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Start planning your spring garden with these classy garden markers made from upcycled vintage silverware. Anne from Bunny Hill Designs has a great tutorial here: www.bunnyhillblog.com Learn about the Jordanian Upcycling Designer Hana Faouri from the Green Prophet You can also see her step-by-step tutorial for a tin can lantern here: myupcycledlife.blogspot.com Visit the Muskegon Art Museum in Western Michigan now through April 3,2011 to see their Exhibit “Upcycling! Creating More with Less!” You can check out works by artists that use upcyled materials like this …

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How To: Make Seedling Pots

You can make your own seedling pots using empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls. They are biodegradable and best of all, free! After a few warmer days in our part of the world, I am thinking spring. The seed catalogs arriving are only adding to my spring fever. I thought maybe I could get spring going a little faster if I started making my little seedling pots. Start with an empty tube. First, flatten the tube in one direction and crease the folds. Then flatten the …

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Mosaic Made from Upcycled Junk Mail

This stunning mosaic is made from upcycled junk mail! It’s called “The Birth of Venus,” and it is one of many creations from eco-friendly artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold. She upcycles junk mail and other paper waste into this truly fine art. All of her work is “hand-painted, hand-cut, hand-applied, hand-embellished, and hand-finished.” This unique technique is all her own, and she calls it Acrylic Mosaic Fusion. All of the materials are water-based, acid-free and non-toxic. Schimmel Gold’s initial inspiration came from a portrait made from colorful glass fragments …

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“Transformer” Upcycled from Old Car

A robot sculpture made from an upcycled old car? You bet. You are looking at a 200lb, 6’6″ tall statue named “The Transformer,” created by Netherlands-based artist Nikola Nikolov and his studio Studio-Re-Creation. This amazing piece of art was completed in Spring of 2010, and was built by deconstructing the artist’s first car and welding it back into… well… a Transformer. In the artist’s words, “The Transformer symbolizes the relationship between man and machine. Our first car, a Lada Samara Diva, has been re-created into a powerful figure. …

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Recycled Gift Bags

What’s better than a recycled gift bag? A gift bag made of recycled material that is designed to be used and reused multiple times. Many of us have a stash of gently used gift bags that we hold on to so they can be “regifted.” I will admit that I usually try to hide the fact that the gift bag isn’t new. I remove the old gift tag and put in fresh tissue paper. Now, it’s trendy to reuse gift bags. I love this idea. Not only …