Love decorating your home, but hate buying more stuff? These recycled home decor accessories can be incorporated into your interiors guilt free!
By Diane Small
Recycled home decor accessories used to be something that maybe a creative student might be into, when she gets her first apartment: think milk crates used as shelving, or telephone wire spools used for a coffee table.
But since people have started becoming increasingly aware of the importance of caring for the planet, principles of sustainability have gone from farming and food, to fashion and beauty, and can now be applied to the home.
But you don’t need to spend tons of cash on designer made goods for your home – there are plenty of highly affordable recycled home decor accessories, and best of all, you can even make some of them really easily, all by yourself!
10 Super Chic Recycled Home Decor Accessories
If you’ve got no room for a garden, but really love plants and cooking with herbs, this Mason jar indoor herb garden is the perfect solution!
Harvest a bit of flavor in your own kitchen with these vintage inspired jars. They’re lovely to look at and easy to use, thanks to the passive hydroponic system that brings nutrients up to the plants’ roots while regulating moisture – there’s no guesswork over whether the soil has the right amount of water, so even those without green thumbs can be successful plant growers!
We love this idea SO much! Put old books to good use with this DIY idea. It’s cheap, easy to do, and looks awesome on your kitchen shelf. Just make sure you use sturdy hardback books to make this stable. Want more info about how to do this? Just click here!
Price: Free! DIY, people.
Here’s another great upcycling idea: an old vinyl LP record gets a new life….as a clock! Artist Jeff Davis was inspired by the iconic appeal of long lost album covers, record logos and vinyl’s glossy texture, when designing these musical keepsakes. This clock makes a bit of a statement about the person who displays it in their howe: it says ‘I love music’ and ‘I love the planet’, too!
These look so dang trendy, it’s hard to believe they’re not store bought! But in fact, you can easily – and cheaply – DIY these babies to add a bit of elegance to your home. All you need are some tins, paint and a hammer.
Want to know more about how to do it? Just click here.
Price: Free for the cans (just recycle!) and around $5 for paint.
Sliding into your favourite pair of vintage jeans: super comfy. Resting on this oversized pillow made from vintage denim: the even comfier! And just like the classic denim trousers, this pillow design will never go out of style, and it goes with just about anything.
This one was handmade in California, but if you’re handy with a sewing machine and have some old jeans lying around, you could easily make your own.
Price: $32 or just make your own!
Got a loved one living abroad? Miss them? Think of them often? Light up their lives—whether it’s across town or across the world—with this Friendship Lamp. Touch yours, and theirs emits the same glow to send a little “thinking of you” message. Creating a group? You can also assign colors, so each person gets their own special hue.
Designed from upcycled wood by John Harrison and Vanessa Whalen, this makes a thoughtful gift for someone who’s about to move away, but also looks great in your own home, too!
Price: From $99
Uniquely dramatic with an eco-friendly flair, these gorgeous decorative teak display bowls make an all-natural statement. Each bowl is distinctly handcrafted using reclaimed teak; the artisans that shape them always honor the natural beauty of the wood and allow each piece to feature its own organic form. Each bowl is one-of-a-kind and uniquely different.
Once again, jeans get a totally new life: this time as a classic, elegant rug. It’s thick, sturdy, and totally machine washable, and of course, as with jeans, it matches almost anything, from contemporary design or rustic interiors to retro home styling.
Paired with grey, white or black furniture, the indigo of the denim especially stands out, and the story of this recycled centrepiece makes for a great conversation starter!
Price: From $79
Artisan Val Huegerich revives wine bottles so they can join the party once more. Her unique platters are made from recycled bottles gathered from the roadside and national forests in Wyoming. Paired with cork-topped cheese knives, each functional work of art makes a polished backdrop for cheeses and passed hors d’oeuvres.
Serve up snacks to your guests on these beautiful, unique platters! They also make the ideal gift for the wine lover in your life.
When trees are cut for lumber, the roots are often left to rot in the ground. Not so with these fir root balls! They’ve been upcycled into gorgeous bowls.
Hand crafted by skilled artisans, these will look beautiful in any room of your house. Fill yours with fruit, sweets, or even plants. You could also store cotton balls or jewellery in these organic containers.
Price: From $45
Main image: Sun bleached coffee table available here.