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Upcycled Placemats From Billboards

Ever wonder what happens to old movie posters and billboards? Well the good folks at ReMakes certainly did. They came up with the great idea of taking discarded billboards and movie posters and cutting them into placemats. The placemats come in sets of four that have been cut from the same poster. So the placemats in a set will coordinate with each other but each will be different and unique. They also sell, a chic all black version.The placemats are trendy and can be easily wiped off. You can …

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Monochrome Recycled Bikes purchase used and old bike parts in bulk. Then they dismantle and sandblast them before creating custom bikes for their clients. To read more about them look here. Seventh Generation, the nation’s leading brand of non-toxic household and personal care products, introduced a new liquid laundry detergent bottle made from 100 percent recycled cardboard and newspaper. This lovely bowl is upcycled from a 12″ vinyl record. Look here for her Etsy Shop. We love to see this! Euroshield manufactures roofing materials made from …

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How To: Make a Chicken Coop From Upcycled Materials

Look at this cute upcycled chicken coop. Any chicken would be lucky to call this place home! We have happily noticed an increase in urban farming. Families who have never gardened before are starting small gardens in their back yard and communities are working together to form large gardens or planting areas. Along with this push to become involved with growing our own food, is the ever increasing group of individuals raising chickens and other small livestock in urban settings. Raising your own chickens is a …

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Etsy Feature: Upcycled Jewelry

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a penny in your shoe! Tanna Paradis, the creator of Love Honor Upcycle, takes something old and turns it into something new much to the delight of the many brides who have worn her beautiful vintage jewelry on their wedding day. Starting with her own wedding day, Tanna takes vintage and thrifted jewelry and transforms them into beautiful and glamorous pieces. She makes a variety; everything from hair combs to bracelets and cufflinks. You don’t have to be …

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Do you live in the St. Paul area? University of Minnesota is offering a week long summer workshop on Creative Upcycling by mixed media artist, writer and teacher Heather Allen-Swarttouw. Look at these adorable little notebooks upcycled from old cassette tapes. Perfect for fitting in your purse or pocket. Made and designed by Katie of punkprojects Look at what Maggie at Homemade Mamas did with toilet paper rolls. As my Grandma would say: “I tell you, what they don’t think of these days!” Upcycling isn’t just …