For many, spring is a time for fresh starts, and in the spirit of celebrating the beauty in both the new and the renewed, we thought we’d put the spotlight on some of the best of Etsy’s upcycled wares. Among the haul: jewelry made from copper guitar strings; cat toys stuffed with plastic and pistachio shells; melted mason jars; and a lamp with a vintage Tupperware foundation. The takeaway? That there’s no limit to what can be repurposed, reimagined, or reinvented — and, on a deeper note, that it’s never too late to start over.
A perfect treat for mischievous felines, this crinkly, organic catnip–filled mouse is made from an old sock, worn shoelaces, bits of recycled plastic, and a few pistachio shells (for extra crunch).
Here, Massachussetts-based shop Lampified (which makes lighting fixtures out of everything from spice tins to vintage Thermoses) brings new life to old jade Tupperware and a crimson-colored picnic plate.
According to Sneaky Pea‘s expert seamstress Bridget, this skirt, made from flower-splashed vintage fabric, is perfect when paired with “a cotton blouse, a mustard-colored sweater, [and] a cool day.”
Talk about taking the heat! These kiln-melted mason jars — none shaped quite the same — can be used as dishes, spoon rests, or one-of-a-kind kitchen catch-alls.
Shop owners Brandon and Pamela Munoz have given an abandoned piano a new lease on life with a salvaged wood desktop in place of keys. (The instrument’s strings remain intact, in view, and ready to hold memos at eye level.)
All of Paper Statement shop owner Doris Häusler‘s exquisitely crafted jewelry, ornaments, and sculptures are made using paper or cardboard; this necklace, part of her CARTA collection, was fashioned from the pages of old books.
The top portion of this handsome clutch is made from a cheery vintage floral; the bottom gets its strength from repurposed vintage leather.
Mismatched sections of wrapped gold wire give these bracelets, made from copper guitar strings, a little jazzy flair.
The faceted edges of these barn wood bookends are meant to resemble those on Oregon’s famed Haystack Rock.
Anyone who’s unable to keep a plant alive will love this simple light bulb terrarium, which requires weekly spritzing — and very little else.
Dishfunctional Designs creates modern-yet-traditional jewelry using broken china. This elegant heart pendant was handcrafted from antique blue and white transferware china.