Do it yourself: Be creative with these upcycling ideas
Upcycling probably is one of the most resource-friendly ways to create something new by skillfully “revitalizing” and recombining old things. There are no limits to creativity and imagination! Among our hotel partners, you can find some creative minds that already have saved some items from the landfills and inspire us with many details at the hotel.
Sure, browsing Pinterest, you’ll find loads of upcycling inspiration. Though, offline, you can also get some ideas during a walk through the organic garden at The Tongsai Bay on Koh Samui: old and discarded bathtubs are converted into colorful flower and plant beds – a special type of raised bed – and a great protection from voles and other garden dwellers that like to nibble your plants and vegetables. 😉 Two of the old tubs are also used for the worm farm or as a worm composter, using the worm tea as fertilizer.
Always popular among upcycling ideas: Converting statues, cans, shoes and more into flower pots – such a beautiful, colorful flower arrangement welcomes you at the at the Green Spirit Hotel Le Pavillon in Paris.
You still have some old belts at home? Why not turning them into an eye-catching item, like the Landgut Stober:
If you find some colorful ties in the attic, this idea might be interesting to you! An Ottoman built from an old car tire, covered with colorful ties! We already started looking for ties! How about upcycling grandma’s old lace into a beautiful lamp? A balloon and glue help to shape the lampshade.
The Creativhotel Luise in Erlangen regularly upcycles old things to new creative pieces: Whether handcrafted deer antlers made of cardboard remains, decorated in the staircase, or old jam jars and other glass vessels adorned with pieces of old tiles, used as flowerpots. They’re not lacking new ideas! Though, some craftsmanship is needed for upcycling old wine bottles…
This is what you need: Glass cutter, a container of cold water, a candle/tea light, old wine bottles, some sandpaper, organic stearin/beeswax/soy wax and a wick
And here’s how it works: Remove the bottle label (if desired) with a scrap and warm water. Carve the bottle with the glasscutter; heat the cracks with the tea light or the candle. Next, dip the bottle in cold water. Due to the temperature difference, the glass easily breaks apart at the breaking point. Then grind the edge a bit. Melt the wax, cut the wick and fix it on the bottom of the bottle with a few drops of hot wax. Fill the glass with liquid wax while holding the wick straight. Allow cooling. The upturned bottleneck can be used as a holder for taper candles reminding of a torch fixed on the wall.
By the way: Make sure to visit our Upcycling-Board on Pinterest for more inspiration!