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We’d love to be the kind of people who could turn an old tea towel into an amazing floral hairband or some such, but we just don’t have the skills. That’s not to say we don’t try when we see these amazing upcycled pieces of furniture and household items! Check out these seven amazing upcycling projects!

Have a lot of old books lying around? Why not glue them altogether and make a table? It looks so easy – but sadly, we suspect it’s not.

If you can’t find a spoon in your drawer because of the excessive amount of forks, perhaps you could turn a few into coat hangers? You don’t have to be Uri Geller to try this one!

Isn’t is sad how all those Christmas biscuit tins get thrown out in January? Not anymore! Turn them into a matching set of biscuit tins for everyday use, or keep them Christmassy like this person did! Blake Lively, eat your heart out.

Again with the books – but how cool is this plant IN a book? No one will be in any doubt about your creative mind when they see this!

Stamp collectors – listen up! Stick your stamps to a glass jar and put a candle in it to show them in all their glory – so cool!

If you have enough jewellery to fill a suitcase, then this is for you! So pretty!

Bring a whole new meaning to ‘tea lights’! We don’t know how they did this one – but it is most definitely the perfect way to add some rustic charm to your kitchen!

Images via pinterest

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If you are anything like us you no doubt have a spare wellington boot floating around your house. How you ended up with one, you’ll never know but you have yet to throw it out for fear the other one will turn up.

If it’s been at least a year, it’s time to cut your losses and do something useful with it.

Flower pot
A welly flower pot looks pretty cool and is easy to make. Simply cut a few small holes in the bottom of the boot for drainage, fill with some stones and pour in some compost. Plant your seeds and away you go.

Vase
To turn your welly into a vase, place a jam jar in the boot and secure it to the bottom with double sided tape. Fill the jar with water and place your fresh flowers into the jar. To onlookers it will look like the vase is actually the boot.

Ornament
Before you start, make sure your boot is thoroughly cleaned. Paint it to your desired colour using wall paint. Place in the corner of the room and let people admire your work.

Umbrella holder
You can decorate your boot as above or simply leave it as it is. Fill with paperweights or rocks to make it a little more secure and place in the hall to store your umbrellas. 

image via Pinterest

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If you’ve been hanging on to a few empty sauce jars for that pasta sauce you were meant to make from scratch, fear not! There are so many ways to upcycle a jar that you will wonder why you threw them away in the first place!

Vase
Using your jams as a vase is a great way to add a pop of colour around you home. Simply put one flower in each “vase” and leave one in every room. Beautify it with a little ribbon.

Candle holder
Fill the jar with water and pop one floating candle into it. For instant impact, line several together either along your balcony or garden and light the candles.

Potpourri
Fill the jar with potpourri, cover with cheesecloth and tie with a piece of twine. Not only do they smell pretty nice, they also make gorgeous gifts.

Bobbin holders
If you are always losing your bobbins, use a clean empty jar to hold them. Store it in the bathroom and you’ll never be stuck for a bobbin again. You can even pop your hairbrush in the jar as well so you’ll never lose it.

Bathroom organisers
Get several jars and fill them with cotton buds, ear buds, razors and anything else that ends up on the floor in your bathroom.

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Hayfever suffers and those without green fingers are not likely to have flowers in their vases, but that doesn’t stop people giving them to you as gifts.

However, before you leave them to sit and gather dust, try these amazing upcycling ideas:

Use it as a utensil holder
Give some life to your vase by filling it with kitchen utensils, like wooden spoons and spatulas. Not only will your vase be put to use, but you will also add new life to your kitchen.

Candle holder
Fill your vase with stones and place candles on top. Put your vase on the kitchen table to work as a pretty centrepiece.

Fill with sweets
Surprise your guests by filling the vase up with sweets and let them munch away. This works really well is the vase is an unusual shape.

Use as a cake stand
Turn your vase upside down, secure a plate to it and place your cake on top. A creative cake stand idea that your guests are sure to be amazed by.

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After enjoying your yummy Pringles have you ever looked at the can and wondered what you could do with it – besides throw it in the bin that is?

Well, here are some suggestions:

Store pasta and spaghetti

No spaghetti jar? No problem – just store it in an empty Pringles can. Make sure you clean it out first though.

Desk tidy

Tidy up your study or office desk by putting your pens, pencils and sticky notes into an empty can. You can even decorate it by sticking on scraps of paper if you are feeling creative.

Coin box

If you are forever picking up loose change off your floor, why not start popping it into the empty crisp box and watch the pennies start to pile up.

Make-up brush holder

Cut a large Pringle box in half and use it to store your make-up brushes. You will never lose your bronzer brush again!

Now get munching and empty that Pringle box – any excuse!

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