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Newspaper, Plastic Bags, Dog Hair Yarn

April 23rd, 2009 Email 25 users recommend Recycle newspaper into yarn. via greenupgrader Spin your pet's hair into yarn. Shih-tzu-phrenia.org 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 Related:  Eco Friendly

20 Creative Ways to Upcycle Pallets in your Garden | Inspiring Pallet Gardening Ideas Recently I upcycled a pallet and large square wooden crate lying around a local landscaping yard into a mini garden shed for $7. I was so pleased with the result it made me consider other ways to reuse materials for my garden needs. With more of us conscious of repurposing rather than impacting on landfill with unnecessary waste, I thought I’d share these DIY creative ideas to upcycle free wood pallets. Cheryl has turned this hardwood pallet into a stunning vertical garden – perfect for a narrow balcony or limited space. “Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.” – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upcycling I’m sure this pallet planter project could become addictive! Britney created a stunning planter by stapling landscaping fabric onto the back of this pallet, filling with soil and her favourite plants. Click below for more vertical garden resources

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. Bike Innertube Wallet : Learn how to transform the innertube of a bike tire into a durable, waterproof wallet that only requires a bit of simple cutting and sewing. 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.

Lined Canvas Diaper Box You can find almost anything on Pinterest…it’s true. Upon wasting my time searching the other day, I found a fantastic tutorial on upcycling diaper boxes. Hmmm…what could I do with this? Oh, yes – toys scattered all about our living room floor: check, a desire to get said toys put away when not in use: check, cute fabric laying there staring at me: check! I decided to take on this project! I changed some things from this tutorial I found, but you could use either hers or mine. What you’ll need Diaper Box Canvas fabric (1 yard covered two diaper boxes) Measuring tape Spray adhesive Craft glue Scissors (or rotary cutter and mat) Here’s how Cut the flaps off of your box. Measure the outside width and length of the box. Width Length Cut your fabric Mine was 25 x 31 Center your box on the canvas. Measure out from corner of the box (to the corner of your fabric) 2 inches and mark it with a pin. Don’t forget to cut the 2 inches from the pin toward the box. Semi-finished product

How to Make Your Own Recycled Paper Recycled paper can be made from old newspaper, following the instructions below. Recycling paper uses cellulose (plant fibers) over and over again, it uses less electricity, less water, a lot less pollution, and it saves trees from being cut down! You will need: a food processor or an old blender an electric iron an old wire hanger an old pair of panty hose newspaper or other paper, torn into 2-inch squares white glue water an insect screen or strainer (optional) food coloring (optional) a big sink or tub filled with 4 inches of water Make sure you have a place to work where you can make a big mess! Step One: Make a frame out of the coat hanger. Step Two: Put a handful of the torn up paper and some water into the food processor or blender. For some color, add a handful of brown or red onion skin (not the onion itself, just the papery outer skin). Step Three: Put 2 tablespoons of white glue in the sink water and add all of the paper pulp you just made.

25 Ways Of How To Use Pallets In Your Garden Benches, flower pots, tables, small vertical gardens and even canopies covered with plants. All of them can decorate your garden immediately if you know how to make a simple pallet work. After we’ve shown you how to recycle wooden pallets, we thought it would be a great idea to see a bunch of decorative ideas that can beautify your garden. Moreover, they are easy to assemble and prove to be very functional for your future activities! First of all, what you need to do is to find a pallet. Many supermarkets put them in dumpsters before sending to a recycling center, and you can try to get them for free. A wood frame and a lot of pillows – cozy and comfortable! Natural wood or Mediterranean touch? Flowers couldn’t have been planted in a better place. :)

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. We’ve scoured the Web to find 50 fabulous blogs that will inspire you to upcycle in great new ways. 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.

How To Make A Bow Out Of Recycled Magazines Guest post by Jennifer Young of I Art U blog. These easy-to-make bows will be gracing a few of my presents this year. I’ve found a lot of inspiration in magazines lately. This one is from Whole Living. Making a Bow (found in Whole Living) What you’ll need: Magazine pages or any other paper material you want to use (you’ll need one page per bow); Scissors or a paper cutter; Double-sided tape; A ruler; A pencil Step by Step Instructions: 1. 2. 3. 4. Making Fused Plastic March 12th, 2013 I’ve been wanting to experiment with fused plastic for ages so what better place to try it out than here on Tutorial Tuesday and share my experiences with you. I’ve got lots of plastic bags stored in the kitchen from a few online supermarket deliveries we’ve done since Milo was born and I’ve just never got round to taking them back to the supermarkets for recycling. Good job too as then I wouldn’t have any bags to experiment with. As I was experimenting and learning at the same time, the images in the tutorial below show different bags all at different stages – I hope it’s not too confusing! What you will need: - Sharp Scissors - Plastic Bags - Iron - Ironing Board - Greaseproof Paper - Large Wooden Chopping Board - Metal Ruler - Craft Knife - Cutting Mat Step One The first thing you need to do is lay your plastic bag out flat and cut off the bottom and the top so that you’re left with a large tube of plastic. Stretch and flatten this out and put aside. Step Two Step Three

the chew Spring is here and it’s time to give those green thumbs a workout. Michael took a look at a number of gardening gadgets. Check them out. Garden Pallet This pallet is great to have and simple to make. What You Need: -You’ll need a wooden pallet (you can order it online, or ask your local big box store if they have any that you could take off their hands)-Drainage Cloth-Staple Gun How to Make It: 1. 2. Wearable Gardening Stool The “wearable gardening stool” by Clean Air Gardening is stylish and efficient. The Urbio Now, if you’re short on space, but still want to try your hand at gardening, this is just the thing. Click and Grow Those of you who are still intimidated by the concept of gardening never fear there is the “click and grow” which takes all the guesswork out of gardening.

Recycle This - Creative ideas for reusing and recycling random stuff DIY: Gift Bags Made from Recycled Envelopes By Jessica Jones, How About Orange Find an envelope of any size. (I embellished these by printing a label on the front of them first. You can use my design if you want; these PDFs are set up according to how my printer feeds envelopes through. If yours is different, you might need to experiment. 1. 2. 3. 4.

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