How ‘upcycling’ household items can take your home decor to new levels

Stock image. Marina Zasorina
Stock image. Marina Zasorina (Pexels)

You know those “upgrade” memes that are regularly popping up on Twitter?

Well, unless you have a house filled entirely with new items, odds are, there are countless opportunities to “upgrade” your unused things and give them life again.

While many understandably focus on recycling during Earth Day, “upcycling” can be just as valuable of a preservation tool. Upcycling is finding a new and improved use for an older product that is lying around the house, which can save money and space in the trash can.

Here are five suggestions of items to upcycle, according to the Green Valley News.


Oftentimes, china or silverware that is passed down for generations sits in a cabinet and is hardly ever used. But there is reason to blow the dust off such heirlooms and put them to use in a different way.

Tea cup candles are simple to make, and tea cups can also serve as an elegant holder for small plants. Old spoons and forks can also be pounded flat and turned into wind chimes.

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