique headboard for your bed? It's a fantastic way to add character to your bedroom and it's one of our favorite upcycled creations.

You'll need the following:

  • An old door
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or stain
  • Mounting brackets

Start by measuring the width of your bed. This will determine the size of your headboard. Once you've got the measurements, use a saw to cut the door to the appropriate size.

Next, sand the door to remove any old paint or splinters. This will also help the paint or stain adhere better. After sanding, apply your chosen color of paint or stain and let it dry.

Finally, attach the mounting brackets to the back of the door. Make sure they're level and secure, then attach the door to your bed frame or directly to the wall behind your bed. And voila! You've transformed an old door into a chic, one-of-a-kind headboard.

Remember, upcycled creations aren't just about reusing items, they're about reimagining them. So, let your imagination run wild and see what amazing things you can create!

Create a Mason Jar Chandelier

Lighting can change the whole mood of a room, don't you agree? Here's a bright idea for your next project—creating a chandelier out of mason jars. This upcycled creation not only provides a warm, rustic charm to any room but also serves as a great conversation starter.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mason jars
  • Light bulbs
  • Electrical wire
  • Ceiling light mount

First, decide on how many jars you'd like to use for your chandelier. This can depend on the size of your room and the amount of light you want. Next, drill a hole at the center of each jar lid, large enough to thread the electrical wire through.

Once you've prepared the lids, insert the light bulbs into the jars and screw the lids on. Thread the electrical wire through the hole in each lid, making sure that the wire is connected to the bulb.

Then, attach each of the wired jars to the ceiling light mount. Ensure that all the wires are safely connected and the jars are securely attached. Finally, mount the chandelier to your ceiling. And there you have it — your own homemade, upcycled mason jar chandelier!

Remember, the beauty of upcycled creations is in their uniqueness. You can customize this project to your taste by using different jar sizes or adding a coat of paint. Happy upcycling!

Make a Crate Storage Ottoman

Next up on our list of unique upcycled creations is a crate storage ottoman. This versatile piece of furniture serves as a seat, a footrest, and a storage unit all at once. Plus, it's incredibly easy to make. Ready to give it a shot?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A wooden crate
  • A piece of plywood (cut to the size of the crate)
  • Padding material (like foam or cotton)
  • Durable fabric
  • Four small wheels
  • Screws
  • A staple gun

Start by attaching the wheels to each corner of the crate. This will make your ottoman mobile, so you can easily move it around your home. Next, cut your padding material to the size of the plywood. Attach it to one side of the plywood using your staple gun.

Next, cut your fabric to a size that will cover the padded plywood and wrap around to the other side. Cover the padded plywood with the fabric, pulling it tight and stapling it securely to the other side. This padded and covered piece of plywood will serve as your ottoman's lid, providing a comfortable seat or footrest.

Then, simply place the lid on top of the crate. You now have an upcycled crate ottoman that not only adds a touch of rustic charm to your living room but also gives you extra storage space. You can keep blankets, books, or even toys inside — the choice is yours!

Isn't it great how a simple wooden crate can be transformed into such a functional and stylish piece of furniture? This is the magic of upcycled creations!

Build a Wine Rack from a Wood Pallet

Now, let's venture into the world of upcycled creations for wine enthusiasts. Ever thought a simple wooden pallet could elegantly hold your wine collection? Here's a simple guide on how to turn a plain pallet into a chic wine rack.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A wooden pallet
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver

The first step involves cutting the pallet to your desired size. A standard size for a wine rack might hold about six to eight bottles, but feel free to customize based on your space and collection. After cutting, give the pallet a good sanding to smooth out any rough edges.

Once your pallet is smooth, it's time to stain. Using your paintbrush, apply a coat of wood stain. This not only enhances the wood's natural beauty but also helps protect it. Allow the stain to dry completely.

Next, consider the layout of your wine rack. The top part of the pallet can hold the bottles, while the bottom part can be used for hanging wine glasses. To create the glass hangers, you'll need to screw in some hooks to the underside of the bottom board of the pallet.

And there you have it — a fully functional, upcycled pallet wine rack. It's a perfect example of how upcycled creations can add a unique and personal touch to your home. Plus, think of the bragging rights when your guests ask where you bought your stylish wine rack!

