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5 creative upcycle ideas

5 creative upcycle ideas

Looking for a way to clear your home of clutter? Instead of tossing everything into the bin, here are six creative ways to transform your rubbish into art and useful items for your home office, bedroom or garden.

Easy painted artwork

Easy painted artwork

This dynamic duo is perfect for larger areas and could even be extended to a triptych. Not ready to wing it just yet? Draw up a scaled diagram using pencils first. Apply colour in zones using long strokes, and to change a patch, let it dry, repaint with white, then paint again.

Pebble artwork

Pebble artwork

Creating a pebble-strewn shoreline is easy with plastic beads or toy-stuffing pellets. Just glue them to the canvas and, when dry, paint all over with colour for depth. To finish, dry-brush on yellow and white for sand and splashes of sea foam.

Seaside artwork

Seaside artwork

A seaside vignette can be as simple as a trio of canvases. Wrap them with seagrass jute, paint them, then group on a wall to display a series of shells and starfish, washed ashore or store-bought. Listen carefully, you can hear the ocean!

Photo silhouettes artwork

Photo silhouettes artwork

Reminiscent of antique cameos and papercut silhouettes, these modern-day painted versions make a lovely keepsake to place on display. Based on photos taken side-on, they capture each child's unique features you'll treasure the moment for years to come.

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