Re-purposing was common practice during the Depression era. It’s still common in developing countries where nothing goes to waste. I’m a huge fan of giving new life to items that might otherwise be discarded. There is an entire movement afoot, people reusing items in clever and original ways.
So, in honor of Green Friday, check out these fun ideas.
I wish I had 100 hours a week to read all the fascinating blogs out there. Here’s a small sample:
Dishfunctional Designs: Creative Things To Make With Old (I love the clever title)
Indulgy.com: Light fixtures live again
Denim Do Over: giving new life to old denim
Pinterest: Set the timer or you’ll never get anything done.
Facebook: Re-purposed, Recycled, Reused, Reclaimed, Restored
I like to re-purpose my wall calendar each year. I reuse the pages to make envelopes, bookmarks, gift tags, small stickers, gift-card holders and other small paper items.
Last year I made a wreath for our front door using scraps of tissue paper, candy wrappers (ahem) , a dry-cleaning bag and the plastic sleeve from the newspaper.
Katherine, over at Pillows a-la- Mode recently refashioned an old sweater into the most adorable teddy bear you’ve ever seen.
Diary of a Mad Woman uses a similar sweater to make Christmas stockings.
I hope you have as much fun as I did, visiting all these fun sites. Please share your own re-fashions, links or blogs in the comments below.