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.