Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Back to School Savings


It’s back to school time, which means back to school shopping. Before you break the bank on school supplies, take a look around the house and you might discover you have more to salvage than you think. Your kids plus a little creativity can help boost  your family’s bottom line and keep items from the landfill in the process.

Denim Transformation  
My daughter used leftover fabric to turn last year’s jeans into this year’s fashion statement.


Binder Bling-Out
An old binder plus old birthday decorations means a stylish start to the school year.


Shoe Show
Who needs name brand sneakers when you have markers and glitter pens.


Upcycled Gifts That Will Make Dad Proud

Father’s Day is June 21. Celebrate your #1 guy – and give back to Mother Earth – with these creative gifts made from upcycled materials.

Turn an old bicycle brake pad into a super cool clock for Dad’s man cave. Get the instructions here.


Put a new spin on the traditional necktie with this creative keychain kids can fashion from one of Dad’s old ties. Learn how here.

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Here’s a Father’s Day gift that’s fun for Dad and kids – not to mention delicious. After all the Popsicles have been eaten, use the sticks and a favorite photo to make a picture puzzle. See more here.


Looking for something to do with all Dad’s old comic books he refuses to part with? Upcycle them into cool beverage coasters. Learn how here.

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Upcycled Teacher Appreciation Gifts

The end of the school year is here, and it’s time to show our appreciation for those invaluable stewards of our kids’ fragile brains. How about this year you add a little “green” to your gratitude with these upcycled teachers gift ideas.

Use the bases of two upcycled soda bottles to create this cute apple goodie holder.

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Teachers rule indeed! Upcycled rulers make a cool vase for your favorite teacher’s desk.

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An upcycled lightbulb makes an inventive candy dish.



A tote made from upcycled book jackets. Now that’s book smart!


Five Reuse Craft Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is May 10. If you’re still looking for gift ideas, we’ve collected five awesomely easy reuse craft projects that are sure to put a smile on Mom’s face. Click on the photos below for step-by-step instructions.




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Tackle This Allergy Season With Fun Upcycling Projects

Sneezing. Coughing. Stuffy head. Runny nose. Watery eyes. That can only mean one thing – it’s Springtime in Middle Tennessee. Many of us are probably loaded down with antihistamines and decongestants to help us through allergy season. And while it may seem the ailments will never end, there is a light at the end of this pollen-filled tunnel: an opportunity to up cycle those used pill bottles into these creative, crafty and allergen-free projects.

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