TAG: Upcycling

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Children are notorious for growing out of their clothes in record speed. And their clothing is notorious for being fairly pricey for items that will not be worn very long. Still quality hand-me-downs are always great to receive, but upcycling other items into new digs is another way to make clothes last longer. Adults or older siblings who have outgrown their clothes are the perfect go-to for fabric. Check out this DIY idea to turn old shirts or other clothes into a dress. The tutorial has great pictures and patterns, and any larger sized shirt could work. This pattern turns and… read more

MotoArt: Hardcore And Stylish Recycling

MotoArt: Hardcore And Stylish Recycling

There are limitless concepts for turning the everyday item as well as the industrial into something new and still usable. With a unique niche in the recycling industry, MotoArt launched in 2001 and they now have showrooms around the world. Their team uses retired aircraft materials and parts, reconstructing them into edgy and functional designs. Taking old planes and salvaging the scraps, they are then rebuilt, reformed and revived. Most present day aircrafts are constructed of a high amount of aluminum, normally around 80% by weight for each commercially produced airframe, according to The Aluminum Association. With a high recyclability… read more

DIY Outdoor Space On A Budget

DIY Outdoor Space On A Budget

If you have a favorite outdoor spot, deck or patio but not a lot going on in the line of style and function, the following DIY projects will have you wanting to get your craft on. Reusing and upcycling can turn a bare spot into a lounge worthy space, great for a weekend project. The following tutorials have good, easy to follow images and videos, including a great compilation of ideas for making a fantastic homemade patio set. Break out your old broken lawn chairs and chaise lounges. Making a macramé lawn chair with an existing frame is a perfect… read more

7 New Uses For Old Sweaters

7 New Uses For Old Sweaters

Organizing and cleaning out closets can sometimes turn up clothing that doesn’t get worn often. Sweaters are one item that normally either receives a lot of wear during cold months, or is pushed to the back of the pile if the style is outdated or uncomfortable. The following are a range of ideas for reusing old sweaters that will give them an updated look and a new life. Knitted sweaters that are soft can be cut and easily turned into hats. A homemade elfin hat is a great way to upcycle an ugly or stretched out sweater. Also, this tutorial… read more

Recycled Fashion Items

Recycled and Fabulous

Handmade products have a unique presence in fashion. Most handmade products have less of a carbon footprint and can be composed of recycled materials. Here are a few interesting handmade accessories designed from recycled materials. Over at Terracycle they use waste wrappers such as M&M’s, Lunchables, and Capri sun’s to make designer upcycled bags. They use a program called the Brigade that encourages schools to collect waste and send it in to earn money for school funds; individuals can also participate. Terracycle’s products are offered at most Targets and Wal-Mart’s. Another uprising trend is the swanky pull tab purses. At… read more

Upcycling Broken iPhones into Stylish Household Goods

Upcycling Broken iPhones into Stylish Household Goods

The icon of geeky hipsterdom, the iPhone, has one major weakness that is often found after an incident of clumsiness, which is usually accompanied by a wailing voice saying, “Aargh! I just broke my screen!” That Gorilla Glass is pretty tough, but not tough enough to stand up to all direct impacts on a hard surface, and once it’s broken, where does it all go? Probably to the landfill, in most cases, which is not a very sustainable solution. To try to help stem the tide of wasted gadget parts, Twice Used turns those bits and pieces into everyday items… read more

Turning Junk Into Art

Junk into Art

If you’re the type of person who keeps old things around the house for no logical reason, and would like to put your junk items to good use, then this list of DIY projects is perfect for you. In fact, this list is great for anyone who likes hands-on projects and transforming trash into utilitarian art. The eco-living website, Our Every Day Earth, offers a few neat ideas for keeping junk out of the landfill or recycle bin. One of the first suggestions is turning a couple of CD cases into a garden cloche. This mini-greenhouse is perfect for seedlings… read more

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Browsing through thrift shops can lead to some interesting finds, including unique and even unusual pictures and artwork. Several clever artists are revamping old finds into new treasures by adding their own touch. Though some may consider this as ruining the paintings and other pieces, others feel that reusing unwanted materials is one way to cut down on excess. An abundance of resources waiting to be found probably makes thrift store shopping fun with the following creative individuals, whose work has been popping up all over the blogosphere. By taking paintings of scenes like landscapes, water areas and nature scenes, the following 2… read more

Recycle Containers for Wrapping Gifts

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If you’ve given or received a gift, especially with kids or during the holidays, then you’ve probably witnessed the massacre of what was a neatly wrapped token of affection, torn to shreds in anticipation to see the contents inside. Some of us are tidier about opening presents; still the wrapping paper is usually discarded along with the care put into the presentation. Creating reusable containers for gift giving can be fun and save a lot of time and resources. You can use almost any container. A Shoebox or hatbox would work. As would cookie tins, brown bags, and baskets. Even… read more

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