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Hobbycraft upcycling competition

Hobbycraft upcycling competition

You’ll know from previous posts on my blog that I love upcycling and using something old to create something new. I love a good rummage at a car boot sale or charity shop, a Hobbycraft splurge and then trying to create something unique from something discarded. 

There are endless possibilities when it comes to creating great upcycled or revamped home, garden and clothing items. Clever storage specialist Bedroom Storage Maker, who offer wardrobe storage systems, are offering one lucky blog reader £25 to spend in Hobbycraft!
To enter you need to complete the rafflecopter form and share your tips and tricks for upcycling for revamping your home. For extra entries, share a picture of something you’ve upcycled over on my blog Facebook page

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Terms and Conditions 

  • A winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter 
  • The winner will be notified via email and Twitter (if you leave your handle) 
  • ALL entries are checked and if any of your entries are found to be fake ALL of your entries will be disqualified. 
  • Fake entries/automated entries will be disqualified. 
  • You will have 28 days to respond to the winning notification, if you don’t a new winner will be chosen. 
  • The prize will be sent directly from the company.
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  1. 23rd August 2015 / 11:17 pm

    I am not very crafty but I do up cycle nice boxes and jars. Sometimes I decorate them with cloth or wallpaper samples and I use them to store errant pens and pencils, various kitchen utilities and appliances and my sugar paste paraphernalia.

  2. 23rd August 2015 / 11:45 pm

    I love to take old win bottles and use them as nice candle stick holders on my piano ^_^ I also like to use old blankets to make new cushion covers, or reuse the fabric in DIY projects I find on pinterest!

  3. 24th August 2015 / 4:48 am

    Stencilling is extremely satisfying as it is creative and adds another beautiful dimension to your painted surface. It also allows you to add a painted effect without painting the whole piece of furniture. I have recently added stencilling to a plain white mini dressing table for my daughter's room – it now has sparkly jewels and pink hearts and she loves it!

  4. 24th August 2015 / 7:03 am

    I try not to throw things away without thinking of another potential use for them!

    Ashleigh

  5. 24th August 2015 / 8:49 am

    I don't have any tips but I am enjoying reading other peoples

  6. 24th August 2015 / 8:58 am

    I use jar jars, decorate with glass pens and use as candle holders

  7. 24th August 2015 / 9:16 am

    being a school teacher I tend to recycle everything! for kids projects…I love reading blogs like this as they give me lots of ideas.. am not naturally artistic but I love trying new projects. at the moment am recycling youurt tubs for a scoop art monster…the house and car are full of them!

  8. Paula Readings
    24th August 2015 / 9:30 am

    We used Yogurt pots to grow our seedlings for the Children.

  9. 24th August 2015 / 10:00 am

    I love to upcycle with fabric decopage, using chicken wire in doors, using paint and imagination to upcycle projects for the house and garden

  10. 24th August 2015 / 1:17 pm

    I love to decoupage photos onto items that I don't like the look of anymore or just to spruce it up a bit x

  11. 24th August 2015 / 2:06 pm

    Use old jars to make sensory pots with glitter or fairy lights inside. I've also upcycled old pillow cases into tote bags for shopping and old curtains into cushion covers πŸ™‚

  12. 24th August 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Use leftover wallpaper to cover the back the shelves in a bookcase to make it more interesting.

  13. hayley atkins
    24th August 2015 / 2:46 pm

    My self and my partner try to recycle and upcycle as much as possible from using pallets to make raised beds to grow veg and wood staining and fitting slate tiles into an old fireplace surround which looks stunning now,currently working on a broken wooden chair…Bottles and jars can be given a great new lease of life with some glass paint to make stunning vases,candle holders or general containers.

