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Re-Purposing Old Things Into New
January 2, 2014
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  Dont forget to use your Christmas tree. If you have a real tree, or if this is your first Christmas as a new family, cut a log from the thickest part of the tree, flatten the bottom  of the log so it will sit steady on a table and drill  some holes in the top part of the log that will hold candles, this is nice to do for family members that are home for the holidays, and something they can take from home that they can use year after year.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

January 2, 2014
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Well, I don’t know whether this qualifies as repurposing or not but the youngest granddaughter & I just brightened up some Christmas ornament balls that were beginning to look rather dingy.  We put a coat of glue on them and then sprinkled on glitter them.  

 

We disassembled the tree and I will reuse the boughs for crafts projects.  Hubby will salvage the metal rods.

 

January 3, 2014
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Instead of buying new couch pillows to replace my old, roughed up ones that only the dog will lie on, I am going to wash and dry them and then crochet new covers for them. I can make them any colors I want, and if I do just a flap in the back they will be easy to take off and run through the washer than doing all the whole pillows. I like this chevron one I found when I googled crochet pillow covers.chevron.jpgImage Enlarger

January 3, 2014
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I have also been working on a t shirt rug for a while now, (I ran out of t shirts), I think it is a 16mm hook that I use and I cut the shirts into about 1 1/2 inch strips. The hook is pretty big, it’s funny, once you cut the strips it goes really fast. I tease my kids and call it my tarn rug, for t shirt yarn, I am so embarrassing! I think it is an excellent use of old fabrics, I would love to do a towel one for a bathroom mat! My only other thing is that we just moved from a house with a fireplace, to a house without a fireplace, and my old fire screen is one of my favorite things! So I think I am going to screw it to the wall above my bed for a makeshift headboard, it totally matches my room and now I won’t have to give it away! I’ll put a picture up when I do it and you all can tell me how crazy it makes me look!

January 3, 2014
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mamajhk said
Well, I don’t know whether this qualifies as repurposing or not but the youngest granddaughter & I just brightened up some Christmas ornament balls that were beginning to look rather dingy.  We put a coat of glue on them and then sprinkled on glitter them.  

 

We disassembled the tree and I will reuse the boughs for crafts projects.  Hubby will salvage the metal rod

Hi mamajhk, a few of us collect the old artifical trees that are discarded, we take the boughs and store them away until our Christmas fundraisers, we use them to make all sorts of arangements, they can we used outside as well, I have several baskets of the boughs on the porches, some I have used for many years and they still look like new. We purchase baskets at garage sales and use them and fiil them with boughs add some ribbions and you have lovely pieces that last a long time.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

January 3, 2014
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This is the 2nd artificial tree that we have dismantled and saved the boughs. Just don’t tell my hubby that I haven’t done anything with them yet.  I have a weakness for baskets.  I have more than I care to admit to.  I use some of them to make arrangements for Memorial Day.  I also purchase a lot of my artificial flowers at garage sales or when stores have them on sale.  I just don’t seem to find the time to do everything that I want to do.  But it is a new year and a new start and I have set myself some goals.

January 3, 2014
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I love the repurposed or recycled ideas! I have pinned so many on Pinterest…if only I could get them all made!!! Hubby says i need to stop pinning so many and get to making what I have already pinned. laugh

January 7, 2014
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  I  recently received a runner for our breakfast bar, it was made from tube socks! The maker has a home made loom and cuts the socks into strips, sews them into long strips, weaves them and then  sews the edges when completed. I love it, it is thick enough to take hot dishes and  washes nicely. She also makes hot pads, place mats and small rugs.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

February 3, 2014
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I keep a worm farm under the house until recently.  Something found it and chewed a hole in the top and removed the contents, it was only made out of a styrofoam cooler.  I had an old steel coleman cooler that is getting pretty rough so I drilled three holes in the top with a hole saw.  I then put stainless screen over the holes and a piece in the bottom so I can drain liquids.  Brand new worm farm that is hopefully chew resistant. 

February 3, 2014
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i enjoy repurposing fabric items, too.  I have made several t shirt rugs and t shirt yarn shopping bags, they make fun gifts to givemy crochet club members, we re a small group!!  I also enjoyed taking an old, and rather ratty quilt and cutting into table runner, shopping bags and a cushion cover for the front porch bench.  For the holes and ucky stains, I embellished over them using trims, embroidery stitches and what ever.  The finished product was a bit “crazy quilt” look but neat and certainky usable!   

Presently I. Have two non working floor lamps, old can not find parts to fix, so. Whay to do next????

February 3, 2014
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Hello all, I have not posted in awhile but this topic caught my eye and I am hoping you might have some ideas for me.  For quite a while I have been having a lot of fun with “up-cycled” crafts, trying to make something new out of something old and possibly trash.  I have been having a lot of fun with chicken feed sacks (making grocery bags and aprons and currently working on making a Christmas Tree Skirt), old sweaters (pillows, wreaths and Christmas ornaments) and Scrabble tiles (mostly Christmas ornaments). 

I picked up an old Scrabble game at Goodwill for the tiles but, hating the thought of waste, I wanted to ask if anyone here might have ideas for using the Scrabble board.  I have Googled it and browsed through Pinterest finding journal covers but I don’t have the tool to punch through the board and coasters. 

I’d be interest in any ideas you have to share, even if it sounds crazy  :)

February 18, 2014
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BunnyRuth, I thought of framing it and poking a clock through the middle, maybe spell out the numbers with tiles glued on. Or, somehow putting metal behind it and magnetic backing to the scrabble tiles and hanging it like a message board. That would be cute

February 24, 2014
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This morning one of my younger neighbors asked me if I would help her hang her new drapes in thier family room.

 After we got them hung I could see she was a bit dissapointed in the way they looked, she said in the store they looked much better probably because they were displayed on wrought iron rods, which according to her were as much as the drapes, her rods were the old fashioned white metal, we took the curtains downs, made a trip to the hardware store for a can of flat black spray paint, in a couple of hours she had her  “Faux” wrought iron curtain rods, those white metal rods can be painted any color that you like, just go over the surface with a fine grit sand paper and wipe them clean, make sure they are dry and spray the rods. We sped up the drying time by using a hairdryer.

 

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

March 7, 2014
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I recently made a couple of plastic grocery bag holders from pieces of a fitted sheet. I just cut them out using the elastic edge of the sheet as the bottom of the bag holder where you pull the bags out. Sewed up the side seam with some elastic in the top and put a strip on top to hang them up. Quick and easy!

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