Recycled Book Furniture

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recycled book furnitureDescription : There is no tutorial for the Recycled Book Furniture project, but with a little ingenuity, you should be able to duplicate this design.

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Book Bag Tutorial

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Description : Use this Book Bag Tutorial to recycle an attractive, but boring, hardback useful again.

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Coasters From Plastic Bags

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Description : To make Coasters From Plastic Bags, use an iron to fuse together six layers of attractive plastic bags.

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Bingo Marker Thumb Tacks

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Description : To make Bingo Marker Thumb Tacks just glue thumb tacks to the back of bingo markers. This project just goes to show that the best ideas are often the most simple.

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Wagon Bookshelf

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Description: This Wagon Bookshelf is brilliant, but why leave it on a bookcase? A wagon of cookbooks could sit a fridge.  A wagon of kids books could sit in the corner of a child’s bedroom. Let your imagine go wild.

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6 Great Ways To Recycle Sweaters

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6 ways to recycle sweaters

Description : 6 Great Ways To Recycle Sweaters include making jewelry, covering pots, creating a lampshade and more.

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Scrap Paper Mosaics

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scrap paper mosaicsDescription : Make a Scrap Paper Mosaic with bits of magazines, craft papers and even gift wrap.

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Argyle Sock Vases

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argyle sock vasesDescription : Fashion old or unmatched socks into easy Argyle Sock Vases.

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Driftwood Shelf Project

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Description : Create a Driftwood Shelf Project from scraps of wood gathered from the lake or beach.

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Truck Pincushion

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Description : I rarely say this, but I MUST own a Pincushion Made From A Truck!

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12 Crafty Ways To Reuse Phone Books

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Now that everyone looks up numbers on the internet,  the phone companies will eventually stop sending new phone books each year. Until that time comes, however,  here are some of my favorite uses for phone books.

1. Gift Bows. Use pages from telephone books to make subtly colored, but surprisingly attractive gift bows.

2. Paper Beads. Slice and roll paper beads from telephone book pages to create unique  fashion jewelry.

3. Cutting Mats. Need an impromptu cutting mat? Try using an old telephone book to protect surface and keep the craft knife from being damages.

4. DIY Phonebook Wallet. Fold a wallet in just a few moments using pages from the phone book.

5. Coffee Tables. There are several methods for recycling phone books into coffee tables. Take a look at the links here, here,  and here.

6. Origami. Phone book pages are the perfect size and weight for origami.  The print on the pages adds to the fun!

7. Pen Organizer. Stacks of telephone book pages are cut, folded and glued together to make a great organizers for pens, pencils and other small office supplies.

8. Flower Press. No need to purchase a flower press when old phone books work just as well.

9. Secret Hiding Space. Hardback books are generally used to make hollowed out hiding spaces for valuables. However, because of the size, phone books can be used just as well.

10. Paper Bunting. Phone books make a great disposable bunting for parties and other special occasions.

11. Flip Books. Teach your kids how to make their own flip books using unwanted phone books. Make the project even more fun by reading the history behind flip books with them.

12. Paper Mache. Because phone book pages are so thin, they make a great top-layer for intricate paper mache projects.

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20 Crafty Ways To Reuse Plastic Bottles

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Though I’ve now lived in the Middle East for four years, I still don’t drink the water.  As a result, I always have an enormous collection of plastic water bottles to recycle.  Over time, these bottles have been turned into funnels, weights, bowling sets, pencil cups, drawer organizers, vases and even board game pieces. I’m always on the lookout for crafty ways to reuse my bottles.

Woven Plastic Bottle Vase – This is the project that gave me the idea for this list.  I had to read the how-to’s before I believed this vase was really made from a plastic bottle.

PopSci Plastic Bottle LampsComplete instructions from PopSci.

Terrariums – Use a plastic bottle to make an almost instant terrarium. More ideas here and here.

Knitting Loom From Plastic Bottles - I was going to purchase a knitting loom, but when I saw this tutorial, I decided to make my own instead.

Plastic Bottle And Paper Vases - Cut a plastic bottle down to size and glue on fabric. This can also be used as a pencil cup.

Winter Star Garlands - At first glance, it’s hard to believe that this holiday project is made from plastic drink bottles.

Soda Bottle Dome Displays – The instructions call for a soda bottle, but I think a water bottle would look even nicer in this project.

Plastic Bottle Beads - I’ve come across loads of tutorials for plastic bottle beads, but this tutorial from Zakka Life is by far the nicest.

Fish From Plastic Bottles - Cut shapes from plastic and paint to resemble fish. Use the bottom of the bottle as a display stand.

