Wednesday, June 15, 2011

More Upcycling

I am a huge fan of upcycling.  I am in awe at how little people can throw away.  I love seeing someone's crazy idea for something that they had laying around the house... love it..  I was reading Casa Sugar today, one of my favorite sites, and came across some more interesting upcycling projects.   I give Casa full credit for this idea!  Check out their post HERE

Old Belt Lawn Chair:
This is very unique, an almost basket weave of old leather belts.  Granted they need to be long enough, and strong enough to hold up to this task, but it's a really cool idea.  I'm not sure that it will end up being much more comfortable than the polyester straps that are usually on their, but it is WAY nicer looking.  Very rustic for around the fire pit.

Found at this etsy site:  Lawn Chair
 Milkshake Table Lamp:
There are so many lamp projects out there, but this one is both modern and retro.  If you have a broken stainless steel appliance around the house that you are just waiting to throw out, think for a few minutes about what else you might be able to do with it.  By the way, I can not guarantee that your old blender will look this sleek, but you never know!

Found at this etsy site: Lamp
Wine Cork Corkboard:
I have always wanted to put one of these together for above our computer.  This one uses the corks on their ends, but you can also turn them on their sides.  My mother is making a cork board trivet for her hot dishes & has a corkboard wreath above her door.  If you want to put them on end like this, but don't want to have a project that is 3" thick, try cutting the corks in half, and putting the cut halves against the back, or surface that you are gluing to.  Then you double your number of corks too!

Found at this etsy site:  Corkboard
 Classic Hubcap Clock:
This is a cool way to reuse old car parts that may or may not have any cash value left.

Found at this etsy site: Hubcap Clock
 Map Trays:
Have left over maps from your trip to New York, or from your Honeymoon, but don't know what to do with them?  This crafty crafter decided to decorate plain trays with cool maps.   Next time you are on a vacation, grab a few extra subway or city maps.  Then glue them and lacquer them onto old bins, food trays, or even picture frames for something unique.

Found at this etsy site:  Map Trays

Wine Bottle Tiki Torch:
I have already touched on this topic in my last upcycling post HERE, but here is another view of a backyard tiki torch.  This might just inspire me to get crafting this summer yet!  I do not have totally bathroom burnout, I do not :) [just keep saying it, right?]  Fill these candles with citronella and keep away the pesky mosquitoes too!

Found at this etsy site:  Wine Torches
 I must admit, people are WAY more creative than I am... my most creative upcycling project is in construction right now, but it might take a few more weeks to get finished.. you'll see soon!

What are you favorite upcycling projects?  Have you  made any yourself?

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