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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, February 7, 2013

Here is a great video from the folks at www.permies.com. This free tutorial outlines the steps for turning an old refrigerator or freezer into a food dehydrator. We love this idea! I have tried a few homemade solar dehydrators but they didn’t really work because of humidity. This appears to take care of that problem and prevents the purchase of a new dehydrator while keeping an old appliance out of the land fill.      

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Upcycled Egg Carton Wreath

The snow is flying here but I am ready for spring! Check out this free tutorial for upcycling egg cartons into a beautiful flower wreath. The colors are so pretty and vivid. Once again, another great project for all ages. Get the complete tutorial here.

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Friday, January 25, 2013
Upcycled Magazine Coasters

Looking for a fun project you can do with your kids or while relaxing by the fire? Check out this easy tutorial for making your own drink coasters from old magazines.  They are simple, colorful, useful AND recyclable.  I think they would make great Mother’s or Father’s day gifts.  Get started here.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013
How To: Make A Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet

    One of the best gifts I ever gave my now husband was a life-size, stand-up, cardboard Storm Trooper. He is a Star Wars fan and when I came across the Storm Trooper, well…I had no choice but to buy it. My dear friend loaded it in her car and drove it across the state with me so I could give it to him. Ahhh, love! Interestingly,  after college and  having kids we really didn’t need a big Storm Trooper anymore. We sold it at a garage …

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Felted Wool Valentine Runner

This fun table runner was made by one of my friends. Isn’t it cute? It is a fun and easy project that you can have on your table in no time.   How to make the table runner: 1. Select materials. This is made of old wool sweaters that have been felted. Learn how to felt wool here. 2. Draw a heart template from sturdy cardboard. 3. Using chalk, trace the template onto the wool. 4. Cut out the hearts using sharp sewing scissors. 5. Lay out the …