If you can’t knit, say nuts to needlepoint, and don’t draw, never fear! With a bit of craftiness and resourcefulness you can still bestow hand-made gifts this holiday season. It’s called upcycling!
Upcycling basically means turning old junk into something new and fatabulous. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Not only is upcycling a high-five for the environment (less junk, less consumption, less pollution) but there are literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of upcycling projects to try. From jewellery, to photo frames, to unique organizers, to vintage pillow cases, upcycling projects are for everyone, and are all doable on a shoestring budget.
Here are some projects that I think are sure to please, some for boys, some for girls and even some for pets:
Shimmering mod jewellery from old CDs: http://craftingagreenworld.com/2008/08/27/new-life-for-old-cds/
Personalized snow-globes from old jars: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-to-make-3d-paper-ball-ornaments.html
Leather cuff from an old belt:
Mini speakers from old headphones and an Altoids tin: http://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids-
“Emergency” kit from an old Altoids tin: http://secondchancesbysusan.blogspot.com/2011/04/emergency-purse-kits.html
Pretty headband from a vintage necktie:
Pillowcases from vintages scarves:
Puzzle lovers will appreciate a personalized upcycled jigsaw: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/puzzlegamepiececrafts/a/upcycledpuzzle.htm
Pretty clutch from old placemats:
Create a cute pencil case from an old mailing tube:
For that special puppy, upcycle some socks to make cute chew-bones: http://ohmontreal.com/2011/11/10/mutt-bones/
For that special kitty, upcycle some wool to make an adorable felt bell-ball: http://7yaks.wordpress.com/2008/05/13/19/
If you like the idea of upcycling, you should check out these websites for more ideas:
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