Phonebooks= What To Do With Those Paper Dinosaurs

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

We’ve told you previously how to cut ties with these endangered species of paper waste, but in case you missed the boat or still have one lying around from previous seasons DIY Life has compiled a dozen or so ways to upcycle those babies into everything from coffee table bases to lamp shades to my personal favorite: pen and pencil holders.

Thanks to the keen eyes at Lifehacker for the scoop:

Creatively Recycle Your Old Phonebooks [DIY].

Image via Chica and Jo


Champagne Corks = Drawer Pulls

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Looking for that fancy, yet handmade look for your refurbished bureau?  Look no further!  Or do, if this isn’t quite what you were looking for.  Dollar Store Crafts gives us a pretty clever use for old champagne corks by upcycling them into drawer pulls.  Personally, I think this has got some potential, though it’s not fully realized in their project.

Also, can you really purchase champagne at a Dollar Store???

via Re-Nest: Repurpose Wine Corks Into Drawer Pulls Dollar Store Crafts.

Image via Dollar Store Crafts

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Soda Cans = Cookie Cutters

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment


Who doesn’t love a good cookie cutter?  The ability to make cookies into various shapes so that I could pretend I was eating an entire reindeer in one bite is a cherished memory from my childhood.  These days, such fantasies may not sit well with my vegetarian girlfriend but I think even she could get behind, say, making our own goldfish (she might even get some repressed carnivorous pleasure out of it).  Thanks to The DIY Home Sweet Home Project we can do this without having to buy a new set of cookie cutters. Instead, they show us how to make them using a plain old soda can.  Seems pretty straightforward, though it’s one of those things that I wouldn’t necessarily think of on my own.

Via Re-Nest: Make Your Own Cookie Cutters From Old Soda CansDIY Home Sweet Home Project.

Image via The DIY Home Sweet Home Project

Antique China = Pretty Awesome Lamp

March 18, 2011 Leave a comment

From our friends* at Design*Sponge (via Daisies and Pearls) I bring you some re-creation inspiration.  We’ve got a fair number of old china hanging around the upper reaches and far-back crevices of our kitchen cabinets and shelves, but alas they’re heirlooms and boy would I be in trouble if I tried anything like this with them.  That said, I know there are a few antique shops around and maybe even some second hand stores with some castaway china at reasonable-if-not-downright-cheap prices.  And while this certainly looks hard to do, Design*Sponge assures us it’s relatively easy, assuming you have a tile/glass drill bit.

diy project: sarah’s china teaware lamp.

Personally, I think this lamp looks amazing – it’s got a bit of an Alice In Wonderland tea party scene look to it.

* I don’t actually know anyone at Design*Sponge to qualify them friends, but I do enjoy tossing that word around casually so as to associate myself with their fine work.

Creative Reuse: What It’s All About

March 18, 2011 Leave a comment

This post doesn’t quite fit into any of my handy dandy categories, but I had to share this link because Wise Bread does such a good job of explaining (albeit inadvertently) what this site is all about.  So go forth and click:

Why Recycling Is My Lowest Priority.

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Letter = Envelope

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Envelope schmenvelope.  Email doesn’t need one so don’t you think it’s about time snail mail got with the times and dropped them too?  Who even owns envelopes anymore, anyway?  OK, enough of the envelope-hate (they totally suck, don’t they?).  Instructables is here once again to provide us with a neat little trick to turn your letters into their very own envelopes, saving you money and the world from one more piece of useless paper (stupid paper).

Envelope-free letter sending (Snail-Mail origami)

In case anyone needs a reminder of the evils of envelopes I offer this:

Image via ATTILAtheHUNgry

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Pallet = Adirondack Chair

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Having lived in Maine for almost a year now I’ve come to appreciate the Adirondack chair so much more.  The pinnacle of lawn chair design, Adirondacks are a ubiquitous sight around these parts, right up there with lobster traps and lighthouses.  I now share the great Mainer dream to one day own a couple of these bad boys and plant them firmly on my future lawn.  Meanwhile, while I wait for that dream day to come to fruition I might just take a crack at building one of these suckers out of a pallet.  Now, I don’t envision the below design (courtesy of Instructables) to match up to the fine craftsmanship of an authentic Adirondack (especially if I’m the craftsman), but this looks like a pretty good substitute to me.

Instructables:  One-Pallet Chair

If you’re feeling inspired but, alas, are without pallet then I suggest you get yourself to any big box store and see if they’ve got any lying around out back.  here‘s more ideas on where to find them.

Image via oldschoolstructure