Upcycling & Repurposing
How to Make Useful Writing Boards With Upcycled Boxes
A writing board is something I didn’t think I needed until I tried to write on a lumpy page in my junk journal. I reached for a piece of thick card and had a crafter's epiphany.
Ideas for Upcycling Puzzle Pieces for Art Projects
Upcycled puzzle pieces of any size can add a real design flair to an art project. It's earth-friendly and perfect for junk journaling or as a kids' craft project.
How to Make Teabag Faux Leather (An Illustrated Guide)
Teabags are incredibly versatile as craft paper. I didn’t realize how many times I could repurpose teabags until I started using them in my art projects. Faux teabag leather was certainly not on my radar, but I love how this art hack turned out.
How to Recycle Plastic Soda Bottles Into Gift Boxes
Here's a unique idea for turning a plastic soda bottle into a gift box. These step-by-step instructions will help you upcycle an old plastic bottle into something special.
How to Repair a Cracked Glass Vase (With Kintsugi)
Looking to find out how you can repair broken glass, ceramics, or pottery with kintsugi? In this instruction guide, you'll learn how to do just that.
Book Wreath DIY (How to Make a Wreath With Book Pages)
Combine old and new to create a stunning clock wreath in celebration of National Book Lovers Day! All you need is a book or two, some craft supplies, an old smartphone if you happen to have one, and this step-by-step tutorial.
DIY Plastic Molds for Fiberglass and Resin Casting
Learn how to use recyclable and discarded plastic packaging to mold fiberglass and cast resin objects.
How to Recycle an Empty Can Into a Flower Planter
Why buy flower pots when you can make your own—and design them as well? If you're feeling encouraged to go DIY, this article shows you how to recycle and repurpose a food can into a planter. A very relaxing project.
How to Make a Pillow From an Old Sweater (Upcycle Outdated Holiday Sweaters Into Throw Pillows)
Do you have a sentimental sweater or sweatshirt you no longer wear? Maybe it's a gift from Valentines Day, Halloween, Christmas, or any other special occasion. Take it out of storage and make it into a pillow that you can use in the appropriate season.
10 Christmas Ornaments to Make From Old Light Bulbs
Reuse your old incandescent light bulbs to make adorable Christmas ornaments.
How to Make 8 Crafts From 1 Tissue Box
If you're a crafter, don't throw out tissue boxes. I never throw something out without wondering how I might be able to reuse or repurpose it. This is exactly what happened when I went to throw a tissue box in the recycling bin.
An Illustrated Guide to Tea Bag Embroidery
Tea bag embroidery is simple and fun. It is another way to repurpose a tea bag into a beautiful art project. The possible stain colors and embroidery designs are endless. This craft is suitable for any skill level.
Recycled Tea Bags: Tea Bag Roses
Since I was very little I loved to upcycle random objects. As an adult, I find that recycling brings out my creativity. Upcycling and creating art with used tea bags has been incredibly satisfying. Tea bag roses are organically beautiful and so easy to make.
Recycled Tea Bags: Tea Bag Wrapped Canvas Art
Every time I threw out a tea bag, I felt guilty. So I started saving the used ones in a bowl. I noticed the tea stain on a raspberry zinger herbal tea bag one day. It was pink, pretty, and reminded me of a rose petal. It was the first of many tea bag art ideas.
How to Make an Upcycled Do-It-Yourself Lemonade Stand for Under $13
Our upcycled do-it-yourself lemonade stand with step-by-step instructions for making it.
DIY Scrap Fabric Craft Tutorial: Patriotic Table Runner Made With Repurposed Jeans
Don't throw out those old jeans and fabric scraps. Repurpose them into this cute and festive table runner. The entire project only takes a few hours. Easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos are included.
How to Cut Slots in Metal Lids of Glass Jars
Repurpose glass jars with metal lids into fabulous coin banks, tip jars, and donation jars. In this tutorial, you will learn how to punch or poke a rectangular slot into a metal lid using basic hand tools. No power tools required!
The Basics of Tape Art (Crafting With Duct, Masking, or Electrical Tape)
Duct tape art is a creative form that uses tape as the main medium of design. It is practical at home and requires a few basic skills. Tape art is fun, unique, and easy to make!
DIY Craft Tutorial: How to Make a Festive Fall Door Wreath Using Picture Frames
When searching for new craft supplies, look at your unused picture frames for inspiration! Learn how to use picture frames and some other basic materials to create this festive fall door decoration!
DIY Craft Tutorial: How to Make a Beach-Themed Welcome Sign
Make a bright and cheerful beach-themed welcome sign for your home! It's very easy and uses a basic frame, some wood pieces, paint, and ribbon.
Clock Kit With Personalized Photo Face: How-To Guide
For years we have looked at a clock on our wall and time has stood still. The clock was broken. Today, I purchased a clock kit and cut a photo for the face. Here's how I did it.
How to Recycle a Spiral Notebook to Make a New Shopping To-Do List Organizer
Here's a quick and easy weekend crafting project: turn a used hardcover notebook into a scratch pad of recycled office paper.
DIY Craft Tutorial: Three Different Ways to Make Sock Snowmen
Sock snowmen are fun and easy to make for Christmas and the winter season. This tutorial includes directions for making three different sock snowmen projects, with their cozy clothes and accessories.
Snowman and Santa Salt and Pepper Shakers: DIY Craft Tutorial
This cute snowman and Santa figure are fun to make for the holidays. Using recycled salt and pepper shakers for the bodies, their costumes can be created from whatever materials you have on hand.
Upcycling Old Wooden Tool Chest to Sewing Box
How to upcycle and repurpose an old wooden tool chest to a sewing box. This guide will add wheels and a seat for easier storage under a table when not in use. This box can be multi-functional by doubling up as a stool.
How to Make a Festive Snowman Wreath With Common Items Around the House
This adorable snowman wreath will welcome your guests and compliment your holiday decor! It's simple to create, using items you already have on hand.
How to Make a Christmas Floral Arrangement and Ornament
Turn a gift box and lid into a holiday floral arrangement and Christmas tree decoration with a few supplies, some creativity, and holiday spirit!
Diy Craft Tutorial: Recycle a Birdhouse Into a Planter or Flower Vase
You can make or repurpose a birdhouse into a beautiful planter or flower vase for your home or garden. With a few charming details, these birdhouses can add a decorative touch to any yard or home.