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Upcycling How-To Guides

In this area you will find concrete, hands-on information about how to make and build upcycled products. Please check the ARTICLES section for step-by-step guides on how to make jewelry out of empty aluminum cans, useful machines from old bikes or build using empty plastic bottles.

  • How To: Create Can Jewelry Featured Article How To: Create Can Jewelry How To: Create Can Jewelry

    Assorted Can Jewelry What follows is a step by step description of the process involved in making a few types of can jewelry.  It involves a few steps but is a lot of fun and... More »

  • How To: Create a Can Tab Purse Featured Article How To: Create a Can Tab Purse How To: Create a Can Tab Purse

    Soda Can Tab Purse The following article comes from http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-make-a-pop-tab-purse. This whole thing started with a contest win. I won a book that showed... More »

  • fondle your possessions Featured Blog Post fondle your possessions fondle your possessions

    Where I live, Sunday is market day. I do most of my weekly grocery shopping in the street, but to get to the food I have to walk a block in any direction. The stands that are set... More »

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Make a Bench from Pallets Last Updated on 2009-08-17 17:58:16 Check out this amazing video that I found on a blog called Holy Scrap Hot Springs: Reckless Experimentation in Truth or Consequences. Wendy and Mike make a super cool bench out of old pallets . . . ya know, those wooden slats nailed together to move large amounts of materials. I suppose it would be best if you were going to upcycle pallets to use ones that are no longer useful for their intended purpose (those with broken or rotted planks, etc.). Anyway, here's what the bloggers had to say about the very simple process and materials: "Wendy and I spent the day working on our pallet chair. It is really more like a small bench. The project was quite easy. I think we did the whole thing from beginning to end in less than four hours with really no plan in place. The only thing we used besides a fancy pallet was six bolts (+nuts and washers), a few feet of 1x4 to fill in some gaps and a... More »
How To: Make a Cardboard Coffee Table and Chairs Last Updated on 2009-07-31 00:00:00 The materials: -cardboard (lots) -white glue (Elmer's Glue-All multi purpose) (not school glue) -industrial hot glue sticks (lots) -weights (about 20 lbs) -packing tape Tools: -packing tape gun -box cutter (razor blade) -industrial hot glue gun -sawzall (with blade matal and wood wood ones work best) -marker (sharpie or Marks-a-lot) -tape measure The way I designed my chair: First, I laid down on a big piece of cardboard, then sat sideways on it, then I had a friend outline my back with a marker, (start from your neck and follow your back all the way down to your ankles). The picture below is the design I came up with; it follows my back and it is quite comfortable. Take your pattern that you cut out from step two and cut about 48 of the same shape. Then glue them in stacks of six. To glue them use your white elmer's glue put a lot of glue inbetween each layer of cardboard... More »
fondle your possessions Last Updated on 2009-05-10 15:37:12 Where I live, Sunday is market day. I do most of my weekly grocery shopping in the street, but to get to the food I have to walk a block in any direction. The stands that are set up right outside my window all sell crap made in China or whatever other country is being exploited for cheap labor at the moment. I watch these stands every Sunday, before and after going out. People shuffle past, stop, and sometimes shell out 5 euros (about $7) for a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, shoes or some bling. Not that I'm against shopping: as you read in my previous post, I fight my own battle with the urge to acquire on a daily basis. Thrift shops and trash are my weakness though, 'cos it's not so much the cheap price I go for as the unique beauty or weirdness of an object. Today I checked out the small flea market section of the street market to see if there was anything I might be able to upscale and... More »
How To: Create Can Jewelry Last Updated on 2008-11-11 00:00:00 Assorted Can Jewelry What follows is a step by step description of the process involved in making a few types of can jewelry.  It involves a few steps but is a lot of fun and leaves you with some beautiful pieces.  Because you are using cans you can personalize it however you like. Steps: Wash out can Start cutting around the circumference of the can (where the can becomes wider) with an exacto knife Finish cutting off the top of the can using scissors Cut down the length of the can with scissors Cut off the bottom of the can with scissors Flatten out the “sheet” of aluminum (you may need to roll the sheet backwards in order to make it flat) Cut off any rough edges using an exacto knife and a ruler Cut the sheet of aluminum into 1” X 1” pieces Using a small metal file, file down all four sides of the 1” x 1” pieces to make them less sharp Starting at one... More »