Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

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Showing posts with label Metal. Show all posts

Repurpose: Wire hanger toasting forks!


Campfires and melting marshmallows = happiness! Thanks to Oh Happy Day, you have all the instructions you need for DIY toasting forks (and a complete S'mores Kit - free printable too). The idea is to make the wire forks at home using a wooden spoon for sizing. Once at your camp site, you (read: your kids!) hunt down actual sticks/twigs that fit. 

Repurpose: Bike-frame fencing...


I few weeks ago I needed to shorten a morning run and turned down a street not usually on my route.  Consequently, I discovered this house just a few blocks from me in Rogers Park. I am *not* the first person to put pics of this place online (Apt Therapy 2010) but I couldn't resist going back to photograph it. 

Upcycle: Zip-cessorize ...


My friend Lisa (of PoldaPop designs) is a big fan of old zippers and makes amazing things with them.  This post is inspired by her zippy creativity (!) and by these beautiful tutorials I found.  (Note: this could have been a HUGE roundup but I made the very unusual decision to avoid the rabbit hole, stop looking and publish!  Zipper pile image above via Flickr)

Upcycle: Filing Cabinet...


Fubu-color-wonderous! This awesome upcycle from Sam of Little House in the Big D makes me want to run out and find a metal filing cabinet.  (via)

Upcycle: Soda can tabs = Pop Curtain


Look ... look again.  A pop-tab curtain?  How freakin' cool is that?  Get the how-to here ... (via decorhacks

Repurpose: Ball Chain = Twisted Necklace ...


A cheap, humble raw material.  A great little DIY necklace. Care of Dismount Creative

Repurpose: Bottle-cap decorating ...


Crafting with bottle caps has been done, done and done.  I know.  But they (the caps) still accumulate... especially if your preferred beverage comes from a brown bottle. Right?  So I am always interested in ways to repurpose them ... and this post focuses on home accessories / decor, v. the many necklace, earring and bracelet options out there. 



The amazing resin serving tray (above) got this post started.  I think it's genius and LOVE the color combination ... great tutorial overall from SomeWhatSimple.  14 more after the jump!

Repurpose: Old toys = new grown-up decor


I had a lot of fun putting this post together! Using old toys as decorative items or home "accessories" requires a certain sense of irony. Definitely a sense of humor. And now that I've joined the ranks of those who trip over toys on a daily basis, I look forward to the day when I can either donate them or cut them into small pieces!  For repurposing, of course. Read on for 20+ ideas.

Upcycle: Anthro-morphed leaf earrings...

I love Anthropologie - the store designs and overall aesthetic of the buyers.  I don't love the non-sale prices.  And I don't love the political leanings of the man atop the brand (which includes Free People and Urban Outfitters). I own clearance items purchased with gift cards.  More than anything, I get a kick out of "athro-hacking" or "anthro-morphing", if you will.  If I can be inspired by (i.e. steal) their ideas and make it myself (or anthro-morph something thrifted), I will.


So here's my most recent morph, based on lots of leaf earrings I saw in store a couple of weeks ago.  I liked the idea of white (I don't wear gold) ... and I loved the beads down the center of the leaf.  Here's my version ... instructions below.

Repurpose: Vintage enamel pin bouquet...


The Martha Stewart Weddings blog (Brides Guide) recently mentioned Stringcycle's guitar-string flowers ... they said "we see them fitting into a quirky vintage wedding theme as totally unique table decor". I think fresh-flower alternatives are big for bouquets too ... and this enamel-brooch repurposed wonder deserves a look.  It's bold and out there.

Repurpose: The key to a steampunk heart...



This is the story of a feathered girl
with a clockwork heart. 
And her magician love who, 
at long last, fashioned the key 
that allowed her to fly.

As promised, a little steampunk pendant doodle for you.  I made this on a whim, after finding the available tutorials a little thin on the ground.  This little key pendant is now, hands down, my favorite piece of jewelry!  I started with an old quartz watch and a key I've had lying around for years, waiting for just this moment to shine. And let me say ... I think old keys (especially little ones) are magical all by themselves.

I didn't really know where I was going until I opened the watch. I've never taken a watch apart before (I know, I haven't lived, clearly had no childhood etc). And when I saw the mechanism, I felt like a magpie!  Much more appealing than I was expecting it to be.

Repurpose: Old hanger + burlap = A storage Jewel


Ingenious jewelry hanger?  I think so. It's simple. It's smart. It makes an old wire hanger useful. I love it, and it's all I'm featuring today.  Get the how-to from The Letter 4.

Repurpose: Humble Thimbles ...


If you're a tiny, imagined being like Arrietty (or any other "Borrower" or "Little"), you trade in thimbles. Really - where would you be without them??  I stumbled upon this pic on Flickr recently and was entranced.  So I went hunting for Thimbalina re-do's for you.     

DIY: Penny desk...


Maybe a desk made of pennies will help generate lots of good, deep thoughts?  Via ManMade DIY (one of my biggest blog crushes).


Repurpose: Tin-can whimsy ...

I'm still thinking about smoothing rough edges ... in this case sharp, metal edges.  Considering the quantities of soda/beer consumed across the planet, it's safe to say we're drowning in the cans.  And the idea of re-using them is appealing, especially for jewelry! But what about all those sharp edges? Apparently, there are ways to smooth them, make them safe.... bring out a softer side.  Here goes ...


Great, detailed how-to for these sweet metal flowers ... not designed to be worn so no worries about those edges, except in the making.

DIY: D-I-Wire Chandelier ...


Mmmm... love this.  A little 14 gauge galvanized wire, a little time. Go make it

Repurpose: Smoothing rough edges ...


Perhaps re-purposing etc appeals so much to me because it exposes the hidden potential in ordinary things. You take something mundane and make it a centerpiece. You bring something rough and utilitarian indoors ... smooth the rough edges just a little and give it a second chance.  I guess I'm an optimist - I definitely believe in second chances!

I think this pendant lamp from Poppytalk sums it up.  An old wire wastebasket has its shining moment!  It provides a soft glow, thanks to a little scrap-fabric weaving.  Read on for a few more ideas on the theme...

Upcycle: Silverware becomes silver WEAR!


Old silverware (or cutlery, where I'm from) is always so eye-catching.  They just don't make it like they used to right?  So why stick it in a drawer when you can WEAR it?  Get ready to cut metal with this great "spoon ring" tutorial from Through the Front Door ... while you're there, check out her round-up of new uses for old silverware!


Not really a ring person?  Stars for Streelights shows you how to make a fork bracelet.


Head to Simple Design for a fork-bracelet how to ...


Turn an old spoon into a pendant ... care of Miss Monday



I used to own a beautiful wind-chime made of old spoons and forks ... think I got it in England.  I lost it in a move - I remember it making a really soft, lulling sound in the wind.  Tutorial at Freckled Nest.


Upcycle: Chalkboard Tin






You know you'll be stuck with yet another three snowman/santa/holly bedecked tins come Dec 26.  Check out this *great* tutorial from Amanda at Serenity Now and upcycle the suckers!  Your kids will love this too.






Upcycle: Clip-on-earring Pendant ...

 
 

A necklace!  How often do you stand in thrift stores and stare at all those great vintage clip-ons?  And then wish you could *somehow* wear them?? You know, in way that wouldn't cut off the circulation in your earlobes?  Doe-c-doe makes the conversion of earrings into a necklace look pretty easy.