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Friday 24th of June marks the second annual National Upcycling Day here in Britain. Started by our friends over at Gumtree, it’s a great excuse to get out any old bits and pieces that could do with a some TLC and a fresh lick of paint to give them a new lease of life. We’ve had a look back at some of our best projects over the years and rounded up our favourites. The crafty crème de la crème, if you will. From chairs to storage jars, we’ve got every level of skill and every room in your home covered. Happy upcycling, Homemakers!

National Upcycling Day
  1. Picture Perfect
    Beautify your boudoir with this upcycled photo frame. If you don't have a spare one lying around, simply pop to your local charity shop to get your hands on one. Now you're ready to display your homemade makes and trinkets with pride in this painted pretty.
    National Upcycling Day
  2. Geo Block
    Give your kitchen's work surface a Scandi-style update with this cool blue and orange vibrant creation. Simple touches of gold really set this project off, but style it to your own personal tastes for a truly bespoke bit of kit. National Upcycling Day
  3. Please, Have A Seat...
    Kick back and enjoy your hard work in this upcycled chair, an ideal addition to any room in your home. National Upcycling Day
  4. What A Corker
    Transform your drab old cork placemats with a hint of haberdashery as you cover them with your favourite fat quarters, turning them into these lightweight pin boards.
    National Upcycling Day
  5. Decoupage Delight
    Is your desk in need a quick sort out? Organise your space with this vintage-inspired tidy, covered in lovely decoupage papers. National Upcycling Day
  6. Making Waves
    Give your bathroom a splash of seaside motif with an upcycled wonder, using only an old frame and bits of sea glass. National Upcycling Day
  7. Pretty Pots
    It's high time to get those dusty old garden pots out of the shed and ombré them up with a few licks of paint to create these vibrant decs.
    National Upcycling Day
  8. Boho Beauty
    Taking inspiration from Justina Blakeney's book The New Bohemians, we've crafted this hip wall sconce crafted entirely from driftwood — how beach chic! National Upcycling Day
  9. Fancy A Cuppa?
    Next time you're hosting afternoon tea, surprise your guests with these lovely homemade candles. Simply pour your wax, wick and scents into old tea cups for an eye-catching upcycle that's sure to get your friends talking. National Upcycling Day
  10. Classic Kitchen
    Create unique retro-styled kitchen storage by decorating some old tins and turning them into these vintage stunners — a Quality Street tin leftover from Christmas would do nicely! National Upcycling Day
  11. Serving Suggestions
    Complete your tea party by impressing your guests off one of these handmade vintage-style servers. All you need to achieve this look is an old tea tray and a gorgeous wallpaper sample of your choosing. National Upcycling Day
  12. Wardrobe Wonderful
    Take a tatty old wardrobe and give it a much-needed lease of life by completely revamping it with some paint, wallpaper and your own creative flair. You never would've guessed this was once brown and not very Homemaker! National Upcycling Day
  13. Rust-Oleum Wedding Charmer
    Our friends over at Rust-Oleum are bursting with upcycling ideas aplenty; we're particularly smitten with these painted wedding bottles!

    To get your hands on a £50 Rust-Oleum Paint bundle worth £50, enter our giveaway for your chance to win! National Upcycling Day
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craft, decoupage, home, homemaker, paper, project, retro, upcycle, upcycling, vintage,

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