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6 Ingenious Things to Make From Scraps

Scrap Renewal Projects

1. Yarn
If you read my posts with any regularity, you know that knitting is my number one DIY project of choice. Yarn scraps abound in the needle world, and this pin cushion from Craft Leftovers via the Craftzine blog is perhaps one of the best uses I’ve seen for small amounts of yarn scraps.

2. Wood
Keep those wood scraps out of the burn pile and make a beautiful and unique scrap wood cutting board from Instructables.

3. Fabric
I love wrapping gifts using fabric. Here is a pattern from Purl Bee to make an easy, little drawstring bag that could become the perfect packaging for gift giving.

4. Paper
While cardboard furniture has been making the DIY design rounds lately, I’m not sure how comfy these things are to sit on. This bowl, by A Little Hut that is created using scraps of magazine cuttings seems more useful.

5. Plastic
Not being much of a plastic user or a soda drinker, I don’t have a lot of plastic recycling hanging around, but this is truly one of the post amazing things I’ve seen using tossed plastic: This plastic kayak shown here at Gizmodo with DIY instructions from Instructables is outrageous!

6. Glass
I’ve had a case of severe chandelier envy. You can read about it here and here. So, when I found this outdoor glass chandelier over on Casa Sugar crafted from recycled glass jars, it lit my fire.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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5:41PM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

3:13AM PDT on May 25, 2013

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

9:09AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

thanks

9:04AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

thanks

9:26AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

This was a fun post, always love finding ways to be creative in designs around the home and to re-life a product. :o)

9:24AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

good ideas

7:00AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Thanks.

3:30AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Interesting article

7:33AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

Thanks.

12:11PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Thank you

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