Awesome ways to upcycle and reimagine your stuff


Upcycling is the art of reusing unwanted items by converting them into something better. Repurposing is taking one thing and reusing it as something else. And they’re both easier to do than you might think! By reimagining our stuff, we can help give products a new or second life.

So, if you’re looking for a little inspiration or a weekend DIY project, here are some clever little ideas to get you thinking!

Kintsugi? Kintsugru!

broken plant pot repaired with KintsugruTM

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum - treating something's breakage and repair as a part of its history. Something to be proud of. And with colourful Sugru Mouldable Glue, it's KintsugruTM ! The perfect way to bring attention to your beautiful repair Sugru-er, Hailey, did this gorgeous one :)

Use plastic bottles as garden planters

plastic bottles as planters

Why not try out this great idea and use recycled plastic bottles as garden planters.

Make coasters from old comics!

coasters made from old comics

A simple yet awesome idea with endless possibilities - here's how to make your own.

Use old bike parts to create unique jewellery!

jewellery made of bike parts and Sugru

Katie Wallace has a mission: "to repurpose used stuff to create bespoke products" (and she's a Sugru-er!) Check out Katie's bicycle bling.

Turn leftover plumbing parts into a 'water mister'

water mister made from old plumbing

Carl from Instructables has made a guide so you can make your own.

Repurpose old Kee Klamp railing

shelf and rack made of old railings

Take a look at these clever ways to reimagine old Kee Klamp handrails.

Make a unique window cover using old photo slides

window cover made of old photo slides

Repurpose old photo slides to create a beautiful window cover.

Make your own DIY Coke bottle GoPro camera Float

goPro stand made of Sugru and plastic bottle

Make a floating GoPro camera stand with some Sugru and a plastic bottle! 

Talking of plastic bottles...

watering can made of plastic milk bottle

It doesn't get much easier than this! Turn that empty milk bottle into a handy DIY watering can.

Make funky crayon candles

candles made of melted crayons

Create block colour candles from leftover crayons.

upcycle jam jars into cute mugs

mugs made from jars, forks and Sugru

Instead of recycling empty jam jars, give them a new job to do - make them into cups by adding a non-heat transferring handle. 

Warning:  jam jars should not contain hot drinks as this can cause the glass to crack.

Make kitchen hooks from garden waste!

hooks made of Sugru and twigs

Here's a step-by-step guide to make hooks with twigs and Sugru.

MAKE Coat hangers from your classic joysticks!

joy sticks as hangers

Mikael used Sugru to give his Tac-2 joysticks a second life. Check out: How to make joysticks into coat hangers.

Reuse that trusty ladder

repurposed ladders

Easy ways to reuse an old ladder at home.

Turn plastic spoons into a lampshade!

pineapple lamp made of plastic spoons

Give disposable cutlery a long and happy second life by making a pineapple lampshade with plastic spoons.

There are literally millions of ways to upcycle, recycle and repurpose creatively. Enjoy making the most of your stuff by giving those things you might want to throw away another lease of life. And of course, Sugru always comes in handy when doing this!