Easy Upcycled Mini Camp Stove

 

Upcycled Camp Stove

Back in the day I was a Campfire Girl. I think they are still around and they may even let boys in now. Any how we weren’t quit as well known as those Girl Scouts but we did similar things like sell candy (instead of cookies) the almond-rocca (I might not be spelling that correctly) was my favorite. We also did camping and hiking outings and I recall this little project from my childhood. Continue reading “Easy Upcycled Mini Camp Stove”

Paper Clam Shell Purse – Upcycled from Magazines

Quilled Paper Purse

Hello friends,

I am knee deep in a couple of different projects this week but I have not quite pulled any one of them together yet. So for today’s post I will take you back to last Christmas for another one of my zany gifts. This may, in fact, be the most zany of them all. I call it the “little paper pig purse”. It does not really resemble a pig but some how that is the only name for it. To make this story even a little crazier I have to admit, that this is not the only purse I have made out of magazine paper. You may have seen my post on the paper mustache purse a few months ago. I guess you will have to be the judge on which one is the craziest. Continue reading “Paper Clam Shell Purse – Upcycled from Magazines”

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”