Herb Gardens - Plastic bottles are the perfect size for  individual herb gardens.

3 Dimensional Wall Art - Create a lovely 3 dimensional painting of flowers, using a plastic bottle as the vase.  So creative!

Knit or Crochet Plastic Bottle Bangles – A ring is cut from a plastic bottle and then wrapped with a knit or crocheted cover.

Woven BoxesRibbons of plastic bottles strips are woven back and forth to create a square box.

DIY Shrinky Dinks - I was thrilled to find these tutorials, since it’s very hard to find plain Shrinky Dink plastic near where I live.

Fabric And Plastic Bottle Bracelets - Another bracelet. This one is covered with felt, but really, any fabric would work out great.

Plastic Bottle Coin Purses - Unfortunately, this project doesn’t come with instructions.

Plastic Bottle Change Holders - I wouldn’t use this change holder in the living room, but it’s fine for a workroom or garage.

Plastic Bottle Flowers – These flowers are a cinch to make. But, it’s amazing to see what was done with them when they were finished!

Monster Container - I tried to avoid included crafts for kids, but this little container is too adorable to miss.

Plastic Bottle Butterflies – Once these butterflies are completed there are dozens of things to do with them…use them to decorate gift packages, attach them to a wall in a child’s room to add interest, place them strategically throughout your garden, and lots more.

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Cardboard Stool

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Description : Cardboard and glue are the only two materials used in the Cardboard Stool.

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How To Turn a Book Into a Clock

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Description : For another project showing How to Turn a Book Into a Clock, check out Literary Clock

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Coiled Paper Basket

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Description: A couple of old magazines and some glue are all you need to make this quaint, Coiled Paper Basket.

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Paper Vases From Old Books

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Description: To make Paper Vases From Old Books, use a template to cut the pages into a vase shape and then glue the last pages together.

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Cardboard Side Tables

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Description: These fanciful little Cardboard Side Tables are made from cardboard tubes and magazines.

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A Dozen Crafty Ways To Recycle Cereal Boxes

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A Dozen Crafty Ways To Recycle Cereal BoxesWhile some materials are quite hard to find a re-use for, others are actually quite easy.  Cardboard ce­real box­es fall into the se­cond cat­eg­ory.  There are an end­less num­ber of things that can be done with them. Here are some of my fav­or­ites ways to re­cyc­le this use­ful mat­er­ial.

1. Used cereal boxes make great packaging for gifts. The boxes can be turned inside out, or used as is.

2. Organizers can also be made from cereal boxes. Cover the boxes with contact paper for a more finished look.

3.  Make a clock from a cereal box using easy to understand in­st­ruc­tions.

4. Who would ever believe that cereal boxes can be converted to very attractive storage bins.

5. Ornaments can be put together with the kids using old cereal boxes.

6.  Make a very good looking and useful cereal box notepad.

7.  A cereal box cd case is another way to use this material.

8. Cereal box wallets look so nice, you might never use anything else again.

9. Paper beads are a fun to make parent and child cereal box project.

10. These journal are so bright and fun, it’s hard to believe how much you can do with a cereal box.

11. Cereal boxes are bright and colorful…. just what you want in a  mobile.

12. This recycled notebook uses the inside of the cereal box for a subdued look.

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Recycled Pillow Tutorial

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As with most of my craft proj­ects, this re­cyc­led pil­low was in­spir­ed by need. My fav­or­ite pil­low need­ed to be wash­ed be­cause spilled soda soaked through the case. But, when I took the pil­low out of the dry­er, I found that the case was torn and the in­sides had mat­ted. Ugh!

In­stead of throw­ing the pil­low out and spend­ing at least 10-20 dollars on a new one, I de­cid­ed to re­cyc­le the old one.

First, I lo­cat­ed an old pil­low case. The one I found was a pres­ent from when I first got mar­ried 25 years ago. It was still in­tact, but hor­rib­ly fad­ed.

Then, I pulled apart the stuf­fing from the damaged pil­low. This took about 20 min­utes, be­cause I did­n’t want even small clumps in the new one. Some of the stuf­fing had to be thrown out because I just could­n’t get it to plump up, but most was sal­vag­ed.

Fin­al­ly, I placed the stuf­fing in the new pil­low­case and sewed the edges to­geth­er.

The new pil­low is slight­ly flat­ter than the old one was, but still high­ly us­able. I’ve been sleep­ing with it for two nights now, and I’m ex­treme­ly sat­is­fied.

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Juice Carton Wallet

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Description: Juice Carton Wallets are made with a clean juice carton.

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