Ideas For Upcycling Your Family Heirlooms or Keepsakes

April 13, 2017

Ideas For Upcycling Your Family Heirlooms or Keepsakes

Heirlooms and family treasures are cherished objects with a great amount of sentimental value – but as many of them have aged, they’ve also become less relevant to our modern lives. Whether it’s vintage doilies from a much-loved aunt or a classic wedding dress that isn’t likely to come into style once more, these items inhabit a strange middle ground: they’re too emotionally valuable to part with, but they don’t serve a purpose in 2017.That’s where upcycling comes in.

Upcycling is a fantastic way to breathe life into a treasured object or heirloom, making it more practical and relevant without losing its sentimental value. Could you upcycle your old family heirlooms? Here are some ideas to get you started.

Transform baby clothes into a blanket or teddy bear

A great way to repurpose old baby clothes (especially if you’re ruling out any more children and have no use for them in the future) is to turn them into a blanket or a teddy bear that your little one can still enjoy.

The charming quilts or blankets can accompany a child through their life – and many parents enjoy the thought that their first ever baby clothes are still keeping their precious child warm and cosy. A teddy bear is also a fabulous way to turn baby clothes into something useful, without losing out on any of its sentimental value.

Turn vintage doilies into wall art

Doilies are seen as a thing of the past nowadays – we rarely use them in our homes, yet many families have vintage doilies that have been passed down from previous generations. These intricate and beautiful items are perfect for turning into a piece of wall art – simply layer two or three doilies in an interesting pattern, then choose a backing colour and frame the piece. What a lovely way to keep a part of your distant relatives’ memory alive in your own home.

Turn old letters or recipes into fabrics or art

Many families are in possession of letters, recipes or other documents from previous generations of their family. In a lot of cases, the script and handwriting is beautifully precise and ornate – almost artistic in its style. You can scan these old documents and have the text printed onto fabrics using a variety of online services, or you could print out a replica and have it framed as a piece of art for your own home.

Transform baby blankets into bowls

There are a multitude of tutorials online to turn receiving blankets (the first blanket you ever hold your baby in) into soft crocheted bowls. These can be kept by the parents (they make an ideal place to store jewellery or hair accessories), or handed down to the child to do as they wish with. If kept in good condition, they could even be handed down through subsequent generations.

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