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Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

If you have ever accidentally broken a favorite glass piece or heirloom dish, it can be frustrating and it may be first instinct to just throw it away. However, there are actually many things that can be done to recycle glass, porcelain, ceramic and china pieces that will enable them to be cherished in a new way. Often containing intricate designs, decorative glass pieces can be displayed in homemade jewelry. Artists are able to create beautiful items from materials like broken china. You don’t have to be a professional jewelry maker to do this, though. Check out this tutorial for a how-to… read more

Classy Makeovers At Studio Tinman

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Acknowledging that new materials are not always the best choice, this artist reuses automobile and motorcycle scraps to make high end new pieces that still hold their classic details. Ronen Tinman of Studio Tinman utilizes junkyards to find his materials, stating that once he sees a compatible piece he can almost immediately visualize the new design that can be created. His pieces are smooth and artful, but they are also functional. The artist stated a background in mechanical engineering played a role in his current interest. Incorporating many different trades, for instance welding, painting and restorative techniques he is able… read more

The Weld House

The Weld House

Joel Hester made a New Year’s resolution in 2006, and the end result was a spotlight to showcase his ability and creativity as a welder. The Weld House is his custom weld shop where quality, handmade furniture and artwork is produced on site. Using sheet metal from vehicles made with metal surfaces they create distinctive industrial pieces from a mix of new and reclaimed items. They also have pieces available that are 100% reclaimed. Vehicles made with metal were mostly found in cars from around the 1950’s through the 1980’s, so they also have to do some searching around for… read more

Kids And Cardboard – The Perfect Design Match

Kids And Cardboard – The Perfect Design Match

It’s no secret that kids love cardboard boxes. Save up this useful material and check out the projects below for quality crafts that will keep kids interested. Foldschool turns plain cardboard boxes into useable kid sized stools, chairs and even rockers, as seen in their pictures below. Free downloadable projects with printable patterns and instructions let kids be in control and practice basic building concepts while making durable furniture. Designed by architect Nicola Stäubli, the cardboard furniture series offers children a practical exercise in fundamental craft skills through a real, non-condescending approach. According to Stäubli: Mass culture is run by superficiality… read more

Branches, Branches Everywhere

Branches, Branches Everywhere

Need to hang, store or display something? Grab a branch. There are many ways to put them to work around the home. Don’t pay a fortune and create your own natural design with fallen outdoor finds and leftover wood pieces. Custom wood items can be expensive. Sturdy, long branches can be cut, sanded, stained or painted and affixed to walls and used as handrails. Clothes racks and closet systems can be costly, however assembling your own with outdoor objects, scrap wood and some hardware allows a budget friendly way to organize clothing and other items. Portions of logs or branches make… read more

Reclaimed Wood Revival

Reclaimed Wood Revival

Being on a budget doesn’t have to mean giving up quality. Wood furniture and construction materials can be expensive, and turning to reclaimed woods can provide a sturdy, quality design for a lot less. Repurposing and turning salvaged wood into high end pieces cuts waste and assures an original design. Check out the following reclaimed projects for some DIY enticement. Old barn doors are great finds and can be used for many different interior applications. Creating a sliding door with them can open up more space in a room. Clearance for the opening isn’t needed because it just slides back and… read more

Drawers To Compost Bins

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Using an old dresser or chest of drawers, you can easily convert discarded furniture into a compost bin. If you have any scrap wood lingering in the shed, building your own bin may be an other opportunity of equal promise. Ideally, it is best to use drawers with a depth of about eight inches. For composting purposes, drawers are best utilized if  converted into a worm bin. When employing worms as a method of composting, drawers make the efforts easier, as they allow you to harvest the garden-ready compost on lower levels, without disturbing the worms who have migrated to… read more

The Living Room Project

The Living Room Project

Growing, living things are all around us. Industrial design students Merjan Tara Sisman and Brian McClellan have taken note of this, and fused the scientific laboratory with furniture design creating an experiment with an interesting outcome. Their brainchild, The Living Room Project, shows how living organisms can be manipulated and engineered into specific shapes. While they were looking into different organisms for their thesis project, they stumbled upon the unique rooting structure of mushrooms. Forming mycelium, or mushroom roots, into various shapes may sound complicated and a little peculiar, but the completely natural process is actually fairly simple. Looking into the way… read more

Get A Vintage Look With Upcyled Lace Projects

Get A Vintage Look With Upcyled Lace Projects

Lace and crotchet are interesting materials that can be made up of intricate designs and patterns. Though there is no exact idea of when lace and crochet making were first used or specifically where they originated, historical clues point to lacemaking surfacing sometime around 1500 A.D. There are many ways to reuse lace and crotchet textiles, and the following are some ideas for reinventing time treasured fabrics. Furniture applications are an unexpected way to display lace. Capable Father This process can also be done on dressers, shelves, benches or any other furniture piece by blocking off a small section or… read more

These Diamonds are 100% Perfect

Recycled Plastic Diamond Seats From Chile

All over the world designers are coming up with new ways of dealing with the millions of tons of plastic thrown away each year. But only some plastic waste gets recycled back due to the complexity of separating the material’s different categories (e.g. PWaysET, HDPE, PS), leading to generate only few amounts of products, which sometimes, have really poor appearance. With this in mind and taking into account what he could source in his local area, Chilean designer Rodrigo Alonso creates beautiful diamond-shaped seats made entirely from recycled plastic coming from old electronics, toys, drink trays and even stadium seats…. read more