Are you concerned about our society’s disposable nature? Ever wonder how long our planet can continue supporting our lifestyle of disposable gluttony? Crafters to the rescue. Through Upcycling, crafters take an item and reinvent it for continued use. Make your pledge to the planet with ideas from these top 10 upcycling craft blogs.
1. Factory Direct Craft Blog
Although not personal, this company sales driven blog offers high clarity photo with very easy-to-follow detailed instructions. Some of the entries include a wine cork bulletin board, chandelier garden lighting, and modpodge shoes
2. Lulu’s Upcycling Lounge
Lulu, an upcycling artist, has created a business of selling her stylish upcycled crafts. She has even managed to make stylish home accessories from worn down pieces of crayon. You will find inspiration for many repurposing ideas.
3. Danny Seo
Synonymous with eco-friendly, Danny Seo has been active with ecology since his 12th birthday when he founded Earth 2000 with $23. His daily blog offers many upcycling crafts and a video recapture his recent television debut.
4. Sandhi Schimmel Gold’s – Schimmel Art
Self described as a synesthete with eidetic imagery, Sandhi has perfected her eco-friendly fine art using emphemera. Although her female portraits are genius you will not find craft projects here but you may be inspired to create your own ephemera collage.
5. Julie K
Julie offers patterns, tutorials and upcycled items for sale. A gifted seamstress, her upcycled tablecloths transform into cute bags.
6. Craft Gossip
Bountiful upcycled and recycled craft ideas. My personal favorite – Toilet Paper Rolls crafted into beautiful flowers or butterflies
7. Becky Striepe and Wenona Napolitano Different Crafters
Plenty of upcycled craft projects using greeting cards, altoid tins, clothespins, glass jars, sweaters and more.
A myriad of creative upcycled items including a wallet made from bicycle innertube or a dog leash made from plastic bags. There are vivid pictures coordinating the written instructions.
9. This Recycled Life – Cara L. Johnson
A clean easy to read site with numerous craft projects with high grade photos.
10. Ecobites “eco community making life better one bite at a time”
New posts daily contributing to a ecological-friendly lifestyle. Many craft projects for upcycling and recycling. A favorite craft featured is making your own sandals from old tires. As with most of the posts, the sandal craft includes detailed instructions and a pattern.
11. Recycle Cindy
Although Cindy primarily deals with recycling, she is a good read as her cleverness has found uses for numerous items we’re accustomed to tossing in the trash.
Honor your pledge to the planet. Before you throw anything out, develop the habit of asking yourself, “how can this item be best upcycled?”