Upcycling for Mother Earth

My mother is passionate about recycling. There wasn’t a recycling program at the school she was teaching at, so she started one. We lived in the country without garbage and recycling pick up so we loaded up our car and took everything, I mean absolutely everything recycable, to the depot in town. My mom composts everything she can because she can’t stand waste. So it’s only natural that I also recycle and don’t like to waste things either. But I’m not quite as passionate about it as my mom.

We also live in the country now and have to take our sorted recycling into town. I haven’t started composting yet, but definitely plan on it once my garden is up and running. My favourite part about recycling is reusing, repurposing and upcycling.

My craft room is full of old coffee jars and shoeboxes recovered with paper or fabric to store my supplies in…and so is the rest of my house! I also love coming up with creative ways to repurpose things for crafts! Check out some of my examples!

These are fairy lights covers made with old KCups covered in scrapbooking paper. A great way to decorate for a party or BBQ!

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These are napkin rings I made last Thanksgiving. The brown fabric is from an old blazer that couldn’t be donated because of a stain. The rings are made with toilet rolls and the ribbons are repurposed from old gifts and purchases. I’ll be making these with brown felt to sell in the fall for this upcoming Thanksgiving, so keep checking out my Etsy Shop! 🙂

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I also love to upcycle things for party decorations, such as the Dump Truck Photobooth from a cardboard box or these red carpet ropes made from pie plates, wrapping paper rolls spray painted silver, dollar store Christmas balls and Red garland.

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The possibilities are endless! Check out my Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Pinterest Board for more great ideas for Upcycle Crafting! Happy Earth Day!

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