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They still take milk jugs and juice bottles but it makes no sense to not have a place to dump our clean containers. This has forced me to save them for future uses.

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I might be tempted to give it a try someday...

What a bummer that your recycling company doesn't take plastics anymore!

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Apparently, you can buy it at Walmart. It is recyclable with plastics but our recycle company no longer takes recyclable plastic. Sigh

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Yes, and I'm wondering, since this article was written in 2013, if the papers are still selling. I have not done a search yet to find out. I'm like some of those other buyers who would just like to touch it and try writing or painting on some at least once.

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Interesting. Seems the jury is out on whether this is a good choice. emoticon

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Interesting article about paper made from stone:

www.wired.com/2013/02/stone-paper-no
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I really hate to see anything useful go in the trash. Seems it all has at least one more use.

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Good eye for finding items to upcycle!

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At the art center Weds. I found 14 X 24 inch styrafoam trays by the trash cans. They are the perfect size for the paint pouring class we are going to hold at the Art Center. I brought them home and will clean them up to reuse. No idea where they came from.

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That IS a good tutorial. Thanks!

I came across this article tonight about repainting plastic doll faces, and I find it fascinating.
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I subscribe to Jennibelle on YouTube. This one caught my eye because it is Make Your Own Stencils from Rubbish.

Really a good tutorial for all that stuff you have to save from the landfill.

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That's great!
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Awesome! I love it. Your chair looks comfy too. emoticon emoticon

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I got a work table to do my art and crafting projects on and it came today so I am very happy!

Here is a pic of it.



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That's really good. emoticon

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Robert Genn (deceased) was speaking about different ways to save unsuccessful watercolor paintings when he wrote this in one of his blogs which was reprinted today in The Painters' Keys, and I thought it applied to our group's efforts at upcycling, as well. This comment made me chuckle this morning:

"You can save practically anything from going to the dumpster — provided you are willing to turn a barn into a duck."

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I liked the video. Great fun.

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How fun!!! A couple of the shops that carried my jewelry have closed down. Not only am I overloaded with inventory now (!) but I'm looking for new ways to create.

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I guess this fits under the upcycling topic. Have any of you ever collaged with paper napkins? I've enjoyed using them for journal pages (or altered book pages) over the years. Here's a good video from Joggles.com that tells how to use the napkins in your art. It's 8 minutes, 29 seconds long.
(Actually, you can recycle gently used napkins, too!)

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I forgot to take a picture but when I hang it for her I will.

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Sounds clever and interesting!

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Leftover wood from our new fence became a birdhouse. A funny metal cat sculpture topped it off. What a fun recycle/upcycle and my friend loved it.

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Thank you for the kind encouraging words. I am hanging in there. See Dr for first time tomorrow. Husband and I are going to my happy place on Earth this Thurs or Fri. Can't wait to get there.

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I'm happy for you that the surgery is over. Keep on with your projects and resting. It is all good. Hugs

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Well here I am, back after surgery on 01SEP16.

It was grueling, much more extensive than I expected. But I am very happy to say I am now up and around and can do most of what I want to do. Have been doing some deep cleaning in my kitchen (as much as I can do deep cleaning...) and organizing, sorting, reading, resting, etc.

I still have 2 more weeks off work so hopefully will be able to accomplish more during those 2 wks since I feel better now than earlier on.

The Silhouette Cameo is calling my name and I can't wait to dig into it...my upcycling project.

I can really appreciate what you said about keeping negative people out, and letting positive people in. I know for me, when I can provide a positive light for others, it is very gratifying to me to be the one to help them see there could be a different way of looking at things.

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Good call on cutting them and storing in zip lock bags. I do that with quilt projects. I love that you are staying positive. One of the things I try to do is not let people into my personal space who are downers. Not always possible but I'm pretty careful about who I let into my life these days.

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Thank you. Yes I am reading a book that talks about the importance of positive thinking, positive energy, moving towards positive thoughts and things and people instead of dwelling on negative things like relapse.

