Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Upcycle: Cable Ties, zipped up!


Is it just me, or are zip ties (cable ties) bombing the blogosphere? Maybe it's a bandwagon... but it's certainly a colorful one! So, in lieu of actual spring color, I'm bombing today's post with zip-tie colors. Here's a whole array of ways to repurpose these funny little things...


Apparently entire streets in NYC have been bombed! I'm not suggesting you do this, but click through to see more


This amazing installation of cherry trees (Tom Price) was created with plastic tube and zip ties



And one more BIG sculpture to inspire you, before we move on to small, more doable things...



Ok. Color up some boring dull vases ... DIY care of Madigan Made



Amazing lamp shade ... care of A Little Glass Box


This ombre neon pendant version was inspired by the one above. Head to Mad In Crafts for the how to



Some super-simple leafy earrings for spring?  DIY here


A heart garland a la Martha ... from Hollyhocks and Honeybees


This great buckets-and-zip-ties storage idea was published on Apartment Therapy. I love it, but was put off by all the drilling that would be required. Then....


I saw this DIY version - Wire baskets - genius!   



Love this! Cassette tapes, cable tiles and headphone handles.  For more amazing cassette tape remixes, head to ScrapHacker


We all have too many plastic hangers!  So, create patterns and, ultimately, lamp shades. Options for both a floor and pendant lamp here



A sweet bead and zip tie necklace from Mark Montano



Great junk bracelet! See more here


Amazingly beautiful designs with a story .... read more at 1 Design per Day



And because I believe spring really will arrive some time soon, I'm ending with a rain chain. What's a rain chain? Go find out


Need more inspiration? Here's a great round up from the folk at Instructables.