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Leftover Lace Makes Versatile Designs

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Adding a little lace can give a design an instant lift. Whether seeking a style that’s a little edgy, sweet or a kickback to a couple decades ago – lace can make it happen. No-sew projects with doilies, remnants or upcycled materials can turn a plain item into an original statement piece, for a fraction of the price of a store bought item. Too tight, too short or too boring shirts can be made bigger and more fashionable by adding a lace extender. Sew a lace panel into the side seam or around the bottom edge of a T-shirt or… read more

At Home With An Architect

At Home With An Architect

Most would think that an architect’s home would be a top of the line, aesthetic retreat that is out of an affordable range for most. However, not all in the profession think the same of what luxury is, or what features an ideal home has. Emilio Fuscaldo, founder of Nest Architects, designed his own home with smart, practical elements that are more geared toward sustainability than extravagance. The lot size for this Australian home is compact, so every inch of the construction was considered for its usefulness. Though the brick exterior may look boxed and simple, it contains several serious green features that… read more

DIY Reflections

DIY Reflections

Mirrors are an often overlooked feature in a room, even though they can be expensive decorations. Fixing up mirrors from discount stores or reinventing an old mirror frame can give a room an entirely new look. The following do it yourself projects are a few ideas to liven up drab mirrors. Garage sales, flea market finds or discount stores can usually turn up a good mirror to use, so you can style one without going broke. Projects can be formed around any size mirror. For instance, compact mirrors can be grouped for a shiny presentation. This neat wall mirror sets boring aside. The… read more

A Shipping Container Home That Isn’t Boring

A Shipping Container Home That Isn’t Boring

Shipping container homes can often resemble, well, shipping containers. The rectangular form can sometimes get a little tedious, but one interesting take on this type of salvaged living space is designed by Todd Miller from Ziegler Build. This upcycled Australian home has many impressive features. Constructed from 31 shipping containers, it took just over 5 months to complete. The front appearance takes what would be a lackluster façade if left as a container and upgrades it with the different surfaces. Some have been given a glossy cleaning of their original look and some units have been covered in various textures of… read more

Beatrix*JAR Mixes Music, Recycling and Good Vibes

Beatrix*JAR Mixes Music, Recycling and Good Vibes

Capturing and creating sounds, Beatrix*JAR is a band comprised of 2 interesting musical artists. Bianca Pettis, also known as Beatrix, and Jacob Aaron Roske, or JAR, have combined music and recycling to come up with an inventive collection of sounds turned into songs. The sound performance artists collect and customize recycled children’s toys and musical instruments and turn them into circuit bent mechanisms that produce unique sounds. Circuit bending is the process of altering the circuit board system of a battery operated instrument or keyboard, causing it to emit various experimental sounds. In addition to live concerts, they offer workshops… read more

Inexpensive But Creative Upcycled Designs

Inexpensive But Creative Upcycled Designs

Furniture and interior pieces do not have to be costly to be original. The following are imaginative designs that make the most of inexpensive materials, turning them into completely different objects. This idea is totally simple yet produces a brilliant outcome. The Inception Door from Armin Blasbichler Studio uses 585 mounted Pantone transparent positive photographic swatches to enhance a doorway. The diapositives are framed in laminated glass. When the sunlight filters through the door it creates a magnificent rainbow of colors that almost looks like stained glass tiles. Utilizing the myriad of color swatches in this way allows concealment while… 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

High Fashion Gowns Made from Recyclables

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Up-cycled fashion is making its way from DIY street wear to upscale runways and fashion exhibitions. Recycled Runway, which embodies a collection of “Eco-trash Couture”, forgoes chemically treated and new stock fabrics, instead using discarded materials to create elegant gowns. The project is headed by Nancy Judd, a public artist, speaker, and environmentalist.   Using unconventional items in place of fabric has more advantages than waste reduction. The materials themselves influence the design of the dress, creating distinctive shapes that give the gowns their flare and individuality. A good example of this is the “Junk Mail Fan Dress”, whose defining… read more

Steampunk Jewelry Displays A Refined Form Of Reuse

Steampunk Jewelry Displays A Refined Form Of Reuse

Steampunk jewelry pieces often utilize discarded and vintage materials to create intricate and distinctive new designs. Many steampunk styles incorporate findings from castoff jewelry and parts of other objects. These handmade items feature upcyled pieces and reused objects to produce unique, durable jewelry. Repurposed watch gears are often used to create stylish signature timepieces. Vintage lockets, pendants and pocket watches can be updated and revived with a crafty hand. This old pocket watch was given some inspiration from Mother Nature and turned into a biomechanically inspired Kafka Clock. This homage to Victorian era nature pieces actually contains an insect specimen, though this one… read more

Shipping Containers Provide Shelter to Animals

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The Getto2Garden initiative is a project based in Santo Domingo, in partnership with the Colectivo Revark architectural group and the Practivistas Dominicana Program. Originally designed to provide housing to 40 dogs and 6 cats, the project up-cycles materials like shipping containers, old tires, and plastic tanks, turning them into shelter space for animals. The space manifests as colorful, cube-shaped units, which are stacked above and alongside each other. Each unit is roomy enough to provide its animal tenants with adequate space for play, sleep, and relaxation. The multilevel shelter is placed on a partially-fenced elevation, which will undoubtedly help to… read more