Have been able to work on cutting out my tropical flowers from the thrift store clothes I have been buying. The flowers are going into ziplock bags and they take up lots less room than the clothes and other fabric I have waiting for their turn...

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Hope it all goes really well. No talk of relapse!!!

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Yes. I finished chemo last year.

Now it is about reconstruction and learning to live with fear of relapse.

Having surgery #8 on 01SEP16.

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What a wonderful idea. I can't toss anything. Right now I'm working on quilt blocks out of scraps of fabric.

Are you done with Chemo? I know how hard it is but having a plan for the future is always healing. Hugs

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New to this thread.

I too am a thrift store lover. Relaxing to walk through and dream.

I am planning to do an Etsy shop and sell things I have upcycled. Really looking forward to it as therapy (after my cancer and aggressive cancer treatment I decided to go for it - Etsy shop) and to make a little money on the side.

Looking forward to visiting with you more.

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That sounds fantastic. I am really impressed. Texas is a bit of a drive so I won't be able to come this time. emoticon

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The presentation is for the Herb SIG (Special Interest Group), and that's a spin-off of our local Master Gardener's association that I am a member of. I love poetry, so I have chosen "Poetry of the Garden" as my topic. I will be reading some of the many poems that have been written through the years that mention flowers, trees, vegetables, gardens, grass, etc. I've decided on some pretty loose interpretations so that I can read some of my favorites.

The meeting will be on February 8, so that's close enough to Valentine's Day to tie in some love poetry, too. I will be having a craft for the attendees to do after my talk -- stamping herb images or hearts onto postcards -- and hopefully I can get them to write a 4-line poem to their sweetheart. I'm sure they can all come up with two more lines if they start out with "Roses are red, Violets are blue..."

I have no idea how this will be received. They don't pressure you, but it's sort of expected that everyone will present a program every couple of years or so. I'm comfortable with poetry, so I chose that. It will be interesting to see how many people actually show up. The attendance may be down for February's meeting!

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Well maybe just one or two. What is your topic? I wish I could be there.

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Great word - LUCK!

I also love the shiny foil wraps on chocolate candies, and I save those for collages. I'll be getting some nice, pretty hot pink ones and red ones from Valentine candies. I am giving a talk in February, so I bought some Hershey Kisses with pretty wrappers to take to the meeting for the attendees.

I will not eat them. I will not eat them. Well, maybe a few. I guess I should change this to "I will not eat them all by myself."
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I know what you mean. I even pick up shiny objects from the ground on my walks. So funny but I love bling so I save the shiny labels from ads or packaging. Crazy. By the way I did come up with my word for 2016. This is my year for LUCK!

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I love hanging out at the thrift shop, just slowly going up and down the aisles imagining what I could do with stuff. I've found some almost new packages of scrapbook papers and graph papers lately for next to nothing. I don't think I'll ever be able to use up all these papers I have around here! I'm too busy spending money to save money and saving things from the landfills! Which is why we're all on this team, I'd say.

At least we all understand each other. It's such a fun game to play to score something exciting (to us, anyway) and know that you've gotten a bargain.

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I scored two bingo markers and a really cool stamp at the thrift shop today. I use the markers to embelish journal pages and I love stamps but am too cheap to buy them. LOL I spent a whole dollar and feel like a million bucks.

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When I saw this topic this morning I thought,"Oh, someone has posted something new here." I was wrong! Our last post was in July of 2013, not this year! I enjoyed reading all the messages on this topic again, but here comes a new project in this Upcycling thread.

