By Kelsey Colpitts, Marketing Specialist

Upcycling is the art of transforming unwanted, damaged or old items into creative new products with new purposes! In addition to being a fun and inexpensive activity, upcycling promotes our green, waste-reduction mission of reusing items instead of sending them to a landfill. For our most recent upcycling project, we demonstrated on WWLP’s Mass Appeal how to transform an old spindle, outdated light fixture and leftover ceramic tile into a cute bird bath.


– Spindle

– Light fixture

– Tile or plywood

– Grout

– Silicone based waterproof glue

– Paint (optional)

We purchased the spindle, light fixture and tile at our reused building materials store, EcoBuilding Bargains, for a total of only $3.20! However, you can get these items at most salvage stores, and you may even have them lying around at home.


  • Use silicone-based glue to attach the spindle to the base (either a piece of tile or wood). If you choose to use a piece of plywood as the base, you can use a screw instead of glue to make it extra secure.
  • Apply a generous amount of glue to the light fixture and attach to the top of the spindle. Let dry for 1 hour.

  • Many light fixtures have a hole in the top where the lightbulb goes. If this is the case, you’ll need to seal the space with waterproof grout since it will be filled with water. Let dry for about one hour.


  • If there is excess grout on the fixture, remove with a wet paper towel.
  • Customize your bird bath with paint or a wood finish!


Love to upcycle? Share your reuse ideas to or on our EcoBuilding Bargains Facebook page. Keep an eye out for new reuse demonstrations, project ideas and upcycling competitions!