Wild & Wanderful

Upcycling

Katy McKinleyComment

Have you been introduced to the latest trend?  It’s called “upcycling” and I am inspired by it every day.  I say latest trend, but upcycling has been around for forever. 

Wikipedia defines it as “the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.”  I define it as pure awesomeness.  It’s different from recycling because it takes something that was and turns it into something even better.  But in a totally creative way!

For instance, I purchased a clock that was upcycled from a computer hard drive for my techy father this past Christmas.  It was so neat!  Here’s the Etsy store from which I made my purchase: PixelThis.

Neat, right?  I saw it and knew that it would be the ‘thing’ to get my Dad for Christmas. 

My husband has also been pretty darn amazing when it comes to upcycling.  (He is actually the one to introduce me to the term.) I don’t have a picture of the totally cool wind chime that he made out of computer parts but I do have a picture to share that I posted on my Facebook page a few days ago.  We gave up on our old coffee pot for one that was new and improved, meaning we could actually set a timer on this one and it had a filter.  But what do you do with the old, crappy coffee maker that isn’t worth donating to Goodwill?  You upcycle it!

Where you would normally place the coffee grinds is where the soil is and we have water in the pot that we use to water the plant.  It’s so cute!  We have a mini greenhouse in our breakfast room and this baby is growing a rather large and flourishing cucumber plant.  Did anybody else notice that our cucumber plant has a strangle-hold on our Mountaineer?  Haha.

Another fun project that Bennett (my hubby) partook in was his Keylendar, which is proudly being displayed on our refrigerator.  We had some laptops laying around our house that were out of commission and after taking out all of the useable inner parts, he thought that he should also find a way to reuse the other pieces. 

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Please excuse my shoddy iPhone photography, but this is all I had the time to snap a picture of before posting this.  As you can see, he reused the keys (hence the name “keylendar”) and replaced the letters with numbers for the days of the month.  The “home” key is now marking the beginning of the month and the “end” key is placed at the end of the month.  It’s held to our fridge with hard drive magnets and the space bar is the place where we have the designated month written.

The numbered days are all moveable when the months change, he has small magnets glued to the backs of the keys.  And I know it’s hard to see in my picture, but we keep track of which day it is by a tiny LED light that is held on by a tiny magnet and attached to a battery. 

Totally geek chic.  And totally creative too!

As far as my crafting is concerned, I think I’m going to tackle upcycling by making t-shirt yarn.  I found a tutorial on how to cut it down and I’m really inspired by what I could make using t-shirts that have seen their last day as a shirt.  I’m thinking maybe a tote or an interesting hat made from an upcycled tee?

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I stumbled across the website CraftPassion.com and now I’m hoping to find time to make some of the crafts on there.  You should really check it out!  I LOVE the rug that is pictured above.  I’m thinking I’ll have to dig out some old bed sheets and making one for myself!

So tell me…have you been inspired?  What will you try and upcycle?

If you do decide to make something, I’d love to hear about it!  Send me an email with some pictures and I would love to feature you on this blog!  Email me at: KatysCreationsWV@gmail.com

And…HAPPY FRIDAY!