Browsing the "Creative Reuse" Tag

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!


5 DIY Recycled Notebooks

April 14th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

The problem with many store-bought notebooks is that they're often made from virgin paper, which means you're cutting down new trees for that grocery list or to write down your latest craft project inspiration. Store bought notebooks also just plain lack character, don't they? Instead of hitting the big box store, why not whip up your very own notebook from recycled materials? Here are a few projects to get you started!


How-to: Make an Obi Belt from an Old Pillowcase

March 21st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Spring is heeeerrreeee! That means flirty spring dresses, and for me nothing spices up a cute dress like a sassy belt. This belt is my solution to a thrift store dress that had a lot of potential but needed a lot of love to go from frumpy to cute. I tried taking it in, raising the waist, and even changing up the neckline, but what this dress really needed was a big, wide belt to fix the silhouette. A pillowcase to the rescue!


How-to: Make Lovebird Wristwarmers from Sweater Sleeves

February 1st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Brr! It's getting chilly out there again. Wristwarmers can add an extra layer of cozy to your winter look, but the store-bought kind often aren't the most eco-friendly. Chances are, they're mass-produced in a factory using conventional cotton (with all of the issues that come along with it). You can skip the human rights and environmental issues, though, and make your very own set of wristwarmers out of a thrift store sweater instead! Here's how


Reader Tip: T-Shirt as Art

January 21st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

You know we love a good t-shirt reuse project around here, so I was pleased as punch when reader Nancy Sharp was kind enough to share her idea for reusing a sentimental t-shirt that was past its prime


Talking Waste, Consumerism, and Reuse with Reuse First

December 10th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

As always, I couldn't resist scouring this year's Indie Craft Experience for new green crafters on the scene, and the folks at Reuse First really stood out to me. Jeremiah and Michelle's mix of sweet and cheeky paper goods totally caught my eye, and they were kind enough to answer some questions about what they do and why they do it! Their insights into waste, reuse, and consumerism are really refreshing


5 Fall Projects to Recycle Old Sweaters

November 19th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

It has been positively blustery out there lately, and that chilly weather gets me in the mood to craft with sweaters. Luckily, when the weather gets colder, thrift stores are busting with sweaters, so even if you don't have any in your stash, you can still find sweaters to upcycle for all sorts of fun, fall-themed projects


10 Crafty Ideas for Old Books

October 19th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

If you're an avid thrifter, it's easy as pie to find well-loved books to craft with. Have you amassed a collection of books that need a crafty makeover? Here are 10 projects to get you started!


Crafty Reuse: 10 DIY Jewelry Projects from Recycled Materials

September 14th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Store bought jewelry can come with a hefty environmental impact. From the new materials to produce them to the carbon footprint that goes with shipping them all over the world, that snazzy pair of earrings from the big box store are a little bit on the heavy side. Luckily, you don't have to buy mass-produced jewelry! Instead, you can divert some waste from the landfill and whip up cute, DIY jewelry of your very own. Here are some projects to get you going


How-to: Vintage Necktie Cowl

September 13th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

You know I love a necktie craft, and this vintage cowl was a super fun way to turn an old necktie into something useful and new!


Upcycled Party Decorations Roundup

August 3rd, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Yesterday, we made some upcycled pinwheel party decorations, and there are lots of other ways to deck out your soiree without all of the waste.



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