Craft a Bird Feeder from a Teacup

Imagine a little bird, chirping happily as it perches on a lovely teacup filled with birdseed. Sounds charming, doesn't it? In this segment of our upcycled creations journey, we'll turn an old teacup and saucer into a bird feeder that'll have the neighborhood birds tweeting in delight.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An old teacup and saucer
  • Strong adhesive glue
  • Twine or string
  • Birdseed

Begin by finding the perfect spot on the saucer to attach the teacup. It can be on its side or upright, as long as there's enough space for the birdseed. Apply the adhesive glue on the teacup's bottom (or side), attach it to the saucer and let it dry completely.

After the glue has dried, tie the twine around the handle of the teacup. This will allow you to hang the bird feeder from a tree branch or a hook. Lastly, fill the teacup with birdseed and hang your new upcycled creation outdoors.

Not only does this teacup bird feeder serve as a delightful addition to your garden, but it also demonstrates the beauty of upcycled creations. It's a simple, creative, and environmentally-friendly way to bring life and color to your outdoor spaces. Plus, you get to enjoy the sight of feathered friends stopping by for a snack. Now, isn't that a tweet treat?

Design a Mirror from Tennis Rackets

Got any old tennis rackets lying around, gathering dust? Instead of letting them take up space, how about turning them into a unique mirror for your home? This upcycled creation is not just a practical piece, but it also adds a fun and sporty flavor to your decor. Here's how you can do it.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Old tennis rackets
  • Round mirrors
  • Adhesive glue suitable for glass

First things first, ensure the tennis rackets are clean. Then, measure the interior oval of the racket, this is where your mirror will go. You can easily find round mirrors of different sizes at local craft stores. Make sure you pick one that fits snugly within the racket's frame.

Apply the adhesive glue to the back of the mirror and carefully place it inside the tennis racket frame. Allow the glue to dry completely before hanging it up. Remember, safety first!

And there you have it! Your very own upcycled creation that reflects your creative spirit (and your lovely face, of course!). This tennis racket mirror is a great conversation starter and adds a unique touch to your home decor.

So, who said old tennis rackets couldn't serve up some style? Challenge the norm and explore the world of upcycled creations. After all, being creative is about making a 'racquet' and having fun, right?

Fashion a Wall Clock from a Bicycle Wheel

Have an old bicycle wheel that's seen better days? Don't retire it to the rubbish heap just yet! It's time to give it a new lease on life by transforming it into an upcycled creation - a chic and trendy wall clock. Let's get rolling.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Old bicycle wheel
  • Clock mechanism and hands
  • Spray paint (optional)

Start by cleaning up the bicycle wheel. If you want to add a splash of color, you can spray paint it. Once your wheel is clean and dry, it's time to attach the clock mechanism. You can find these in craft stores or even online.

Position the clock mechanism in the center of the wheel and secure it, making sure it's firm and steady. Then attach the clock hands. Follow the instructions provided with your clock mechanism to ensure everything is correctly installed.

And there you have it! A stylish and functional wall clock made from a bicycle wheel. Not only does this upcycled creation tell the time, but it also tells a story of creativity and resourcefulness. Plus, it's a perfect example of how time and wheels both keep on moving!

So, why not give your walls a bit of pedal power and create timepieces that truly reflect your style? After all, upcycled creations are all about making the old new again, and having fun while doing it!

Construct a Planter from an Old Tire

Got an old tire lying around? Before you think about getting rid of it, consider this: it could be the key to your next upcycled creation. Here's how you can transform your used tire into a vibrant planter that can spruce up any porch or patio.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Old tire
  • Outdoor paint
  • Soil
  • Plants of your choice

Start by giving your tire a good wash. Once it's clean, apply a coat or two of outdoor paint. This is where you can let your creative juices flow. Go for a bold color that will make your planter stand out, or choose a subtler shade for a more understated look.

Once the paint has dried, fill the tire with soil. Now comes the fun part: planting! Choose plants that will thrive in your climate and fit nicely into the tire. From flowers to herbs, the possibilities are endless.

And voila! You've just turned an old tire into a charming planter. With this upcycled creation, you're not just giving new life to an old tire, but also creating a home for beautiful blooms or tasty herbs.

Who knew that upcycled creations could be as fun to make as they are to show off? So, why not roll up your sleeves and turn that old tire into a masterpiece? Remember, creativity is the only limit when it comes to upcycling!

If you enjoyed our blog post on upcycled creations for your home, you might also be interested in the workshop 'Creating Landscapes on Cardboard: The Process' by Shazlin. This workshop teaches you how to transform ordinary cardboard into beautiful landscapes, adding a unique and eco-friendly touch to your home decor. Expand your creative horizons and continue your upcycling journey with this inspiring workshop!