In another topic on our team pages that I visited today (Websites with Great Ideas), I posted a video from a website called "Yahoo Makers." Part of that video showed this idea for upcycling metal plumbing parts to make decorative candle holders. Here's the shorter version of the video with a few upcycling tips about dressing up "boring" tea candles, along with materials and processes listed below the 3-minute video.

www.yahoo.com/makers/3-diy-w
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I've been making cat toys lately from boxes I'm ready to throw out. My kitten is quite entertained. He gets bored of toys easily. After about 10 minutes of dedicated play (the boy plays hard) he's ready to move on. Here are 2 of my favorite toys:

Square tissue box: it has a smaller opening and I put a jingle ball in it. He loved trying to get it out. I also put in a crumbled up paper, that was fun, too!

Cat sized shipping box: I put a door on one side (cut on three sides so it swings open/closed). Across from the door I put a hole and threaded a thick string (old shoe lace). I pull on one end of the string and the kitten gets the other. It's a fun game. He likes to play with it with open side up and when he gets bored of that, we play with open side down.

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Yesterday I made a cat bed for my kitty. It wasn't an upcycle, but I did use things I had already around the house.

I do make a lot of bean bags for work. The favorite ones are the ones I made out of an old jersey shirt.

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Great idea! I love tearing or cutting and pasting!

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I have loads of different colored pencils, markers and regular pens in my house. I like to keep them separate since I use them for different things. I make holders for them by using the empty Crystal Light containers. When I'm feeling creative I decoupage them with pretty tissue paper torn up in an artsy way. When my daughter was little it was one of her favorite projects. It always turns out looking good.

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What a great project! Thanks for sharing.

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Keeping things out of the landfill by turning something not used into something useful / better. Like this: www.hisandhersailingtrip.blogspot.c
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When I look at the picture for this group I'm reminded of the cork birdhouse I hope to make soon. I've been having people save their corks for me and last Friday I brought home another big bag! Guess I have enough to make the thing now. When I get done I'll post it.

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I love the site it will give me something new to work with.

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What cool cards! I enjoyed this link.

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Hi, Joyce -- Here's a fun project that might work for you. Tutorial on making Star Cards in link below. McJulieO and I have made them from text from old books and also some from old sheet music. The sheet music ones are especially nice.

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I need to make small tree ornaments to give co-workers at our coming party...35 or so.
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I am working on making mats for the homeless. I am using plastic bags like you get from your local stores. You cut them into strips and crochet the strips together. The work out great for camping as well.

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Well it is not a craft but you might want to check with your local churches and see if any of them send pill bottles off to those that help the homeless. They put only one days worth of medications in each bottle for the homeless. In with upcycling and recycling we need to remember to help those that are in need.

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Any ideas on what I can make with some empty pill bottles? I take vitamins and they have these nice plastic clear (see through) bottles...just seems like I could use them instead of throwing them away. Ideas?


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The watercolors must be lovely peeping up from under the glaze. What a beautiful image!







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Back in the 80s I took a watercolor course, and I was never satisfied with the results.
Fast forward to this week, and I'm taking an online bookbinding course. Today I gessoed over several of those failed and/or unfinished watercolor paintings. I can still see some of the images underneath, but they are real muted. I'm going to cut these up and use them as pages for the book that I'm making.
So that's my upcycling project for this month!

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I think it is pretty smart! I use old socks to dust and clean. They fit over one hand while I spray the cleaner or whatever with the other.

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I am slipping too. Just too many things going on to stop and care deeply enough about myself to cut up lettuce into a salad. This always happens in autumn, there are a million things to do.

I have one crazy recycle; you may think it is weird indeed. I use baby wipes on my face every night before I go to sleep. (They are not dirty from my face believe me.) I leave them to dry. Then when I have a few, I use them to dust the baseboards or the blinds in my bedroom. I actually find them to be a handy size, they smell pretty, and after they dry, they are very soft little cloths for these kinds of tiny dusting jobs.

I don't wear makeup so the wipes are not wiping off much -- just clearing away the tiredness of my day.

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I don't think we ever found a use for used kitty litter LOL. I've been trying to keep up with Spark People but am slipping these days. I am not too busy just slipping.

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Not much activity on this thread since last June.
What is anyone working on right now? Please share your upcycling ideas with our team.

