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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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Monday, January 7, 2013
How To: Felt Wool

Felting wool from old sweaters is a wonderful way to give something old a new life. If the sweater is out of style, out of size or even if it has been attacked by moths you can give it  a new use by felting. Do not be intimidated by this process. It is fun and really easy. Remember that the process is irreversible. Felting wool sweaters: 1. Select your sweaters. If you notice any holes, you can repair them now by closing the holes with a few stiches. …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
How To: Make A Sock Bun

When I was a kid, my Mom had a little basket for socks that had either temporarily or permanently lost their mates. I was sure that I would never have such a basket and that my socks would always match.  Well, my poor lone sock basket is even bigger than my Mom’s. Some of those socks have been in there for years and I still hold out hope that one day I will find it’s mate hidden in the corner of a fitted sheet or tucked deep down under …

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Friday, December 7, 2012
How To: Make A Bag From A Book

This tutorial is genius! Take a book with a cool cover and turn it into this neat activity center or satchel. I think this would make a great gift and the tutorial is easy to follow. So, go check out Cosmo Cricket and this cool tutorial.  

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Monday, December 3, 2012
How To: Make a Menorah From Upcycled Carboard Tubes

Here is a great kid-friendly tutorial for making a menorah. The flames on the candles are felt so it is perfect for little ones that you don’t want near a real flame. It would also be a great craft for a preschool classroom where real candles are definitely off limits. You can get the complete tutorial from Creative Jewish Mom.

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Monday, December 3, 2012
Upcycled Magazine Tree

Are you inundated with catalogs this time of year? Why not upcycle a few?  We found two great tutorials for making these cute trees. You can leave them as is or embellish ’til your hearts content with paints and other fancies. Check out “Just Like Martha”s picture tutorial here or “Family Fun”s video tutorial here.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012
Upcycled Christmas Garland

I am a huge fan of Anna Maria Horner and her gorgeous fabrics. No wait, that may not be accurate. I LOVE her stuff and really enjoy reading her blog. When I saw her post yesterday, I knew our readers would love it too.  Here is her step-by-step tutorial for making garland from yarn and fabric scraps.  It is now on my “to-do” list for this Christmas. It is so cute and I really love the fact that my kids can help with the project. Happy Upcycling, Jill …

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Monday, November 26, 2012
Upcycled Christmas Luminaries

I love luminaries or luminarias (depending on where you are from) . In some neighborhoods in our area,  families will set our luminaries on Christmas Eve.  When there is snow on they ground, it is so pretty.  The tradition goes back many years when families set out the lights as a way to guide the Christ Child to their home. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for making upcyled luminaries: These are durable and can be used year after year. Made from vinyl flashing, they are perfect for …

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Friday, November 16, 2012
Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Thanksgiving is almost here! Try this quick and easy idea to decorate your Thanksgiving table. Upcycle any kind of glass jar you have on hand.  Here we have used popcorn, cranberries and dried beans. You could use a variety of different fillers to form a grouping in the center of the table or consider using all the same and make a line down the table. You can use whatever candles you have available or don’t use any candles at all. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Cereal Box Turkeys

    Aren’t these turkeys cute? A perfect project to try with the children in your life this week. The creative folks at Plum Pudding posted this project. They have included detailed instructions and a full tutorial on their site. We love that they are upcycled from cereal boxes. If you save your Popsicle sticks, then those are upcycled too! Now, go get those boxes out of the recycle bin and start crafting! Happy Upcycling, Jill

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Monday, November 12, 2012
How to: Make a Little Girl’s Pilgrim Hat

This is the easiest sewing project ever! You can upcycle a men’s  white hankie into a little girl’s pilgrim hat in about 5-10 minutes.  The end result is the cutest little pilgrim at the Thanksgiving table. Materials: 1. Plain white hankie, washed and ironed with a little starch. 2. Length of white ribbon, about 24 inches depending on your child’s size. 3. Iron and board 4. Sewing machine and ability to sew a mostly straight line (though you could easily get away with just a needle and white …