Thursday, December 4, 2008

Upcycling: Coaster into Holiday Ornament

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WHAT IS UPCYCLING?

Upcycling is a key part of junking. According to Wikipedia, upcycling is "a component of sustainability in which waste materials are used to provide new products." Check out sites (such as JUNKMARKET) for all kinds of creative upcycled projects submitted by people all over the country. Have you upcycled lately?

UPCYCLED PROJECT: COASTER INTO HOLIDAY ORNAMENT

Remember that tray and coaster set I picked up on my Junking Weekend, November 22-23? It's that silver set on the right with the star in middle of each of the four coasters and the tray.

HERE'S THE BEFORE...



Well, I wondered, "How would these look as ornaments?" I wove a piece of ribbon (which I had to rummage around the house to find!) into the slits around the coaster rim. I "borrowed" a crystal from a candle holder I have and tada!...A gloriously simple ornament! Hung in the window, it catches the sunlight beautifully!

HERE'S THE AFTER...



ANSWER TO GAME PIECES QUESTION

Also included in my Junking Weekend, November 22-23, post was a question about these game pieces...



The correct answers are: (1) Dominoes, (2) Monopoly, and (3) UNO Wild Tiles. It's okay...I had never heard of that third one either. I liked the game pieces though. I thought they would be fun for a project of some sort.


15 comments:

  1. Ok girl, you are way too clever. You are going to submit that one to the junk market blog, right? Placed on a tree with lights coming through, mmm! Don't feel bad, I didn't get to go to Judy's after all either. Phooey! Debbie

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  2. Now THAT is a great ornament! Nothin' shabby about it. I love it! And it's as Texan as it could be. You might have to move back here if you keep that up!

    The Texas Woman

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  3. Oh, that is so clever! I love repurposing things!

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  4. So beautiful! I love how that turned out!
    Carrie

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  5. Amy - this is just beautiful! I love everything about it.

    Candy

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  6. Looooove that ornament!! So elegant and looks beautiful with the light coming through!

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  7. Oooohh! Have to head to mom's shop!! I know she has some of these! Too pretty!!

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  8. Beautiful! I always think that something could be made of this kind of thing, but I don't have the savvy to pull it together like this!

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  9. Too cool! I'd leave that up all year round!

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  10. Oh that is a great idea.......how clever. I love the crystals hanging from the bottom.

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  11. Wow! Makes a much better ornament than a coaster! That's a wonderful gift you have of being able to "see" the hidden potential of something ordinary to be something extraordinary. Very cool! I also wanted to thank you for the nice compliment you left on Mindy's blog. I took a few minutes to glance around your blog and I see you have a wonderful eye for photography. I do enjoy a good photograph! I'll have to come back and peruse when I have more time. Looks great!

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  12. I love how your re-purpose unexpected items....how fun and it REALLY looks great!

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  13. Akkkkk, brilliant !!!!! Clarice

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  14. Elegant! Going to make this later today! In love with this idea for this years christmas bing!
    hugs

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