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Showing posts with label upcycled toys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label upcycled toys. Show all posts

Broken toys raise awareness about organ transplant needs

Fab: "Tree Change" dolls

I rarely post over the weekend, but a friend sent me a link to this today and I had to share it! Artist Sonia Singh is getting attention for her Bratz "makeunders". She's not just refabbing thrifted dolls. She's bringing them back to nature, so to speak. She calls them Tree Change Dolls, a perfect summary of the process! More in her own words:

"These dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. These lil fashion dolls have opted for a "tree change", swapping high-maintenance glitz 'n' glamour for down-to-earth style. I hand repaint the dolls faces, mold new shoes, and my Mum sews and knits their clothing.

My sisters and I grew up playing with second-hand dolls and home-made toys in the beautiful Tasmanian natural environment. I love the satisfaction of repairing and reusing discarded items to give them a new lease on life."

The whole concept is delightful. And sends a message that goes far beyond the dolls!

Sonia's planning an Etsy store. For now, visit her Tumblr for more makeunders and follow her on Facebook

UPDATE: Less than a month after I posted this, Sonia's story is everywhere! She has almost 100,000 Facebook followers and her first batch of dolls sold out the day she listed them on Etsy. How's she handling all this success? By encouraging others to try this themselves. Follow her on YouTube - she'll be posting how-to tutorials. And her FB thread is full of pictures of people around the world creating their own tree-change dolls!  :)

DIY: Hold on to your hobby horse!

Apparently this little pony is also known as a stick horse ... but in my world, it's a hobby horse.  And, thanks to Hetty of Light Blue Grey, you can MAKE one yourself using a old sock.  How freakin' cool is that?

Upcycle: Paper Mache Sailboats...

As a child, I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time in sailboats.  Now, I still associate them with summer ... there's nothing like looking out over Lake Michigan and seeing it teeming with craft of all shapes and sizes.

Until then (she gazes out at the snow), make some of your own and hang them from the ceiling! Using only upcycled materials, this wonderful tutorial and downloadable pattern is care of Ann Wood.  As she says, the instructions are epic, but the end product is quite unreal.

Upcycle: One scarf. Two upcycles.

Great 2-part upcycle idea from Make it and Love it! Upcycling with and for kids is so satisfying. And if you aren't all that confident in your sewing skills - well, this is a low-pressure way to experiment. And you will never again have audience so easily pleased. And by pleased, I mean DELIGHTED! 

Find instructions for the hat here and the owl here.