Upcycling: An Easy Way to Get Crafty
You may have discovered from our Upcycling Tutorial Posts that it's possible to be incredibly ecologically-conscious without having to be super "crafty." With a little inspiration it can be quite easy to reuse, recycle and go-green with your no-longer needed items.
That's why we thought it would be fun to bring you upcycling craft tips from all around the world wide web.
Here is what we found:
In addition to our very own upcycling tutorials, there are many sites, like MakeProjects.com and Crafting a Green World, which offer easy-to-use, step-by-step guides for the craft-challenged would-be eco-warriors.
- Reusable bags from t-shirts: This project requires nothing more than an old t-shirt, a pair of scissors, a safety pin, and steady hands. Not only can you rock the grocery with your super-cute bags, you can find a way to keep that adorable tee shirt you can no longer wear in your life a little bit longer.
- Altoid Tin Upcycle Crafts: Yes, they're curiously strong, but have you ever given a thought to what you can do with all those empty tins? How about a recycled candle? Or a potpourri holder? This guide shows you lots of uses you may have never thought of--from the frightfully-easy to the artistic masterpiece! And when you're done, take a moment to chill with your very own Altoid Tin Zen Garden.
- Tin Can Wall Organizer: If you can hang a picture and use glue, you can transform old tin cans into a funky wall-art/organizer for your office, kitchen or workroom.
- Plastic Bottle Jump Rope: Ridiculously easy and fun, this project will help encourage kids (and grown-ups) to recycle and reuse while having a blast exercising!
- Water Bottle Bubbles: If you have any of those bottles left over from the jump rope project, why not use them to make Super Size Bubbles? All you need is dish soap, water, and plastic bottles. Serious fun with the kids!
- Tissue Box Shoe Ties: Kids can help you decorate all tissue boxes into fun tools to learn how to tie their shoes. After all, not every pair of shoes comes with Velcro, right?
- Neck-tie Headbands: Want some awesome new hair accessories? Why not raid Dad's (or Grandpa's) tie drawer? It's easy to transform those bold (or not so bold) fashion has-beens into colorful head-wear that is as fashionable as it is ecological.
- Old Sweater Pet Beds: We know you're not the type to stick a silly sweater on your beloved dog or cat, right? But if you can sew a straight line, you can turn your old sweaters into an adorable patchwork doggie or kitty bed that they'll love.
- Plastic Container Pots for Seedlings: Find an excuse to stretch your green thumb--upcycle used yogurt, butter, and sour cream containers to serve as pots for seedlings.
- Vintage Book Stash: After all these successes, you may just want to move on to something a little more challenging. This guide shows how to transform old hardcover books into a fantastic hiding place for valuables. Warning--it does require the use of power tools. Make sure you have a few victories under your belt (and plenty of time) before taking on this challenge!
You don't have to be a genius with a buzz saw and drill to revitalize old items. Just use your creativity, have fun, and stay tuned to our upcycling tutorials blog for more ideas!
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