25 Trendy Upcycling Patio Ideas

Upcycling is so in right now. It offers savvy home owners the opportunity to add character and charm to their home, while recycling and helping the environment. When it comes to creating unique, trendy and useful patio spaces, upcycling truly can’t be beaten. It allows you to be creative, resourceful and create a space that is uniquely you.

The 25 tips below are just some of the many ways you can create a trendy and usable patio.  Enjoy!

1. Recycled wood

You can use old wood to make tables, chairs and even benches and bars. The list is practically endless.

2. Bottle top candles

These can look fantastic and add an element of class. The quality and look comes down to the bottle tops that you choose.

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3. Turn old bricks into a vertical garden

Ok. This is actually a lot easier than it sounds. If you have old bricks lying around it can be a great way to upscale your patio and garden area. Don’t believe us? Look at the image below.

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4. Make furniture out of pallets

Pallet boxes and crates are cheap. What’s more, there are practically endless opportunities to make furniture out of them.

5. A TV aquarium

These can look fantastic on a patio. All you need is an old TV, glass and some silicon.

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6. Old bathtubs make great furniture

While this may not sound like an obvious one, when you choose the right bath tub it can add a lot of character.

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7. The beer bottle garden wall

Had a few parties on your patio? Why not put those bottles to use. As you can see below, the outcome can be a great architectural feature that adds value to your outdoor living space.

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8. Other uses for beer bottles

On the topic of beer bottles, they can also be used for a range of upcycling ideas such as candles, light features, and even broken up and made into a stain glass window. Endless opportunities.

9. Railway sleepers are your friend

Old railway sleepers can make excellent tables and flower beds for your patio.

10.  Skateboards

Skateboards can make excellent shelves for your patio and can even be used to make a cool kids table.

11.  Skis

As with skateboards, old skis can be used to make unique and trendy tables.

12.  Old bicycles

Old bicycles can make excellent flower pots. If you are throwing one out, see if you can utilize it near your patio.

13.  Chest of draws

If your patio is undercover, you can also use old chest of draws as a flower box. When painted in bright colours this can be a fantastic feature.

14.  Light globes

Old light globes can make fantastic candles. Simply put in a wick and fill them with oil.

15.  Old chairs

Don’t throw out your old chair. With some love and time, it can make a stunning architectural feature.

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16.  Old cars

Old cars don’t have to look like junk in your backyard. Add this feature to your patio, and your guests will be raving!

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17.  Old oil drums can also work

Here is an example of a refurbished oil drum that makes for a great seat.

25 Trendy Upcycling Patio Ideas

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18.   Toolboxes

Don’t throw out that old toolbox either. It can look fantastic with a miniature garden in it.

19.  Wine bottle wall lamps

These lamps are stylish and unique. Just make sure they are out of reach of children.

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20.  Old washing machine drums

The drum from a washing machine can make a great barbecue pit.

21.  Plastic bottles

Don’t throw out your old soda bottles. They can make a fantastic wall garden.

22.  Old tyres

Old tyres can also be used as flower beds. When they are painted they add a lot of value to your patio and garden.

23.  Toilets

Even a toilet can add value to your patio area! Don’t believe us? Look at the image below.

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24.  Cane furniture

Old cane furniture can be re-purposed and used outside.

25.  Cheap water feature

Use old and recycled products to create a cheap water feature.

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As can be seen from the above 25 upcycling options, there are endless things you can do to improve your patio on the cheap. Use the above as a base, and see which ones will match in with your space. Here’s to your upcycling.

By Marcus Fulker, the Managing Director of Great Aussie Patios – Perth’s leading outdoor patio builders. Connect with Marcus on Google+ to discuss this article.