After a skateboard has been worn out or broken, skateboard owners may think that they've been left with a useless piece of wood but these 15 items prove that an upcycled skateboard can be used to make just about anything.
Upcycled skateboard art is one example of the great uses for a well-loved deck, like the vibrantly striped works of Japanese artist Haroshi. In other cases, upcycled skateboard items are functional as well as attractive. San Francisco woodworker Nick Pourfard crafts beautifully colored guitars out of old skateboards. Other designers make bottle openers, sunglasses and even bookends.
Some craftspeople re-integrate their upcycled skateboard projects into their skating community -- Deckstool, a company which makes upcycled skateboard furniture created a collection of trophies made from used decks for a charity skateboarding competition.
Upcycling is a great way to put worn items to new uses, and with the Internet providing a huge variety of DIY ideas, it's an option that's accessible to everyone. Upcycled skateboard items are productive and innovative ways to make sure that a perfectly good piece of wood doesn't go to waste.
From Repurposed Skateboard Art to Converted Half Pipe Desks
Galatic Skateboard Sculptures
Derek Keenan Designed This AT-AT Out of Reclaimed Skateboards
Skateboard Mirror Decor
Skate-Home's Wall Mirror Adds a Chic Twist to the Sports Accessory
Intergalactic Skateboard Sculptures
Derek Keenan Maked an Upcycled AT-AT Sculpture
Upcycled Skateboard Guitars
These Handcrafted Guitars are Made from Used Wooden Skateboard Decks
Converted Half Pipe Desks
This Desktop Table is Inspired by a Skateboard Ramp
Clever Skateboard Chairs
Tim Defleur and Benjamin Helle Design a Uniquely Mobile Seating
Skateboard Picnic Tables
IndiePopShop's Skateboard Picnic Table Brings Adventure Indoors
Recycled Skateboard Sunnies
The Brak Eyewear Collection Features Chic Upcycled Accessories
Recycled Skateboard Trophies
These Epic Trophies are for a Skateboard Charity Event
Repurposed Skateboard Art
These Art Pieces by Haroshi are Made from Old Skateboards
Recycled Skateboard Wallets
These Wallets are Hand Made From Old Skateboard Decks
Skateboard Book Rests
These Book Ends are Stable and Skater-Savvy
Recycled Skateboard Artwork
Artisit Haroshi Constructs Techicolor Sculptures Using Old Skateboards
Curvy Skateboard Lighting
The Skatelamp by MapleXO is an Urban Upcycled Design
Recycled Skateboard Bottle Openers
This Bottle Opener is Made by Hand from Broken Skateboards.