In recent years, eco-conscious living has become top of mind for consumers and brands alike. So much so that major retailers are making moves to become more sustainable. IKEA, aka the land of home goods and Swedish meatballs, is the perfect example. The brand's Canadian division recently released Repurposeful Instructions, a collection of hacks for upcycling its own products.
The projects are sorted by difficulty — beginner, intermediate, and advanced — so there's something for every DIY level. One example of a beginner project is a book holder, which is made with an Osbit Plate Holder. In the advanced section, there's a birdhouse made with two Blanda Matt Serving Bowls, which we're totally loving.
The goal of Repurposeful Instructions is simple, straightforward, and supremely awesome. According to the IKEA Canada website, "With the launch of Repurposeful Instructions, IKEA wants to help breathe new life into old furniture that might otherwise end up in the landfill."
Other ways to repurpose IKEA products:
Thanks to the simplicity and affordability of IKEA products, you can't go wrong with upcycling the brand's items. An IKEA basket, for example, can be transformed into a chic boho hanging light pendant. It can also be turned into a side table flipping by it upside down and attaching a round cutting board to the flat side.
And that's just scratching the surface. For more ideas, check out our list of favorite IKEA hacks on TikTok.
Kirsten Nunez is a journalist and author focusing on food, health, and DIY. In May 2014, she published a craft book, "Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion." Her work has appeared on eHow, PopSugar, Shape, VegNews, and more. She lives in Beacon, New York.