This week, I thought I'd share some of the fun up-cycling inspirations I've found online. There's no shortage of up-cycling or recycling fodder. Entire websites are devoted to the pursuit of the re-used, re-purposed and re-imagined cast offs and I love them all. So, how to choose?
My simpleton approach is that I gravitate to the projects that I believe a person has actually made and is using, for starters. Then comes the real test: would I make it? Colorful and crazy always catch my eye, but I am a sucker for useful, too.
For today, I'm requiring that all of the suggestions have to make me laugh, too.
#1 Doodlecraft's Dinosaur Bookends
This idea is so simple, but so ingenious! The moment I saw this, I wanted to run to the store and buy dinosaurs. With a little scrape wood, an x-acto knife, glue and paint...you have a fun project that any kid or weird adult (like myself) would love.
Dinos and I have a longstanding mutual respect; they even appear on the Flipside from time to time.
#2: Dinosaur Serving Dish
This is not only fun, but it cracks me up and it comes from the crafty and perhaps, twisted, brain of Gretchen from Three Little Monkeys Studio. While you have the x-acto knife out, go ahead and wack the noggin off of your favorite T-Rex, add a plastic platter, glue and paint.
Even the most inexperienced crafter in the world could pull this one off. I'd love to get a really scary dragon and make a platter for Halloween goodies or perhaps paint it with glow-paint.
#3: Dinosaur Toilet Paper Holder
Millions of years ago, they were wiped out...this gives dinosaurs some street cred in the wiping department, and The Chic Site put that voodoo to work.
I wish my boys were all little again so I could make their bedrooms and bathrooms an explosion of brightly colored dinosaurs...with and without toilet paper.
Life is too short and if you're not smiling at something crazy in your house, you need to re-decorate. French country, contemporary and modern style furniture and accessories never game me a tenth of the pleasure that wacky packs.
Why did I ever attempt to grow up. Bad call; really bad call. Wait a minute - I'm a flipster. I'll do what I want to do.
Off to buy dinosaurs...