A Beginner's Guide to Upcycling

Feb 07, 2017
If you’re a fan of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, you’re probably familiar with the term “upcycling.” It refers to the process of reutilizing and repurposing items you already own to create something artistic and useful. While Pinterest is full of upcycling inspiration, these tips will help you get started on manageable projects that are fun for the entire family!


  • Start small – Transforming those pallets of wood in your basement into reclaimed wooden furniture sounds like a fun (and impressive) beginning to your upcycling adventures, but often it can require considerable skill and technical know-how. Begin with something your kids can do, so you have the opportunity to hone your skills before embarking on a more formidable task. 
  • Keep a tight budget – The whole purpose of upcycling is to recycle stuff you already own. Resist the urge to spend a lot of money on additional materials. For most projects you probably already have the items you’ll need. If you don’t t have everything, track your purchases and keep them to a minimum. 
  • Make it a party – Easy upcycling undertakings are a great opportunity to bond with family, friends and neighbors. Identify an item a lot of people have but aren’t using and invite people over for a craft night. 
At the end of the day, upcycling is all about finding beauty in the reuse of your possessions. Learn more when you visit the Rebuild Together Upcycle Challenge. We've tasked ten bloggers to transform items from the Rebuilding Together Store into stylish decor. Check out these pieces at the KC Remodel + Garden Show (Feb 10-12, 2017) and find inspiration for your own projects.


FEBRUARY 10-12, 2017.