100+ Upcycling Craft Ideas in 2020

100+ Upcycling Craft Ideas in 2020

I’m fairly certain that NONE of us are sad to say goodbye to the year 2020. And I won’t dwell on the worst parts of 2020 that caused so much horror. But, I *WILL* spend time looking back on some of the upcycling craft ideas that my friends and I (The Thrift Store Decor Team) came up with throughout the past year.

At the very least, 2020 was filled with inventive creativity at home to keep us occupied. And it pushed me to create more projects for my blog, using up clutter from my garage.

Whether it was a cluster of florist vases that I transformed into exotic boho decor

Cloisonne vase for thrift home decor

Or piles of wall baskets and woven trivets that became a colorful basket wall gallery.

Basket wall decor with Bohemian design

Either way, I had a LOT of time at home to work on projects and flex my creative muscles. Even with a big move to Charlotte, NC mid-year!

What about you? Did you find yourself making/creating more throughout the year?

sailboat decor from a weaving shuttle

Now that 2020 is nearly over, the Team and I are taking a look back at some of our favorite upcycling craft ideas.

I’ve selected a few of my favorite projects from the Team, but keep scrolling to see the full collection!

Favorite Upcycling Craft Ideas of 2020

This terrarium in a vintage coffee carafe by House of Hawthornes is just DARLING. You all know how much I love miniatures, so this upcycling craft idea really caught my eye. 

DIY terrarium in a glass coffee pot

Since I also love marrying misfit pieces together, this little footed tray that Our Southern Home made really spoke to me. It’s so simple, but would you ever guess that those feet used to be dresser knobs?

DIY footed tray by Our Southern Home

I also thought this makeover on a trio of sunburst mirrors that Petticoat Junktion did was quite striking! Like something you might find at a curated home decor boutique.

Sunburst mirrors by Petticoat Junktion

These four mismatched wooden canisters sat in my garage for YEARS. I gathered them one by one and finally transformed them into a matching set with a midcentury vibe!

Retro canisters with a mid century modern font for aqua kitchen decor

This DIY stoneware vase was inspired by pricier versions in home decor stores. But My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia created her version with one of my favorite craft supplies: textured spray paint!

DIY stoneware vase with spray paint

And who doesn’t love a great organizer project from the thrift store? I know I do, and so does Domestically Speaking, because this little farmhouse style organizer is just the cutest!

Farmhouse style craft organizer

Well, I’ve reminisced long enough! Ready to see the entire collection of upcycling craft ideas from us this year?

You’ll want to hit the thrift store (or maybe your garage) because there are SO MANY great ideas in here.

Upcycling Craft Ideas from the Thrift Store Decor Team in 2020 

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Don’t you feel inspired to get crafty with things you’ve picked up from the thrift store? Or even just a makeover on something in your own home.

Upcycling a metal canteen into plaid decor

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane as much as I did. What a year it’s been, with hopefully a much brighter 2021 on the horizon! I’m definitely ready to put 2020 in the rearview mirror.

braided bracelets

And here’s hoping for even more fun upcycling, crafting, and creating next year.

Industrial style decor with a wooden tool caddy

Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting from the Thrift Store Decor Team!

Sadie Seasongoods

Petticoat Junktion

House of Hawthornes

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Our Southern Home

My Repurposed Life

Domestically Speaking

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. What a great collection. Should give us all a bunch of ideas. You have been instrumental in helping me see potential in things to upcycle! Although I am retired and kind of a homebody, I have stayed home a LOT more this year and crafted more, too! And not being a winter person, I will continue to stay home!

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