Archives: September 2011

  1. Ready to Launch!

    Well, we’ve been working on Hipcycle for about 5 months, and we’re just about set to go live with the site tomorrow, October 1 (which also happens to be my Dad’s 69th birthday…happy birthday, Dad!). I couldn’t be more excited to share the site with you. I’m really pleased with how it has turned out, and I’m ecstatic about the...
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  2. Magazine Bowl Tutorial

    Magazine Bowl Tutorial
    [caption id="attachment_827" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Black and white and read all over!"][/caption] Just in case you haven't had your fill of fun paper upcycling tutorials, this week brings you another one! If you've already made the magazine coasters (or even the trash can!), you'll be all set to make this magazine bowl, which is really just a spin-off of the coasters...
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  3. Decorative Switch Plate Tutorial

    Decorative Switch Plate Tutorial
    During a recent visit to my local ReStore, I discovered an entire shelf of both new and used plastic switchplates. I snagged a couple of used ones, knowing that I’d find something to do with them- especially at just a quarter each! [caption id="attachment_805" align="alignright" width="208" caption="BOR-ING! (Nice wallpaper though!)"][/caption] This week’s tutorial for decorative switch plates is, in general...
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  4. Hipcycle Coming Soon!

    Hipcycle launches in a little less than two weeks, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring you a great selection of upcycled products. We’re going to have about 400 items in the housewares, furniture, office, and garden categories, and everything that we will offer is made out of materials that would have otherwise been headed to the landfill. Yup...
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  5. Top Ten Easy Ways to Green Your Life

    Saying that we have a big problem on our hands is the understatement of the decade. As global warming begins to become a reality affecting more individuals every day, people everywhere are wondering what in the world we can do to stop, if not reverse, the damage the human race has done to the planet. Pondering the big picture is...
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  6. Thar She Upcycles!

    Hipcycle is pleased to have guest blogger Michael Conathan this week: Back in the 19th century, intrepid New Englanders braved frigid treacherous seas and spent years of their lives at sea hunting the abundant whales. Meanwhile, the state of Massachusetts had a law on the books preventing wardens from feeding lobster to prisoners more than twice a week because it was...
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  7. Magazine Trash Can

    Magazine Trash Can
    If you’ve already been successful at making the magazine coasters, making a trash can is like the coasters on steroids. This takes a LOT of time to make (I stopped keeping track after ten hours), but who else do you know that has a trash can made out of... trash? Upcycle those magazines while you’re watching your favorite television show...
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  8. Secondhand versus Upcycled... What's the Difference?

    As I look forward to the launch of Hipcycle's super fun online store on October 1st, I've started thinking about the difference of buying secondhand versus buying upcycled. [caption id="attachment_667" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Thrift Shop Fashion"][/caption] We all know about buying secondhand -- thrift shops, yard sales, consignment stores, and online auction sites. Personally, the vast majority of what I...
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  9. My Son the Superhero, or How Upcycling Saved the World

    On February of 2006, I gave birth to a superhero. From the moment my little hero was born he has been strategically planning his secret identity for the world of crime fighting. Often, out of nowhere, he prompts conversations about the special gear he needs in order to be faster, have x-ray vision, or fly. (Mostly just to be faster...
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  10. Hipcycle Giveaway Month

    Do you like to win prizes? WE like to win prizes! That's why September is Hipcycle Giveaway Month. We are giving away three snazzy Hipcycle t-shirts a week until October 1 (the BIG launch day!) All you have to do is subscribe to the highly-informative and entertaining Hipcycle Newsletter, by clicking here. Or if you are a current subscriber, simply...
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