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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skateboards can make excellent shelves for your patio and can even be used to make a cool kids table.
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.
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!
17. Old oil drums can also work
Here is an example of a refurbished oil drum that makes for a great seat.
Image via theartofupcycling.com
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.
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.
Even a toilet can add value to your patio area! Don’t believe us? Look at the image below.
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.
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.