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”

Simple Rustic Coasters Made From Trash

Rustic coasters upcycled from tuna tin lids

I am trying to eat better and lose some weight but I have to make sure that I still get enough protein. Apparently tuna is one of the foods with the most protein per calorie ratio or something like that. I can only assume that the nutritional wizard who came up with this tuna rating did not calculate in the mayonnaise coefficient required to make tuna palatable.  I am just kidding I actually like tuna. Or do I? Have I ever had it without mayonnaise? Well I guess I will just keep working on a less mayonnaise plan. Continue reading “Simple Rustic Coasters Made From Trash”

Messy Desk Solution – Upcycled Vertical Day Planner System

Upcycled Vertical Day Planner System

Are you a planner or a list maker? Do you get excited by the prospect of a new and empty day planner? Well I do. I sometimes write things down on my list after I have done them, just so I can give myself another check mark of accomplishment. I never got enough gold stars by in grade school I guess. Or maybe we just never out grow the need for recognition even self recognition. Continue reading “Messy Desk Solution – Upcycled Vertical Day Planner System”

Happy Earth Day – Easy Upcycled Boot Tree Ideas

Floppy boots in need of boot trees

Happy Earth Day!

I do hope you have at least one little way to honor the earth today. I promise I am not really a big environmentalist. I don’t protest against the destruction of the rain forest (maybe I should) or wring my hands about the thinning ozone layer. I honestly don’t know enough about the melting polar ice caps to comment on them. Still, I do believe that I have a personal impact on the environment. Continue reading “Happy Earth Day – Easy Upcycled Boot Tree Ideas”

Save The Fruit – Plastic Fruit Makeover

Fake Plastic Fruit

I am fortunate to have what I generously refer to as a craft room, but in reality this space can only be called a junk room. Things collect there. Occasionally an item gets removed to be either donated or in the case of this weird collection of fruit, re-made. The remaking or crafting generally happening elsewhere in the house and rarely in the craft room itself. Continue reading “Save The Fruit – Plastic Fruit Makeover”