Imperfection sometimes makes things (and people) prettier

If you are as clumsy as I am you may have a lot of broken things. Don’t throw it away: You can either ignore the flaw or reuse the item.

As you see in the picture I dropped one of my favorite mugs. But I love the pattern, so I decided to turn it into my new pencil holder – and I even like it with the little flaw that tells the story of a little sunday morning accident.

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Upcycle what you love: the most beautiful table

Once I fell in love. With a table. A beautiful solid wood table with turned legs.

Unfortunately it was what we call an “attic trove” and in a very bad condition. I bought it anyway because I wanted to support our local social store. The next weekend I spend with polishing and coating (and sweating and cursing), but the result was brilliant. You may not see it properly in the picture, but my little attic table turned out to be a real beauty: a nice whisky like shade, green drawer buttons and a little bit of imperfection. Literally everybody asks me about it when visiting our home.

Conclusion: Be courageous, everybody can do upcycling.

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Triumph march of the screw top jar

To get a screw top jar is very easy: They just come to you. If you buy mixed pickles, fruit puree, yoghurt, pesto, smoothies or blue kraut (is this even the correct English word?), you get one free. Rinse them carefully, let them dry, storage them at a clean place (and don’t put the lid on again while they are not used). I put nearly everything in glasses: food, presents, … even my paperclips and ear plugs are stored in glasses. If you are gifted with creativity you can also turn the jars into little masterpieces like plant pots or lanterns.

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Beyond cut flowers: pot plant & upcycling plant pot

Yes, it’s nice to surprise your darling with a flower bouquet. But think twice: These flowers often come from far away and they will die within one week. So why not invest in a much more persistent present? Pot plants come in so many shades and sizes you will surely find the one that fits the presentee: cheeky, classy or romantic, it’s up to you.

Depending on the kind of pot plant you have you can even grow saplings from the mother plant and give them away as very personal presents that will fill the house of your friends with green life. On the picture you can also see an old screw top jar that a family member upcycled with napkin art. It’s one of the best presents I ever received and I regularly keep him current about the growth of my little plant.

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Yogurt pots as seedling starter pots

I saved our yogurt pots, washed them out and made holes in the bottom them used them to plant tomato seeds to go in the propagator.

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