Browsing the "Creative Reuse" Tag

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!



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