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Showing posts with label upcycling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label upcycling. Show all posts

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tin can upcycles, Day 74 Use What You've Got

This week I've been spending time with my girls as it's the school holidays. 
Yesterday we got out a pile of tin cans that the girls have been saving to make pencil holders from. 
This was a nice simple project, using up fabric from my scrap stash and glue!

They came up with quite a selection! and had lots of fun in the process.

 The fur and thicker fabric definitely worked better as you can't see the ridges of the tin through the fabric. I can see there might be some embellishments added to some of these tins. But that will have to wait until I can buy some more glue as the girls used all we had!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Plastic Lid Lamp Upcycle (a tutorial) - Day 72, Use What You've Got

The school holidays started yesterday and we started as we mean to go on - with a craft that involves, 

Using What We've Got!

I've had this old lamp in the cupboard for a while. the light itself works, just the shade disintegrated and had to be thrown out.

My daughter has also been collecting plastic lids from the milk and juice bottles for a while now - saving them for some kind of crafty endeavour.

First we had to find a way to hold the upper shade ring up to create a frame for the shade.  I had some old pieces of wood from a broken tray and we got out my hot glue gun to stick it all together.

Once we had the frame, we used some fishing wire, and the plastic lids to create the lampshade.

We used an awl to punch holes on 2 sides of each lid.

Then tied the fishing wire to the bottom of the frame, before threading it through one hole at a time to secure each lid in place all the way up to the top of the frame, where we wrapped the wire around the top, down to the bottom and up ready to start the next column of coloured lids.

We worked our way around the frame - one of us on either side, until we met.

Then after tying the loose ends of fishing wire off, we got the glue gun out again to hold the lids together and all facing the right way.

Once the glue had dried we could trim the wire and pull off the stringy glue bits.

Then test it out inside..

My daughter is very happy with her new lamp. Especially since she was so involved in making it.
And we made it just with things we had on hand!

What do you think? 
Have you ever upcycled a lamp?
Or made something with plastic lids? We still have plenty of lids left over and are looking for the next craft!

I'll be linking this post to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons can be found on the bottom of this page and whose direct links can be found on my linky party page.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A little travel around Cairns - Day 63, Use What You've Got

(yarn bombed tree in Yungaburra - Atherton Tablelands)

This past week we've had family visiting and so have spent a little time doing the touristy thing and showing them a little of Cairns.

We snaffled the girls out of school one day and went strawberry picking..

We ended up with 4.5kg of strawberries, which was perhaps a little excessive - but all part of the fun, and they did all get eaten!

We also visited the botanic gardens  - which has some amazing plants, including this palm tree completely covered in cactuses!

It's good to have visitors now and again to remind you of all the beautiful and fun things to do in your area - that you may have forgotten about!

How often do you play the tourist in your local area?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A New Generation of Upcyclers! Day 56 Use What You've Got

A few weeks ago I was asked to speak to some students at a local school about sewing with upcycled materials. They have an assignment this term to sew something from upcycled materials and the teacher thought that hearing from someone who did lots of this might inspire them.

I spent a lovely lesson with the kids talking about what I do, how I got started and showing them some of the things I've made.

A couple of days ago the teacher contacted me to say the students were nearing the end of their assignment and would I like to come and see what they'd come up with.
I jumped at the chance and I have to say I was super impressed with not only the ideas they had come up with, but how well their projects were made.
They have very kindly allowed me to share some photos of their  assignment projects. So here they are.

Fabulous cushions upcycled from jeans by Lynette:
They are so well made - and I love how the seams of the jeans are a feature and that there is a pocket on each pillow!

A tablecloth by Shahni:
Made from her mum's old cushion covers. The patterns and colours work so well together and I'm impressed at how well she's completed such a large project. I know how hard it is to work with such a large item when you're sewing!

A rather cool make-up holder by Kirralee:
The main part is a pillowcase - the perfect size! The pockets are patchwork from t-shirt fabric. Flowers add decoration and hide minor imperfections, and a mirror held on with velcro!  Just brilliant!

And here's one more in progress..

A cute pot holder made out of old denim from jeans made by Jennifer:

I wanted to say a huge thank you to Ruth and her students for welcoming me into their classroom and for allowing me to share their projects here on my blog. I was so impressed with all of them, and hope that it has inspired them to create more fabulous upcycled things!

Upcycling in Education

I love the fact that creating something from upcycled materials is a school assignment in high school. 
At age 4 or 5, schooling begins with kids making things out of recycled materials. If you've had kids at Kindergarten or Pre-School, then surely you've taken in old cereal boxes, yoghurt pots, toilet paper rolls etc for the kids to craft and create with.   If only we could continue teaching our kids to 'use what they've got' throughout their schooling.

If we can educate our kids to reduce, reuse and recycle instead of just always buying new things, imagine the difference that could be made in the world with a

 whole new generation of upcyclers!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Notebook covers - another school dress upcycle - Day 31 - Use What You've Got

Upcycling more of my girls old school dresses yesterday. 
I made them a couple of notebook covers. These covers slip over a regular exercise book measuring about 22.5 x 17.5cm (9 x 7")

The simple 5 steps in 15 minutes tutorial for making these notebook covers is here.

For the covers I made yesterday I used fabric from the dresses for the outside, and co-ordinating fabric for the inside. I also added each of my girls initials on the outside of the covers using the co-ordinating fabric, just to make them a little more special!

And I still have some more of the dresses to use up - so come back tomorrow again to see what else I've made by upcycling these dresses!

I'll be linking this post to some linky parties whose pretty buttons can be found on the bottom of this page, and whose direct links can be found on my linky party page.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

School uniform upcycles - Day 30 Use What You've Got

I have a pile of old school dresses from my girls that have ripped or worn through. They've been in my 'to be upcycled' pile for quite some time.

As part of my "use what you've got" challenge, I'm finally getting around to doing something with them.
A couple of weeks ago I made one mini dress for a teddy as a keepsake for my girls. Yesterday I made another for the other daughter and also a couple of other things.

Here are the teddies..

Then I made a couple of fabric denim baskets using this great tutorial from Threading My Way and a pair of kids jeans.

Then a couple of gathered round baskets using this lovely tutorial from A Spoonful of Sugar.

These little baskets are not only cute...they're reversible!!

When my girls came home from school they were very excited to see what I'd made and loved them all!

I still have a fair pile of the uniforms left to upcycle, and lots more ideas planned! Come back tomorrow to see what I make next!

So this is what I've made so far!

I'll add these to my Pinterest Uniform Upcycling board which has a few ideas - but definitely needs more!
So if you have any ideas of projects to share - do let me know!

And of course you can add any clothes upcycling project to the ongoing clothes upcycling linky which now has over 550 projects linked up!

I'll be linking this post to some fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons can be found on the bottom of this page, and whose direct links can be found on my linky party page.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Use What You've Got Day 21 - Finished Koala mascot and final cape!

A little late with today's post - but I've committed to posting each day, and don't want to slip up!!

Today I've been finishing off the hockey mascot project for my daughter's school teacher.

I was asked to make one more cape for the koala - with flames on it!!
So this is what I came up with today!

The koala was made with an old pair of grey jeans, and the capes from a pillowcase.  With the remaining part of the pillowcase, rather than add the excess fabric to my stash - I decided to use it up - in the spirit of my current challenge!

So I made a simple drawstring bag to keep the koala and capes in:

Great to have a finished project to end the week on!

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