Up-cycle Progress: Inspiration

The inspiration of this project came from my house key. I was fumbling around with where to put it in my room, and came across my cable holder and a cork. I started brainstorming and flipping through pins on Pinterest to find projects that people had done with corks for keys or reminders. The two below were the most common projects done for keys using recycled wood.

I fell in love with the stained wood, cork aesthetic as well as the metal hooks. However, I wanted to mix it up a little and not copy a design found online. Therefore, I combined a couple keys rack ideas with a smaller cork backdrop.

I took the cork and wood frame idea and combined it with bottom hanging hooks seen below. This allows me to hang reminders on the corks and the keys on the bottom.

However, I then came across my succulent still in the orange plastic pot it came in when I got it during finals week last year. I realized that instead of buying a glass pot from the store, I would find a way to up-cycle a new pot for it an integrate it into my key holder. I have a lot of natural light in my front walkway, and succulents are pretty hardy.

I am currently working on the integration this week since my first few designs took longer than expected.

I hope to show the finished product in my final up-cycle report.

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  • Taylor Whittemore
    February 6, 2019 4:39 pm


    This is a really cool project. I like that you were inspired by an issue that you were having in your life to make a cool solution. I also love the look of cork to decorate a house – I think it makes it look rustic. I am also doing a project centered around using the bottles from wine because I love wine and I studied abroad in Italy so it means something to me. Best of luck with your project!

  • Tanner Wismer
    February 5, 2019 7:08 pm

    This is a pretty interesting idea. I like how you are creating something you actually need by upcycling something you don’t need anymore. I also like how you are not just copying an idea found on the internet, but combining a multitude of different projects into one. Good luck with your project!

  • Joshua Engmorris
    February 5, 2019 9:31 am

    I think this is a really cool idea, I recently got a key ring by my door and it has been a game changer for keeping track of my keys. I like the cork aesthetic, it has an earthy feel and when using a lot of corks with different branding on them it gives it an interesting collage-type look. I wasn’t sure if you were planning on using the cork along with the succulent, or the succulent was a change in direction? It would be cool to combine the two Ideas and maybe make an interesting wall mounted pot out of cork that can hold your keys as well, or decorate a pot with corks and key rings.


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