  14. jen morgan
    24th August 2015 / 2:48 pm

    Love taking bits of off cuts of fabric and putting them over canvas and making lovely wall up to jazz up the place x

  15. 24th August 2015 / 4:39 pm

    Get some shipping pallets. Then with a little TLC you can make a lovely sofa bed for you to lounge on, either in the living room or in your garden. Just pad it up with some cushion's and voila! x

  16. 24th August 2015 / 4:50 pm

    Cardboard egg cartons are good for seedlings and can be planted out in them

  17. 24th August 2015 / 5:26 pm

    I recently 'papered' a wall in CDs. We're renting so it was the perfect thing to add a bit of sparkle as they're only blu-tacked on. πŸ™‚

  18. 24th August 2015 / 6:50 pm

    An old piece of furniture can look fab with a lick of chalk paint and can completely revamp it

  19. 24th August 2015 / 7:19 pm

    not to throw things away. sometimes you can create something special. We wanted to upcycle a trolley baby seat but sadly didnt have enough tools for our idea

  20. 24th August 2015 / 7:28 pm

    keep cardboard boxes and packaging for your kids to play with and paint and generally make a mess! it can be so much fun

  21. 24th August 2015 / 7:41 pm

    crafts from cartons, saves a fortune

  22. 25th August 2015 / 3:51 am

    Before I throw anything away I check with my children what projects they have coming up you never know what they might need

    Kay Panayi

  23. Lucy camilla
    25th August 2015 / 3:52 am

    I love upcycling old furniture especially with a shabby chic vibe. You can completely change the look of something old and unloved with paint and new handles! Not to mention give it some personality!

  24. 25th August 2015 / 10:01 am

    We keep old jars and tins, great for creative DIY projects. You never know what you'll need!

  25. 25th August 2015 / 6:58 pm

    I keep any Lush giftboxes and repurpose the wrapping paper/ribbons for expensive looking birthday present wrappings!

  26. 26th August 2015 / 1:26 pm

    I keep lots of little odds and bobs from packaging that you can use to decorate items around the home; you just have to be creative.

  27. 27th August 2015 / 9:57 am

    I use chalk paint to give old furniture a lease of life, and have a craft shed where all cardboard/plastic bottles/toilet rolls are kept for the children to use!

  28. 27th August 2015 / 1:40 pm

    I've used an old coffee tin, drilled some holes and put some fairy lights in, makes a great lamp!

  29. 27th August 2015 / 7:31 pm

    Modpodge is perfect for glittering up shoes that need a revamp!

  30. 28th August 2015 / 1:35 am

    save all your jam jars and then decoupage them with napkins perfect for a candle holder

  31. 28th August 2015 / 6:52 am

    We found a load of old furniture in my friend's cellar and some chests of drawers which needed a coat of paint and some new funky handles and they're still being used seven years later πŸ™‚

  32. 28th August 2015 / 12:09 pm

    I look for things that people are throwing away- we found all of our dining chairs this way!

  33. Tracy Gladman
    28th August 2015 / 4:08 pm

    Patterned sticky back plastic can transform so many things.

  34. 28th August 2015 / 5:39 pm

    I love Hobbycraft! I've recently got into 'Project Life' so this would come in handy! xo

    Emma-Louise | Dino's Beauty Diary

  35. 29th August 2015 / 7:21 am

    Painting tired looking furniture really brings it to life

  36. 29th August 2015 / 8:01 am

    If you have an old suitcase you don’t need give it a lick of paint and turn it into the perfect ottoman. also doubles up as storage

  37. 30th August 2015 / 8:47 am

    i have an upcycling section on my blog as its something i do all the time!
    i paint furniture and use free wallpaper samples to jazz it up, i use napkins to decoupage glass jars and bottles and even use glitter to revamp toilet seats!

  38. 30th August 2015 / 10:04 am

    Curtains add charm and colour to windows. For a dramatic look, I add 20 centimetres to the length and let them fall to the floor. I think it looks so nice!

  39. 30th August 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Im just starting out so no tips just yet, but I am loving reading through these.

  40. 31st August 2015 / 12:32 pm

    I love getting inspiration from others πŸ™‚

  41. 31st August 2015 / 2:31 pm

    I like getting inspiration from Youtube video's

  42. 31st August 2015 / 7:16 pm

    Collect pictures of things you like so that when you have something to upcycle you have lots of inspiration.

  43. 31st August 2015 / 7:29 pm

    I have pinterest boards full of ideas and inspiration and then fit them in to fit my house and things!

