Uncommon Beauty from Common Things: Upcycling Ideas for Unique Custom Creations
Upcycling involves reclaiming objects that would otherwise be thrown away and using them to create new works that preserve or improve the quality of the original objects. If you browse our CustomMade galleries for upcycling ideas and inspirations for your own custom projects, you will see that there is a characteristic aesthetic dimension to this eco-friendly creation process, too. Upcycled projects celebrate the anonymity, ubiquity, and ordinariness of the original materials, even as they are transformed into new, unique things. Just as live edge design lets you see the tree in the completed work, upcycling lets you see the detritus, so to speak, in the finished piece, which gives upcycled works a quirky and playful charm.
Have some upcycling ideas of your own? Our CustomMade artisans can take your inspirations and turn them into one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, décor, and personal accessories. You can provide the salvaged materials or have the artisans work with what they have at hand.
If you need help thinking of upcycling ideas, check out these fascinating completed works from the CustomMade galleries.
Open the Grate
A Drumroll Please
More Than Meets the Eyeball
Have a Cigar Box
What does a cigar box guitar sound like? Listen and watch this video by Wayne Bock.
Play Games with this Heart