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Published on January 25th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe


Upcycling Contest Offers Prizes for Creative Reuse

A sweater upcycled into fingerless gloves.
Have you guys entered the Rit upcycling contest yet? Our very own editor extraordinaire, Kelly Rand, is one of the judges, and the prize list is pretty darn sweet.

What is upcycling?

If you’re a regular reader here, you’re probably an upcycling champ, but just in case the term is new for anyone, upcycling is when you take an item that was headed for the landfill and transform it into something useful again. So, if you turn a busted boot into a planter, that’s upcycling. If you buy a pack of tennis balls and use them for something besides tennis, that’s creative, but it isn’t upcycling. It’s all about diverting waste from the landfill!

Upcycled wine cork coasters.

Upcycling Contest

It’s easy as pie to to enter. All you have to do is join the Rit Color Community and submit your upcycled craft project. So what can you win? They’re putting together three prize packs of equal value containing:

• $100 gift certificate from M+J Trimming
• One-year subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine
• One-year subscription to Create and Decorate magazine
• The entire range of liquid Rit Dyes (one bottle of each color)
• Two white cotton scarves, ready to be dyed to your whim

Entries have to be upcycled and must use Rit dye in some way. The deadline to enter is January 28th at midnight, so you still have a few days to get your upcycling on!

Have you already submitted a project to the contest? I’d love to see what you guys are making in the comments!

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About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

One Response to Upcycling Contest Offers Prizes for Creative Reuse

  1. I went to a sale yesterday, and all they were selling was headed to the dump, if it did not sell my noon! I just realized this morning, I have almost an entire oak crib! K so no baby at all in my future, and I want to build, so HELP! please!!

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