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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on Living on the Cheap.
If you’re trying to redecorate your bedroom, study or other living space, don’t buy anything new until you’ve assessed what you already own. With a little bit of imagination and some effort, you can repurpose things you already have to create new upcycled home decor for a fraction of the price. Check out some of these creative and clever upcycling ideas for easy home decorating using items in your house (or that you can get cheaply).
Old clothes into a wreath
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Save scrap fabric, old blue jeans and other spare pieces of cloth because they’re perfect for upcycling projects. When you have a sizable amount in complementary colors, cut them into circles and hot-glue them to a wreath form, then add ribbon for hanging. We love a burlap-and-cloth version from Tatertots & Jello.
Headboard into bench
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Got an old headboard gathering dust in the basement? Use a saw, plywood and paint to repurpose it into a new place to sit. You can find detailed instructions online.
Picture frames to chalkboards
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Sift through that stack of unused picture frames in your closet and paint one in a shade that’s complementary to your decor. Then paint the frame’s backer board with black chalkboard paint, secure it to the back and hang it. (If the backing board is made of cardboard or is damaged, use a piece of laminated plywood that’s cut to the proper dimensions.)
Mason jars as flower vases
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Home decorating on a budget doesn’t get any easier than this: Coat old Mason jars with glossy spray paint, then add flowers for a striking display. The best part? If you change your color scheme or the “feel” of your room, simply update the jars by repainting them.
Wine corks into – well, almost anything
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If you have been saving your wine corks, they can be turned into all kinds of upcycled decorative items, including a bath mat, a wall hanging, decorative balls and more. (For more pizzazz, color them first by soaking them in a fabric-dye solution.)
Sweaters into throw pillow covers
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Upcycle your favorite, stretched-out old sweater into a cozy lounge pillow. All you’ll need is scissors, thread, a needle and some buttons for a unique living room decoration. Try it using this DIY sweater pillow tutorial.