As we bid farewell to another year, let’s take a journey to reflect back on our favourite trash to treasure upcycles! This year stands as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the healing power of creativity, woven together by our collective dedication to sustainable living.
You know what they say: one (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure. I don’t know where I picked up the superpower to turn trash into treasure. Maybe it was a radioactive recycling bin or that life changing encounter with my Partner in Grime, aka Captain Salvage. But all that hit a speed bump when my health decided to take a nosedive this year. This trash to treasure superhero had to temporarily hang up her cape for the better part of the year! While some of last year’s personal new years goals did end up on the back burner, I didn’t let the dust settle. I’m back and more creative than ever!
Our Fundraising Efforts
On the blogging front, the ambitious plan was to have our YouTube channel generating revenue by now. As outlined in our post about alternative gift giving, every penny earned through our blog goes towards Alzheimer’s donations. Even with my health setback, thanks to YOU – our amazing readers – we were still able to donate over $2,400 this year to a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts! My husband and I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for your ongoing support of our little blog. Of course, we want next year to be ever better, so monetizing our YouTube channel is definitely a worthwhile aspiration.
Help Us Reach Our Goal! 🎥
The good news is we’re on the cusp of reaching 4000 hours of viewing time!
The finish line within our reach – but only with your help. You can play a BIG part in helping us bridge the gap. Simply dive into our Upcycling Playlist, and watch a few videos to boost our watch time (or run our playlist as you multi-task). If each of our readers enjoys just one video, we’ll hit our target together!
It’s a win-win for all of us! While we’re working our way towards reaching 4000 viewing hours to donate more money, you get to enjoy free video content that teaches you how to upcycle items that can be found in closets, barns, garages, yard sales, and thrift stores. If you’re unfamiliar with our upcycle videos, go check them out!
Our Favourite Trash to Treasure Upcycles
Why upcycle? It’s a budget friendly way to create decor – and more storage – for your home that doesn’t cost a bundle. Not to mention the positive environmental impact of things not going to landfill! And you’ll get a unique look all your own and many a conversation piece.
Hubs and I know a thing or two about turning Trash to Treasure. You can read all about our adventure on the Canadian TV show Trash to Treasure in this decoupage on wood post.
How Can you Take Trash and Turn it Into Something Treasured?
We save all our scraps and interesting finds for future upcyles. Set them aside in a specially designated space, like a garage or basement, until inspiration hits – or you read one of the following upcycle posts! You’d also be surprised what you can find when you raid your junk drawers!
Just click the buttons below to take you to our favourite upcycle projects! We’d love to know which one is YOUR favourite; leave us a comment below! So without further ado, here are our favourite upcycles of the year.
Fun Trash to Treasure Decor Using Scraps
14. How to Make a Scrap Robot
This is one of my favourite junk upcycling ideas because you can use anything; there’s no limit on creativity! it’s also the project that brought me out of my funk after being away from blogging for so long. Definitely a fun way to ease back into upcycling crafts!
13. Ceramic Tile Mosaic
Got scraps of tile but don’t want to send them to the landfill? Turn them into trash to treasure decor! Check out how to upcycle left over ceramic floor tile into a home decor masterpiece you’ll be proud to display!
12. Ceramic Plant Holder
It’s inevitable: we all break a thing or two every once in a while. But instead of throwing away something as unique as this kitschy serving dish, consider turning that trash into treasure by upcycling it into a planter.
11. Homemade Gift for Dad
Make Father’s Day a day to remember. Surprise Dad by ditching the typical tie routine. Instead craft him this!
10. How to Change Stain Colour
Sometimes you just want to upcycle your furniture with the materials you have on hand instead of letting it sit. But what can you do when you don’t actually like the colour of stain that’s in the container? This post shows you how to change it into something you’ll love!
Upcycle Storage Solutions
9. Pegboard Display Stand DIY
Are you tight on storage space, but need more tool storage? Some leftover pegboard and copper pipe will go a long way to getting your tools organized!
8. Pallet Shelves DIY
Do you love bold colours but want to brush up on your stencilling technique so you get crisp, clean lines? You can up your stencilling game! Some pallet wood, vintage rulers and a scrap of pegboard is all you need to get started.
Easy Upcycling Projects
7. Thread Holder
Ever find a vintage piece that’s so unique, you’re stumped for an idea on how to upcycle it? Read this post for inspiration!
6. Wooden Paint Brush Holder
Do you love finding things at flea markets or outdoor antique markets. The thrill of the hunt can be truly fun and exhilarating! Once you get your item back home, turn it into something unexpected, like this!
5. How to Remove Rust on Metal
You’ll want to pin this post so you can remember how to turn that rusty piece of metal into trash to treasure gold!
4. Crochet Lampshade
You’ve probably seen these wooden spools in thrift shops, garage sales or at your favourite vintage vendor! Did you know you can turn them into eye catching lamps? Even if you don’t crochet, you can learn with this Crochet for a Cure eBook.
3. DIY Bookends
Looking for a unique and interesting way to upcycle some old books? Grab Aunt Zelda’s Singer sewing machine that’s no longer working and see our tutorial for the step-by-step!
Upcycled DIY Tools
2. How to Cut Tin Cans
Ever wanted to take humble tin cans and create some upcycled works of art? When we couldn’t find a fast and easy tool for the job, we just had to create one! It’s one of our best upcyle ideas. And we used it to create our final and #1 favourite upcycle below.
1. Cabinet Door Art
You really can’t beat upcycling materials you’d normally recycle – or in some areas sadly put into the garbage – by sipping and then creating! We went dumpster diving for a wooden cabinet door, then worked our upcycle magic on this piece. Enjoy that cold beverage, then turn the can into an artistic mosaic masterpiece!
Want more trash to treasure ideas? Check out our Upcycling category.
Pin Trash to Treasure Upcyles
Well, that wraps up another creative year here in the nest. Pinning is always welcome and appreciated!
Trash to Treasure FAQs
What are the benefits of turning trash into treasure?
Upcycling is a way to do good for the environment by putting some sweat equity into saving items that would otherwise end up in landfill. You also can take pride in making home decor and useful items that are cost effective and don’t cost a bundle of cash.
Happy New Year!
From upcycled creations to innovative recycling initiatives, thank you for joining us on our sustainable journey. We’re looking forward to another year of celebrating the triumphs of turning trash into treasure and making more eco-friendly strides in the next twelve months. Together, let’s applaud each small and significant step taken toward a brighter, greener future. After all, like we say around here, good planets are hard to find!
As we ring in the New Year, we’ll be toasting to more quirky upcycles and a future that’s not just greener but maybe even a shade or two wackier! At Birdz of a Feather, you never really know where our creativity will take us!
Have a Happy New Year! Until next year, take care.