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Newspaper, Plastic Bags, Dog Hair...Upcycle Them into Yarn

April 23rd, 2009 Email 25 users recommend Recycle newspaper into yarn. via greenupgrader Spin your pet's hair into yarn. Recycle old VHS tape into yarn. via Recycle Cindy Photo: via greenupgrader Buying eco-friendly yarn is a great alternative to traditional yarn, but the best way to reduce consumption is to creatively use and reuse what you already have. Here are eight unusual and interesting materials upcycled into yarn... Newspaper Yarn Take all those newspapers that have been piling up and try your hand at upcycling by turning them into newspaper yarn. Animal Hair Yarn Want a sustainable sweater? Human Hair Yarn Even if you don't have a pet, you can put that tutorial to use—just use your own hair. VHS Tape Yarn Do you have a pile of old VHS movies that have been collecting dust since you got your DVD player? Reclaim Yarn from an Old Sweater Instead of throwing an old sweater away, do some DIY recycling and reclaim that precious yarn. Plastic --> Yarn = PLARN T-Shirt Yarn

100 Amazing Upcycling Ideas Anyone Can Do - Top Online Engineering Degree One does not have to be an environmentalist to enjoy the benefits of upcycling projects. Anyone who derives enjoyment from DIY projects and other creative endeavors will love looking at the following instructions for ideas and inspiration for undertakings of their very own. Or, of course, they can follow along at home as a means of learning new techniques and nurturing their innovation. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. 93. 94. 95. 96. 97. 98. 99. 100. Literally hundreds of other instructions for fun, functional, and funky upcycling projects abound online.

50 Fabulous Blogs for Upcycling Inspiration - Top Online Engineering Degree What is upcycling? It’s the opposite of downcycling, where you take items that are used and break them down to raw materials. Most recycling we participate in is considered downcycling. However, when you figure out a way to take an item that is otherwise ordinary and make into something new, different and actually nicer than the original, it is considered upcycling. Ways To Upcycle Things Yourself These blogs will give you instructions for completing home upcycling projects. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 40 Ideas For Earth Day : Craftster presents 40 recycled and upcycled craft ideas for Earth Day. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Ways Others Have Been Upcycling Sometimes the best way to get inspiration is by looking at the work others have done. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. Upcycling Materials 49. Things You Should Not Do When Upcycling 50.

Recycle This - Creative ideas for reusing and recycling random stuff Paper Mache Piggy Bank Project Difficulty Level: Easy to Challenging Piggy banks can be made with as much detail, or as little, as you like. For that reason, a piggy bank can be a good project for the beginning paper mache sculptor, and just as challenging for the advanced student. To see what I mean, take a look at the piggy banks over at I decided to use a mini pig photo as the starting place for my piggy bank, but I simplified it a lot. Total cost: less than $1, since I already had some paint and verathane on hand. Step 1: I start the project with an empty salt container for the body, and four equal-sized scrunched-up paper legs. Step 2: The legs are taped to the bottom of the salt container with plenty of masking tape. Step 3: I make sure the pig can stand up straight without wobbling too much, and then I start to add the padding. Step 4: I add more padding to round out the legs and give piggy some elbows and hips. Step 5: I added the snout, ears, and tail. Step 6: Step 7: Step 8:

How to Make Paper Mache Mash | General Arts & Crafts This is a craft recipe to make paper mache mash. Paper mache mash is a cooked paper mache recipe which turns the pulp into a very soft and smooth consistency. This paper mache mash dries to a very hard and durable finish and is excellent for large paper mache projects such as parade float figures. You can even make furniture with this paper mache mash recipe by covering boxes with the mash and letting it dry! Step 1: Gather the following ingredients and supplies to make paper mache mash: a 2 quart bowl or saucepan, old newspapers, 1/2 gallon of water, a 1 gallon pot for boiling, a slotted spoon, an electric mixer, a wire strainer, 1 cup of wheat flour (not self rising), 1 tablespoon of antiseptic mouthwash like Listerine (for preservative), sandpaper (optional), poster paints (optional), shellac or varnish (optional). Step 2: Tear the newspaper into very small pieces or run it through a paper shredder. Step 3: Fill the 2 quart bowl with the pieces of newspaper. See my other fun articles!

Somewhat Quirky: The "H" Project - More Pinterest Inspiration Project EH. Define Project Eh? Project Eh is one that you think may be a fail, then you think may be not too bad. But it certainly isn't great. I just DO NOT LIKE IT when something that seems like it should be easy turns into something not so easy. I have these cardboard letters. Because this is my self-proclaimed "poop or get off the pot" week regarding my Pinterest inspirations I thought maybe I would do the same with at least one of my letters. Inspiration #1 I think that the pin I had on this said something like "make design from glue and paint everything one color. Inspiration #2 This IS done with glue - covered with foil - antiqued with shoe polish. UPDATE NOTE: This is NOT done with Elmers glue. Inspiration for Inspiration #2 This is the original tutorial for The Art Club's project. Now to what I did. I used the first picture as inspiration for my design and drew the glue onto my letter in the shape that I wanted. Here is where the battery on my camera went out. What do you think?