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
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
Here are a few recent finds for turning old telephones into
Lamps are a classic
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 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 Esty.com.
What can you come up with? Send photos of your fun projects!
Labels: DIY lamp projects, DIY vintage projects, old phone art, recycled lamps, turning old phones into lamps, upcycled art