See Aldi's new upcycling range with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
The flamboyant Changing Rooms star has lent his signature maximalist glam to Aldi's new collection of upcycling and craft materials
Keen to get into upcycling? You're not alone - rewarding, low-cost and friendly, giving new life to preloved furniture and accessories is an increasingly popular hobby for people of all ages. If you're eager to dip your toe in the water without breaking the bank, Aldi's new upcycling range is just what you're looking for!
So what's in the new upcycling range? A whole range of bargain buys to help you start restoring, repairing and reusing, whether that means DIY projects, furniture makeovers or sewing up a storm - and it starts from as low as £2.49!
Plus, four of the items in the new range have been developed in collaboration with celebrity designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, famous to TV viewers from the original Changing Rooms series and more recent guest appearances on the BBC's Interior Design Masters.
'I’m on a mission to bring maximalism back into your home, embracing the styles that make you, you,' says Laurence.
'Feather your nest and become an upcycling extraordinaire rather than a DIY disaster with my collection of useful but beautiful creative essentials. Opulent fabric in my exclusive designs drawn by my own fair hand, delectable, printed sewing tins and a cornucopia of stamps and stencils to put your own stamp (pun intended!) on your maison… using the most modest budget perfect for today.'
You can start ordering products in the range order online from 31 July and in-store from 7 August, with new items dropping across August and September, with all items available strictly while stocks last - so you'll want to grab them while you can.
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Available to pre-order online from 31 July and available to buy in stores from 7 August
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Fat Quarters
Fat quarters are traditionally used in quilting and patchwork, but there's nothing traditional about extravagant Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen designs, in bold pinks, blues and purples, complete with OTT patterns and motifs. Made of recycled velvet and cotton, they're an eco-friendly choice, too.
Chalk paint is wonderful for giving old furniture a new lease of life - check out our comprehensive guide to using chalk paints to find out more - and now Aldi has joined the market with a range of low-cost chalk paints. Available in an array of on-trend tones including charcoal, sage green, cream and navy (above), they're just the job for an instant makeover!
The Botanicals Fat Quarters
If you're after some fat quarters for your sewing kit but Laurence's maximalist designs aren't quite your thing, this set from Aldi offers more traditional patterns inspired by the natural world. Perfect for cottagecore crafting!
Available to pre-order online from 21 August and available to buy in stores from 25 August
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Vinyl Roll
Self-adhesive vinyl rolls are a versatile addition to your upcycling kit, and this collection from Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen comes in black, grey, white, purple and trendy teal (above). Use it to make stickers and decals, to line shelves or drawers, or to add colourful details to furniture - the sky's the limit!
Available to pre-order online from 11 September and available to buy in stores from 18 September
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Stencil and Stamp Kits
Put your own stamp (or stencil!) on your projects with these kits, designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Choose from stencils or stamps - or why not pick up one of both! The Stamp Kit contains a selection of stamps, and a metallic gold ink pad, whilst the Stencil Kit includes a mylar stencil with die-cut designs, and three stippling brushes,
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Sewing Essentials Tin
You don't need the label on the front of this sewing tin to know that it's a Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen design! Available in colourful paisley (above) or with a trendy flamingo motif, the tin holds everything you need to start a sewing project - needles, thread, safety pins, a seam ripper, snips and retractable measuring tape.