Browsing the "Creative Reuse" Tag

10 Upcycled T-Shirt Crafts

October 13th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Now that the weather's cooling off, you're probably sorting through your dresser and closet, pulling out your cold-weather clothes, and stashing your lighter stuff away until spring. As you sort through, you're bound to find a couple of old t-shirts that are past their prime. Maybe the pits are stained beyond saving or you're just tired of wearing that particular tee. Those well-loved t-shirts are perfect for all kinds of fun t-shirt crafts!


What do You Need to Reuse or Upcycle?

October 3rd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

What do you need to reuse?If you're a regular visitor here, chances are you've checked out our resource page with ideas on how to reuse certain items that would otherwise be headed to the recycle bin or the landfill. We started that resources page to help you guys quickly find what you need, but I have to confess that I have done a terrible job maintaining it. I'm planning to go through and see what seems to be missing, but I'd also like to know what you would like to see on that page!


10 Upcycled Map Craft Projects

September 22nd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Don't you just love crafting with old maps? They add a beautiful sense of place and nostalgia to paper craft projects! Got some old maps handy but not sure what to do with them? We've got you covered with a few fun map craft projects!


DIY: Make a Reclaimed Paper Heart Garland from an Old Map

September 19th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Don't you just love old maps? Whether they're from a town where you used to live or a special road trip, maps remind us of where we've been. Next time you discover an old map, you can make a paper garland instead of tossing it in the recycle bin. What I love best about this project is that it's super simple, and it's scalable. I used 7 hearts to decorate a wall shelf, but you could cut out dozens and make one to hang all the way across a wall!


10 Craft Projects for Glass Bottles

July 7th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Here in the U.S. we use over 11 million tons of glass per year. Recycling that glass is definitely better than throwing it away but recycling still uses energy from trucking the waste to the recycling center to the actual recycling process. Next time you've got an empty bottle, try getting your craft on instead with some of these projects!


10 DIY Planters

June 30th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

You could head to the big box store for your planter-y needs, but why buy something produced in a factory and shipped thousands of miles when you can whip up cute, DIY planters from reclaimed materials instead? Here are some ideas to get you going!


How-to: Tin Can Planter

June 27th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

As simplicity goes, this tin can planter is really as easy as it gets! If you're not into planting succulents, you can also use other small space plants like herbs or flowers. You could even cluster together a bunch of tin can pots with herbs in them to create a miniature indoor herb garden! Who says you need a back yard to grow your own food


How-to: DIY Washi Tape from Reclaimed Paper

May 23rd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Isn't washi tape just beautiful? Japanese paper tape comes in all sorts of colors and patterns, but unfortunately it's pretty expensive and it's not the most eco-frienly craft supply, either. Don't fret, though, green crafty peeps! With a little patience and just a few materials you can create your very own washi tape!



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