Creative Ways To Upcycle Old Stuff

 

As most of you know, I am all about crafting and upcycling old stuff. I found a blog post on Twisted Sifter today that gave 50 examples of ways to repurpose, reuse and upcycle. All of the examples were great but I liked the upcycling ones the best. 

So, below are a few of them and if you want to see more, I encourage you to visit the blog post via the link above.

And no, upcycle isn’t actually a word, but I like it and believe that it will soon be part of the english dictionary.

Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls to Organize Cables and Chords

toilet paper rolls used to store cables and wires

Turn Old Credit Cards Into Guitar Picks

stamping old credit cards into guitar picks

Turn Old Picture Frames Into Serving Trays

using picture frame as serving tray

Reuse Ketchup Bottles as a Pancake Squirter

using ketchup bottle as pancake squirter

Use Paperclips to Organize Your chargers

paperclips clipped onto side of table using handles to organize cables

Turn Old Wrenches Into Wall Hooks

wrenches bent into wall hooks

Use Your Old Computer Tower as a Mail Box

turn old computer tower into mail box

Make a Jewelry Organizer From a Bulletin Board

using bulletin board as jewellery organizer

Use a Paper Clip as a Key Chain and Money Clip

Use a Pipe with Valves as a Coat Rack

pipe with valves as coat rack

Make Shelves Out of Old Books

turn old books into shelves with brackets

Reuse Old Cassette Tape Cases as Gift Card Boxes

turn old cassette tape cases into gift card boxes

 Store and Organize Cables with CD Holders

cd cases uses to store and organize cables

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him

Valentine’s Day: A day created by Hallmark-like companies. I won’t get all scroogy on you though. I’ve decided to be useful and compile some links to gifts you can get for him for Valentine’s Day. These are not gifts for her because she is easy to buy for. Jewelry, chocolate, anything with hearts, make her dinner, buy her flowers, clean the house, etc and it will make her happy. There are so many options. But there aren’t so many obvious options for him.

He is important on Valentine’s Day too. It is about LOVE or some junk like that. I would say he fits into that category for you, right? If not, maybe it is time to reevaluate… but I’m not a therapist. To each his own.

I promise these aren’t the cheesy make-him-dinner type of gifts. I put some thought into this!

Click images for links to the gifts.

Gifts to buy for Valentine’s Day:

Saddle-leather-tablet-case

Saddle Leather Tablet Case from Pottery Barn

45mm-cronograph-watch

45mm cronograph model Ralph Lauren watch

live-edge-cutting-board

Live Edge Cutting Board With Knife

 

More affordable (but still awesome) gifts:

stuffed-hamburger-press

Stuffed Hamburger Press

headphone-case

leather monogram headphone case

hershey-kiss-gift

An inventive way to give kisses

 

DIY gifts:

gummy-worms-jar

Hooked on you: gummy worms in a jar

alcohol-bouquet-for-men

These are man flowers. Alcohol bouquet

bbq-rub

Do-it-yourself BBQ rub.

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating

I am probably the least festive person you will ever meet but I love Halloween. If I only decorate for one holiday out of the year it is Halloween. However, I’ve never been real enthusiastic about pumpkin carving so any other way to decorate them is good for me! I found ideas on how to decorate this year and got excited about it. Of course I am going to share it if I am excited about it! If you see something you like you should click on the image because they are linked to some awesome tutorials!

 

Easy DIY Bookmarks!

I love to read and I do it frequently. You can only imagine how many bookmarks I have gone through in my life. The paper ones tear, the metal ones discolor the pages, the wooden ones break… I had to come up with a better idea because these are just not working out for me.  So, I’ve seen people make magnets using this same technique and I decided I could use it to make bookmarks.  It is super easy and only takes a few minutes (excluding the time you are waiting for the glue to dry.)

 

 

 

 

Things You Will Need:

A pattern or design: I made mine with Photoshop but you can search the internet to find some cute ones to print out. I’ve also seen people use scrapbook paper.

Scissors

Glass tiles: I found mine on Amazon but I am sure you could find them at a craft store. You can get whatever shape you prefer.

Large paper clips: You can find these at any store that sells office supplies.

Diamond Glaze (water-based, dimensional adhesive): Again, I found this on Amazon but I’m sure your local craft store will carries it. By the way, I have also seen people use Mod Podge for this technique but I haven’t tried it yet.

Hot melt glue (optional): I used this to glue on the paper clip but I’m sure you could use the Diamond Glaze if you had a prop.

 

 

Step 1:

First, you are going to need a pattern or design. Cut out the design. Make your edges are neatly trimmed and that it does not extend the edges of your glass tile.

 

Step 2:

This is the hardest step but it is not difficult. Flip your tile over so that the round side is on the flat surface. Add a small dot of glue on the back side of the tile and press the design against the back. Make sure the glue makes its way to the edges.  Then, add a thick amount of glue on the back of the design like in the picture above. Make sure you cover the entire surface so that the design does not lift.

 

Step 3:

Wait for the glue on the back of the tile to dry. This can take anywhere from thirty minutes to a few hours depending on the glue you’ve chosen. Mine took about 30 minutes. At this point you can use a prop and lay the large paper clip in the glue and wait or you can wait until the next step to glue on the paper clip.

 

Step 4:

At this point you glue should be dry. When you flip over the tile it should look something like this. If the design exceeds the edges of the tile this is the point where you will want to cut around it and clean up the appearance.

 

Step 5:

If you haven’t added the paper clip already we will do that here. Get some hot melt glue and adhere the two together. At this point, I am regretting not adding the paper clip in the last step because the hot melt glue is looking pretty messy. Note to self.

 

The finished product looks cute and functions the way I want it to.

 

I really enjoyed making these and the results make me happy as well. The one on the far left is my favorite!  I am sure you will see plenty more of my crafts using this technique. If you decide to make any of these I would love to see them! Please tag me if you post them.