Category Archives: Materials

T-shirt to vest top

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Upcycling clothes is all about adapting them to fit your needs, to fit your body or someone else’s. An easy fix for a baggy T-shirt is to make it into a Vest top, this is especially good if it is the image on the T-shirt that you like. Continue reading T-shirt to vest top

Mini Herb Wall

Everyone likes a few fresh herbs, the ones that they use the most and the best way to use them is to have them on hand in your kitchen. Vertical gardens are also a huge thing but not everyone can dedicate an entire wall to keeping herbs. My smaller version can be made as large as you want, depending on the space you have and the amount herbs you want to keep.

Mini Herb Garden
Mini Herb Garden

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Easy Bird feeder

We all like to help our animal friends when we can and a large part of the population put out bird food, especially during winter but this isn’t always a cheap option. Never mind the cost of the seed, or nuts, or fat balls the average bird feeder will set you back between £4 and £5 each, this is cheap and easy way to feed the birds and make something beautiful and unique for the garden.

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Finished and in the garden, just waiting for the birds

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Sweet Display

Bottles are a fabulous resource, I often use the top and main body of them as mini green houses for plants. This leaves me with lots of bases that normally just end up going in the recycling. I saw an image of a jewellery display made of the bottom of large bottles and liked the idea but didn’t need a jewellery stand at the time.
Instead when I started thinking about things I would like in my stall at makerfaire I thought about adapting the idea to hold sweets.

Finished, with ribbon trim
Finished, with ribbon trim

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Multicoloured Lego crayons

Finished lego men and blocks in crayon
Finished lego men and blocks in crayon

I have seen these before online and thought it was a great use for leftover bits if crayons. It is the disaster that befalls all young and old people and their box of crayons. At the beginning you have a perfect box of crayons in every Colour imaginable but slowly more and more break and get used until all that is left is lots of little broken bits.

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Jars I – painted

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Jars are a fantastic resource they can be used and re-used over and over again. They are one of the easiest to be re-used and most people do it without thinking.

There are also ways to make jars a bit more fun, everyone loves a pop of colour in their living spaces and this easy way to decorate a jar can match any decor that you have.

 

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The Dressing table

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When I bought my house it had been abandoned so was full of old furniture and many, many years of rubbish and dust. Some of the leftover stuff that I could never see myself using, including a triple bunk bed and a play kitchen, and they went on Freecycle and quickly found themselves a new home. Others were kept with some sort of thought that they could be used somewhere else, these were mostly things I could break down into basic materials such as doors from old cupboards and an old chipboard wardrobe but among all of this stuff there was a dressing table.

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