The goal of Recyclart.org is to bring you good products that are made from recycling, reusing, upcycling, etc. We will not bother you with a lot of text or details, we prefer to give you inspiration through pictures and the links where you can find more information. The goal is to be a kind of portfolio based on ideas in which you can brainstorm your sustainability creativity.
When something is broken, most people will throw it away. I want to show you that a better idea is to use your hands and common tools to repair the old things.
There are some antique things worthy to be restored. Mainly because some of them, like my double knife, are no longer in production. So I encourage You to do a similar restoration, to save old knives, tools, etc. It's really easy and possible totally using only your hands. No power tools are needed. Really. Just time and hand tools.
I've paid 10 USD on an antique auction for that rusty heavy double knife. I've restored it using only hand tools.
The sanding, polishing, and sharpening were all done by hand:
First I dismounted the knife,
Then, I removed the rust with vinegar,
Then, sanding and polishing, it took a lot of time and elbow grease,
After that, mounting all together,
Yo finish, I've painted the handle with an oil.
Antique Rusty double Knife restoration - Handmade, no powertools used - YouTube
Our DIY window bird feeder is made from an old cake pan and tea strainer and allows us to watch our lovely wild birds eat their breakfast while we eat ours. It is a fantastic way to see birds close up while still keeping them safe from predators.
Feeding wild birds is one of the simple pleasures in life. Not only do the birds benefit hugely from the extra nutritional support, but they are also lovely creatures to watch. Spending a few minutes each day watching them flit to and from a window feeder is a great way to relax as well as learn a little more of our delightful wildlife.
We have made homemade bird feeders in the past but they are designed to be hung up in the trees away from predators. The birds love them, but they are not readily visible from the house. This DIY window bird feeder brings the birds in close and gives us a fantastic view of them as they feed.
Get the little golden book out of the attic and make it into a fun clock that is full of memories!
This book clock is easy to make with a mini quartz clock movement. Simply remove the book "clock hands" and drill a hole for the clock movement, decorate the top and bottom with 16 gauge annealed wire.
Add beads and glitter, then insert the clock movement which has a self hanger so no need to make a separate hanger!
Can you make a chic dress out of leggings and a t-shirt? The answer is … YES, you can!
This is probably one of the most exciting DIY's I've done so far. For a long time, I had this idea in my head, and now I finally tried it out. Of course, I filmed the experiment, so you have something of it. ;)
The funny thing about the upcycling idea is that the leggings become the top and the t-shirt the skirt. How I did it exactly, you'll see step by step in the video. Incidentally, it's a super fast DIY with just 5 steps.
It all began with a parabolic radiator with a beautiful brass dish found on a French flea market. Brass is the perfect "lampshade" to create a warm golden light. So it had to be a lamp. This industrial/steampunk table lamp was made from:
The desk lamp has been made from an old parabolic heater.
The dish is solid brass and the base is made out of bakelite.
The head can be oriented and it can be hanged on a wall.
After a thorough cleaning of the brass and the bakelite base, the electrical resistance in the center of the dish has been replaced by a brand new electrical system with an elegant fiber-covered cable.
An Edison style bulb as been chosen to reinforce the golden light given by the brass parabola.The final lamp has a tilting head and the base can be hanged on a wall, so the lamp is either a desk lamp or a wall unit.It is a unique piece ready to complete your home decor!
I made these jewels and home accessories using recycled paper because I care about the environment. So much plastic pollution, so many forests destroyed, why not reusing paper.
It took me days to complete every piece, they are made by hand one at a time. In the beginning, the hardest part was the research of every material and process for made every design the more ecological possible. Search and learn for natural dyes, recycled metals for the jewelry.
Slow made every part of the design process, I have many things happen at the same time, some pieces are slow dried meanwhile the handmade paper sheet are pressed and I'm in the table cutting new designs. But I love it!
When you stop thinking of a Christmas tree as a holiday decoration and instead see it as a reusable material waiting to be reworked, beautiful things can happen.
I'm determined to creatively approach what others view as waste, so I challenged myself to upcycle my Christmas tree this year.
This beautiful table runner is comprised of the branches of my Christmas tree! I stripped the branches of their needles, washed them, and wove them together with hemp twine - and strung some decorative beads as well for extra oomph.