It is a new year! Do you remember the excitement of back-to-school? Butterflies churning in your stomach all ready with new stationery, a crisp uniform, a new lunch tin and anticipation of meeting class-mates.

Well now, we are all grown up…..the New Year brings expenses! Its school fees for the kids, stationery lists, expensive uniform requirements, the list is just endless.  To add to that we are all still trying to find our feet after the holiday “blow the budget” indulgence!

But it need not be all gloom; here is some inspiration for upcycling in style! Take something old and transform it into something beautiful! Lift your mood with updating the décor in your home or your garden or get some extra storage or  just for some craft fun with these inspirational upcyclying ideas!

A cascading waterfall of flowers made from plastic bottle bottoms can be used as a decorative curtain/divider via Michelle Brand


These vintage suitcase shelves via Upcycle That just makes such a statement. I love the “old” look.


More of the vintage look. Wouldn’t this be so perfect for a newlywed couple decorating their first love nest on a budget? This bicycle basin comes via Boredpanda


Such fun with old cutlery picture via pinterest.


We all have old books stored away, why not make good use of it as book ends or even just decorative conversational pieces. I love this idea! via pinterest


These jars can have so many stylish practical functions, why not spruce up your outdoor wall with herbs in a jar. Via Camille Styles


More ideas for the outdoors. Add a fantastic serving table using cinder blocks. Via Design Sponge.


If you have the glorious garden to accommodate this hanging table, go for it, work that old table! Via Upcycle That.


Add magnets to vintage tins and have jazzed up storage containers. Via Martha Stewart.


Don’t get rid of any glass bottles or jars. Make them work for you. Store your make-up brushes on your dressing table in pretty jars. Idea via pinterest.


The struggle to keep your necklaces untangled can be solved with this nifty idea. Via Visibly Moved.


Isn’t this just too stunning! Denim placemats. Between my son’s and hubby’s old jeans, I think I have enough to make a table setting for 8! Via Dollar Store Crafts.


Now for an ultimate upcycle indulgence

Wouldn’t it be just pure upcycle indulgence to have your own chill zone made from a shipping container! Architectural style! Via Poteet Architects.

So there you have it. Stretch your rand in style this January.