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Upcycled Bobby Pins

Here is a cute and easy tutorial for upcycling spare buttons, beads and baubles. You could use your Grandmother’s button collection or even some of those extra buttons you get when you buy new clothes.  I personally have every extra button I have ever received. I think some of the fabric covered floral buttons that I rocked in elementary school would look great on some bobby pins. Now you finally have a way to upcycle your tin of treasures. A Homemaker’s Journal has the complete tutorial. Happy Upcycling, …

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How To: Make an Upcycled Newspaper Basket

Hello craftiness! Let’s be honest, some upcycled projects are functional but seriously lacking in asthetics. This upcycled newspaper basket scores high in form and  function. The added trim and bow really bring it home for me. I am picturing several of these lined up on a shelf to house craft supplies. You could use either black and white newspaper or save the cartoon section for several weeks and make a colorful version. We love this upcycled project! Click here for pictures and step-by-step directions by Jeff Rudell of …

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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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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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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