Upcycled Chess Board Drinking Game

Chess Shots Game

Hello friends,

I have a confession to make. I am a closet upcycler. If you are here then you are aware of my trash hoarding disorder and you might be surprised that I am shy about my blogging and the projects that I make, but I assure you I do keep it a secret from most of my friends and acquaintances. It’s not that I am exactly embarrassed by having lampshades made from trash or table tops covered in tin cans. It’s not even the fact that I wear mostly second hand clothing or have a portfolio of projects made from toilet paper tubes. Continue reading “Upcycled Chess Board Drinking Game”

Garden Paving Stone Upcycled From Shampoo and Milk Bottles

Melting HDPE Plastic

Lately I have been a little obsessed with melting HDPE plastic. You know all those bottles that have a number 2 recycling logo. Some folks have made some pretty interesting projects from the stuff.  Since it is so sturdy and hard it can be cut and carved like wood.

But I was looking for a simpler project, one that wouldn’t take a lot of cutting and sanding. I also don’t have a wooden form to compress the plastic in so I had to improvise. Continue reading “Garden Paving Stone Upcycled From Shampoo and Milk Bottles”

Woven Flag Placemat Made from Old Clothing

Woven Flag Placemat

Did you know that in the US we dispose of Millions of tons of textiles every year and only a small percentage are recycled. According to the most recent report from the EPA in 2014 we tossed out almost 25 million tons of rubber leather and textiles. And even though this group includes rubber and leather and still only makes up for 9.5% of all the solid waste in the US; at the end of the day we Americans are still tossing out a lot of our perfectly usable clothing. Continue reading “Woven Flag Placemat Made from Old Clothing”

Big and Gaudy – Rings Made From Trash – Slumber Party Craft Idea

bottle cap ring

I am trying to age as gracefully as I can.  However, given that I wasn’t that graceful to begin with it is difficult to ascertain how well I am doing. Adding to the confusion is the question of whether or not one should, in fact “act their age” or, “embrace their inner child.” Which of these is the more graceful path I wonder? Continue reading “Big and Gaudy – Rings Made From Trash – Slumber Party Craft Idea”