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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cool Stuff Made From Reclaimed and Recycled Materials

Just for fun, I've been going through the archives here at House Revivals.  Here are a few fun projects made from reclaimed and re-purposed materials, in honor of our upcoming Earth Day!

(This post is participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. M is for Made. See the link in my sidebar.)

This burnt edge peony is perfect for spring!  It was one of my first tutorials, and has been especially popular with readers who are planning weddings.  It was created using recycled textiles.

This oval wreath made from vintage book pages, jute webbing, and felt roses was made as a gift for a friend. The wreath form was cut from cardboard in the  recycling bin, the book was rescued from the Goodwill Outlet (often the last stop for Goodwill merchandise before the landfill). The roses were made from an old felted wool sweater.

This decoupaged Union Jack with these faux tin letters -- made from recycled newspapers -- spelling LOVE, is one of the most popular projects on House Revivals. The Union Jack was cut from old shirts.

This square wreath is one of my very favorite projects -- in fact, it still hangs on my front door.  Although I glittered the leaves and made it specifically to hang over the holidays, I think it looks great all year long. and it makes me happy. Learn how to make your own wreath using all reclaimed and vintage materials!

Another "early blog" project was this Wild Pants Lamp! It was a little crazy, and I'm pretty sure my husband hated it, but I loved it. It was made using..................... wait for it............................ Wild Pants!

The lamp didn't last too long, however, after our daughter's sweet pup, Dexter, arrived in our home!

His mommy tried to fix it.... with duct tape. We actually used it like this for several more months, while our household goods were in storage!  Lately, it has been stashed in a closet awaiting a proper repair.

Who can stay mad at a face like that?

Do you like to make things?  Do you enjoy working with reclaimed materials?  Be sure to leave a comment, so I know you stopped by!


  1. Wow I am not new to recycling but even I was surprised (pleasantly surprised) by some options! I agree that all you need is. All Green Electronics Recycling a little desire and creativity I am sure that this is not the limit and people can come up with a lot of cool and useful things from recycled materials. I hope also that in the future it will be possible to recycle more types of plastic and again give them a second and third life!

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  3. Here is a selection of ideas of ways to upcycle or downcycle some other items:
    • Turn wine bottles into sparkly garden lights by dropping in inexpensive bat-tery powered fairy lights
    • Make bags out of scraps of carpet
    • Turn old buttons into bold earrings
    • Use wine corks as kindling for starting fires and barbecues
    • Make puppet toys from old (clean!) socks
    Also you can visit Certified Equipment Destruction | Data Destruction Corporation if you are interested in recycling old electronics.


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