Artsy Things The Christmas Guide to Upcycling by Mahe Zehra Husain

Published on February 7th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

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Giveaway: Win a Copy of The Christmas Guide to Upcycling, by Mahe Zehra Husain

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The Christmas Guide to Upcycling by Mahe Zehra Husain

Mahe Zehra Husain is an artist who makes magic out of aluminum cans and plastic packaging. Yesterday on CAGW, I reviewed her e-book Crafty Cans and Perplexing Plastic, in which she offers tutorials for using die-cutters and embossing tools to upcycle soda cans and plastic packaging into jewelry, bookmarks, scrapbook embellishments, and more. This week, Mahe is giving away 25 copies of her e-book The Christmas Guide to Upcycling.

For this giveaway, you may use as many or as few of the following points of entry as you’d like:

  1. Comment once on this post, telling us your favorite material to upcycle into a craft supply, for one entry.
  2. Visit Mahe’s blog, Altered Fantasy, and sign up with your email address to follow her blog. Leave a comment on this post telling us that you’ve done so for one entry.
  3. Like Crafting a Green World on Facebook, and leave a comment on this post telling us that you like us for one entry.
  4. Follow CAGW on Twitter, and leave a comment on this post telling us that you follow us for one entry.
  5. Help spread the word by blogging, Facebooking, or tweeting about this giveaway. Leave a comment on this post telling us that you’ve done so for one entry.

Don’t forget–to notify you that you’ve won a copy of The Christmas Guide to Upcycling, we have to have your correct email address, so pay attention when you’re typing it into the web form before you comment. Your email address will stay private, and we don’t use it for anything other than telling you that you’re a winner.

This giveaway closes at 11:00 pm EST on February 10, 2012, and I’ll be announcing the winners in a post right back here at CAGW on  Monday, February 13.

[The image on this page is the property of Mahe Zehra Husain.]


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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



42 Responses to Giveaway: Win a Copy of The Christmas Guide to Upcycling, by Mahe Zehra Husain

  1. I recycle old denim jeans, denim shirts and other clothing into purses, aprons, pot holders, and many other things.

  2. I did not sign up on her blog to follow it, because I use Google Reader. But I did add her blog to my Google Reader, does that count?

  3. Jazz says:

    I try to reuse everything I can – from the little basket strawberries come in to those sweatpants that are wonderfully too big. I crochet, a lot. Anything that will turn into yarn, I can and will…if it’s made out of cotton (sweatpants, t-shirts, blue jeans, etc.) so much the better. Old sweaters are great too.

  4. maria says:

    My favorite thing to upcycle are sheets!

  5. maria says:

    I signed up to follow the blog.

  6. maria says:

    I liked them on fb.

  7. maria says:

    I followed them in twitter

  8. I love recycling old books. I know it’s considered sacrilege by some, but if it gets turned into a box or a piece of art, then it is used an appreciated for another of its lifetimes!

  9. mxfitzau says:

    I like making guitar picks from old credit cards, probably using a similar technique to Mahe xXx

  10. mxfitzau says:

    just to let you know your facebook link does not seem to work and i cant find u on a general search other than a link to your web page xXx

  11. Amy says:

    I upcycle vintage bedsheets for lounge pants for my family. Also, I upcycle graphics from the greeting/holiday cards we receive into future cards. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  12. Amy says:

    I signed up at her blog–it is so inspiring!

  13. Betty says:

    I love making all kinds of crafts using soda cans- jewelry, cards etc. I can now justify keeping all my cans.

  14. Edur says:

    Last thing I recicled was an sticker book to make some letters for the birthday of my son.

  15. michelle says:

    I use old wire to twist and make into fish and bird ornaments, and to put around old jars to hang with candles in them.

  16. michelle says:

    I joined Altered Fantasy.

  17. Eve Stavros says:

    I like using onion net mesh bags to crochet into dish scrubbies! But I’m trying not to buy any more (refuse, refuse, refuse plastic), so I have to beg them from friends!

  18. Eve Stavros says:

    I just signed up to follow her blog – and I’m glad I did – love her cool website!!!!

  19. Maria says:

    I like to upcycle clothes to make bags, accesoires (necklaces, scarfs, earrings) and softies.

  20. Maria says:

    I confirm that the facebook link doesn’t work and that there’s no match if you use the search function.

  21. JO says:

    I signed up to follow Altered Fantasy

  22. JO says:

    I like to use a variety of no-longer-needed items for crafts, toys, other household uses, etc… things like cans and containers, old clothes, all kinds of paper products, etc., etc., can usually find life as other objects

  23. I upcycle many different materials and recycle what I don’t use. I would love a book on how I could use more.

  24. cheryl frankfurth says:

    I try to recycle or up cycle just about everything but I guess so far it’s turning old t-shirts into scarves, headbands and bracelets. Also, I ‘like you on Facebook and follow you on twitter. Are you on pinterest? I’ll follow you there when you arrive :-) .

  25. I already follow you on Facebook.

  26. I now follow you on Twitter.

  27. I retweeted about the giveaway on Twitter.

  28. Beth says:

    I like to use old flannel to make rag quilts and even use them for the “batting” – really soft and fluffy and warm!

  29. I shared the link about the giveaway on Facebook.

  30. I signed up for the Blog on Altered Fantasy.

  31. Laura B says:

    I signed up to follow Altered FAntasy by email and I’ve ‘liked’ CAGW on FB and I’ve followed on Twitter! Currently, I’m mostly using my junk mail to craft with – paper bows, woven mats to be attached to greeting cards, and learning to make & use papier mache, but after reading Mahe’s works, I’m going to pull some cans out of the bin to cut up and play with. Woohoo! even more junk that I’ll be “saving”. won’t that make the Mr. happy….

  32. Lynn says:

    I love using garage sale and thrift store finds, t shirts, old sweaters, old hardware to make jewelry, up cycled clothing and housewares. I signed up to follow Mahe’s blog. Thanks.

  33. Kavita Macleod says:

    I recycle old wool sweaters into sweaterpants for my kids. They are super warm! I also just signed up to follow her excellent blog, and liked her on facebook!

  34. Laura says:

    love it – thank you for telling me about it! I’d love to learn more about – I definitely signed up to receive emails!

  35. Marilyn says:

    I signed up to follow her blog!

  36. linda says:

    I have used recycled wire, bottle caps, alum cans and otehr items to recycle into art and jewelry!

  37. robin says:

    I love to use old wool sweaters…………I make all kinds of wall art, custom DVD/CD holders, coasters, and even some jewelry from them. It’s a great “fabric” as it does not ravel once it’s been felted!

  38. Muireann says:

    I love using the cardboard in the recycling bin to make pretty office supplies. Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Beth says:

    I use everything I can get my hands on. I really get into using things out of bicycle rims. Whether it be to create mobiles or weaving for wall art.

  40. Beth says:

    Subscribed to Altered Fantasy by email.

  41. Beth says:

    “like” on Facebook of course

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