- 5:46 pm - Tue, Jul 16, 2013
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DIY project du jour:
Why not turn an old window screen into a reusable tote bag?
For how-to details: Check out the Between the lines blog’s mesh bag tutorial.
Omitting the pouch part and/or using a piece of cardboard as the bag’s removable bottom could simplify things. For the straps, maybe use an old belt?
- 8:07 am - Tue, Feb 12, 2013
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Latex (kitchen/cleaning) gloves turned into jewelry, by Min-Ji Cho.
(spotted on comeunagazzaladra)
Another example — a glove-necklace made by Margherita Marchioni — can be found here.
- 4:08 pm - Wed, Feb 6, 2013
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Now here’s a creative new use for old handbags.
Note: If you have unwanted purses that are still usable, e.g., not torn/ripped, consider giving them away — perhaps to a friend, or to a local charity that accepts donations of such items — or sell them, instead of using them as garden accessories!
(Photo via Teresa O’Connor’s SeasonalWisdom blog)
See also: Old bike helmets repurposed as hanging planters.
- 9:26 am - Sun, Nov 4, 2012
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Did you enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend? Did you remember to turn back all clocks?!
Pictured: Vintage watches upcycled into a bracelet. Spotted on Pinterest here. Source: mLindvall on Etsy here.
- 10:08 am - Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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sabi collection is a recently launched jewelry line that takes pieces of raw wood that are collected from the United States and all over the world, and turns them into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.
Each piece comes with a photo showing the raw piece of wood that it’s made from and where the wood was found. They incorporate various types of metal for the chains, as well as wire, to make each piece unique.
(via Sabi Collection - Design Milk)
- 2:03 pm - Mon, Oct 8, 2012
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These ceramic badges and pendants are made out of old, neglected porcelain plates (mainly single pieces) found [at] flea markets.
Selected areas are carefully cut out, sanded and glued to a pin. This way old ceramic plates are turned into fashion accessories.
(via mischer’traxler ceramic badges)
- 10:00 am - Tue, Aug 7, 2012
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Jen Mazer combines eyeglass lenses with images cut out of used magazines to make one-of-a-kind pins / brooches.
(via Design Milk)
Find other uses for old eyeglasses here.
- 9:08 am - Sat, Jun 23, 2012
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Skateboards — upcycled into necklaces and other wearable things.
(via MuKee on Etsy)
- 9:09 am - Mon, Jun 4, 2012
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More baseball-related upcycling:
Make bracelets from worn baseballs.
To make your own, check out the Black Cat Originals blog here for a brief tutorial.
For those of us who don’t have baseballs or who’d prefer to buy pre-made bracelets, By Studio 13 sells baseball bracelets on Etsy.
[August 15, 2012 update: The photo click-through link and the link to Etsy now point to By Studio 13’s Etsy shop, based on the comment left below.]
- 6:06 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
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Many of you might have seen yesterday’s Unconsumption post on bracelets made from vintage plastic knitting needles.
After I published it, I shared a knitting-needle-bracelet photo on Unconsumption’s Facebook page, which led to comments about the idea of turning worn-out toothbrushes into bracelets. (Check out the full Facebook discussion on Unconsumption’s FB post here.)
Both kinds of bracelets can be made using a similar process: heat the plastic pieces in a pot of hot water (in a well-ventilated area, natch), then remove them and bend the warm plastic into rounded shapes.
To make your own toothbrush bracelets, check out this tutorial from Instructables. From my reading of the comments there, it seems like the most challenging part of the process is pulling out the bristles.
Many of us repurpose old toothbrushes as cleaning tools — they make great scrub brushes, say, for cleaning bathtub corners, grout between tile, faucet bases, and other awkward-to-clean spots. After the bristles are really, really worn, why not turn the brush handles into bracelets?
[Those of us who use Preserve brand brushes, mentioned previously on Unconsumption here and here, are encouraged to drop worn brushes into collection boxes at Whole Foods Market stores and other select locations (info here), or mail them back to the manufacturer to be made into new items. Yogurt cups and other items made of #5 plastics also can be dropped in those boxes; an app (here) can help you find drop-box locations.]
Do let us know if you’ve made one or both types of bracelets. We’d love to hear about it.