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I suppose it would be a disgusting topic to create...Recycled Kitty Litter...but I am watching in case anyone does find something to do with it other than send it off with the trash man every week. Even the cat is embarrassed in front of him.









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If anyone has a use for used kitty litter, I'd like to hear it too. I really can't imagine a use for it after she's finished it it.

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I have this visual of evil moles leaving gloppy messes for you. Sorry it isn't funny - is it? Anyway, I tried dumping it outside in some shrubs. It didn't kill them but it didn't do anything for the soil either. Any ideas anyone?

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Still off-track, but is there any use for used cat litter? If you dump it on the ground it kills the grass. I tried trickling it into the holes the moles left in my yard and it like expanded with water and blew up when it got rained on...this gloppy white goop came creeping up and out of the mole holes...it was a Grade B horror movie. (Imagine what the moles thought.)

The idea was that if the moles smelled the cat smell (ew ew ew) then they would go elsewhere. Umm. No. They just made new holes, leaving the stinky goopy holes behind for me to trip in, then you have to get the white stinky goop off your shoes.

Maybe I should just go get a toy stuffed cat. The litter problem is getting obsessive.







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Tee Hee! I hear you.

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(A little off-topic, but how come something so wonderful (kitten) creates something several times a day that smells so unbelievably bad? And brings fleas into my house? And has claws, too?)


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I love that idea. I have some old carpet in my office and the kittie box so any help is appreciated in the smell department.

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I wish I had thought of that before this got underway. I am treating the carpets for fleas, so if I have to do this messy project again, that is what I will do. Essential oil, maybe lemon. What a treat that will be. There has to be an upside to this and a good scent will add a niceness that is lacking when you are dealing with fleas. The paranoia is as bad as the itching, scratching kitties!









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In an herb gardening class that I took recently, we added a few drops of 100% essential oil to the borax for sprinkling on carpets. I used lavender, but lemon oil and others smell especially fresh, too.

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recycle or upcycle it is a great idea. I wonder how many of us have those piles? I use old newspapers under landscape bark to help keep the weeds down. Works great and breaks down into the soil eventually unlike plastic. Although, I've used recycled backs to do that as well.

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I don't know if this is an upcycle or a re-use. I used the plastic shaker bottle from dried Parmesan cheese to sprinkle borax on my carpets yesterday. I have been saving this container in my to-be-reused box for who knows how long, and it turned out to be perfect for this project.







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What have you upcycled recently? Anyone working a project?

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I love this idea. My cat had a store boat one that she would drag around stick and all. I think that is very clever way to use the wands.

The video made it look so easy to make the curls,,,

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This is a pretty humble upcycle. I have always saved the strings and wands from venetian blinds when I am discarding them. With a new kitten, I need cat toys, so...

I firmly re-attached the little bell-shaped handles pull-thingies that are at the end of the strings. Then I attached the strings to a wand. I now have a long-handled clickety sounding little toy for the kitten. It looks like a fishing pole and it works extremely well for giving the kitten a workout.

Sorry there are no words in my vocabulary for venetian blind parts, lol.

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I found the icosododecahedron to be a bit easier to start with, though not the way it was done in the vid. For the cuboctahedron, the thing to keep in mind is that each unit is attached to four "polygons", two triangles and two squares. The squares are opposite each other. There are 12 curler units. For the icosododecahecdron, the units are connected to two triangles and two pentagons. Again the pentagons are opposite each other. There are 30 units. I just had to keep on attaching and then moving stuff around until everything is in the right place.

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I'm going to watch the video another time and then try it. Hadn't thought about the glossy paper being so slippery, but you're right. Magazine reply cards ... hmmmmm.

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A note on the origami: Any paper will do, and glossy magazine and calendar paper usually looks nice, but it's coating makes it slippery and the paper wants to spring back so the origami doesn't want to hold together well.
The best paper I have found so far? You probably wouldn't guess this.
Its those annoying address reply cards that fall out of all the magazines. They are a bit thick, but malleable and really hold a fold since they aren't coated.

