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How To: Carve Your Own Stamps

With some old wine corks and an exacto knife, you can make your own little stamps. Start with dry corks, an exacto knife with a fine point and a cutting board. It is no surprise that this project is best done by an adult with a steady hand. Start by drawing your desired shape on the top of the cork. Simple shapes work best. Now, slowly and carefully cut along the border of your shape. I made lots of little cuts going up and down …

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Upscale and Upcycled Furniture

Check out this inspiring furniture from Design By Leftovers. The Swedish based design team of Linda Netsman and Jona Netsman use “leftovers” to create this unique furniture. Leftovers “believe that the old, discarded or forgotten can be reborn. That every person and everything has a story to tell.” The beautiful piece you are looking at here is from their “People” Collection. It is made entirely from “pre-loved, re-claimed garments and fabrics.” We love how the mono-chromatic patchwork gives each piece the comforting feel of your Grandmother’s quilt …

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Weekend Link Round-Up

Check out the collection of upcycled denim bags over at Ajmac Studio on Etsy. Wow! An entire page of ideas for upcycling wood pallets just like this Adirondack style chair. Look here at Make Magazine. The good folks at Factory Direct Craft have a tutorial on their blog showing how to make yarn from old T-shirts. It is much easier than you think and the detailed instructions show how to make a continuous strand from one T-shirt. Pretty cool! Aunt Peaches has a tutorial for upcycling political …

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How To: Make a Monkey Bowl

That’s right, how to make a bowl from a barrel of monkeys. If you have some extra monkeys hanging around, you too could have this very bowl. I didn’t know I wanted a monkey bowl until I saw this picture and now I don’t know how I have made it this long without one. What am I going to do with mine? Keep bananas in it of course! Ginger over at Deep Fried Kudzu, has great step by step directions and pictures for making your very own …

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Etsy Feature: Felted Wool Slippers

(We hope you enjoy this article. It is the first of many we have lined up to showcase creative Etsy artists. Etsy is an online marketplace for buying and selling handmade and vintage goods. A large number of Etsy artists use upcycled and recycled materials.) These sweet little slippers are made from upcycled sweaters and leather jackets and skirts. What does a manufacturing engineer do when she can’t find the perfect slippers for her baby daughter? Design and make her own of course! Josie Marsh spent 12 years …