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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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Monday, January 7, 2013
How To: Felt Wool

Felting wool from old sweaters is a wonderful way to give something old a new life. If the sweater is out of style, out of size or even if it has been attacked by moths you can give it  a new use by felting. Do not be intimidated by this process. It is fun and really easy. Remember that the process is irreversible. Felting wool sweaters: 1. Select your sweaters. If you notice any holes, you can repair them now by closing the holes with a few stiches. …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
How To: Make A Sock Bun

When I was a kid, my Mom had a little basket for socks that had either temporarily or permanently lost their mates. I was sure that I would never have such a basket and that my socks would always match.  Well, my poor lone sock basket is even bigger than my Mom’s. Some of those socks have been in there for years and I still hold out hope that one day I will find it’s mate hidden in the corner of a fitted sheet or tucked deep down under …

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Friday, December 7, 2012
How To: Make A Bag From A Book

This tutorial is genius! Take a book with a cool cover and turn it into this neat activity center or satchel. I think this would make a great gift and the tutorial is easy to follow. So, go check out Cosmo Cricket and this cool tutorial.  

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Monday, December 3, 2012
How To: Make a Menorah From Upcycled Carboard Tubes

Here is a great kid-friendly tutorial for making a menorah. The flames on the candles are felt so it is perfect for little ones that you don’t want near a real flame. It would also be a great craft for a preschool classroom where real candles are definitely off limits. You can get the complete tutorial from Creative Jewish Mom.

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Monday, December 3, 2012
Upcycled Magazine Tree

Are you inundated with catalogs this time of year? Why not upcycle a few?  We found two great tutorials for making these cute trees. You can leave them as is or embellish ’til your hearts content with paints and other fancies. Check out “Just Like Martha”s picture tutorial here or “Family Fun”s video tutorial here.