Upcycling is taking what you have and improving on it.
The old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is counter-productive. Fix it! Make it better! Repair it! Make the thing to suit your needs and your abilities.
Products are made on a “one size fits all” basis. That’s crazy!
Everyone is different with different needs. You can make it yours! You are the one that can individualise the product. Think of the thing you have as the absolute basic model. It’s yours, there to customise, to make your own.
Yes, you will make mistakes. You might just hate your creations, but you made that thing you should be proud of it!
By creating and using what we already have we are reducing our waste and creating a better environment. Not just for now, but for future generations. By upcycling we are not only helping the environment we are helping ourselves. Being creative and using problem-solving skills can help with your mental wellbeing by giving a sense of accomplishment. It can brighten your living space and knowing you saved the item from going landfill gives the item an extra sense of sentimentality. As a result, you save money by not buying a new item, but also, from removing it from waste removal service.
Learning new skills is a hard task to get behind, especially when you have gone out and bought new materials and don’t want to make a mistake and have to buy more.
Using what’s around you in your environment, in your local second-hand shops, your scrap yards, your wardrobe or shed; gives you extra freedom to make mistakes and try new things. It relieves the pressure of having an amazing end product. Just do your best and be proud of it!
Combine what you have with what you found to make the thing you desire. You are capable of more than consumption. You can create many of the things you wish to buy.
Sketch it out. Make a plan. Create. Or simply just go for it and see what happens!