Posts tagged upcycle
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Upcycling used/unwanted/outdated CDs (6,000, in this case!)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)

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.  

3:40 pm - Mon, Mar 17, 2014
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junkculture:

Animal Sculptures Made from Ocean Debris by Gilles Cenazandotti:

Inspired by the mass of objects floating in the ocean, artist Gilles Cenazandotti fills bags full of plastic debris that the sea has washed ashore and turns them into beautiful works of art.
Lighters, flip-flops, tubes of sunscreen and all the products of our throwaway culture are transformed into a bestiary of recycled waste animals. Speaking about his work Cenazandotti said, “Impressed by everything that the Sea, in turn, rejects and transforms, on the beaches I harvest the products derived from petroleum and its industry. The choice of animals that are part of the endangered species completes this process.
In covering these animals with a new skin harvested from the banks of the Sea, I hope to draw attention to this possible metamorphosis - to create a trompe l’oeil of a modified reality.”
3:52 pm - Fri, Mar 14, 2014
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Pay phone booth repurposed as a tiny library — a “take a book, leave a book” little free library. 
I LOVE THIS — a creative reuse and community win!
This micro-library sits in Houston, Texas, outside local coffee house Black Hole — with a laundromat next door — near the University of St. Thomas and Houston’s Museum District.
(photo by me, Houston-based Unconsumptioneer, mollyblock) 
Earlier Unconsumption posts on creative new uses for pay phones and phone booths can be found here, and library-related items here. 

Pay phone booth repurposed as a tiny library — a “take a book, leave a book” little free library. 

I LOVE THIS — a creative reuse and community win!

This micro-library sits in Houston, Texas, outside local coffee house Black Hole — with a laundromat next door — near the University of St. Thomas and Houston’s Museum District.

(photo by me, Houston-based Unconsumptioneer, mollyblock

Earlier Unconsumption posts on creative new uses for pay phones and phone booths can be found here, and library-related items here

7:24 am - Mon, Mar 10, 2014
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Cross-file under: ”Creative reuse of an old clamp” and “vertical storage.” 
(via Diagnosis: Interior Mania)

Cross-file under: ”Creative reuse of an old clamp” and “vertical storage.” 

(via Diagnosis: Interior Mania)

8:49 am - Wed, Mar 5, 2014
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Stephen Sollins [makes] patchwork masterpieces from Tyvek mailing envelopes.

More Holy Papercuts: Stephen Sollins’ Tyvek Patchwork Quilts - Core77

Stephen Sollins [makes] patchwork masterpieces from Tyvek mailing envelopes.

More Holy Papercuts: Stephen Sollins’ Tyvek Patchwork Quilts - Core77

9:20 pm - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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mollyblock:

Jeans repurposed as planters — awesome sight to see in San Francisco. ❤ 

mollyblock:

Jeans repurposed as planters — awesome sight to see in San Francisco. ❤ 

(via gardensinunexpectedplaces)

11:21 am - Tue, Sep 17, 2013
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These gorgeous colander light shades by New York-based designer Nadia Belalia [take] upcycling a notch higher and create elegant lighting fixtures which look both industrial and organic. The result is a soft perforated shade which adds in the diffusion of the glare of light. All you need to do is put in a LED light bulb and you got yourself a piece of high design made with low-tech materials. Besides pendants, her lighting design also includes scones, floor and table lamps and chandlers.

Read more: Nadia Belalia Unveils Colorful New Lamps Made From Repurposed Colanders | Inhabitat

These gorgeous colander light shades by New York-based designer Nadia Belalia [take] upcycling a notch higher and create elegant lighting fixtures which look both industrial and organic. The result is a soft perforated shade which adds in the diffusion of the glare of light. All you need to do is put in a LED light bulb and you got yourself a piece of high design made with low-tech materials. Besides pendants, her lighting design also includes scones, floor and table lamps and chandlers.

10:53 am - Thu, Aug 15, 2013
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In today’s GOOD NEWS: I salvaged a vintage globe and turned it into a lampshade!  
The globe’s owner — my aunt — tried for years to repair the decades-old globe (which had split apart and would no longer stand upright on its bent, rusted metal base). Last month, while visiting my aunt, I spotted the globe on top of her trash bin, grabbed it, and said we could find a way to reuse it. :)
Note: My lamp’s harp — the metal part that curves around the light bulb and onto which the shade gets screwed into place — is tall, leaving almost two inches of air space above the bulb. Stating the obvious, but still: When using a globe or other non-traditional item as a lamp shade, be sure there’s some open space around the bulb so the top of the lamp won’t get too hot. Also, as many of you know, using compact florescent lighbulbs (CFLs), which I use on this lamp and on others, can help reduce lamps’ heat output.
For earlier Unconsumption posts on other new uses for old globes and maps, see our Tumblr archive here, and Pinterest board here. 

In today’s GOOD NEWS: I salvaged a vintage globe and turned it into a lampshade!  

The globe’s owner — my aunt — tried for years to repair the decades-old globe (which had split apart and would no longer stand upright on its bent, rusted metal base). Last month, while visiting my aunt, I spotted the globe on top of her trash bin, grabbed it, and said we could find a way to reuse it. :)

Note: My lamp’s harp — the metal part that curves around the light bulb and onto which the shade gets screwed into place — is tall, leaving almost two inches of air space above the bulb. Stating the obvious, but still: When using a globe or other non-traditional item as a lamp shade, be sure there’s some open space around the bulb so the top of the lamp won’t get too hot. Also, as many of you know, using compact florescent lighbulbs (CFLs), which I use on this lamp and on others, can help reduce lamps’ heat output.

For earlier Unconsumption posts on other new uses for old globes and maps, see our Tumblr archive here, and Pinterest board here

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