TAG: Repurposing

Wallets from Vintage Baseball Gloves

Wallets from Vintage Baseball Gloves

The softness and suppleness of a well-used piece of leather gear is something that can’t really be replicated, as it takes years of work and play to break in leather, and during that time, the leather is also taking on a deep rich patina, one which tends to be more desirable than something right off of the assembly line. So it stands to reason that repurposing that old leather into something that could have a long second life is not only eco-friendly, but also stylish as well. Instead of using virgin leather, one company is choosing to use pieces of… read more

DIY Refashions: Dresses And Shirts

DIY Refashions: Dresses And Shirts

T-shirts make great material for refashioning into other clothing. The fabric can be used from oversized or unworn t-shirts or other items and transformed into one of a kind dresses and shirts. This tutorial shows how to refashion 2 t-shirts into a tunic style dress using just scissors, a sewing machine and a needle and thread. The easy to follow instructions include visuals and pattern guides. If you are into basket weaving, or have enough spare time to finish the project, this pile of t-shirts – can be upcycled into this basket weave-t-shirt dress: Patience required. For a look that… 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

Build a Recycled Eco Quadcopter

Build a Recycled Eco Quadcopter

Not too long ago, we had to settle with remote controlled vehicles that had a cord connecting it to the controller, and they were restricted to rolling across the ground (and it had to be level ground, too, or they got stuck). Then we got the next generation of all-terrain remote controlled cars and trucks, which used wireless controls and could tackle difficult driving surfaces.  The first remote controlled helicopters able to fly and hover on command came along just recently, and then a more robust version, the quadcopter, which uses four motors to lift and maneuver the vehicle, is… read more

DIY Recycled Flooring

Recycled Floor Redo

Redoing flooring can be expensive work and available materials can be costly or not so environmentally friendly. Upscaling a floor with natural or recycled items can give your interior a green facelift. The following do-it-yourself flooring projects provide motivation to spruce up a boring surface. The Phoenix Commotion showcases several creative do it yourself project inspirations and tips, including imaginative recycled floor applications. For example, Papier-Mâché floors can be created in endless designs with a continual supply of paper materials to incorporate. The featured floors used grocery sacks, labels and even sheet music to decorate surfaces. Also, if you happen… read more

Uses for Yogurt Cups

Uses for Yogurt Containers

If you are constantly tossing yogurt containers into the recycling bin, check out the following suggestions for reusing them. After the contents are gone, the clever ideas below are just the beginning of what you can do with yogurt cups. Yogurt cups tend to be fairly durable and most with lids are stackable. They can also be written on with permanent marker for an easy label. Plastic containers like these can be used around the house to hold numerous little things like paperclips, staples and other office supplies. Put them to use in the garage or storage cabinets to hold… read more

Handmade Wreaths

Handmade wreaths

Store bought wreaths can be expensive, and if they are living ones they may not last as long as their price tag dent does in your budget. Assembling your own is a way to have an original wreath that will be both fun to make and look at. Wreaths actually date back thousands of years and can be found in various cultures. They come in many sizes, from smaller loops that were once worn on top of the head as honorable adornments to larger sizes used for decoration and to represent unity or hold special significance. Though the wreath’s looks… read more