Thinking outside of the light switch – A Recipe for Up-Cycle

20 Apr


1 or more junk or salvage stores with a veritable feast of inspirational items looking for a new lease of life

1 Good electrician who is open to the whimsical imagination of a budding upcycle chef (doubters should be carefully discarded from your tradies list, pips and all)

1 Generous portion of wild imagination…it is possible for more however remember…..”too many cooks spoil the broth” as they say!!


Take found objects and mix gently with a generous portion of wild imagination.  Speak kindly to the chosen electrician and HEY PRESTO – Flick the switch ….just see below for creations which have followed this recipe!!!(I would like to say that I prepared these earlier, but was pushed for time due to discarding too many doubting electricians!!).  Oh and don’t throw out the mixing bowl… They come in handy too!

Autumn Harvest - Brick Red and Orange Milk Glass Mixing Bowl Hanging PYREX Pendants Lights - OOAK UpCycled BootsNGus Lighting Fixtures

UpCycled BootsNGus Pyrex mixing bowl Lighting Fixtures

Tonka Toys no longer wanted….

Now you no longer have to be upset when little Billy no longer wants to play with his toys!! Jasmine Orchard put her own fun spin on a pre loved toy giving it a new purpose.

Fire Engine Lamp - source Jasmine Orchard Styling UK


BootsNGus are the purveyors of a place where “handmade and vintage go together”.  If you cannot quite find all of the ingredients to make the recipe above then I recommend you visit BootsNGus’ site on Etsy where they have ready made them for you!
From Jam Jars to….
Mason Jar Chandelier - Mason Jar Lighting - 3 Tier Upside Down Wedding Cake - Handcrafted Upcycled BootsNGus Hanging Pendant Light Fixture
Plant Pots……
Lilac Light - UpCycled Mesh Lace Metal Garden Planter Hanging Pendant Lighting Fixture - BootsNGus Lamp Design
To Tupperwear Jelly Moulds…..
Mint Green TUPPERLIGHT - Vintage Tupperware Jello-O Mold Hanging Lighting Fixture -  Upcycled Pendant Light - Eco Friendly BootsNGus Design

Or you could go mad as a hatter…..

British designer Jake Phipps has put together the “Jeeves and Wooster” range using bowler and top hats for something a little “Magritte”. Ce n’est pas une bowler hat monsier!

Or perhaps time for tea……

French designer Gilles Eichenbaum, aka GARBAGE has the view that “garbage cans are talented” and has made some spectacular lights from those very trash cans. (Below)

As I, and many before me have blogged, the desire for original, environmentally aware and economical objects of desire has made the world of upcycle a popular movement in the world of interiors. And I certainly find it more interesting (as you can probably tell from the rest of my blog) to show interiors which have a touch of the creative and whimsical that creates conversation and shows abit of personality,rather than the symmetrical architectural perfection which make you scared to live in for fear of upsetting the milli-metre precision styling.

So I say “think outside the light switch”, and add a little talking point to your interior recipe collection!!

Well I could keep on baking but that should be enough to satisfy the up – cycle recipe.  Hope this gives you some inspiration to get out your cook books!  Let me know what you think. Have a great weekend.
On with the colourful journey……..

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11 responses to “Thinking outside of the light switch – A Recipe for Up-Cycle

  1. Nicks

    April 20, 2012 at 6:47 am

    wow what fabulous inspirational ideas

    • birdcagedesign

      April 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, I am glad you enjoyed. If your inspiration takes you to the point of creating please let us know, it would be great to see.

  2. ebadrum

    April 20, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Really fun and clever ideas!

    • birdcagedesign

      April 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Glad you enjoyed Ebadrum – thanks for stopping by.

  3. This Sydney Life

    April 20, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I have looooong coveted the Jeeves & Wooster range, but that purple plant pot is yummy! I love seeing what goodies you will unearth for us. Cheers 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      April 20, 2012 at 9:51 am

      They are great arn’t they – I thin I also saw that you can get the plant pot in IKEA, which is likely to be a little cheaper

  4. Cate

    April 20, 2012 at 8:37 am

    These are great! I tried to pick a favourite, but I can’t choose between the bowls, the jelly mould and the hats… Inspiring stuff! 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      April 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

      There are loads more ideas too… If you can’t choose you can do them all!!!

  5. Lighting Pro

    June 15, 2012 at 1:02 am

    These are incredible idea. Love how you recycled materials and turned them into lighting fixtures. My favorite has to be the fire truck toy lamp! Very cool design…perfect for a boy’s room!

    • birdcagedesign

      June 15, 2012 at 8:37 am

      They are fab aren’t they. Glad you enjoyed thank you so much for stopping by:-)


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