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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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Sunday, November 11, 2012
How To: Make a Pumpkin From Scraps

We are still counting our blessings here and enjoying the Thanksgiving Season. This week we are focusing on getting our homes and families ready for a day of gratefulness. It’s not Christmas yet… First up, a scrapy little pumpkin. Made with fall colored material scraps and stuffed with old newspaper. It is fun, easy and looks great in any room of your house. Materials: 1. Material scraps in a variety of fall colors. 2. Twine 3. Newspaper or upcycled wrapping or tissue paper 4. A very small amount …

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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Project Idea: Upcycle An Old Deck

I have seen several projects that upcycle old deck material. Typically, the wood is used to build something new like a planter or raised garden beds. The problem with decking being used in such applications is that it is often pressure treated and full of chemicals. Not really what you want to use when gardening your tender vegetation! I saw this garage this summer and I absolutely love it! The decking is used as siding and already has that lovely weathered look. My daughter liked it too! …

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Friday, July 27, 2012
How To: Make a Compost Bin From a Trash Can

I grew up in the country, right in the middle of corn fields and farms. Every evening when we cleaned up the dinner table we had a bowl for kitchen scraps. The bowl was either dumped in the corner of the garden or given to the pigs. I never thought to do anything else with kitchen scraps. That was, until I went to college. I clearly remember the first meal I made in my college apartment. When it came time to clean-up, I didn’t know what to do …

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
How To: Make An Upcycled Crochet Rug

Welcome Morgan of King Soleil! Enjoy her free step-by-step tutorial for making an Upcycled Crochet Rug. Thank you Morgan! Step-by-Step Upcycled Crochet Rug Tutorial There is something so completely satisfying when you are able to create a piece for your home that is functional, cozy, and perfectly your style. All the more rewarding when you are eco-friendly, making the world a greener place, and adding that handmade flair to your everyday. I am thrilled to be a guest blogger at Upcycle Magazine, a site utterly devoted …

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Upcycled Lighting

Welcome guest author Elizabeth Smyth of Precision Paragon. Thank you Elizabeth! Shining a New Light on Old Things – Upcycled Lighting Fixtures After a holiday filled with too many cookies, a flourishing display of crisply wrapped boxes tied with ribbons and bows and twenty four hour light spectacles showing in the front yard, the new year is a welcomed time to detox from our wasteful, albeit festive, ways. In the spirit of the New Year and our intentions to do better, the trend of upcycling has been bestowed upon …