TV presenter and upcycling supremo Max McMurdo wants you to get involved in this week’s national Recycling Week (12-18 September). Here he’s compiled a list of the best 10 things to use for any upcycling project. And to prove that upcycling is not just for people with sheds, he’s gone for regular items and materials that can be found in any home, so there’s no excuse not to give it a try.
Take a look and see which future trash can be turned into potential treasure the next time you have a clean up…
Jam jars make for great display storage. I love this Homemaker project, where they've been painted and upstyled with decorative doorknobs.
Remove the fabric from an old lampshade to reveal a beautiful wire structure beneath. This design has been spray painted for an ultra trendy look.
Coat hangers can be used to make amazing lampshades, as seen on the latest Channel 4 series of Fill Your House Free.
Make a quirky wall-mounted shelf with a skateboard.
Attach old ceramics to anything easily with mouldable glue Sugru. Check out my teapot-turned-bird feeder here.
Jelly Moulds Or Aluminium Plant Pots
You're going to think I'm lampshade-obsessed, but how could I not be with a transformation like this?
Washing Machine Drum
in my new book Upcycling, you can learn how to make an illuminated side table from a washing machine drum... or why not use it as a feature plant pot in the garden?
Bicycle parts can be used in a range of projects from seating to tables.
Use old (washed!) food tins to display stationery or as plant pots to create a real industrial feel. This Homemaker project is really fun too.
My obsession with upcycling all started with making rockets from washing-up bottles as a child, so I couldn't not include them!