Posts tagged upcycle
7:57 am - Wed, Aug 27, 2014
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Pill bottle art.
(Repurposed prescription pill bottles and a pine box.) 
Artist: Elizabeth Lundberg Morisette, a.k.a. clementine mom on Flickr.

Pill bottle art.

(Repurposed prescription pill bottles and a pine box.) 

Artist: Elizabeth Lundberg Morisette, a.k.a. clementine mom on Flickr.

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)

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)

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

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