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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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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Upcycled Cereal Box Gift Bags

SustainableMags has this  great idea for upcycling cereal boxes. We eat a LOT of cereal. On a good day we can go through a box of Cheerios without blinking. That means we recycle a lot of cereal boxes. Why not save them and upcycle them before recycling them? Think how cute a kids gift would be coming in a colorful cereal box. Happy Upcycling, Jill

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Monday, March 25, 2013
Candle Wax Upcycle

What do you do with your old jar candles? More times than not you end up with wax on the bottom and a wick that’s burnt out. Did you know that you can upcycle that good smelling wax into a new layered candle? It is so easy and the results are lovely. Go check out this step-by-step tutorial over at Happy Go Lucky. Happy Upcycling! Jill  

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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Upcycled Wine Cork Birdhouse

I have been saving wine corks for a long time. Like, ever since I turned 21 and that was….well a long time ago. I have plans to do something really cool with them. There are lots of ideas out there and with spring hopefully coming soon, this birdhouse tutorial is perfect. Don’t have enough to make your own? Check out this cute cork birdhouse from Etsy. Happy Upcycling! Jill    

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Upcycled Shamrock Stamp

We love this cute and easy tutorial for making a shamrock stamp from upcycled cardboard tubes. Prudent Baby is one of the blogs that I check frequently so I am happy to send you their way for this free tutorial. Go visit Prudent Baby! Happy Upcycling, Jill

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Upcycle Old Folding Chairs

Talk about going from drab to fab! I love this upcycle project. Take a set of old metal folding chairs, paint them a fresh color and cover the seats with fun fabric. Imagine how much fun these would be to set up for your next party. For complete upcyle directions check out punk projects. Happy Upcycling, Jill

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Here is a great video from the folks at www.permies.com. This free tutorial outlines the steps for turning an old refrigerator or freezer into a food dehydrator. We love this idea! I have tried a few homemade solar dehydrators but they didn’t really work because of humidity. This appears to take care of that problem and prevents the purchase of a new dehydrator while keeping an old appliance out of the land fill.      

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Upcycled Egg Carton Wreath

The snow is flying here but I am ready for spring! Check out this free tutorial for upcycling egg cartons into a beautiful flower wreath. The colors are so pretty and vivid. Once again, another great project for all ages. Get the complete tutorial here.

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Friday, January 25, 2013
Upcycled Magazine Coasters

Looking for a fun project you can do with your kids or while relaxing by the fire? Check out this easy tutorial for making your own drink coasters from old magazines.  They are simple, colorful, useful AND recyclable.  I think they would make great Mother’s or Father’s day gifts.  Get started here.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013
How To: Make A Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet

    One of the best gifts I ever gave my now husband was a life-size, stand-up, cardboard Storm Trooper. He is a Star Wars fan and when I came across the Storm Trooper, well…I had no choice but to buy it. My dear friend loaded it in her car and drove it across the state with me so I could give it to him. Ahhh, love! Interestingly,  after college and  having kids we really didn’t need a big Storm Trooper anymore. We sold it at a garage …

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Felted Wool Valentine Runner

This fun table runner was made by one of my friends. Isn’t it cute? It is a fun and easy project that you can have on your table in no time.   How to make the table runner: 1. Select materials. This is made of old wool sweaters that have been felted. Learn how to felt wool here. 2. Draw a heart template from sturdy cardboard. 3. Using chalk, trace the template onto the wool. 4. Cut out the hearts using sharp sewing scissors. 5. Lay out the …