Sunday, March 3, 2013

3 Cool Projects with Upcycled Old Phones

Turning old things into new is always a fun and creative DIY challenge. If you have a treasured object that doesn’t work anymore, or something that you can’t bear to throw away, “upcycle” it by turning junk into something useful!

The most successful upcycling projects are a clever disguise, beautiful or very well suited to the new use, or, ideally, a combination of these characteristics. As long as you can safely drill a hole through things other than wood and follow instructions, pretty much anything goes.

Here are a few recent finds for turning old telephones into new things.

Lamps are a classic re-use project. You can get lamp kits from hardware and building supply stores such as your local Ace Hardware. Better yet, buy or reuse parts from old ugly lamp… but only if it is in good working condition. Replace frayed wires and questionable switches with new ones. Check with your electrician or a professional lamp maker to be sure.

If you want to try making a lamp yourself, check out this website on

Think about the era of your phone, and choose an appropriate shade for a cohesive end result. This one shown, from a dealer on, is a great combination of vintage and modern style, we love the vintage style electric cord! You can even make sconces out of wall phones. For more inspiration, check out this phone collector’s site,!
If you have a vintage style décor and love kitschy classics, this bookend project is for you! Look hard for a matching pair for a fun effect. This project was found on the website for A Beautiful Mess, along with some great instructions on how to build your own bookends.

And, mixing old technology with new is always fun. If you have some great electronics assembly skills, try making an  iPhone docking station made from an old phone! This one was made by Bryan Sharp and sold on

What can you come up with? Send photos of your fun projects!

Until next time!
-Elaine Bothe

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