TAG: Reuse

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

Before You Toss It – Ways to Reuse Food

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Global food waste exceeds the absurd, with 50% of foods produced lost annually due to excessive transport distances, poor storage, and a lack of initiative among consumers to adapt to more resourceful eating habits. Still, it is easy to become careless with food towards the end of its shelf life, at which point many items are tossed regardless of whether they are salvageable. But simply doing away with old or leftover items thieves you, not only of a chance to curb waste, but of the opportunity to get creative with your domestic cuisine. Perhaps inspiring you to try a dish… read more

Old Tubs With New Uses

Old Yoghurt Containers

Do you enjoy a nice cup of yogurt? Are you a fan of Greek or other style yogurt? If you answered the two previous questions then we are sure that you probably recycle plenty of yogurt containers per year. What if we told you there is a bunch of ingenious ways to reuse them? Below are a few dandy ways to reuse those containers before just tossing them away. Small yogurt containers make great popsicle molds. Just wash them out and freeze whatever you would like on a hot summer day. You can also freeze the yogurt in them for… read more

Give Old Belts New Uses Around The Home

Give Old Belts New Uses Around The Home

Project materials can get expensive, and saving up old belts or using thrift shop finds is an inexpensive way to build a supply inventory. Find some DIY motivation below with these activities that incorporate recovered belts into useful pieces. Flooring and Surfaces Designer Inghua Ting has created beautifully installed flooring using tossed out men’s belts. First, any hardware is removed and the remaining leather pieces are cleaned by hand without using any chemicals. The leather surface is made by cutting the vintage belts into tiles and then adhering to the floor in a pattern or random application. They also make sturdy,… read more

Phone Books Reinvented

Phone Books Reinvented

Even though the internet is widely used today, I still receive telephone books on my doorstep from time to time. One would think with all the technology at our disposal these would no longer be printed. If you do happen to end up with one on your doorstep here is a few inventive ideas on how to repurpose them rather than tossing them into the recycling bin. Paper bows and gift wrapping look pretty neat when used from old phone books. There are many DIY tutorials on the net showing the many ways to create inventive décor for your presents…. read more

Novel Ways to Repurpose a Novel

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Most of us have personal attachments to books we have acquired either at a local bookstore, half priced store, or a garage sale. Due to space shortages and clutter we may feel we should throw those old books into the recycle bin. Wait! Here is a few do it yourself projects that may continue to give you love from those old books. A book headboard is the perfect décor to any storybook bedroom. You can simply stack the books onto a headboard book shelf or you can get a bit more creative. Cut the hard back covers off the books and… read more

Mosaics Made From Familiar Items

Mosaics Made From Familiar Items

Workbyknight is an artist who is grounded in Melbourne, Australia, but his works are not tied down to any conventional standard. Also known as WBK, he has produced, in addition to other pieces, a large series of mosaic portraits titled Analog to Digital. Reusing cast off keys and buttons from old computer keyboards, typewriters, calculators, phones and other digital equipment, he brings the small pieces to life in a larger connected context. Each key or button stands for a pixel, and he organizes them into laid out orchestrations with end results that are an imaginative and incredible reuse of the… read more

Case of Bass Providing a Cool Way to Upcycle Tunes

Case of Bass Providing a Cool Way to Upcycle Tunes

They have deemed it an anti-earbud movement with style. Ezra and Alex Cimino-Hurt, brothers and business partners, have found a creative way to reuse tossed out suitcases, train boxes, speakers and electrical components. And what is even better than an upcycling project is one that ends up with a dual duty purpose. Located in Portland, Oregon, their brainchild, Case of Bass, offers musical reincarnations of the carrying case. They refurbish discarded cases and turn them into sound systems, complete with inner audio workings powered by lightweight, rechargeable battery packs. They only resort to using new materials and electronics when worthy… read more

Upcycled Upholstery and Fabric Remnant Projects

Upcycled Upholstery and Fabric Remnant Projects

Items like leftover upholstery, textile samples and fabric fragments can be put to use for more than just patchwork quilts and mismatched designs. The following are a few activities for repurposing, but take warning: if you are one that has a passion for fabrics, you may need a designated drawer to begin saving swatches and fabric leftovers. The Upholstery Shop renovates furniture and upholsters the finished pieces with restored textiles. Their chairs and sofas make reusing more than practical but stylish, too. Craft Stew has 20 projects with instructional links for using up fabric scraps. Many plans are also suited for younger… read more

Wrapped With Love

Natural gift wrapping

As the breath of spring begins to  intoxicate the air, so ,too, does fertility chime from flowering trees and the newly sung lives of hatchlings. With the birth of nature flourishing under the lingering sun, the stage is appropriately set for Mother’s Day, a celebration not only of motherhood, but of life itself – perhaps the ultimate creative expression known to humans. In preparation for this day, we search for subtle ways to make our mothers feel special, and the tokens of our appreciation memorable. Often, this may be done through thoughtful presentation. But choosing quality materials needn’t entail wrapping… read more