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The upcycling movement’s goal is to take materials and products that can no longer be used in their original form or are out of style, and transform them into functional, decorative, and above all unique objects. This lets us enrich our personal surroundings in a clever, individualized way and reduces our environmental impact.
The transformation is really fun: With a small budget and often minimal effort, upcycling quickly leads to great results – powered by creativity and a little imagination. We provide you with ideas on how to create special pieces with a unique look, out of apparent waste. Let yourself be inspired by some of our favorite ideas.
Upcycling with paper: A beautiful file looks great on your desk. Old magazine files get a new outfit in no time. With double-sided tesafilm®, it’s so easy that even the mini-sideboards get quick makeovers.
What we need:
Magazine files out of light wood, paper with black and white patterns, a ruler, pens, a cutter, small scissors and double-sided tesafilm®
You can find a massive amount of black and white paper for self-printing at etsy.com. If that’s too complicated, you can also buy it at art supply stores. Design paper is also available in blocks.
Upcycling with Glass Bottles: Sounds familiar? Vases and glassware that we never use sit at the back of shelves collecting dust. We can do something about that. There are hardly more unusual vases, and you can recreate them in no time. Behind the cardboard dummies are all kinds of glass containers for flowers.
White cardboard, vase patterns, a pencil, scissors, a wide black marker, various glassware, tesa® double-sided adhesive tape.
"To me, the idea of not carelessly discarding used objects but breathing new life into them through your own creativity is simply state-of-the-art."