Tiny House Living Inspires Upcycling

Tiny house living is about so much more than downsizing.

There is this creative group of people in this movement that are motivated, and inspired to make less of a carbon footprint. They are interested in connecting with their environment, protecting it, and realizing the benefits it will give them when they nurture it. They realize that more stuff is not important. They are seeking alternatives to up-cycle what they have, and use. For me it’s about seeing the beauty in what some consider “junk”, and turning into a “treasure”.

We humans are consumers.

I recently had a discussion with someone on social media about the minimalist lifestyle. She was very against this process. An acquaintance commented how they grew up in poverty, and they loved “stuff”. Things brought her joy. Things made her feel worthy. It made me incredibly sad to hear that wealth, and status is associated with financial gain, and not by the experiences we are blessed with. There is this terrible disconnect between what is truly important, and what isn’t. Stuff is not important. Experiences are. In retrospect we also live in a world where poverty is prevalent. Affordable alternatives to come out of poverty are limited. I will never negate that fact. With that in mind we were inspired.


Up-Cycled Cans Found in Our Tiny Safe Haven Shop

Several months ago my son Jr., and I looked at cans, and saw something incredible. We spoke with my love Carl, and he helped us perfect the process, and turn it into something even more valuable. We took cans, and created something beautiful, useful, and practical. We turned it into something that could give back over, and over. We created the up-cycled can planter for your herbs, or growing vegetables. We put food at your fingertips. We put healthy back in your kitchen. We put the gardening experience into your life whether you have a green thumb or not.

The cans go through a process before they become the planters you see.

We wanted to keep it’s look, and feel but turn it into something pretty enough that it would look great anywhere in your home. We kept its authenticity. Our cans are sanitized, and dried. Any minute imperfections are fixed. They are then drilled on the bottom for drainage. They are painted, and dried. They are then painted, and dried for a second time. They are then wrapped with jute twine (a vegetable based cloth), and a recycled paint sample card. What you end up with is a fun way to perfect your green thumb.

But this “up-cycle idea”, can be used for so much more. Here are some of our favorites:


Poetic Home


Debbie Doos

Reincarnations Art

Would you use an up-cycled can, and how? We would love to hear all about it!


  • suzan April 12, 2015 at 2:26 am

    I have been reading a little of every thing to get ideas 🙂 I did read were you can use cans for solar power

    • bonnieandcarl April 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks Suzan! Where did you read this article we must have that link 🙂 🙂

  • Suzan April 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Never saw this until today:) I got this off of Pinterest, They have so many ideas…I have 100s of items saved.

  • Suzan May 8, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I love what you have done with the cans and great ideas !!! They are Beautiful