Unwanted crockery pieces, donated to thrift stores and found in flea markets across the country, are always in abundant. Not many of us reach for a cup and saucer, when we make our morning hot beverage, which leaves many pretty crockery pieces, such as the matching floral cup and saucer, redundant.
Both cup and saucer, can be re-purposed into beautiful little bird feeders, here are some examples:
Upcycled Bird Feeder
Seen on Erin’s Creative
Tea Cup and Recycled Spoke Feeders
Seen on Something Wonderful
Hanging Vintage Floral Tea Cup Feeder
Made by artyecological
Recycled Cup and Dessert Plate on a Pole Bird Feeder
made by CarlaRaeVintage
Ceramic Plate Bird Feeder (no drilling)
Seen on garden-art-projects
Hanging Repurposed China Dish Bird Feeder
Also seen on garden-art-projects
This one is a little different:
Recycled Glass Cup and Plate Totem Bird Feeder
made by 3sisterstreasures
Earlier in the year, we put a call out on our facebook page for a lady in Boston, looking for someone local to her, to make some pillows out of a whole bunch of neckties that belonged to her late father.
DelightWorthyn got in touch, and took on the project.
The end result:
Aren’t they great? So nice for Recycled Market to be the connection between the two. You can see more on Delight’s blog here.
Pincushions are as easy to make, as they are to buy. There are many ways to make your own pincushions using items that you might already have lying around the house. Here are some upcycled pincushion examples
Child’s Shoe Pincushion
Upcycled Vintage Handkerchief Pincushion
Cookie Cutter Pincushion
Egg Cup Pincushion
Vintage Tin Pincushion
Mini Mould Pincushion
Toy Truck Pincushion
Salt Shaker Lid Pincushion
Some of these little pincushions remind me of hermit crabs which find any vacant ‘shell’ suitable enough for it to fit!
We were sent a link to a great tutorial, how to make a soda tab bracelet, the black cameo ribbon bracelet is pretty cool!
Now this looks like a fun idea! Recycled milk bottle fort
Check out Creative Thinking‘s new iCan light designs. Made from recycled discarded metallic food container (large coffee cans)
Recycled Magazine Accordion Butterfly
A tutorial for this simple recycle project, which is great for children, can be found here
We have some delightful plate stands, which are made from recycled vinyl records, vintage tea cups and plates. Stands could be used to display jewellery, as well as cakes.
By Recycled Market seller Kate & Rose
Toilet paper rolls are such a great resource for recycled crafting, for both adults and children, but unfortunately preschoolers in Australia are not given the opportunity to work with them due to hygiene reasons.
As far as research can tell, other preschools around the world still craft with toilet paper rolls for recycled projects, with no ban apparent on them. What are our thoughts on this? It seems such a pity, when we see crafty roll projects such as:
Recycled Paper Roll Butterflies
as seen on Bo Bunny
Recycled Paper Roll Giraffe
Recycled Paper Roll Monsters
As seen on AlisaBurke
Bird Yule Log Favors
as seen on Martha Stewart
Recycled Paper Roll Spiral Hanging Ornaments
1. Don’t throw out ice cream containers; they make the perfect reusable food storage tubs.
2. Use unwanted magazines, comic’s or even newspapers to wrap gifts for your loved ones.
Image found on: Creative Gift Wrap Ideas – Designer Gift Wrap – Country Living
3. Make your own business cards by cutting tissue box cardboard, cereal boxes, damaged books, greetings cards, or even discarded paint sample cards, and stamp with your logo on the blank side.
4. Use small plastic juice or water bottles as ice blocks to keep your lunch cool and fresh. Simple fill with tap water, freeze, and add to your lunch box.
5. Greeting cards can be reused as gift tags. Simply cut the front of gift cards to appropriate tag shape, punch a hole and add string/ribbon.
6. Paint soda drink cans white for a simplistic flower vase.
Image c/o EMA
9. Empty roll-on deodorants tubes; fill with sun screen for an easy sun protector applicator that you can carry in your handbag. Another idea would be to fill roll-on tubes with paint for children’s paint pens.
Image c/o LetTheChildrenPlay