  44. Kirsty
    31st August 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Dramatic colours in easy to change accessories to make a statement in a plain room

  45. 2nd September 2015 / 10:46 pm

    I used metallic copper spray paint to revamp my old boring black filing cabinet – now it looks really on-trend but is still functional/useful

  46. Jean Cosgrove
    2nd September 2015 / 11:08 pm

    I like to use old bedding/ curtains etc to make new cushions. Also I am about to use an old shower curtain as the backing for a picnic blanket

  47. 3rd September 2015 / 11:26 am

    I use old shoe boxes, jazz them up with felt and buttons and then keep all my small bits in them

  48. 4th September 2015 / 8:40 am

    Use old jars without kids to hold pens, make up brushes etc

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

  49. 4th September 2015 / 7:02 pm

    I love using old sheet music or pages from books to recover things – a sheet music lampshade looks great!

  50. 4th September 2015 / 9:03 pm

    Hunt in charity shops for unique unusual pieces!

  51. 4th September 2015 / 10:22 pm

    I've upcycled/ refashioned some of my old clothing into clothing for my daughter when she was a toddler. It takes a sewing machine and willingness to be daring.

  52. 5th September 2015 / 11:49 am

    nearly everything has a new use – if you cant think of one do a google search something will pop up

  53. 5th September 2015 / 6:49 pm

    Old tin cans can be painted and decorated and used to grow seeds in

  54. Anonymous
    5th September 2015 / 9:21 pm

    A lot of used boxes, cotton reels, card, plastic bits are put into our craft box for rainy day projects. We made a childproof gate for the kitchen out of spare bits of wood.

    @polly58

  55. 5th September 2015 / 11:40 pm

    keep the carrier bags and use them as nappy bags or dog/cat waste bags or even line the bins around the house

  56. 6th September 2015 / 7:41 am

    Douwe egberts coffee jars make really attractive storage πŸ˜€

  57. 6th September 2015 / 8:12 am

    Have a place for everything, you can have loads of stuff but if it has a stylish place to be stored it can still look great!

  58. 6th September 2015 / 10:00 am

    Look for damage that might be difficult to repair and be realistic about your limits with regard to renovation. If you wish to paint pine furniture, look for the darker or stained pieces of wood. Also keep in mind the finishing touches or the re-upholstery that you might be able to do to transform a piece being realistic at the same time.

  59. 6th September 2015 / 10:48 am

    Get yourself onto Pinterest. I love that you can access all these clever ideas for up cycling. I sometimes lack imagination in this area and its been the inspiration for many up cycling projects in my home.

  60. 6th September 2015 / 2:36 pm

    Use pinterest for inspiration and never throw anything away. You'd be surprised as what you can do with most things!

  61. 6th September 2015 / 3:33 pm

    I recently purchased an old style dressing table off a local facebook selling page. I sanded it and painted it and added shabby chic rose handles. I'm always on the look out for old pieces of furniture I can do up and love myself.

  62. 6th September 2015 / 4:20 pm

    Just double check before you pitch something out for a possible re use

  63. 6th September 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Buy one paint colour that you love and go about upcycling some unloved items, or cheap items from charity shops, to use in one room – it gives you a cohesive look!

  64. Tracey Tedford
    6th September 2015 / 4:48 pm

    re-use jam or coffee jars in the garage for keeping nails and screws etc

  65. 6th September 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Bottles and jars for flowers…. they look remarkably good πŸ™‚
    Thanks for a super giveaway! x

  66. 6th September 2015 / 7:08 pm

    Ive been turning baby food jars into frosted tea-light holders – they look ever so pretty and just fit a tealight nicely. Its been nice to upcycle our waste instead of sticking it in the recycling bin

  67. 6th September 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Don't throw things that are not broken away, just because you can't think of a use for it now doesnt mean it cant be upcycled or changed in the future! Also keep an eye on facebook selling sites and gumtree etc for free/ cheap items! x

  68. 6th September 2015 / 10:43 pm

    I'm planning on making my daughters a patchwork blanket each made from all of their baby clothing πŸ™‚ x

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