Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Showing posts with label Paper. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paper. Show all posts

Upcycle: Just a Paper Bag {DIY}


I saw a copy of Ideas Magazine while in South Africa recently and I'm sold! The styling is wonderful and the tutorials detailed and generous. Learn how to turn magazine/catalog pages into a paper handbag/purse here. 

Upcycle: Filling cabinet gets re-booked!


Ok - it's another filing-cabinet refab. But she did it with book pages!! And you know me and book pages. And it looks amazing ... right? Complete how-to at The Space Between

Upcycle: Wax Paper Chandelier...


Great example of some thrifty refabbing ... and creative reinterpreting!  Two places to go for a complete tutorial (I've used images from both):  Design Sponge and Courtney Ann

Repurpose: Magazine pop-up flowers






Magazine pop-up flowers! Yay! You need nine (9) magazine pages. And... not much else. Step-by-step instructions at Pink Paper Peppermints

ReVision: Magazines into a wall clock!


I've seen this simple paper-rolling technique used everywhere. But I'm blown away by this clock! Perhaps it's the way Brandy's combined colors? Head to Repurpose Relove for a great, step-by-step tutorial

Upcycle: Trash into landscape art...



From the waste land
rises suddenly
a flight of birds

- R. Hudson
See Karen Abel's complete "Outside the Planter Boxes" project here

Repurpose: New angle on an old book


If you are not yet a regular visitor at It's Always Autumn, change that now! Beautiful blog, great ideas. Like this simple book photo frame (please click through for the complete how-to)

Upcycle: Clean-cut cardboard...


I happened upon these three projects at different times (all using what I call corrugated cardboard) and it felt right to group them together. Clean-cut, very modern aesthetic ... great design etc. Let's bear in mind that the material is cardboard.

1. This amazing shelf is an Instructables masterpiece
2. Spotted the cardboard laptop stand at Green Upgrader
3. The mod organizer with the very clean lines is from Curbly



Repurpose: Cupfuls of Potential...

 

Neither paper nor plastic cups are actually "disposable" but we dispose of a lot of them! So much so, that they've become icons of our throwaway culture. The last time I got on a soapbox about the nastiness of some of the things we throw away (balloons), an anonymous industry person threw the book at me in a comment. Well, go ahead manufacturers of disposable cups! I'm not saying we shouldn't use them. But perhaps we could creatively repurpose them rather than dispose of them?  And, in response to a comment thread on reddit: No, I don't really think anyone is actually going to craft with a used, lipstick-stained paper cup. But I do see completely unused "party supplies" being thrown out - those cups are fair game. And anything plastic can indeed be washed, reused and then repurposed. Or perhaps it's time to just look at these items in a new way: as cheap craft supplies, not disposable cups!?   Here are 20+ ideas for you

DIY: Paper-cord lampshade...



Early last year, a beautiful ball lamp shade created using doilies and a balloon burst (!) onto the blogosphere and I've seen nothing that compares ... until now.  This creation, care of Inspirera Mera requires very little material and the spun-web effect is fresh and really modern. The tutorial is in both Swedish and English with lots of great pics. The one issue for US readers seems to be the "paper cord" used.  It looks a lot like paper raffia to me but we do get twisted paper cord in the US. Please leave a comment if you have a better idea ... or know a good US source!




DIY: Wind-up paper butterflies ...



Great tutorial ... because who doesn't want to make a flutter / swarm / rabble / kaleidoscope of wind-up Monarchs??  

Upcycle: Book page pinwheels...



Love this.  Use pages from an old kid's picture book to make pinwheel cupcake toppers ...