Posts tagged recycle
DIY No-Sew Short Sleeve Sweatshirt

I'm super excited about this post, for a few reasons. First,this short-sleeve sweater is inspired by one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Sincerely Jules, whose simple, laidback California style has really appealed to me lately. Second reason I love this DIY project is because it's unbelievably easy, almost so much that I wondered whether it's a substantial enough project to post! It's really just cutting and gluing -- doesn't require any sewing, so it's a DIY-for-all kind of project.

Lastly, this sweatshirt is absolutely PERFECT for an SF resident like me. With our notoriously foggy summers and morning chill, I can't imagine another piece of clothing I'd rather be in when I go out to the farmer's market or just head to brunch. It's cozy yet lightweight, casual yet chic. I feel like this hybrid sweatshirt perfectly represents the city's weather and vibe.

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Easy DIY Eraser Stamps

My friend Liz sent me the most wonderful surprise package earlier this year -  a homemade stamp. It was such a thoughtful gift and totally up my alley, and Liz, being the most artsy person I know, made something so ordinary feel so special.

Of course, I was thinking - how can I make more of these? While Liz carved the stamp from a linoleum block with a special linoleum cutter (both of which you can purchase at an art store or online here for fairly cheaply), I decided to take a much less committed, less professional approach. The linoleum of the stamp Liz made me felt just like an eraser, and as soon as I made the connection, I knew an eraser would be a good beginner's material. As for my weapon of choice? I decided to test my dexterity with a Swiss Army knife.

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Upcycled Cork Coasters

Apparently, I've got a thing for corks these days. However, I've actually been meaning to do this project for awhile now! My family drinks a lot of wine (ahem, Mom and Dad) and we used to recycle our corks at the San Francisco Ferry Building. When they stopped accepting corks (much to our dismay), I became determined to come up with a way to reuse the corks. 

These are super easy, and you can make them as simple or as decorated as you'd like. They look great either way!

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DIY Repainted Wooden Chair

A few weeks before I found my not-yet-upcycled dresser on the street, my roommates and I found this cute wooden chair. It didn’t look so cute at the time - the old, yellow paint was chipping, it was covered in spider webs, and it was just grimy; but I couldn’t resist the details - the turned leg, the carved back, the curved edges. (Yes, this chair motivated me to research furniture styles and led me to this website, where I learned about leg turning.)

After learning some techniques and becoming more familiar with the whole sanding/priming/painting process with my dresser, I felt ready to upcycle a new piece of furniture for our living room!

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