Monday, July 19, 2010

Fun, Fabulous, Fantastic - Upcycling!

I'm sure many if not all of you are doing your part in helping the environment by reducing waste and other methods, but how many have wondered just how can seemingly unusable items be transformed into something both beautiful and useful?

Here is where Upcycling comes in.

Take a look at some of these great finds from Etsy -

This Tape Measure Watch by undoneclothing combines functionality and style.

I love this handmade Map Wallet from MyPaperGarden - vintage atlas paper creates such nice visual interest!

This great Tropical Midnight Upcycled bag from refreshaccessories will complement just about any outfit, and turns what was once ready for the discard pile into something fabulous and fashionable!

As for me, I've caught the upcycling bug and begun creating Upcycled ACEO Christmas Ornaments.

Thisparticular ornament was created using part of a greeting card box, remants of an old Christmas card, bits of Christmas Wrapping paper, silver sequins I salvaged from a piece of my daughter's old recital costume, silver ribbon, and sharpie marker.

Here are a couple of the others I made from Christmas card remnants, bits of wrapping paper, sequins, and scraps of patterned origami paper:


What can you find in your home that be turned from trash to terrific?


  1. Great post ! :P
    And lovely upcycled items ! :P

  2. Love that tape measure watch & map wallet. Green is definitely the way to go moving forward. Kudos to all those artists & you. Great post!

  3. Upcycling is fun! I'd love to get my mitts on that wallet!

  4. :D Thanks for the comments all! I have so many ideas in my head now LOL - including trying to make my own paper using bits of junk mail! ...a later day...another post ;)