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Junk Genius

Stylish ways to repurpose everyday objects, with over 80 projects and ideas

Written by Juliette Goggin

Published: 14/11/2017

About the author

Juliette Goggin has designed products for many well-known names, such as Julien Macdonald, Cath Kidston, Molton Brown, and French Connection. She created a gift range called “Juliette at Home”, reflecting her love of all things recycled and vintage. She recently took part in Channel 4’s (UK) Super Scrimpers about upcycling on a minimal budget. Juliette Goggin is based in Sussex, UK.

Stacy Sirk has 25 years’ international experience in buying, product development, and visual merchandising, with a particular expertise in sourcing unusual and vintage products and display items. Stores she has worked for include Urban Outfitters, Nike, Restoration Hardware, Smith and Hawken, and Macy’s. Stacy Sirk, originally from San Fransisco, is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In Junk Genius, you’ll find highly rewarding and money-saving repurposing projects, and discover why making your own is a trend well worth exploring.

Juliette Goggin and Stacy Sirk have created over 80 projects and ideas using items you can easily find or might already have. Discover creative ways to use glass with the compact kilner jar sewing kit and the pretty message-in-a-bottle pendant. Myriad uses for old crates include planting them with herbs and vegetables and transforming one into a night stand. Add something different to your household with a range of light fittings made from colanders, a birdcage, and even jello molds! Discover no end of uses for paper, including making bunting, labels, tags, and table settings, and inventive ideas for crafting with wallpaper, stamps, and old photos. Clear out those old keys and transform them into a range of items, from jewelry to door handles and coat hooks. Finally, try making unwanted sweaters  into cosy pillow covers. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crafter, you'll learn to hunt out and see the potential in a whole range of items and be inspired to transform your treasure trove of useable raw materials into stunning new accessories for a beautiful home.