Upcycled Home: Redecorating on a Paltry Budget


For home decor addicts, Pottery Barn is like the fields of Elysium. Anthropologie is like cloud nine. Even good-old-reliable Target offers some divine decorating delights. However, when your bank account is painfully empty, these heavenly locations transform into hellish temptresses trying to trick you out of your last remaining cash.

Home decoration gets expensive fast. Fortunately, it is possible to have a beautiful living space without blue blood and a trust fund. These upcycled projects cost just a handful of dollars and an afternoon of work, and your guests will never guess they didn’t come straight from an upscale store.

Quirky Mirrors


Mirrors are a home decorator’s best trick: They add light and depth to a room, and there is basically no way to hang them incorrectly. Unfortunately, many home decor stores will charge an arm and a leg for decorative mirrors, even though they are little more than glass in a frame.

Anthropologie sold mirrors identical to the following DIY project for about $100. Instead of sinking farther into credit debt, you should use a balance transfer card and spend just $20 and an hour or so of effort to have a gorgeous sailor’s mirror hanging in your home. You’ll need:

  • 12-inch Round Cake Pan
  • Spray Paint (in desired color)
  • D-Ring Hangers
  • 12-inch Round Mirror
  • Leather Belt
  • Leather Rivets
  • Liquid Nails Adhesive

First, spray paint the cake pan in your chosen color. I was partial to metallic sprays in copper and bronze, but any hue will do. Once the pans are dry, glue the D-rings to opposite sides. Use the Liquid Nails to attach the mirror to the inside of the cake pan, and allow both D-rings and mirror to cure overnight. Meanwhile, cut the ends off the belt to form a leather strap of desired length. Then, fold over the ends about two to three inches to form a loop around the pan’s D-rings, and install a rivet to keep the ends secure. Once all of the glue is dry, hang your mirror from the leather strap using a strong nail.

Quaint Pots and Planters


Small plants are utterly adorable— but more importantly, research says having some living greenery around your home will actually improve your mood. Perhaps it is the Zen of keeping the plant alive, or perhaps it is the extra oxygen your green buddy adds to your air; whatever the cause, decorating with plants is obviously a good idea. Plus, you can make a stylish planter out of nearly anything, including light bulbs, old shoes, and Legos. Nearly anything you can stuff with soil is an ideal place for a plant.

Even if you don’t have much space in your home, you have enough room for this DIY planter project, which uses plastic Easter eggs to grow a mini herb garden. You’ll need:

  • Large Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Spray Paint
  • Wooden Popsicle Sticks
  • Hot Glue
  • Metal Wire

First, disassemble your eggs and paint them in your desired color. It may take two or three coats to cover them completely. Then, cut the wooden sticks into appropriate lengths to make a small stand for the egg cup to rest on, using the hot glue to form strong bonds at the joints. Other Easter egg cups can have metal wire stands, made in the bullet style. Finally, fill the egg cup with soil and seedlings, and watch them grow.

Charming Wall Art

Bare walls are endlessly disappointing. Art adds individuality and color to a home, and collecting and displaying your own collection is important to making you feel comfortable where you live. However, it is preposterous to drop thousands of dollars for meaningless works that others create when you can make your own captivating decorations for dimes on the dollar. Here are a few ways to add personality to your room with a few upcycled scraps:

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  • Reply Alissa February 19, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I wish I can get my own apartment soon so I can decorate it. These are nice decorations!

  • Reply Maroon Caludin February 25, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Those are some pretty interesting ideas! =3

  • Reply tanya March 5, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I love the planter! I really want to add something like that by my front door :)

  • Reply u4fifa June 25, 2016 at 10:40 am

    You’re so cute.

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