Posts tagged upcycled
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. :)

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.  

4:41 pm - Fri, Mar 21, 2014
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At last, it’s wine o’clock again, which means it time to share an adult beverage-related repurposing find!

Today’s find, via Randy & Meg’s Garden Paradise, is bottle trees. (Or would you say they’re flowers?) 

Earlier posts in Unconsumption/s wine o’clock series can be found here; the bottle tree subset: here

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)

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)

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

2:38 pm - Wed, Jul 17, 2013
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Second-hand leather jackets upcycled into pillows. 

(via 2NDHAND)

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?

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?

2:48 pm - Sun, Apr 14, 2013
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Australian artist Ben Frost uses empty food containers and other packaging as canvases for his paintings of commercial and pop culture images.
(via If It’s Hip, It’s Here: Original Art With A Side Of Fries. 38 Painted McDonald’s Fry Containers by Ben Frost.)
See also: Earlier Unconsumption packaging-related posts here.

Australian artist Ben Frost uses empty food containers and other packaging as canvases for his paintings of commercial and pop culture images.

(via If It’s Hip, It’s Here: Original Art With A Side Of Fries. 38 Painted McDonald’s Fry Containers by Ben Frost.)

See also: Earlier Unconsumption packaging-related posts here.

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