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Want to try your own upcycle projects? On this page, you will find ideas for all sorts of creative DIY project ideas. Every week, our editors scour the Internet, as well as the ideas submitted by our readers, and we post the most unique and interesting projects here. Some articles are simple “idea starters” and others come complete with step-by-step instructions. We hope these upcycle ideas will inspire you to try them yourself, or spin them into new ideas of your own!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
How To: Turn An Aluminum Bottle Into A Cup

  I see this as a man upcycle project. I can envision an entire set of these cups lining the walls of a man cave or a college apartment. Make sure you look through the entire tutorial. You don’t want people getting cut on the lip of the cup. The directions offer clear instructions for turning the edge over for making it safe for drinking. Click here for the entire step-by-step tutorial.   Happy Upcycling! Jill  

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
How To: Upcycle Tights Into Leggings

  In the last week, I have had three different moms tell me that their daughter didn’t like tights. Now that I think about it, I don’t really like tights either. They are hard to get on little ones and they make my feet feel claustrophobic. Now you can convert those darling tights into even cuter leggings. Follow this easy step-by-step tutorial from U Create and you will have some brand new leggings for fall.   Happy Upcycling, Jill

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
How To: Make an Upcycled Rag Rug

Cleaning out your drawers and ready to part with a few old t-shirts? Here is a step-by-step tutorial for upcyling those old t-shirts into a soft and colorful rag rug. This would be so cute in a child’s room or maybe a laundry room. I think that it is a project  older kids could help with or even try on their own. Try a little upcycling on a rainy afternoon. Get the complete tutorial here. Happy Upcycling! Jill

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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Upcycled Bobby Pins

Here is a cute and easy tutorial for upcycling spare buttons, beads and baubles. You could use your Grandmother’s button collection or even some of those extra buttons you get when you buy new clothes.  I personally have every extra button I have ever received. I think some of the fabric covered floral buttons that I rocked in elementary school would look great on some bobby pins. Now you finally have a way to upcycle your tin of treasures. A Homemaker’s Journal has the complete tutorial. Happy Upcycling, …

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
How To: Make an Upcycled Newspaper Basket

Hello craftiness! Let’s be honest, some upcycled projects are functional but seriously lacking in asthetics. This upcycled newspaper basket scores high in form and  function. The added trim and bow really bring it home for me. I am picturing several of these lined up on a shelf to house craft supplies. You could use either black and white newspaper or save the cartoon section for several weeks and make a colorful version. We love this upcycled project! Click here for pictures and step-by-step directions by Jeff Rudell of …