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I found this quote today by Audrey Hepburn and I think it's great!
"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed;
never throw out anyone."

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I just watched several needle felting videos on YouTube, and now I want to try it, too. I've never done it before, either. Wonder how much dryer lint you'll end up with? I usually save mine to make paper with later, but I'm not sure about the wool lint...if there is any...
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I have been pulling out old wool blazers and jackets - thinking of felting them and creating some applique back packs for the grandchildren! I am looking to make or find some cute woodland creature stencils to use! this will be the first time working with the wool so wish me luck! LOL I hope I don't end up with a mess in the washing maschine..plan to use a mesh bag to felt the wool in.

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i love taking clothes i have grown out of and transforming them into blankets, pillow, bags etc. drop by my spark page photo gallery to check out a cpl things i have made ;) and for crochet accessories, that include recycled denim and tshirts, check out www.BobiCreatios.etsy.com

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This week I finally finished a rug made with baling twine. It turned out better than I had imagined, and my husband wanted to put it inside. Right now, it is by the back door, and scratchy and thick for wiping off our shoes.

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I have been making soda can art. Bought a die cut machine and a ton of cartridges. Magnets, earrings, bracelets, etc. Waiting for a few more cartridges this week and will be using all the boxes (packaged foods) to make recycled notebooks. I'm loading the pics on my home page now!

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I am working on a pine needle basket, the largest one I have attempted. It takes some time lining up the needles, but I have to remove them from the bushes anyway, might as well upcycle something nice from them.

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I just went through my stash of beach glass and last time I visited the beach, I found a great strand of electrical cord. Today I am going to take it apart and see if there is enough copper wire to make a new necklace.

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McJulieO and I upcycled some old, dried-out baby wipes this week. We dripped watercolors on them and then glued them to ATCs for a fabric look.

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Upcycling is making everyday "Earth Day."
Happy Earth Day 2010! Help save the planet!

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I like recycling items and making new items with them. The one thing I have found is if you take the top of a pack of 50 or up CD's or DVD's, you can make some cute planters. You take them and you can any kind of paper to the outside or paint them or even add stones or rocks. You can put holes about a 1/4 of a inch down from the rim so you can add chain or string so you can hang them or just place then on a window sill or table. I did not made drain holes in mine but you can if you want to, just use a drill or hot rod.

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I would like to learn more about these domes CWAITES found in the newspaper article. I know I am new but I hope you will help me.

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I save all of the kids' broken crayons (or just weed out the non-Crayola ones when we get too many) and make upcycled crayons. I chop them up & melt them into molds. They're great for stocking stuffers or just little gifts. My kids love to play with them. I remember getting factory made "rainbow" crayons when I was little & I loved them. So now, I make them for my kids with their "garbage." emoticon

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There is a Teachers Recycle in the Artists Mall where I have a shop, and I am going to start working with the administrator on children's birthday parties. The parents get to pick from a list of activities that are $10 per child, and the artist gets half while the org gets half. The artist provides all the supplies. I'm so excited to think outside the box and teach kids the joy of imagination by using everyday items!

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Family spent a lot of time collecting sand shells. The y were put into an acrylic tube, that was the pedestal for a stool... it's beautiful and so unique. You can do this rocks or agats too.

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That is really cute! When I display items at shows, I love to have different heights. That would be perfect and easy to transport. I will be scouring the thrift stores...thanks!

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I found the article I saved from the newspaper about making a pedestal dome from a wooden candlestick and a small dome (kind of like a cheese dome that has a wooden bottom). I uploaded the picture to my page, but it's not very clear. You might could figure out how they did it from looking at the picture, though. If you need more and are interested in it, let me know and I'll type it up.

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According to Wikipedia "Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value." Pretty much...turning trash into art!!! Do you have any ideas for making upcycled items? Please share!!

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