Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Showing posts with label lighting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lighting. Show all posts

Upcycle: Popsicle Stick Chandelier



I love Meream over at Bored and Crafty. Because she's funny. And crafty. And because she knows who Tiffany Aching is (!).  Her awesome Popsicle Stick Chandelier just got featured on Design Sponge (go Meream!) ... go check it out and make one for yourself. 

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

Upcycle: Paint stirrer lamp shade

Stir up some new lighting with this awesome how-to from Serendipity Refined.

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!




Upcycle: Give ugly lamps a new life...





This post was, of course, inspired by the light fixture above (seen on Etsy- one ugly cord, a bulb and a few old books.  Not so hard to do if you're interested in trying a little bookfolding.  Anyway, it got me looking for other cool ways to hide ugly cords ... and otherwise upcycle ugly old lamps. Five more for you: 

DIY: D-I-Wire Chandelier ...


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

Repurpose: Candy Lights ...






I saw these "candy" lights and thought Quality Street!!  Not that I've seen/tasted one of these "choc-ies" in many years.  They used to come out especially for the holidays ... the way I see Fannie Mae bought around here ... or See's Candies in CA.  So I think it's entirely appropriate to create party decor with this kind of "candy".

Get the how-to at OhHappyDay.  If you planned it, you could start saving plastic clamshell berry containers now, rather than buying corsage boxes.