10 upcycling ideas that won't look like your friend's weird aunt puked them up: indoor plant edition
For this first leg of The 100 Day Project I’ve been all about upcycled planters and plants in general, so I thought I’d share some of the best ideas I’ve come across.
All ten of these ideas are things that either already use upcycled materials, or very easily could. Read on to see what I’ve found for you, my bbs!
1. Leather belt plant holder
This is like bondage wear for your plants and tbh it’s the sexual liberation that they’ve been waiting for. Plants are sluts too, so just let it happen. Repurpose some of those old leather belts for the cause. (via)
2. Easy Hanging Plant Holder
For your more reserved plants, I offer this plant hanger. It’s mostly full-coverage but allows for a little bit of plant-equivalent side boob. It’s also something that could use practically any repurposed materials and still look awesome as long as the material is strong enough and you finish the edges nicely. (via)
3. Climbing trellis
This idea is so cute and clever, and very modern. Even better, it’s modular. You can add or take away any number of pieces to customize it any time. You could easily recreate this by repurposing some old wire hangers using some wire cutters and some pliers. (via)
4. Tomato cage plant stand
This is another clever idea and it could easily be upcycled by using an old tomato cage that you got when you entertained a fantasy of growing tomatoes then didn’t. It’s okay. It happens. Be aware though, I used tomato cages for a project in the past and the wire on some of them is much harder to cut than you’d think. So just make sure you come correct with your favorite heavy duty snippers or power tools. (via)
5. Plastic bottle cat planter
Okay, we have to talk about upcycled plastic bottle projects. They’re hideous and awful almost always. I want to like them, but it’s just so rare that you come across one that doesn’t look like absolute shit. When I found this one I nearly died. Look how cute it is! Seriously, it keeps me awake at night. (via)
6. T-shirt plant hanger
Macrame is in, but so is fast fashion. Clothing waste is a real problem, so here’s a great way to repurpose those T-shirts that aren’t in good enough shape to donate. If you’re not boring, you could use a T-shirt with a pattern on it that you don’t wear but can’t bring yourself to part with because you like it so much. So you’ll still be able to enjoy it without feeling guilty about hanging onto it and Marie Kondo’s heart smiles. (via)
7. Vintage Bakeware garden
Really, I’m obsessed with this stuff, but sometimes I feel like it’s just too pretty to actually bake with. This idea just confirms it. Stop letting it waste away in your cupboards and instead give it the hella glam retirement that it deserves by upcycling it into tiny planters. (via)
8. Clothing rack plant stand
This is a great way to repurpose a clothing rack that you find or don’t use anymore, and would be especially useful for renters who want hanging plants but have a landlord who’s a dick. As an added bonus, you can have it on wheels. I don’t know why that’s beneficial but it just seems like a luxury that I’m not mad at. (via)
*update: I slept on it and decided that the benefit of it being on wheels is that you could use it to hide something really unsightly like a fuse box, then just roll it out of the way when you inevitably blow a fuse. You could also easily move it out of the way to sweep under. Now that I think about it pretty much everything should be on wheels actually.
9. Clothing rack vine trellis
This one has all of the same benefits of the upcycled clothing rack above, except it’s a trellis. If you want to get really crazy you could repurpose a clothing rack as half hanging plants, half trellis. And if you want to get even crazier then you could use it as half trellis and half actual clothing rack. I’m calling it right now, that will be in an urban outfitters catalog by year’s end. It just seems like the kind of thing that would be, right? (via)
10. Ladder for a living roof
A simple concept that could go very wrong if you fuck it up, but very right if you don’t. Just make sure you don’t cut any corners when hanging anything from the ceiling. With that being said, this is just one of many super cool ways to upcycle a ladder. (via)
~* BONUS Ideas! *~
I mentioned at the beginning that I’ve been all about upcycled planters this week while working on The 100 Day Project, and here are the ideas that I came up with for my own repurposing projects.
Bonus 1: Upcycled basket planter
Here I took an old, worn-out basket, sealed the wood on the bottom, gave it a lining, and spruced it up a bunch. Now it’s a charming planter with silver and gold details.
Bonus 2: Vintage plastic pouring cup planter
There’s not a lot to this one, but it’s just really fucking adorable in every way possible.
Bonus 3: Hanging T-shirt planter pouch
This was an old T-shirt that I couldn’t let go of, and now I get to see it every day. It’s a win.
I hope you found some inspiration here for your own little jungalow. Which one is your favorite? Let me know by connecting with me on instagram