upcycled craft ideas - create one of a kind pieces by re-purposing items
Trying to find crafts to make and sell? Looking for something a little different? Try upcycling.
This is a trendy word which basically means re-purposing other items into something spectacular that someone will buy!
This is a win win situation as you reuse things such as old sweaters, jeans and more into usable items that you can keep, give or sell and stop them from going to the dump. This is especially true of sweaters. If you have some sweaters that have seen better days, or you see them in the thrift store and they simply are not selling, then you can turn them into works of art.
Check out the pages below for some brilliant ideas. I especially love the bracelets and the purse. The bracelets can be any type of sweater where as the purse should be a wool based one that you shrink for durability. All these pages have videos, so check them out and get inspired to save on craft supplies by upcycling!
All you need are some old bracelets, they can be ugly it doesn't matter as you will cover them with sweaters and lots and lots of bling to make them unique. Check out the video and get crafting. You could display these on a bracelet display or in a large open basket at your next craft show.
If you like sewing this project can become very creative. You wouldn't even know these were once sweaters. This artist truly makes the sweaters into some awesome bags. I personally would add some lining, but that is a choice. By quickly felting the wool sweaters they become strong enough for purses and bags, and you can add all kinds of bling and design to make them unique and one of a kind.
You can find unique and different patterned sweaters to turn into gorgeous throw pillows. You may not wear that sweater or pattern anymore but they often look awesome on the couch. Use a soft pillow form, and in the video she uses a plain piece of fabric of the back and to make it an envelope style so the pillow cover can be washed. I love this idea!
Used up denim jeans can be upcycled into really cool crafts to make and sell. Everything from raggedy quilts, dog beds, placemats, stuffed bears, throw pillows and more. Recycle your old jeans or get them from the thrift store (ask for the used up jeans that they don't want to sell and simply throw away for a small donation they will likely give them to you!) I sold a lot of the throw pillows which I backed with cute cotton fabric for added color.
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