What is the most interesting upcycled item you have seen?

United States
September 5, 2011 11:30am CST
I am really fascinated by upcycled items. For those who do not know what this is, it is something is made from an item that is totally different than what the item was originally intended. It is typcially done to keep from placing that item in the landfill or garbage. Please tell me what upcycled items you have seen, I am always interested in learning about new ides!
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@GardenGerty (149085)
• United States
5 Sep 11
I made Christmas gifts from assorted tin cans one year. I crochet plastic bags into bags or rugs, old T shirts into rugs. Pole lamps that are too old to be rewired make great candle http://www.mylot.com/nr/newresponse.aspx?qid=2574652#holders or hooks or knobs added make them into sturdy hat trees.
• United States
6 Sep 11
Wow Gerty, you are a busy lady! What did you do with the assorted tin cans? I have seen the crocheted bags made from plastic bags, they are awesome. I wish I had time to do this type of thing. One day....when I retire...there is so much I want to do!!
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@JoyfulOne (6232)
• United States
7 Sep 11
I really haven't seen much that others have done, but I just love to do things like that myself. One thing I did was to take the grain-scoop that my Mother used to feed our herd (when I was a child) and turn it into a wall-mount candle holder. It was metal, and I found it in the family dump at the back of the farm lol. I took that spray paint that looks like stone, and sprayed it (avoiding the wood part of the handle) and it fits a pillar candle. My brother saw it on the wall and the first thing he said "Mom's grain scoop!" (That just proves 'one man's trash is another man's treasure'!) Another thing I did: a friend was cleaning out their garage and had an old Singer trestle sewing machine. The wood top and the machine was trash, and the whole thing stood there wobbling. He drags it over to my house and said 'I know you can do something with this.' Well, I took off everything and saved the bottom metal stand part, with the treadles intact. It was very beautiful with all the scrolled ironwork all over. I sanded the rusty spots off, painted it black, and then added the beautiful boards I had saved when we broke open this wall in our old house and removed the bookcase to add a doorway (for much needed air circulation.) It has graced my kitchen as a small roll-about desk, and everybody asks where I got it hahaha. I save the glass jars from those jell type room fresheners. I glue them to fat dowels (that I sharpen to a point on one end.) After gluing them on to the dowels, I take used motor oil and coat the wood part. With small voitives in them, they make the most amazing 'fairy lights' for summer parties, or lining the walkway from the back yard. I've even taken a mis-matched tea cup and saucer and did this for by a lawn chair (for those who smoke.) What can I say...I'm kooky AND I have fun lol:-)