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Elemental THREADS. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: recycled scrap paper notebooks. We blessing sisters have loved notepads, notebooks and all things paper since our first wide-rule pads we bought in gradeschool. we have trouble letting go of even a single sheet of paper, lest we find a use to reuse or recycle it in the craft room! This time, we repurposed our old faxes and paper scraps into notebooks and made them useful again. we pulled out old wrapping paper, books we didn’t mind ripping pages out of, and other odds and ends to make the covers pretty. this is quick and easy to do with what you already have at home, and you end up with a stack of handy, useful pads that might even give you a tinge of back-to-school nostalgia.

–bbbcraft sisters CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Materials: - 8 ½” x 11” scrap paper (from faxes, printing mishaps and mail) - binder clips - scraps of cardboard cut into 1” inch strips OR 2 wood paint mixers cut to size -elmers glue, pvc or a glue gun - paint brush - decorative scrap paper - masking tape and/or decorative tape. Road Sign Stools. Given a heavy, yet healthy, obsession with road signs, I created these stools for my new apartment.

Road Sign Stools

They use a simple metal-bending technique to turn down the sharp edges of the signs and simultaneously brace the legs. You can see some of my other projects that use signs and this bending technique here: and here: I got my signs at the surplus pile at the state highway engineer's yard. Aluminum signs are very hard to recycle because the coating on the signs is expensive and difficult to get off, therefore making them unprofitable to melt down.

Old signs are sometimes just thrown in a big pile and forgotten about . . . all you need to do is ask. Don't steal signs. All the wood was found 2" x 4" scrap that I milled down to about 1-1/4" square. You will need these materials: Road signs Approx. 16' of wood per stool 3" drywall or wood screws #10 washers wood glue sandpaper You will need these tools: Miter, circular, or jigsaw Impact driver and/or drill Hammer. Ball-Nogues Studio. Plastic Bag Crafts : Daily source of DIY craft projects and inspiration, patterns, how-tos. Recycled glove chipmunk. Plastic bag Yarn - gooseflesh. Since I posted my crochet Sea Creatures on Flickr in November, 2006, many people have asked me how I make the plastic bag yarn.

Plastic bag Yarn - gooseflesh

So here is a How to lesson. There are many different techniques, but I found this one worked best for me. Be warned..... it's very time consuming, but strangely cathartic. ** I have added an alternative technique tutorial at the end. This makes a continuous strip without knots.* * 1. Tuesday tutorial: recycled crayon alphabet. Tuesday, July 14, 2009 directions: 1.

tuesday tutorial: recycled crayon alphabet

You will need: letter molds (I got mine from Silly Cone), old crayons with the wrappers peeled off, a baking sheet. 2. Break the crayons into small pieces and fit them into the letter mold. Use more crayons than you think, they melt down. 3. I made 13 sets of these letter alphabets (338 individual letters) for the party. There are lots more artsy posts from the Eco-Friendly Artist Party. 10,000 Newspapers On Google Maps. Creative upcycle and downcycle ideas. Steam Punk Chandelier From Old Bikes? Yes, Please. Photos via Carolina Fontoura Alzaga Artists Carolina Fontoura Alzaga has a way with bike chains.

Steam Punk Chandelier From Old Bikes? Yes, Please

She transforms old bike parts into some seriously cool one-of-a-kind chandeliers. They have a certain steam punk style that we love, while also upcycling up what might otherwise go to the landfill. Carolina states, "This body of work draws inspiration from Victorian chandeliers, DIY and bike culture, and the use of unartistic materials. " At least, they might start out "unartistic" -- they certainly turn into something darkly beautiful after she's done with them. "This work addresses class codes, power dynamics, reclaimed agency, and ecological responsibility. Her beautiful pieces can be viewed on her website.