Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Upcycled & Recycled Gift Ideas

I am always on the search for items that are recycled, upcycled, repurposed or eco-friendly. I am amazed at what creative minds can do with everyday objects and how they transform them into something totally different, useful and appealing. Here are a few artists' works that I found recently and that I think you will like. Look at the transformation.
Handmade bottle opener made from a broken skateboard deck. Carefully cut, sanded with a water-based poly finish. Screw post opens bottle caps without denting.

This belt is made with a tubular road bike tire from the 60's.
The bicycle tires used for these belts are rescued from Berlin, Germany bike shops where they were ready for the dump.

By Tirebelt


This isn't chalkboard paint, folks. A real melamine black chalkboard, distressed and then attached to a vintage "National" brand washboard.

By HollywoodFodder


A beautiful original 1950's tea towel upcycled into a large bench cushion featuring Wedding Anniversaries.

By HuntedandStuffed


Donkey Necklace - Upcycled Cork

Cork is the bark of the cork oak tree. The cork is grown in managed forests in Portugal and Spain where the bark is carefully harvested, once every nine years, in a centuries-old tradition with hand tools and without fertilizers or pesticides; a process that ensures the forests will remain undamaged!

By UnCorked


Vintage Journey, Guns n Roses, Van Halen, and AC/DC cassette tape cases and one repurposed floppy disk were used to make this Music Lover Repurposed Upcycled Cassette Tape Pencil Holder Desk Organizer.

By BreakTheRecord


Elevated pet feeder made from a vintage Pepsi crate. The hinged top is made from reclaimed cedar wood fencing (to match the natural patina of the wood of the crate).

By SummerOfSeventy


Have fun with these "light as a feather" earrings I made from recycled aluminum! Production is time and labor intensive but the result is so striking and fun!
Recycled metal is hand washed, cut, textured and assembled individually into each unique pair of earrings. Upcycled aluminum is double layered and annealed to make them quite sturdy.

By WearWolf



  1. What a great selection of recycled brilliance! One of each, please! Thank you so much for including my little earrings!

  2. Thank you so much for the shout-out Nerrissa! My cork necklace is so happy to be included with all these amazing recycled goodies! xo

  3. This is gorgeous and fun! Thank you so much for including me! -- Janette @ Hollywood Fodder


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- to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of.
- to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration.
- to help to pass through a cycle again.

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