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

Monday, November 10, 2014

UPCYCLING: Sweater Sleeve to Heating Pad

Upcycled Sweater to Heating Pad via homework - carolynshomework (5)

Now that the weather is dipping, it’s time to bust out those old sweaters. Not to wear… to cut up. Whoever first came up with the upcycle sweater idea was a genius. I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of sweater crafts. You can use the sleeves to cover cans and jars, make stockings and more.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

UPCYCLING: Easy Chalkboard Sign

Chalkboard Sign - homework (carolynshomework (4)Am I late to the chalkboard party? I’ve actually done a few chalkboard projects but this is my first chalkboard sign. I’m not sure if the chalkboard trend will be with us much longer but that’s okay, I still wanted a chalkboard sign for my hutch. I don’t have a mantel so this dining room hutch is my décor central. And since this frame was just sitting around and fit perfectly on the top shelf, it seemed like it was meant to be.

Monday, April 21, 2014

UPCYCLING: Earth Day Upcycling & Recycling Projects

Earth Day is tomorrow so I thought today would be a good time to dig through my archives and reshare several of my upcycled and recycled projects that I’ve done over the years.

I love making things from ordinary throw away items aka trash. I hope you are inspired to create something from your recycling bin from these projects.

Earth Day recycled and upcycled projects via homework

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Upcycling: Recycled & Repurposed Unique Planters for Spring

Round Up Spring GardenIt’s time everyone. Time to get the garden going. If you’re not quite to the point to head outside and start digging up the plant beds, you can start small with these fun and unique container ideas. The best part is they are all recycled or repurposed items. Oh yeah… it’s good to be green.

Monday, September 23, 2013

INKLING: Recycled Grocery Bag Book {Fiskars Art Tools}

Recyled Grocery Bag Book - Fiskars Art Tools via homeworkGrowing up, art class was always my favorite subject in school. If it was art class day, my whole day would be brighter and I couldn’t wait to what we were going to paint, draw or create that day. I love supporting art programs for kids and was so excited to hear about Fiskars Shape Their Future Project.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Upcycling: Vintage Jewelry Projects

12 Beautiful Vintage Jewelry Projects via homeworkDo you have any vintage costume jewelry laying around? Or, perhaps you’ve seen piles of this type of jewelry at the thrift store. Well, it’s time to gather up those pieces of costume jewelry and put them to use. Here are twelve inspirational diy projects that you can make using vintage jewelry.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Upcycling: Weathered Nautical cans

Weathered Nautical Cans via homework (5)It’s not too late to get that beachy coastal look for summer and here’s a simple diy recycling project to add a nautical touch to your décor.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

UPCYCLING: Shopping bag to teen decor

Shopping Bag to Teen Sign via homework (9)CMy son has reached the age where he likes to pick out his own clothes. Long gone are the days of cute matching clothes that I would pick out. He typically likes the beachy surf and skate shop type clothing stores that are everywhere here in Southern California.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Upcycling: syrup bottle to aqua pitcher

Upcycled Syrup Pitcher via homework (9)Do you like my new rare antiquity? Or at least I can pretend it’s an antiquity. It’s not as convincing as I had envisioned it would be but it’s still a fun faux upcycle project.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Inkling: paper clip & junk mail bracelet

Paper Clip and Junk Mail Bracelet via homework | carolynshomework.comMaking a paperclip chain or bracelet has been around for probably as long as paperclips. I saw a fun paperclip bracelet here that took the paperclip chain to a new level by wrapping paper around each clip to form paper beads.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Extra Credit: living green with white cloud

This post brought to you by White Cloud. All opinions are 100% mine.

Some of my favorite project and crafts supplies are recyclable items. Over the past few years, I’ve shared many “upcycling” and “recycling” projects.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Upcycling: holiday packaging pencil cans

I did some of my holiday shopping online and got a bonus in one of the boxes. This cool brown packing paper was wrapped around some mugs from Crate & Barrel.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Upcycling: pumpkin bottle birdfeeder

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Happy Halloween everyone! Today’s project is a recycled soda bottle birdfeeder. And since today is Halloween, once you’re done with your pumpkins you can save the stems, dry them out and make a fun pumpkin birdfeeder to enjoy through fall.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Inkling: brown bag wreath {faux bay leaves}

I love those bay leaf wreaths that you can buy. I’m sure that they smell wonderful and it’s a nice idea to be able to pluck a bay leaf from your wreath when you’re cooking. But they can be pricey. Even buying fresh bay leaves and making your own wreath can add up. Here’s a way to get the look for less.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Upcycling: cookie tin to coffee bin

I’ve been saving this cookie tin for the longest time. 

Originally it was filled with Swedish Gingersnaps and the design on the tin is so pretty. 

The only problem was the nutrition information that was printed on the back of the tin. The only way to cover it without it looking out of place was to use the area as a label.

I went with the oh-so-popular chalkboard paint label. I’ve learned from experience that using chalkboard paint on metal can be problematic. Press too hard with the chalk and you scratch the paint off. As an option you can buy chalkboard vinyl but I decided to make my own.

All you need is a label or contact paper. Cut out your label shape and paint it with several coats of chalkboard paint. Every other coat you’ll want to paint in the opposite direction – up and down then across – until you have a nice coat of paint with no streaks.

The tin needed a little handle and I found this old drawer handle that I glued on. A knob would have looked cute too. In fact, I had a hard time deciding – knob or handle, knob or handle…

I’ll store coffee beans in a plastic bag inside the tine since it will be difficult to completely wash the tin with the chalkboard label.

Time to grind some beans and enjoy a cup of coffee.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Upcycling: scrappy t-shirt baby hangers

We cleaned out my son’s closet…again! He outgrew another closetful of clothes. I kept a few of the colorful t-shirts to use for projects but I wasn’t sure what I was going to use them for.

I also found some of those small plastic baby hangers buried in the back of his closet. Keep in my mind my son is a teenager so I don’t know how those hangers have been overlooked all these years. I decided to use the t-shirts and hangers together.

These plastic baby hangers are just the right size for baby and toddler clothes but they’re slippery and the clothes tend to fall off.

Using the old t-shirts, I cut long strips and wrapped the plastic hangers. A dab of hot glue here and there will keep the strips in place.

Smaller strips are tied on to create the scrappy / rag rug look. The strips did take a while to tie but if you cut them all out you can tie them while watching your favorite TV show.

I didn’t have any baby clothes to hang on the hangers for these photos so I used some of my tops that tend to fall off regular hangers.

They work perfectly. The old t-shirts are soft and add padding to the hangers.

These would make great baby gifts. The plastic hangers are very inexpensive and old t-shirts are free! 

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