Posts tagged Repurpose
8:12 am - Mon, Jun 16, 2014
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DIY project idea:
Repurpose old spades and/or shovels as plant holders.
(Photo via Green Thumb Magic)

DIY project idea:

Repurpose old spades and/or shovels as plant holders.

(Photo via Green Thumb Magic)

12:20 pm - Thu, Jun 5, 2014
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Lebanese American University architecture students assemble emergency shelter using plastic crates + ties

"The ‘emergency plastic crates shelter’, designed by third year architecture students at the lebanese american university has been assembled as a 1:1 scale prototype on site at LAU’s byblos campus.

Studio instructor richard douzjian requested for the temporary structures to be developed from common, everyday objects that are easily accessible to people all-over the world, as many refugees are forced to incorporate such materials into creating their own living environments.

More: designboom

11:13 am - Mon, Jun 2, 2014
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DIY project du jour: Make a wind chime from bottle caps. 
Materials: An old tin/can/colander for the top, bottle caps, wire (or jump rings), a hammer, an awl, and pliers.  
(via Bottle Cap Chime, from Kelli Nina Perkins’s EphemeralAlchemy blog)

DIY project du jour: Make a wind chime from bottle caps.

Materials: An old tin/can/colander for the top, bottle caps, wire (or jump rings), a hammer, an awl, and pliers.  

(via Bottle Cap Chime, from Kelli Nina Perkins’s EphemeralAlchemy blog)

1:12 pm - Sat, May 31, 2014
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Now this is an interesting lighting idea via Decorator’s Notebook. 
Perhaps with a lighting scheme such as this, the colanders/strainers could be removed from the wall and still used to, you know, strain things. :)

The idea makes me think of metal graters repurposed as light shades; we posted an example of that previously on Unconsumption here. (Other things repurposed as lighting can be seen in our lighting archive here. )
In a lighting installation like the one pictured above, do you suppose that battery-operated candles (or something else that’s non-flammable?!) are placed inside each colander/strainer to provide the lighting?

Now this is an interesting lighting idea via Decorator’s Notebook

Perhaps with a lighting scheme such as this, the colanders/strainers could be removed from the wall and still used to, you know, strain things. :)

The idea makes me think of metal graters repurposed as light shades; we posted an example of that previously on Unconsumption here. (Other things repurposed as lighting can be seen in our lighting archive here. )

In a lighting installation like the one pictured above, do you suppose that battery-operated candles (or something else that’s non-flammable?!) are placed inside each colander/strainer to provide the lighting?

8:53 am - Fri, May 30, 2014
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gardensinunexpectedplaces:

In the Palestinian village of Bilin — near the West Bank city of Ramallah — residents have planted flowers in hundreds of spent Israeli tear gas grenades collected after clashes with Israeli security forces.

The garden is “meant to show that life can spring from death.”

(Via The Associated Press: West Bank garden of tear gas grenades. Photo credit: AP Photos/Majdi Mohammed.)

Gotta say this is a special addition to the Unconsumption archive of weaponry repurposing examples

8:49 am - Sat, Apr 5, 2014
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Plastic bottle caps = art. 
These caps are nailed to a pole in Ellensburg, Washington, at the folk art site known as Dick and Jane’s Spot. Info about Dick and Jane, and the Spot, a.k.a. their home, can be found here. 
See the "plastic" subset of the Unconsumption archive for more plastic-turned-art examples.
(Photo by woodendesigner on Flickr.)

Plastic bottle caps = art.

These caps are nailed to a pole in Ellensburg, Washington, at the folk art site known as Dick and Jane’s Spot. Info about Dick and Jane, and the Spot, a.k.a. their home, can be found here

See the "plastic" subset of the Unconsumption archive for more plastic-turned-art examples.

(Photo by woodendesigner on Flickr.)

3:29 pm - Fri, Apr 4, 2014
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IF you happen to have an old fishing pole that’s no longer useful for catching fish, you could simply repurpose it as wall decor, a la this item via DabbledDetails on Etsy. 
Now if you’re really a fan of nautical things, fishing pole wall decor could be paired with an old boat turned into a couch or a boat suspended from the ceiling (for use as a bed or daybed?). Or maybe not. :)

IF you happen to have an old fishing pole that’s no longer useful for catching fish, you could simply repurpose it as wall decor, a la this item via DabbledDetails on Etsy

Now if you’re really a fan of nautical things, fishing pole wall decor could be paired with an old boat turned into a couch or a boat suspended from the ceiling (for use as a bed or daybed?). Or maybe not. :)

1:06 pm - Wed, Apr 2, 2014
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worldcafe:

Ever wonder what to do with old CDs?  A town in Bulgaria made them into public art.  More pictures and the story on Slate.

Upcycling used/unwanted/outdated CDs (6,000, in this case!) into works of art always is an interesting reuse. More examples of that, plus other new uses for CDs, in earlier Unconsumption posts here

(via npr)

12:33 pm - Fri, Mar 28, 2014
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npr:

Photos courtesy of Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turrent

"The Hippest Winery In Mexico Is Made Of Recycled Boats"

Architects Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turrent have carved a niche designing stunning, upscale wineries and other buildings in Baja.They specialize in finding uses for offbeat, reclaimed material. 

It’s wine o’clock — okay, it isn’t yet here in Texas, but it is somewhere — which means it’s time to share a wine-related repurposing find …

Today’s find:  A winery constructed from boats.

(See more in Unconsumption’s wine o’clock series here; previous boat-related posts: here.)

7:20 pm - Wed, Mar 26, 2014
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An old boat used as a sandbox? Gotta say I like this reuse idea. 
(Stating the obvious, but still: Be mindful of old things that may have lead-based paint on ‘em. If you do a little research, you probably can find a low-VOC, plant- or water-based product to apply as a finish on wood items.) 
Photo: via Desire Empire

An old boat used as a sandbox? Gotta say I like this reuse idea. 

(Stating the obvious, but still: Be mindful of old things that may have lead-based paint on ‘em. If you do a little research, you probably can find a low-VOC, plant- or water-based product to apply as a finish on wood items.) 

Photo: via Desire Empire

7:51 am - Tue, Mar 25, 2014
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In North Carolina-based artist Jane Wells Harrison’s found-metal work, lithographed tin from vintage cans gets repurposed into whimsical pieces of jewelry and other items. Pictured: Walter.  

In North Carolina-based artist Jane Wells Harrison’s found-metal work, lithographed tin from vintage cans gets repurposed into whimsical pieces of jewelry and other items. Pictured: Walter.  

7:38 am - Mon, Mar 24, 2014
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Plastic debris washed up on beaches gets turned into beachfront art: 
"Plastic World" — made by Portuguese artists Carole Purnelle and Nuno Maya — pictured in Australia, on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, during the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition. 
The spherical sculpture is 79” (200 cm) in diameter, in case you’re wondering.
(photo credit: Halans on Flickr)

Plastic debris washed up on beaches gets turned into beachfront art:

"Plastic World" — made by Portuguese artists Carole Purnelle and Nuno Maya — pictured in Australia, on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, during the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition. 

The spherical sculpture is 79” (200 cm) in diameter, in case you’re wondering.

(photo credit: Halans on Flickr)

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