Upcycle, recycle, repurpose, reclaim…

Written by Penny from Folksy shop Lilys Lovelies

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A selection of items tagged with the keyword Upcycled

Upcycle and recycle have become popular bywords recently, although the idea of taking something that’s old or that has been used a certain way and then turning it into a completely different object is not a new concept. When I was very young I remember my own mum making santa’s and crackers from loo rolls, using old cards and making gift tags (something I still do today) and the list goes on.

A lot of Folksy sellers are finding interesting ways of reusing and reinventing something out of nothing, make do and mend seems to be the most popular phrase on the planet right now!

I discovered recently in a Daily Mail article, a group of 6 ladies calling themselves the Skip Sisters (genius!) who hale from East Dulwich (my birth place and home for many years) in London. The name says it all and the old saying “where there’s muck there’s brass” is perfectly illustrated with these canny and inspiring women. If you’re brave and dont mind getting mucky have a look in the next skip you see – you never know what you may find! Just remember you need permission to take anything out! (Find the article here, Waste not, want lots – www.folksy.com is also linked to as a ‘one-stop shop for buying and selling the best in crafted wares from around the UK’ in this article!)
Colemans Tin Candle - Mr wick

How do I recycle/upcycle? Well I advertise (at no cost) around my neighbourhood and in my local paper for any unwanted clothes, or anything else I might fancy, if the clothing items are not too good then just use the zips and buttons – they all have a use!

When do most of us feel the most creative? Christmas time that’s when! Many of us (I’m sure) have a go at making our own decorations in one form or another, me included. I have written a post on my blog about wrapping gifts and making them look not only stunning but personal to – please take a look and be inspired. There will be a lot more to come on the run up to Christmas.

I make my own crackers, without the “bang” as its much more fun to say “bang” when you pull it! I cover old boxes (small ones i.e. oxo or spice refill ones) and make them into tree hangings, I don’t buy card holders I just hang them on red or green ribbons around the house (much more festive), I use tissue paper or make my own gift wrap and its very addictive making your own!

I print all my own cards, make tablecloths out of sheets, placemats out of pillowcases, coasters out of just about anything, I even tried using plastic bags in the past, although not good for really hot cups!! Make mini Christmas trees using decorative paper in the shape of a cone, they don’t need decorating if the paper is good and can look really stunning lined up along a mantelpiece.

Socks made into Christmas stockings are an old favourite, and always take embellishments from old Christmas and birthday cards, some of them can be quite stunning. Even old decorations can be given a new lease of life with a bit of glitter!! Pick up pine cones in the late summer/autumn and spray away! Why pay for a cone when they fall off trees?

Just think outside the box and you will be amazed at how creative you can become!

Lily, the author of this fascinating article is a creative soul who makes happy, cheerful, bright, humorous, shabby, vintage, steampunk, gothic stuff! A little bit of everything. Why not visit her Folksy shop and see what she has for sale at the moment or her blog to find out more about her inspirations and some excellent tips on being thrifty.

If you would like to write an article or series for the Folksy blog then please get in touch – hilary@folksy.co.uk

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4 Comments

  • Reply October 18, 2010

    Victoria

    Great post I definitely think people are more inclined to be crafty these days with the cost of Christmas rising. Its certainly something to think about!

  • Reply October 18, 2010

    Bev

    Fantastic idea – the whole philosophy of my shop :-) Love taking the yarn and fabrics that other crafters no longer love and turning them into something truly beautiful :-)

  • Reply October 19, 2010

    Dottie

    Great article, the plastic bags for coasters made me laugh! I make “tidy up tags” all year round with odds and ends of card, string, bits and bobs. I wrap in tissue and send out as a “gift” with my purchases. People often comment more about them that what they actually bought!

  • Reply October 28, 2010

    Nat

    WOW!! this is a wonderful post about my favourite subject. And thank you so much for featuring a piece of my recycled skateboard jewellery.

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