Tag Archives: upcycle

From Fence Slat To Fairy House

Dealings With Fairies by Joy T. Tending her fairy house Almost every day, Little Sister asks me why we can’t move back to Florida so she can be with her best friends again.  It has been 3 months since we moved to the Pacific Northwest, and while the rest of the family has adjusted wonderfully well (and […]

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Bra To Dust Mask

In the spirit of ingenuity and using what you have, Emily Groff has designed her own bra to dust mask. When we first saw it on our Buy Nothing group, everyone laughed with Emily, seeing the humor in it. But then we saw an igNobel prize was awarded for a bra converted into a gas […]

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40 Ideas For An Upcycled Summer Party

By Liesl Clark Outdoor Party Decor: 1) No Sew Bunting: Here’s an easy outdoor no sew bunting for a flutter at the party. 2) Leaf Coasters For Your Party: In the theme of the outdoors, use leaf coasters so wow your guests. Cheap, pretty. 3) Wine Glass Candle Lamps: Have some etched wine glasses? Save […]

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DIY Buckets

By Liesl Clark Like planters, anything that can hold things can be a bucket: The Pressure Cooker Bucket: This cow feeds from the bottom half of a pressure cooker. It’s a perfect feed pail for a dusty paddock. The Feed Sack Bucket: These handmade horse feeders from Upper Mustang, Nepal come from apricot sacks of […]

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Patio Umbrella Trellis

By Liesl Clark Trellises can be made from just about anything with a little height and some expansiveness. When a patio umbrella broke in half recently due to high winds, I saw a nice pea trellis-in-the-making. I couldn’t wait to get these images out because I’m excited about this trash hack, so you have to […]

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Why Reuse Is My Favorite “R”

Grandma Inge’s tip put used coffee grounds in car you’ll be happier I come by my love of reuse thanks to my Grandma Inge, an artist and world traveler who foraged for materials wherever she went, reused almost everything, and threw very little out. Like so many people who have known war or want, as […]

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Sock Reuse: Hair Buns and Cascades of Curls

Originally posted on Why Waste It?:
Do you have a few lonely socks laying around?  We always do!  Even though there are many Sock Bun tutorials on Pinterest, the girls and I thought we’d do our own. Step 1:  Dampen your hair and put it up in a high ponytail.  Step 2:  Find your lonely…

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DIY Busters: No-Sew T-shirt Hobo Bag – Yes!

by Rebecca Rockefeller Make your own bag from old materials you’ve got on hand and you’ll kill two landfill waste streams with one stone: Your used materials will be given a new life, and you’ll be able to pass on single-use bags wherever you go. Here at Trash Backwards headquarters, we have quite the assortment […]

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