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Interesting stories from all across the world of upcycling, recycling, and reusing! Check back each week for news, interviews, giveaways, links to interesting sites, and more.

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Friday, May 27, 2011
Weekend Link Round-Up May 27, 2011

Read “Upcycle is the New Recycle” written by Jane Skoch of Mentor Patch. A new way to upcycle old ties. Check out the adorable Rachel of Maybe Matilda and her clear step-by-step tutorial. Wow! The discs of this necklace are made from upcycled bubble wrap. Read all about it at Craftzine.

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Friday, May 20, 2011
Weekend Link Round-Up May 20, 2011

Wow! Look at this cool tree upcycled from copper wire. Who knew wire could be so elegant? The creator started making them to hang her handmade earring on. Check out her Etsy shop Unique Necks. Check out the step-by-step instructions for making this letter “E” from paint stir sticks. We love this idea. Click on Mamie Janes. Head over to Wonder Strange for a cool tutorial for upcycling candle sticks into unique art pieces.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Etsy Feature: Upcycled Skateboards

Where do old skateboards go when they die? If Matt Mercurio has anything to do with it, they receive a new life. He recreates them into colorful jewelry and unique wall art. He was an artist and skater in his younger days while growing up in Orlando,FL. Life happened and for a time he left art and skating behind him. Then in 2006, he followed his family to Portland, Oregon. The community was filled with artists and skaters, igniting a new passion for Matt. Inspired by a few …

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Friday, May 13, 2011
Weekend Link Round-Up May 13,2011

Look at this project from Ruffled It is made from perforated metal. The kind that would cover a radiator. DIY instructions are on their site. Here are easy step-by-step directions for adapting a cart to use for grocery shopping. This cart is designed to go back and forth to the market and eliminate the need for any bags. Great idea! Click here. Turn your pants into a bowl? That’s right! Check out this tutorial from our new friends at Kanelstrand organic living. Make yours this weekend!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Etsy Feature: Decomp

Do you want to look like an artist? Then start shopping at the Etsy shop Decomp. This artistic shop is filled with creative and nature inspired clothing, jewelry, and accessories made mostly from recycled and upcycled materials. Meet Nicolette, the creative mind behind Decomp. Each of her organic pieces are planned in great detail. They are visually interesting with a perfect combination of texture and color. Her love of nature shines through in each of her designs. Her favorite material to work with is leather scrap that …