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5 Benefits of Upcycling Old Junk Into Art



Decorating is perhaps the most fun part of having your own space and can make your house or apartment into a home. Before you run out to the nearest chain store to see what they have for sale, look around you and see what you already have that can be repurposed into art! This sort of upcycling is great for you, your space, and the environment. Here are five great impacts upcycling can have.

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1) Lower Your Carbon Footprint

Have you ever wanted to save the world? You can be your own Earth-friendly superhero by upcycling objects around your home into brand new art instead of throwing it out. Over time this can add up to reducing your carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint is a measure of how much you produce in greenhouse gasses throughout the year. These gasses contribute to global warming. Lowering the amount of trash you produce also helps reduce the amount of garbage filling up our landfills. These are some great perks to making your own cool art: think about how much prettier our world would be if everyone worked on upcycling their old belongings?

2) Declutter

Sometimes it’s hard to get rid of trinkets and knick-knacks that have sentimental value. Over time this can lead to clutter in our homes and our fond mementos can get lost in a sea of stuff that we don’t know what to do with. Upcycling our belongings into shadow boxes, quilts of old t-shirts, and other displays can make sure our favorite things can have places of prominence in the home — and they won’t just collect dust on a crowded end table.

3) Unique and Personal Decorations

Next time you’re in a large chain store, you might find yourself looking at home goods. You’ll probably find well designed clocks, figurines, vases, and other bits of home decor that might be very tempting to purchase and bring home. While there’s nothing wrong with any of these pieces, they’re sold everywhere and lots of people have the same thing. Think about how nice it could be to make something special for yourself that no one else has! Decorating your home with tokens from your wedding or your child’s baby days can bring in a personal touch that no mass produced decoration will be able to match.

4) Custom Gifts

What do you get as a gift for the friend or family member who seems to have everything? Custom art is a great idea and upcycling found objects into art makes it even better! They will appreciate the time and effort you put into your project and will likely think of you every time they see it in their home. This is an especially great idea if you have mementos from a time with a loved one, like souvenirs from a vacation you took together.

5) Cost Effective

Decorating can get expensive, fast! There’s nothing as cost effective as making your own art using materials you already have around your home. Whether it’s a cool memory board from a trip to New York City with pictures in front of landmarks and Broadway ticket stubs or displaying photos from your graduation in a fun and creative way, you can keep costs down by making things yourself. There’s no reason your home has to be full of bare walls and empty tabletops!

Upcycling your old junk into artistic decor adds plenty of benefits to your home and your life in general. Consider upcycling old bottles of wine by painting them to make vases, with this DIY guide.

Love the idea of upcycling but don’t feel like you have the artistic talent to make it work yourself? Check out artists such as Cheerful Spirit for home decor using found objects such as cool wine bottles! These unique pieces will make your home feel special all year long.