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On winter weekends, I’m usually stuck inside the house cleaning (ugh, chores) or reading a book. I thought I might get more creative with my time and try some crafts.

Since I don’t have the fully stocked craft room (you should see my stepmother’s — Martha would be proud!), I plan to start with some simple recycled crafts — that is, projects that use old or found objects and transforms them into something else. This way I likely have materials on hand or can go collect them from the thrift store or friends (budget-friendly!).

Our sister site, Ecologue.com, has a whole section devoted to crafty recycling projects culled from here, DIYNetwork.com and some other sites. I’ve long been eying this cushy bath rug that’s made from old t-shirts knotted into a plastic netted mat:

But Ecologue.com isn’t the only site with good ideas. Craftbits.com has a list of recycled crafts — most of them are smaller trinkets. Also made from old fabric scraps, this wreath is a little Christmas-y for February, but I have some old black, white and red scarves that could mod this idea up:

Another favorite online design destination, Design*Sponge always finds cool ideas to feature in their DIY section. This wall art re-uses old pant hangers and vintage papers in a cool way (you’ve gotta love that Dwight Shrute bobblehead doll too!):

Also on Design*Sponge, I love, love, love these mini terrariums, which you can give away as party favors (I’m a sucker for plants):

Another favorite browsing spot is Craftgossip.com, which culls the web for new ideas and spotlights their favorites. These googley-eyed thumb tacks are really cheeky; I bet I’d get a few smiles out of my coworkers if I dress up my bulletin board with them:


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  1. Dixon says:

    There is a great cabinet designer in Seattle by the name of Collett Collins. She has worked with recycled products into her kitchen designs. Very neat work.

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