Last week I talked about the problem with the “new year, new me” mentality. Well this week, in my attempt to clean out several of my living spaces, I came to the realization that I have mountains of items that I no longer use. Some items are outdated, others don’t fit, more I’ve grown attached to for no particular reason and cannot bring myself to throw them out or give them away. So what do you do when you come to this point? Up-cycle!

Up-cycling is giving old items, new life by recycling them into something new; giving old items a new purpose. Below I’ve compiled a few ideas for your own up-cycle.

We all have that favorite pair of old jeans, worn nearly thread bare. You can’t throw them away! They’ve given you everything. One of my favorite things to do with old jeans is cut them into squares and make denim and flannel patchwork blankets (this helps clean out those old flannel shirts you have hanging around too). 

Old jeans make great patches for other items as well, perhaps on another favorite pair or the elbows of your trusty jacket.

You can make rugs, purses, skirts, aprons pretty much anything from an old pair of denim.

Old Sweaters make great mittens or leg warmers.

The great thing about up-cycling is it doesn’t end in the closet. Horseshoes and barn wood make great outdoor recycling items.

Barnwood or pallets are great for picture frames, furniture, or dressing up the walls in your house as paneling.

Horseshoes as I showed in my last minute gifts blog are great for signs. If you are handy with a welder or know one you can make almost anything out of them from welcome signs to boot racks.