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8 Re-Purposed DIY Gifts

This is one of the many, many bookmarks I’ve made in the last three years. I find rope or ribbon, second hand now (It wasn’t that way in the beginning but when we know better, we do better.), and combine it with beads that others have discarded, and my favorite treasures of all… RUSTY METAL!

I find these, much like other people find pennies, when I’m out and about in the world. They remind me about how hard we are on this planet, keeping me awake to the realities of the way we live. I bring them home and make magic with them–bookmarks like this and ornaments too–and then give them away, to encourage other people to remember to tread lightly.

It seems like every time I give one of these gifts, or post a picture online to show my friends, someone says, “Oh, I wish I was creative like you.” I’m not, or at least I never thought I was before. I always wanted to make things like this but when I tried, I didn’t care for what came of it. I would take it back apart, put everything away, and go back to my regular life.

When I started trying to find ways to keep some of this stuff out of the landfill, the results were suddenly… different.

I love these things because they aren’t just pretty or useful or cool. They have meaning. I make them in the spirit of love, and it’s as if the love gets woven right in, then the people around me love them too. I think it’s a special kind of magic that comes from service to the earth, to others, and to myself (honoring my creative self). That magic belongs to all of us… even you.

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2:02PM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

thank all the peace symbols - should try to make my own :)

10:30AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013


6:47AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Haha I love that you're secretly crafty! I love re-purposing things instead of throwing them away. I once made a corset out of duct tape and sweet wrappers :) I especially like your guitar string decoration. How pretty! And what a great (especially for a musician).

8:13AM PST on Dec 29, 2011


6:46AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Time to raid our rusty metal junk drawer! I love these crafts. Especially the first one with the repurposed peace horn! I guess you could hang these things up on the wall, or a door. Or you could take a bunch of the rusty metal objects and hang them on a coat hanger and make a mobile. I love doing craft stuff too!

10:55PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Oops, I meant the bookmark isn't too bad.

10:53PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Hmmm, the bookmark too bad.

7:29PM PST on Dec 27, 2011


9:39PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

Marvellous ideas - I think we should make many many peace signs from all sorts of discards and present them to the Men In Charge.

3:46PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

Just had a lovely Christmas Day. No children this year - just 3 adults. The food was there and we helped ourselves when we wanted to do so. Couldnt be better as we didnt have to be on anyone else's time schedule. Truly relaxing eating from our favourite table (our laps) sitting on the verandah in the cool breeze enjoying a view we never tire of. Should have thought of it years ago.

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