Thursday, March 29, 2012

Playing Tetris with old crates, great upcycling!

From Chum Lee

When it's nicely arranged, it looks really good, on a porch or even inside!
I'll have to find a bunch of crates and try something like that.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Upcycling shipping pallet into...... The Moon Crib

My new baby came February 1st, and I wish I had this awesome idea... Making him a moon crib with recycled shipping pallets!

This great idea comes from the designer Emilie from Creme Anglaise and her furniture maker-husband Jocelyn Costis. This crib is perfectly safe, it has been sanded and varnished with baby approved chemicals. It makes a very soft crib. It takes 12 days to make it and 3 weeks waiting list.
It's probably a pretty heavy crib and your baby will feel safe inside. My only concern is the price of this upcycled furniture...... 990 euros... I think that I would prefere to give it a try before buying this great concept.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Upcycling a bread box into charging station

This one would look great in my kitchen. I'll just have to find a piece of white material such as thin MDF board or just white cardboard to hide the wires.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Soda box chair

This chair was sold $325 at auction...Upcycling becomes expensive, or maybe is it just because of the old trendy boxes used for this project?

Back of the chair

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Upcycling skateboard wheels

I'll call that more repurposing since the wheels are new, but this project could be done with old wheels too. The astro clock looks closely inspired from the Nelson ball clock featured here. I love the Nelson clock... I like the multicolored wheels on this one.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Upcycling cans into lamps

These hanging lamps would look nice over a kitchen counter top. These one are sold by a company, but making them should not be too difficult if you find the right electric cord.

Nice detail, on the ceiling, a tuna can will give a nice finish to the project.

You can match the color you want with your kitchen too!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Time for growing plants and do some upcycling

If like me you have a limited amount of space to do some plant growing, you might like the idea of upcycling items such as pallet, bottle, pipes to grow your veggies and flowers. Take a look at some options:

Vertical gardening from


A full tutorial on how to make your own hanging gutter

PVC Pipes:

Plastic Bottles:

Already shown in my blog from here.

Bags :

Found here
Now I think it's time to seed and start growing plants!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Upcycling inner tube into all sorts of things

I wish I could be good at sewing but for now I admire what people can do with pieces of inner tubes put together. On the other side, the jewelry do not need any sewing gift, but they are pieces of art that require a lot of patience. Most of the prjects presented in this post are commercially available and no tutorial, but I thought it's worth mention that upcycling is more and more used and accepted.
There are tons of upcycled bags on lne, this is the one that  like the most, trendy and/or original.
To make bags, inner tubes are perfect for several reasons. First, they develop a finish over time that gives them the soft feeling of a fine Italian leather. Second, they’re 100% waterproof and virtually stain proof, so you can keep your stuff dry without worry any time of year.
From Alchemy Goods

This one is from mnmur 

The Pangolin bags from Cyclus


Bracelet and earings from Urban Lace

Made by a japanese company

By furniture designers Patrick Kerti and Jaap Wijnants

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Upcycling PVC pipes into lamps

These lamps are sold by Materious, they are made from PVC pipes. I'm still wondering how to make these holes with enough precision. A dremel  and sanding paper might be too difficult, a router might be tricky. The final result looks great, I think I'll try the dremel option. The "bone lamp"  has a $750 price tag, it's a good motivation for me to make my own...