My upcycle ideation thus far has consisted of multiple ideas and not a whole lot of commitment to any, single concept. So my strategy is I will outline my top few concepts here and please post any feedback in the comments.
1) Upcycled Glasses and Matching Bistro Lights (or Lamp)
My uncle recently introduced me to this idea when he gifted me two new whiskey snifter for Christmas. They are dimply the bottom halves of Jameson bottle, cut about 5″ tall and hand sanded to remove the sharp edges. The glasses are cool and very aesthetically pleasing on my bar, but then I got to thinking. What was left over? The top halves of the bottles would be leftover. I had seen chandeliers lights made from wine bottles before so I am curious if I could make the tops into matching bistro light shades or retrofit them into a lamp fixture.
2) PVC Fly Rod Tube
I have wanted to make a car-top fly rod carrier for a while. Similar to ski racks, off-the-shelf rod carriers are crazily expensive for they really are. However, unlike ski racks they only hold a few pounds of rods and reels at a time, so they do not need to incredibly robust and could easily be removed when not in use. There are a variety of examples of DIY projects using PVC to construct rod tubes (see below). While this is an upcycled design, it does not capture any bold aesthetic so far.