June 24, 2015 by lovenellie
As you will know this time last week I was up in London at the Gumtree #upcyclerevolution Event, where we announced the launch of National Upcycling Day. I took part in the Upcycling Blogger Challenge and had a fantastic night mixing with fellow upcyclers and supporters of the upcycling community. ( sorry ‘upcycling community’ sounds like a support group for people with skip diving addiction but we really are all very normal and cool !)
I had upcycled an 1980s orange pine computer cabinet into a dressing table and it was so lovely to hear such positive comments about my work. The winner of the challenge was super clever, he had upcycled a drum kit into toy storage and a lamp for a playroom using comic wallpaper but all the entries were genius. They are now all up for sale on Gumtree so grab yourself something quick smart. It was lovely to hang out with the King of Upcycling Max McMurdo whose enthusiasm is just so contagious. Here are a few pics that Gumtree took that night, look how happy upcyclers all are!!
and here is the video of the event. Can you spot me?
SO that leads me on to:
Today is the first EVER National Upcycling day,( fanfare) this is an initiative started by Gumtree because they want to celebrate the artistry and ingenuity of upcyclers. Upcycling is clearly here to stay, it’s becoming more and more popular. People are keen to save money and therefore are getting creative using things that would otherwise have been binned and turning them into useful things again.
You don’t have to have a degree is design, you don’t have to have a workshop with lots of fancy equipment, you don’t event have to be on first names terms with your local B&Q staff, you just need a small dose of creativity and a bit of passion. The Upcycling community are sharing tips and ideas all the time on social media so its easy to get help and be inspired. Gumtree will have a forum for asking experts too so if you see something that you want to upcycle on their site you can ask an expert for advice, what a great idea.
So today on National Upcycling Day why not hatch a plan to have a go and join the movement and see what you can make. If your unsure about something then at 1pm TOADY Max McMurdo will be hosting a Gumtree’ Twitter Takeover’ and will be answering all your questions so come and join in.
Just to get your upcycling juices flowing here are some amazing ideas that I just love that could inspire you:
Have a great ‘UPCYCLING’ Day everyone and please let me know about any projects you turn your hands to.