Category Archives: Upcycling

Upcycling

Upcycling Button

Show your love for upcycling with an upcycling pin-back button!

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This upcycling button reads “DIY” or Do It Yourself. Upcycled pin-back buttons are a perfect way of letting other people know you put DIY before the 3 R’s

What better way to show your DIY spirit than to make a DIY button. You could make your own upcycled button out of old comics or photos. Use your imagination! Get some friends together and get creative!

Do you need a button maker? Purchase one from People Power Press.

 

Family Tree

This Family Day make an artistic Family Tree with your kids.

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All you need is paint, paper and your hands! This is a neat way to time capsule your kids hands. Make a new one every few years, or with every new addition, and see how the “leaves” change.

Get your kids into genealogy with this craft project. When you’re done washing off your hands, go to Family Search to learn more about your relatives and ancestors!

Star Wars Shoes

If you liked the upcycled shoes from the last post, you are going to love these Star Wars shoes.

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These cyberpunk shoes, created by Gabriel Dishaw, were inspired by the character Darth Vader. He has made other shoes out of computer parts, which you can check out on his website.

Upcycling shoes can be a way to cover up salt stains when winter turns to spring, or to turn old shoes into something new to either wear or display as a work of art. Want to try it but don’t know how to start? Check out this tutorial.

Upcycled Plastic Shoes

Did you know these shoes were made from plastic?

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Californian company MOVMT / The Peoples Movement have created upcycled plastic shoes as well as t-shirts and wallets out of plastic bags collected from their local seaway.

Upcycling helps improve the environment by reducing the amount of trash in the ocean, which in turn lowers the numbers of animals who get sick or die from getting stuck in or eating plastic.

This is a really innovative way to re-use plastic in ways most people wouldn’t imagine possible!

 

Cereal Box Bag

Everyone has cereal boxes, but what to do with them after you’re done eating breakfast? Make an upcycled cereal box bag.

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These DIY bags are great for holding gifts, and act as a gift in and of themselves!

What you need
* Cereal box
* String or Modge Podge
* Paintbrush
* Old wrapping paper, comics, other paper, or paint

How to do it
* Cut off the flaps at the top
* Cut handle holes on either long side of the box, or poke two small holes in each side to feed through a string
* Paint the box, or you’re using Modge Podge, paint the paper with it and place on the box. Let it dry.
* If you opted for a string handle, repoke the holes if necessary, put the string through and tie knots on either inside. You might want to Modge Podge some paper over the knot or use duct tape (it comes in lots of different colours) to secure it more.

Toilet Paper Speaker

Can’t make out your tunes? Make an upcycled toilet paper speaker!

All you need is an audio device, a tube of toilet paper, some art supplies and your imagination. This DIY toilet paper speaker looks boring, but you can spruce it up with some paint or markers or glitter or…

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DIY speaker, made from a simple tube of toilet paper!

The person who created this toilet paper speaker used a thumbtack to hold it upright and keep it from rolling over and away. Smart idea!

 

Lego Belt

I used Lego a lot when I was younger, and wanted to do something with the stuff I had lying around. The end result was a Lego belt!

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What you need
* Plastic buckle
* Sheet of Lego (officially called the “baseplate”) cut up into squares that fit the size of your buckle
* Long piece of thick material to use as a belt
* Glue gun, for attaching the plastic parts together
* Scissors
* Needle
* Thread

How to do it
* Take the material for the belt and measure out how much you will need to wrap around your waist. Add some for comfort, and add some more to allow for hemming the ends.
* Put the material through the end of the buckle, and sew in place, with the end piece facing inwards (so you don’t see it when you’re wearing the belt)
* Hem the other end
* Cut a piece of the Lego sheet to fit the plastic buckle and glue it on
* Wait for it to dry, and wear it!

Hole in Crotch – Fixing Clothing

When you get a hole in the crotch do you usually throw out the pants? Fixing clothing isn’t as hard as it seems.

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Sewing a hole in jeans may seem impossible – but it’s fairly simple!

How to do it
* Turn the jeans inside out
* Take your scrap material and cut a square which is larger than the hole
* Pin it in place
* Sew a square around the hole
* Then sew in a zig zag around the hole
* Take out the pins
* Put on your ‘new’ pants!

Political Patch

We haven’t posted a patch entry in a while (To see previous posts, click here)

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This political patch, made from a screenprint, says “I’m not disturbing the peace. I’m disturbing the war.”

If you want to learn how to do DIY patches check out this tutorial.

When you are done making your patches, send us some pictures and we will post them!