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Don’t Recycle That! 5 Cool DIY Upcycling Websites

Posted By Ginny Figlar Colón On November 26, 2010 @ 3:50 pm In Green Living | 8 Comments


I’ve always been a huge recycler [2], even fishing through other people’s trashcans at work as a kind of self-proclaimed recycling police.

But you won’t find me digging in the trash anymore. Instead, I am bin-diving into the recyclables [3] on an almost-daily basis — hunting for a new toy, utensil [4] holder, coloring book, snack dispenser or anything else my little family and I might need.

I’m all about reusing before recycling [5] these days.

Upcycling [6]” — the process of turning otherwise wasted objects into something of greater value — is nothing new. But, like a new mom who suddenly becomes hyper-aware of toxins in our food, air and clothing (been there), my living-with-less [7] reality right now has reminded me that I can use a lot of things that normally land in the recycling bin.

If you, too, are in an upcycling [8] state of mind, or just looking for some unique handmade gift ideas [9], here are five great websites that can help you go from recycling bin to treasure trove.

1. Made by Joel [10]

This is my go-to site for upcycled toys, such as a snack dispenser [1], kite [11] or marble run [12] made from cereal boxes or these sweet fabric nesting dolls [13]. Joel graciously provides free templates and instructions for those of us who wish we were more artistic.

2.   UpCycleIt [14]

Ever thought of using paper towel or toilet paper tubes to store extension cords [15]? UpCycleIt, the blog dedicated to turning trash into treasure, has.

3.   Daily Danny [16]

This is the blog of green-living expert Danny Seo, who has written a book called Upcycling, due out next fall. How cool is that Tennis Ball Swing [17]?!

4.   Instructables [18]

User-submitted homemade gift ideas complete with how-tos — from the bizarre to super-practical, like this e-reader case made from a hardcover book [19].

5.   Crafting a Green World [20]

DIY for environmentalists, including a few clever ideas for repurposing coffee cans [21].

Photo credit: Joel Henriques, Made by Joel [22]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://madebyjoel.blogspot.com/2010/11/craft-video-for-cheerios.html

[2] recycler: http://life.gaiam.com/article/recycling-faq

[3] bin-diving into the recyclables: http://www.gaiam.com/product/folding+recycling+bags+set+of+3.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS

[4] utensil: http://www.gaiam.com/product/spudware+utensil+set+50+each+forks+knives+spoons.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS

[5] reusing before recycling: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/give-old-items-new-life-what-to-do-before-you-recycle/

[6] Upcycling: http://life.gaiam.com/article/upcycling-turn-your-worn-out-sweater-treasure

[7] living-with-less: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/could-you-be-happy-with-just-100-things/

[8] upcycling: http://life.gaiam.com/article/upcycling-new-recycling

[9] handmade gift ideas: http://www.gaiam.com/category/fair-trade.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS

[10] Made by Joel: http://madebyjoel.blogspot.com

[11] kite: http://madebyjoel.blogspot.com/2010/11/paper-kite.html

[12] marble run: http://madebyjoel.blogspot.com/2010/06/cereal-box-marble-run.html

[13] fabric nesting dolls: http://madebyjoel.blogspot.com/2010/11/craft-for-etsy-blog-fabric-nesting.html

[14] UpCycleIt: http://blog.upcycleit.com/

[15] paper towel or toilet paper tubes to store extension cords: http://blog.upcycleit.com/2008/03/16/store-extension-cords-using-paper-towel-tubes/

[16] Daily Danny: http://www.dailydanny.com/

[17] Tennis Ball Swing: http://www.dailydanny.com/?p=3976

[18] Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-living/channel-reuse/

[19] e-reader case made from a hardcover book: http://www.instructables.com/id/Hardback-Nook-Case/

[20] Crafting a Green World: http://craftingagreenworld.com/tag/upcycling/

[21] repurposing coffee cans: http://craftingagreenworld.com/2010/11/12/five-awesome-coffee-can-projects/

[22] Made by Joel: http://madebyjoel.blogspot.com/

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