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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! 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: 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. Tuesday tutorial: recycled crayon alphabet. Tuesday, July 14, 2009 directions: 1.

tuesday tutorial: recycled crayon alphabet

10,000 Newspapers On Google Maps. Newspaper Map is a new tool for locating and reading newspapers from locations all around the world.

10,000 Newspapers On Google Maps

Newspaper Map claims to have geolocated 10,000 newspapers. To find a newspaper you can browse the map then click on a placemark to open the link within to read a newspaper. 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. "