Here at Aleene's, we're all about finding ways to stay creative while staying on budget. You don't have to spend a fortune to have cool stuff! Here are some upcycle ideas that you can make to save on spending and spruce up your space. Grab your Aleene's glues, hit up your favorite thrift shop or clean out your garage, and get started!
If you like working with wood and metal projects, this upcycle idea is for you! Finding an old bench somewhere is pretty easy. You might even have one in your backyard! By adding a furry top, or a different fabric that you like, you can easily bring a tired old bench back to life. (And make it more comfortable to sit on too!) Use Aleene's Craft Fabric & Vinyl Adhesive to easily upgrade a bench with some flair and coziness; guaranteed to be your new favorite place to sit!
At first glance, it looks like you have a great set of vintage books on your shelf!
Flip them around and look how clever! A book crate to store other items! This is a great upcycle idea for small living spaces, or anyone who just has a lot of stuff. Grab those old books out of the donation pile, and a bottle of Original Tacky Glue, and make yourself a cool new storage crate that fits on your shelf!
We've all broken our favorite mug or dish at some point in our lives. It's so sad! But before you shed any tears, consider this upcycle idea that turns your broken ceramics into art. Seriously! With Aleene's Glass & Bead Adhesive and some shimmering gold powder, your broken items can live on as fabulous pieces of art.
If you have a collection of your grandma's vintage doilies stashed in storage, you are not alone! This fun upcycle idea turns them into pretty candle bowls with a little help from Aleene's Premium Decoupage. Add some candles and you'll have yourself a new way to create a cozy glow in your spaces.
There's no shortage of old dishes to be found at yard sales or thrift shops. This fabulous upcycle idea uses oven-bake clay and The Ultimate Multi-Surface Adhesive to give those trinket dishes a fabulous new look! Mold & paint your favorite shapes and glue to the dishes to create one-of-a-kind jewelry dishes. Get creative and have fun with it!
As long as there are kitchens and cooking, aprons will never go out of style! Cover old stains or add fresh new flair to your old aprons with lace and Aleene's OK To Wash-It. It's an easy, no-sew upcycle idea that will keep your aprons cookin' for years to come!
If you've ever purchased a mirror at full price, then you know they are expensive! So of course when a mirror frame breaks, you want to try fixing it before you have to toss it. Save your money with this easy upcycle idea! Grab The Ultimate Multi-Surface Adhesive and some paint, and you'll have that frame in top shape again and ready to show you who the fairest of them all is. (You!)
We doubt we were the only folks working on remodeling projects in the past year; this candle holder upcycle idea is perfect for anyone who has extra wood items left over! The best part is, you don't need to get your tools back out, you just need a bottle of Aleene's Wood Fusion. Stack your wood spindles or pieces together in interesting ways and glue them together. That's it! Such an easy way to create a unique, rustic set of candle holders for your mantle or as table decor.
Vintage toys are super cool and have such an interesting vibe. Maybe you have some of your own old toys in storage because they're too sentimental to part with. Why not turn one into a creative holder for faux plants? It's a great upcycle idea that puts your cherished toy on display, and makes it functional too! Glue the plants in place with Original Tacky Glue and set it on a shelf to relive those fun old memories every time you see it.
We hope this list of upcycle ideas has you inspired to get creative with items you already have or can find in budget-friendly places. What are you upcycling with Aleene's Glues? Tag us on social @aleenesdiy and share with us!