Old rusty bike found on garage sale restored and repainted in the Gzhel style of ceramics. Gzhel is a Russian style of ceramics which takes its name from the village of Gzhel and surrounding area, where it has been produced since 1802.
Reused shipping crate wood for shelves, glasses and cups from grandma’s garage, flea market or thrift store and a few handmade ceramic bowls.
Image found on beautiful blog by Anna Rikje, photographer and musician from Germany currently living in New York City - I Truly Like That.
I see a lot of old beautiful bird cages in the garbage. I think I threw out a few as well a long long time ago. What I did not know is that they can be transformed into beautiful lamps. This re-purposed bird cage lamp above is by PSPCA ( Philadelphia Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The curtain will naturally diffuse the light acting as a lamp shade!
Flower baskets made from old apple and wine crates.
Reusing plastic and wooden shipping crates as shelves and drawers.
Above: Apple crates from Bailey’s Home and Garden
Reusing plastic crates as chairs and coffee tables.
Reusing shipping crates as baskets for bikes.
Above: Bike photographs from Bakfiets en Meer blog - City Cycling News and Opinions from Amsterdam.
Above: Shipping crate as bike basket. Image from Toronto bike blog - Globe Revolution - Inspiring Everyone to a Cycling Lifestyle
Above: Chairs by StudioMama
I like the idea of reusing old plates by drawing on them and arranging them on the wall alongside vintage plates. Inspiration from Fine Little Day
Pillows made from recycled suit-jackets by Hilary Cosgrove.
Recycled map envelopes by DIREKTRECYCLING.
(Good DIY idea too.)
Chair made from recycled , reused fabric pieces / discarded scraps. By Fernando and Humberto Campana from Brazil.
Reusing old buttons as fridge magnets. By Skin and Tonic Too.
Rings made with old vintage buttons. Found in Red Chair Antiques shop.
Book’s Shelf. Bookshelf made from books by Bernardo Gaeiras, Rietveld Academie Sandberg Institute.
Glass house made from recycled glass windows in Freetown Christiania, neighborhood/commune in Copenhagen, Denmark created during the hippie movement. Christiania has its own flag and its own set of rules independent from the Danish government. Within Christiania itself no cars are allowed, stealing is forbidden as well as violence, guns, knives, bulletproof vests, hard drugs and bikers’ colors.
Emergency Response Studio, by Paul Villinski, is a solar-powered, mobile artist’s studio, rebuilt from an old trailer. An artist needs to be mobile and free just in case of the ocean water rising because Greenland is melting, and other devastating natural disasters, such as Katrina in New Orleans.
I found this old vintage chair - $2, and two frames - $3 on garage sale. They were falling apart and covered in dust. I washed them and repainted them.
Bags from re-purposed, recycled coffee sacks! Lined with a soft unbleached cotton. by Mayamade.
Casamento, located in Cape Town, South Africa individually hand crafts furniture using recycled frames and only natural fibers throughout: natural non-allergenic fibers: sisal, raw cotton wadding, horsehair jute webbing, hessian and flock natural fibers.
I love lighting made from old teacups and milk bottles! (as you already could have guessed from my previous blog postings) I found this teacup chandelier by Domestic Construction and this milk bottle chandelier by Bonne Plat on the Conversation Pieces Blog - blog about finding neat, sweet and unusual items in junk and charity shops, online, and everywhere else in between.
The wall of a beautiful housewares store Vessel in Boston is made with…...shipping pallets. Nice way to reuse old shipping pallets.
Wow. Handmade floor mat from old vintage leather belts. Design by Inghua Ting.
Siesta stiffened crocheted doily by Stanley Ruiz . This is really nice. I even was thinking of making it myself - taking old lace, stiffening it with starch… but it probably would not be as nice as the one above.
Recently I started making my own bags from recycled leather and reused materials. Image above is the first bag I made out of small ripped leather purse and old leather skirt. I added leather material from old skirt to the bottom of the purse. The image below is a bag I made from ripped fake leather bag I actually found in the garbage. I fixed the bag I found in the garbage and sewed on white silk flowers that came from old jacket.
MANILLA MADE is a blog about all things ethical organized by Helen Cuthbert, a textile designer in UK. All things ethical are all things handmade, recycled, bright and colorful! I love this blog.
My favorite pieces on this blog are: vintage glass salt and pepper shakers, handmade shadow lanterns made out of recycled metal food cans, and soy teacup candles!!!
I just found this interview with Graham Hill, the founder of Treehugger.com about Planet Green! Elephant journal says: “Years ago, back in the dark days of pre-Green Fad-dom (2004)<—:):), our smoggy future looked black. Four years later, Green is the new Black. (!!!!!) ”
Marlies Spaan and Jolanda Muilenburg silkscreened patterns on beech wood cabinets and wardrobes.
I was also thinking, if you are tired of your old furniture and if your furniture is simply very boring and ugly, it is possible to achieve similar effect by adding some pattern to your furniture through using stencils or wallpaper. I do not know though if it is going to look as beautiful as the wardrobe on the picture above.
Simple and natural hooks from tree branches by Live Wire Farm. Is there a more universal hook? I beleive it is even possible to make one yourself from fallen tree branches.
Do you have a lot of old seaters that are unfashionable, uncool, shrunken or simply too old? Well, you can reuse them to make mittens. These mittens by Baabaazuzu are made from old sweaters. Each mitten is unique. Two images below are quilts made out of old wool blankets by Marlies Spaan, a textile designer from Netherlands.
Or, company called StitchT in New York City is making quilts out of old t-shirts for you. You bring old t-shirts and they stich them together into a nice beautiful quilt.
AuH2O is a sustainable clothing store owned by Kate Goldwater. All AuH2O clothing is made from recycled fabric from old shirts, dresses and ties. Kate sews everything herself at her store which makes her garments sweat shop free, unique and less carbon-dioxide emitting shipments are invovled. Kate alters garments you buy at the store free of charge to your liking - straps can be added to tube tops, skirt length can be adjusted and e.t.c.
Me and Paul did not want to buy a salt and pepper shaker and decided to do-it-yourself one. We thought it would be an interesting idea to make salt and pepper shakers out of soda bottles. We used a bottle from ALE 8 1 (pronouncedA LATE ONE) - authentic Kentucky soda available only in Kentucky and JARRITOS - mandarin flavored Mexican soda from the deli in Brooklyn.
Chest of drawers by Wis Design made out of discarded drawers rescued from flea markets.